An Ellicott City company with a contract to produce body bags has been besieged by calls from the press, ever since several news reports named the C. R. Daniels Co. as a maker of what the Department of Defense calls "pouches for human remains."
"We have had calls from all of the networks, from all kinds of publications," said Hugh Blaha, vice president of the company. "We will not discuss any defense contract that we have."
The company, which makes canvas bags, received a $294,015 contract from the Defense Department last month.
Mr. Blaha did say that body bags make up only a very small percentage of his company's business.
The Defense Department has reportedly ordered 16,099 new body bags, but a spokesman, Capt. Sam Grizzle, would not confirm the number or connect new orders to Operation Desert Shield, now Desert Storm.