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McDONNELL DOUGLAS AWARDS FIRST C-17 SERVICES CONTRACT UNDER DOD MENTOR-PROTEGE PROGRAM

LONG BEACH, Calif., March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Mid-America Consulting Group of Cleveland, Ohio, has been awarded the first contract for C-17 engineering services by McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD) under the Department of Defense's Mentor-Protege Program.

Mid-America is providing avionics and electronics engineering services to the C-17 Avionics Integration Support Facility (AISF) being developed by McDonnell Douglas for the U.S. Air Force. The AISF will allow the Air Force to upgrade software in the C-17, which has more software than any other transport aircraft in the world.

DoD established the Mentor-Protege Program to allow major defense contractors to assist minority businesses with the transfer of technologies and knowledge that will help the companies expand their capabilities. The program is designed to aid the companies so they are better able to compete for future business from other defense and civilian contractors.

Andrew Banks, president of Mid-America Consulting Group, an African- American-owned firm, said the company, "has a unique opportunity to build on its existing competencies in the areas of information systems, neural networks, expert systems and artificial intelligence, while acquiring new ones as a subcontractor on the C-17 program and a protege to McDonnell Douglas.

"Mentor-Protege has enabled Mid-America to overcome a significant barrier to entry into a very esoteric line of business," Banks said. "By combining our existing competencies with hands-on avionics software, hardware and program development experience provided by the mentor- protege relationship, we are in an excellent position to remain a competitive, competent supplier into the 21st Century. This is a very important first step in what we hope will be a long and mutually advantageous relationship with McDonnell Douglas."

As a contractor to NASA, Mid-America's Technical Services Group operates and manages a world-class engineering test facility in Sandusky, Ohio, used by space agencies and aerospace companies from the United States and Europe. Mid-America anticipates that the increase in business due to the McDonnell Douglas Mentor-Protege relationship and other aerospace-related activity will double the company's 65-member work force by the end of 1997. In addition to its Cleveland headquarters, the firm also has an office in Washington, D.C.
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/CONTACT: Dave Eastman of McDonnell Douglas, 310-496-5132/

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