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Defense work worth up to $770M to Pac NW firms in Q2

by June 20th, 2013

In the second quarter of 2013 to date, Pacific Northwest companies mainly in Washington state – and other than Boeing directly – have been awarded contracts by the U.S. Department of Defense worth up to $769.6 million for software management services, drone support, infrared targeting and payload delivery systems, wood products, fuel, shipping containers, ship maintenance, paving, medical research and more.

By far the contract with the largest potential value in that batch is one awarded this week for up to $412,240,000 to Microsoft by the Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. For at least one year and with up to four one-year extensions, Microsoft will provide enterprise technical support services including “software developers and product teams to leverage a variety of proprietary resources and source code” plus “tools and knowledge bases, problem resolution assistance from product developers and access to Microsoft source code when applicable to support Department of Defense’s mission” mainly in the continental U.S. but also with some overseas work. The bid process was “other than full and competitive” according to DoD, with just one bid received.

In the last two days of May seven more Northwest firms other than Boeing got U.S. defense contracts with a total value of up to $108.8 million. Five came on May 31. Providing wood products to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and civilian agencies for Philadelphia, Penn.-based Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support for up to $16.7 million each over a two-year base period with up to three one-year renewals are Bridgewell Resources of Tigard, Ore., Progressive Services Corp. of Beaverton, Ore. and Haroldson Group International of Lake Oswego, Ore. Providing fuel to Army. Navy, Air Force and civilian agency locations in the Northwest for DLATS for at least $19.5 million through July, 2016 is Government Services Corp. of Moscow, Id. The Troy Company of Seattle will get at least $7.5 million for supplying Defense Logistics Agency Energy of Fort Belvoir, Va. with fuel for military and civilian agency locations in Washington and Oregon through July, 2016.

Two more came on May 30. At least $24.1 million will go from DLAE to Associated Petroleum Products of Tacoma, Wash. for fuel for military and civilian agency locations in Washington through July, 2016. Another $7.6 million was awarded to to Dr. Leroy Hood’s Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle to do research completed by late May 2016 on early detection of post-operative infections, for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency of Fort Belvoir, Va.

Military drone contracting continued apace in Washington state with an $11.7 million contract modification awarded to Insitu, Inc. of Bingen by the Naval Air Systems Command of Patuxent River, Md. for one new “small tactical unmanned aircraft system” plus testing and support with work to be done by May of 2014. The company got another contract modification, for $7.8 million from the NASC for operating and maintenance support through March 2014 for its Scan Eagle unmanned drones being used in Afghanistan. This will involve “electro-optical/infrared and mid-wave infrared imagery in support of land based operations in Operation Enduring Freedom and other overseas contingency operations…” according to DoD. Insitu is a Boeing subsidiary.

FLIR Systems of Wilsonville, Ore. won a contract worth up to $82.4 million from the U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama for Talon Forward Looking Infrared System sensor and payload delivery units for Sikorsky Blackhawk helicopters.

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The Bremerton, Wash. branch of International Marine and Industrial Applicators won a $12.5 million contract modification from the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, also in Bremerton, to procure dry-docking materials for the USS John C. Stennis, nuclear-powered naval air carrier, known internally by its code name as CVN 74. The shipyard also dispensed a $7.8 million contract modification to the same IMIA office in Bremerton to provide through June 2014 U.S. Navy ship preservation materials to optimize readiness on carriers, submarines and surface vessels.

Manson Construction of Seattle secured work worth up to $6.5 million to do flood control and emergency repair work along the coast of Delaware in the Indian River Inlet for the Army Corps of Engineers in Philadelphia.

Portland, Ore.-based Sylvan Forest Products won from DLATS in Philadelphia a contract modification worth up to $63.7 million from DLATS in Philadelphia to supply for anywhere from one to five years wood products to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and civilian agencies in Oregon.

Spokane got its share too. Acme Concrete Paving of Spokane won from the Army Corps of Engineers in Omaha, Neb. a contract worth as much as $11.8 million for construction and repair work Minot Air Force Base, N.D.  Berg Manufacturing of Spokane won a contract valued at up to $44.4 million from Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Warren, Mich., a weapons systems spare parts supplier, for containers used for storage and shipping.

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