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December 2012

Employees at Sandia National Laboratories collected enough gifts for more than 450 foster children through New Mexico’s Children, Youth, and Families Department. Patty Zamora, volunteer coordinator for Sandia's Community Involvement department (pictured here), said she's always overwhelmed by the generosity of Sandia employees.


NNSA BlogSmall businesses are a big deal at Pantex, and Roxanne Hudson couldn’t be happier about that fact.

Hudson, executive vice president of Corporate Technology Group (CTG) in Amarillo, has been working with Pantex for more than 20 years as a subcontractor, and has seen firsthand the difference a focus on small business utilization can make in a community. She said Pantex really goes out of its way to work with small businesses like hers.

CTG started in 1981 selling electronics components. As the personal computer revolution took over, the business continued to grow. It now employs about 16 people in its Amarillo and Arlington, Texas, offices. CTG procures products and services for Pantex as a subcontractor.

For years, Pantex has consistently exceeded DOE goals for directing subcontracting work to small businesses and those owned by disadvantaged groups. The effort has been so successful that Pantex has been honored two years in a row with national awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Last year, Pantex won the Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for utilization of small business. This year, Pantex won the Frances Perkins Vanguard Award in recognition of its work with women-owned small businesses.

Mike Tryon, manager of the Supply Chain Management Division, said Pantex recognizes the important role small businesses play in both the local and national economy, so the Plant feels responsible for supporting small businesses whenever possible.

About the photos:
(top right) Pantex received the 2012 Frances Perkins Vanguard Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration for excellence in utilization of women-owned small businesses earlier this year.
(below) In the photo are, from left, Brad Brack, Small Business Program Manager at Pantex; John Woolery, B&W Pantex General Manager; Roxanne Hudson, Corporate Technology Group (CTG) Executive Vice President; Mark A. Padilla, Assistant Manager for Programs & Projects with the NNSA Production Office; and Mike Tryon, Division Manager for Supply Chain Management at Pantex.


On the plains of the Texas Panhandle, it pays to be ready for unpredictable and severe weather. The Pantex Plant has risen to that challenge, once again earning recognition from the National Weather Service (NWS) as a StormReady site.

Jose Garcia, meteorologist in charge of the NWS’s Amarillo office, says Pantex was one of the first entities of its kind to become StormReady.

Garcia and other NWS officials were at the plant recently to present Pantex officials with the recertification. He said StormReady status indicates Pantex has the weather sirens, shelters, notification technology and emergency response infrastructure to respond effectively to severe weather.

The StormReady program started in 1999 in Tulsa, Okla., and has since grown to encompass more than 2,000 sites. Pantex was the first nuclear site to earn the designation and remains one of only a handful that has achieved StormReady status.

Pantex has a long history of working with the community, says Alonza Campbell, manager of the Emergency Management Department at Pantex. Pantex maintains contact with the NWS to anticipate storms and other inclement weather conditions. Pantex even uses and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radios to alert residents living near the plant of emergency conditions.


NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator Neile Miller recently provided remarks at the annual DOE/NNSA intergovernmental meeting. The meeting brought together state, local and tribal government stakeholders from each of the states and communities where DOE and NNSA facilities are located. The intergovernmental groups were comprised of governors’ senior staff, state legislators, attorneys general, mayors, city/county councilpersons and tribes. Miller talked about the evolution and current status of the DOE/NNSA budget and emphasized NNSA’s commitment to working with states and communities to realize shared vision and objectives.