Tallahassee Company Wins Huge Defense Contract

They're called Talla-Tech. You may not have heard of them, but it's quite possible our soldiers abroad know the name.

The Tallahassee based company manufactures several different "rugged" communications devices that are in the hands of thousands of American soldiers.

Jim English of Talla-Tech says, "This keeps them so everybody knows where they're at and also so their commanders can know where they're at to keep them from getting lost or captured."

The Tallahassee company recently landed an $80 million contract with the U.S. Army to make more of these rugged radios. That meant a move to a bigger building and the need for additional staff.

Mike Coburn, Talla-Tech President, says, "We have 63 employees today and by the end of August we'll have over 80, and early, by the end of the year, by the first quarter, we'll have up to 100 employees."

So what does this mean for the Tallahassee area?

Brad Day, Economic Development Council Executive Director, says, "Talla-Tech's expansion will bring millions of dollars of new payroll into the Tallahassee-Leon County community."

The Tallahassee-Leon County Economic Development Council says that means new annual local taxes of more than $300,000. The company says the best part is what you see being built today in Tallahassee will soon be in the hands of our troops around the world.

The U.S. Army selected two digital devices manufactured by Talla-Tech as two of the command's top 10 best inventions for 2005.