Day & Zimmermann Awarded $39 Million Contract to Produce M500 Cartridge Actuated Cutters for the U.S. Navy

PHILADELPHIA, PA — September 15, 2020 — Day & Zimmermann (D&Z), a leading provider of construction and engineering, staffing and defense solutions for corporations and governments around the world, announced today that its Munitions Business Unit has been awarded part of a contract for the manufacture of M500 cartridge actuated cutters used on the C-130 and C-17 aircraft during load airdrop sequence.

The contract, issued by the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support in Mechanicsburg, PA., is valued at more than $39 million. Work will be performed at Day & Zimmermann’s Lone Star plant in Texarkana, Texas, and AMTEC Corp.’s Tech Ord location, in Clear Lake, South Dakota.

The M500 cartridge actuated device is designed to sever electrical cable, wire rope, and parachute reefing lines by utilizing a cartridge to actuate the cutting blade. In operation, it allows a parachute to fully deploy in cargo air drops from military cargo aircraft.

"This contract demonstrates our customer's confidence in our ability to deliver unmatched technology that allows our warfighters to stay ahead of emerging threats," said Mike Yoh, President of Day & Zimmermann’s Munitions & Government unit.

The contract calls a maximum of 35,000 units, with an expected delivery of approximately 11,000 to 18,000 M500 cartridges over a five year period. The first work delivery is scheduled for the first quarter of 2021 with total completion by 2025.



Founded in 1901, Day & Zimmermann is a family-owned company with a workforce of over 41,000 specializing in construction & engineering, staffing and defense solutions for leading corporations and governments around the world. Operating from more than 150 worldwide locations with 2.4 Billion USD in revenue, Day & Zimmermann is currently ranked as one of the largest private companies in the U.S. by Forbes. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, our first work was to develop "Betterment Reports" that helped modernize American factories. Today, we are still in the business of betterment—maintaining the nation's power infrastructure, protecting American freedoms and driving technological advancements around the world. We do what we say®





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