Economic development officials representing state and regional offices met with Tooele Army Depot leadership Tuesday to discuss the installation's strategic importance to the Department of Defense.

DoD has increased its interest in ammunition expertise and this meeting defined how TEAD is meeting those requirements, but also explained that assistance from state and local leaders could help increase their support for future needs relative to global defense and mission readiness.

"Tooele Army Depot's capabilities are exciting to talk about and benefit not only our nation's warfighters, but private industry as well," said Col. Yolanda Dennis-Lowman. "We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to share this information and demonstrate our workforce's commitment to our mission to economic development leaders."

Rod Huff, deputy to the commander at TEAD, provided an overview of capabilities that highlighted the depot's worldwide conventional ammunition support, life-cycle management through design and development and fielding of ammunition-related equipment.

Attendees were also informed how TEAD supports worldwide partnerships including all services of the DoD, companies like ATK and Safety Management Services as well as numerous allied nations including the Republic of Korea, Turkey, Egypt, Kuwait, Japan and Australia.

Lastly, TEAD officials provided an overview of the depot's budget that placed an estimated $61 million throughout Utah alone.

"The activities and information shared today has given me a new perspective of the asset that Tooele Army Depot truly is. As we pursue economic development initiatives, we'll be doing business differently to maximize this resource," said Tooele City Mayor Patrick Dunlavy, who attended the event.

Those also in attendance included officials from the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development, the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, Tooele County Commissioners, Chamber of Commerce and the county's Office of Economic Development.

TEAD is an engineering and life cycle management installation that provides specialized services in ammunition-related equipment prototype design, development, fabrication and fielding. This support includes innovating ammunition peculiar equipment used for demilitarization, renovation, modification, modernization and maintenance of conventional munitions.

Also, to support our various customers' ammunition needs worldwide; the depot receives, stores, issues, renovates, modifies, maintains and destroys conventional munitions. We also ensure that ammunition is always ready, whether for wartime use or peacetime training, through the development and application of integrated logistics solutions.