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Medical supplies company moving to former Army base

October 18, 2003|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

CASCADE - A Frederick, Md., emergency medical supplies company plans to relocate to the former Post Exchange building at the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base.

Richard Sobel, chief operating officer of CDI Services Inc., said Thursday that the company hopes to move in about Nov. 1.

CDI Services also plans to operate CDI Medical Services Inc., which it owns, out of the PX, he said.

The 30,772-square-foot building has been vacant since the Army shut the base down in 1998, PenMar Development Corp. Executive Director Richard Rook said.

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PenMar was created by the state of Maryland to redevelop Fort Ritchie.

CDI Services consults with emergency responders about setting up emergency shelters and hospitals, Sobel said. CDI Medical Services builds on-site hospitals and emergency shelters and provides federal, state and local agencies, including the Department of Defense, with medical supply kits and emergency equipment.

"We needed a bigger facility for what we were planning to do," Sobel said.

The mobile hospitals contain 50 beds and are about 5,000 square feet. Each has its own heat and power, Sobel said.

Sobel said the shelters can be used by police who want to protect crime scenes from weather and keep them private.

Sobel said the former Army base was a natural fit for CDI Services because most of its employees are retired veterans.

"We feel very comfortable being on a military post," he said.

Sobel said the company employs about 10 people, but there are plans to hire more once the company gets set up at the former base.

The PenMar board of directors approved the lease this week.

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