State of California buys decontamination systems

GLENN DALE, Md., 19 April 2005. TVI Corp. today announced that the state of California has placed a $3.5 million follow-on order for TVI's 2-Line and High Capacity, Mass Casualty Decontamination Systems.

GLENN DALE, Md., 19 April 2005. TVI Corp. today announced that the state of California has placed a $3.5 million follow-on order for TVI's 2-Line and High Capacity, Mass Casualty Decontamination Systems.

The order reflects a commitment by the state's 58 counties to standardize on TVI's decontamination and surge-capacity systems. The order was funded by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grants, and will support decontamination and surge-capacity requirements for hospitals throughout California.

"California was one of the first states to standardize on a single first responder equipment platform, choosing TVI products to meet the needs of its hospitals and emergency response agencies," said Rick Priddy, president and CEO of TVI. "This order demonstrates our growing record of success in helping states meet their equipment standardization goals."

"Standardizing on a single equipment platform promotes compatibility between first responder equipment across first responder agencies and hospitals, which enables seamless patient transfer and reduces treatment downtime. This is a critical component of effective treatment following a disease outbreak or terrorist attack, when mere minutes can be the difference between life and death for affected individuals."

"Of the states that have standardized on a single first responder equipment platform to date, 65 percent have chosen TVI," Priddy said. "As hospitals and emergency response agencies in these states take further advantage of existing and expected homeland security and emergency preparedness funding, we expect to see additional decontamination shelters and related equipment purchased from TVI. In addition, we are working with many of the remaining states to educate them on the value of equipment standardization, and believe they represent a large, untapped revenue opportunity for TVI."

TVI Corp., located in Glenn Dale, Md., is a global supplier of rapidly deployable first responder systems for homeland security, hospitals, police and fire departments, the military and public health agencies. The company designs, fabricates and markets products and systems both through distributors and directly to end-users and OEMs.

These systems include chemical and biological decontamination systems, infection control systems, and powered air respirator systems for individuals. The company's core systems are fabric shelter structures, which employ the company's proprietary articulating frame. The company also sells a line of thermal products, which includes targets, IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) devices, beacons and markers, and decoys.

During the past several years, TVI has experienced rapid growth attributable to international, federal, state and municipal government spending on homeland security. TVI's products have expanded to include Chem/Bio Isolation systems for hospitals and first responders, trailerized first responder products, crime scene investigation systems for police, and mobile hospitals. TVI's products, and others of their kind, represent integral components of a standard decontamination process. For more information, see www.tvicorp.com.

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