Clinkenbeard, a Rockford, Illinois-based company that specializes in the rapid prototyping and manufacturing of complex castings and machined parts in the aerospace, U.S. government and defense, heavy truck and power generation industries, has announced that it has received official International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) re-certification from the United States Department of State, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.

Administered by the U.S. Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), under authority established by the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), ITAR regulates the manufacture, export and transfer of defense articles, information, and services. Companies receiving this certification demonstrate that they have knowledge and understanding to fully comply with the AECE and ITAR as well as having corporate procedures and controls in place to ensure compliance.

“This re-certification is evidence of our commitment and ability to safeguard all defense- and government-related data for our customers and our country. Further, it demonstrates our government‘s trust in our doing so,” explains Steve Helfer, Clinkenbeard general manager.

Companies receiving ITAR certification must apply for re-certification every two years.

ITAR regulations were designed principally to control the information and materials of defense-related technologies and ensure that technologies are only shared with US persons unless approval from the Department of State is received via a special exemption. The registration of a company to comply with ITAR regulations allows them to work in conjunction with the US military, and companies that work with the US military, and expresses the company's obligation to handle ITAR protected products according to all regulations.

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