by: Matthew Potter
October 15, 2009

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Taos Industries’ parent Agility Defense & Government Services, Inc., attracted by growing defense presence, quality of life

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – October 14, 2009 – Agility Defense & Government Services, Inc. (DGS), the U.S. defense arm of leading logistics provider Agility, announced today that it will make Huntsville its home.

Agility DGS owns Taos Industries, the logistics and military procurement company that was founded in Huntsville in 1991.

Joseph M. Cosumano Jr., president and CEO of Taos Industries, has been named president of Agility DGS Inc. Cosumano, a retired Army lieutenant general, served as commander of the U.S. Space and Missile Defense Command in Huntsville from 2001 to 2003. Before joining Taos Industries, he was senior vice president of Kellogg, Brown & Root and, before that, vice president of ATK Thiokol.

Agility’s decision to consolidate U.S. operations in Huntsville reflects the community’s emergence as a leading center for aviation, missile, space and procurement activity, Cosumano said.

“Huntsville has become a critical hub for the U.S. military and defense industries. It’s important for us to deepen our existing roots here so we can be close to our partners and to key customers such as the Army Materiel Command, Redstone Arsenal and the Army Security Assistance Command,” he said.

Agility DGS Inc. is comprised of four primary business lines, focusing on logistics solutions:

* Taos Industries. Taos specializes in procurement of non-standard military material for the U.S. Defense Department.
* Agility International Inc. Agility International Inc. is a world-class freight handler and worldwide leader in household relocation services for government and corporate customers.
* Commodity Services. Commodity Services specializes in procurement support for arsenals and depots, as well as general commodity procurement solutions in fuels, food, lumber, repair parts, and other goods.
* Logistics Services. Logistics Services provides innovative supply chain solutions and integrated logistics, such as base operations, inventory and facilities management, material disposal, and reutilization services to DoD, NATO, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies.

“Huntsville and Madison County offer us an ideal combination of business opportunities and quality of life,” Cosumano said. “They’ve got critical mass in the defense industry, along with a highly educated labor pool. This is an attractive, affordable place to live. Our plan is to grow here and contribute to the economy and the community.”

About Agility

Agility is one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics to businesses and governments. It is a publicly traded company with $6.8 billion in annual revenue and more than 37,000 employees in over 550 offices and 120 countries. Agility brings efficiency to supply chains in some of the globe’s most challenging environments, offering unmatched personal service, a global footprint, and customized capabilities in developed and emerging economies alike.

Agility Defense & Government Services (DGS) is the public sector arm of Agility and the parent of DGS Inc. It offers logistics services, commodities services and supply chain solutions to governments, relief agencies and international institutions worldwide.

For more information, please call S. Hobie Frady at Taos Industries, Inc., at (256) 772-7743 or visit our website:

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