Hawthorne Company, Army Depot, to Merge

The Philadelphia-based company that operates the Hawthorne Army Depot has merged with a private security training company, officials said.

Larry Ames, president of the new Special Operations Consulting-Security Management Group ,said the 150,000 acres at the depot will be used for training soldiers to be better prepared to fight in the terrain in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"The goal here is to take advantage of the infrastructure of the army base," Ames said. "We're merging the businesses together so we can offer a greater menu of services to these clients. As a supplier to the military we're trying to evolve."

Residents of the small, struggling desert town 130 miles south of Reno said the merger is a positive for the community.

"I think it will improve the economy of the community," said Norma Scott, 79, a longtime Hawthorne resident. "We can always use that."

The training should bring more teachers and students to the community and a need for local services and products, he said. Ames agreed.

"We hope to add jobs," he said. "There is a nice ancillary benefit to the local community. It helps boost that economy down there."

For more than 17 years, the depot, has been operated by Day, Zimmerman, Hawthorne Corp., for the U.S. Army.

Ames said those operations will continue.

Special Operations Consulting, with its High Desert Special Operations Center, is known for training military personnel before they are deployed. For that reason, Ames said they decided to use the name SOC instead of Day, Zimmerman, Hawthorne.

"They are one of the premier training security companies," Ames said. "Day, Zimmerman has a strong name in munitions but the SOC name is better known in the training arena."
Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com

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