Ontro, Inc. (Nasdaq:ONTR), which has developed a patented technology for producing fully contained, self- heating containers, today announced it received a directive from the United States Army to begin the prototyping and delivery of the group ration packages, following successful completion by Ontro of Phase I research and development of the contract signed with the United States Army Soldier Biological Chemical Command (SBCCOM) in September 2000.

Ontro was awarded a contract with SBCCOM to conduct research and development of self-heating technologies for military applications. Specifically, the Army requested that Ontro develop self-heating technologies for use in rations for eighteen-person platoons. Phase I of the contract provided for Ontro to deliver a feasibility analysis and to identify specific heating mechanisms for safely and efficiently heating military group rations.

Mr. Don Pickard, Team Leader for Food Equipment and Energy Technology with SBCCOM, stated, ''The Army has been working with Ontro to develop self-heating meals for our troops to ensure all soldiers are afforded a hot meal. We are pleased with the initial work that we have seen from Ontro and believe that the 'kitchen-in-a-carton' they are prototyping will go a long ways towards reducing the costs and logistics associated with military field feeding.''

''At Ontro, we are grateful for the opportunity to serve the U.S. Army in helping them achieve their goal to bring convenient, self-heating food rations to troops who serve our nation,'' said James A. Scudder, President and CEO. ''We believe that the applications which we have developed in our lab for the U.S. Army will also serve to expand Ontro's future with the military, as well as its commercial clients. A direct commercial derivative of this work would be development of multi-course, self-heating meals for people anywhere.''

Ontro, Inc., founded in 1994 to engage in the research and development of integrated thermal containers, has been focused primarily to date developing self-heating containers for beverages and soups for several major food manufacturers who have expressed interest in marketing their brands using Ontro's technology.

For more information visit Ontro's website at www.ontro.com