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DropBox gets DHS security contract

To make nuclear materials scanners at ports

WORTHINGTON, KY. – DropBox, Inc. has secured a $2.15 million contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to build specially designed units to scan for nuclear materials as goods come in from overseas at U.S. ports.

Robert Slagel, the president and CEO of Portable Solutions Group, parent company of DropBox made the announcement on Tuesday that the DHS’s Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office will be purchasing the specialized container-based units, known as the On-Dock Rail Straddle Carrier Portal (ODRSCP), that are designed to scan incoming overseas shipping containers for nuclear material that can be found in “dirty bombs” and/or other potential weapons of mass destruction.

DropBox has spent nearly a decade working with the DHS to design the units.

The units will be built at DropBox’s Worthington production facility and the company plans to add up to 30 full-time jobs to fulfill the requirements of this project.

“And I’d be remiss if I didn’t also recognize our dedicated employees,” Slagel said. “In particular those individuals whose persistence, positivity and commitment to excellence over these past nine years ultimately were what was needed to engineer, design, construct, test and deliver-to-market this unique security portal — a product that will play a major role in ensuring the safety of the United States and its residents in the immediate years ahead.”