Major defense contractor meets with Utah small business vendors

Apr 4 2013 - 9:48am

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The main entrance to Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio.
The main entrance to Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio.

SALT LAKE CITY - The Governor's Office of Economic Development held a  half-day outreach with invited Utah small businesses who might qualify as sub-contracting vendors to Battelle, the world's largest nonprofit research and development organization, with over 20,000 employees at more than 100 locations globally.

Battelle is working with the Governor's Office of Economic Development, the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and PTAC's consulting contractor Logistic Specialties Inc. to grow its vendor pool.

"We are delighted to have the opportunity to meet with small business in Utah and explain who we are, what we do, and why we do it." said Mike Hogan from Battelle. "Small businesses provide exceptional creativity and many other crucial ingredients needed to develop and deliver best value solutions for our government clients and the taxpayers they serve in meeting current and future threats to our national security."

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including eight national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the United Kingdom.

PTAC and LSI program officers regularly meet with Utah small businesses to discuss subcontracting in support of their ongoing missions and registered companies can be invited to teaming meetings such as the one held for Battelle.

This contractors day held for Battelle's Air Force Market Group, Life Cycle Management Director, Mike Hogan and Tactical Systems Business Unit, Avionics/Electronics Program Manager, Ted Riffle supported their efforts to locate Utah small businesses to support the following workload areas:

    *    Legacy aircraft avionics/electronics LRU tech refresh & build
    *    Depot/Industrial robotic applications development
    *    Depot Maintenance stands/support equipment design & build
    *    Munitions Testing
    *    Energy & environmental services
    *    DESP III Contract
 
A number of Utah small businesses support large organizations as they execute their contracts with Hill Air Force Base and the other government entities.

"PTAC is excited that it was able to provide small and medium sized Utah businesses with the opportunity to participate in the Battelle Outreach meeting. Utah companies can become involved in government contracts by partnering with large prime contractors like Battelle," said Fred Lange, PTAC director. "When a small company is teamed with a large contractor, the risk/reward ratio significantly improves for the small company."

Utah businesses interested in participating in future outreach events can contact the PTAC offices in the Governors' Office of Economic Development at 801-538-8655 or emailing myrnahill@utah.gov

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