WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today congratulated its Pantex Plant for being selected to receive the 2011 Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Pantex is receiving the award based on its exceptional utilization of small businesses in subcontracting efforts during fiscal year 2010. In honoring Pantex in the manufacturing category, the SBA recognized the site for its “hard work, innovative ideas and dedication” and for its achievements in the community.
“This award is a reflection of NNSA’s and Pantex’s commitment to working with our partners in the small business community to invest in our future, implement the president’s agenda, and improve the way we do business,” said NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino. “Small businesses drive our economy, so I applaud the men and women at Pantex for continuing to invest in small businesses in the Texas Panhandle and across the country.”
Created in 1991, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence recognizes large prime contractors who have excelled in their utilization of small businesses as suppliers and subcontractors.
In fiscal year 2010, Pantex awarded $121.6 million in procurements, of which $95.1 million (78.2 percent) was awarded to small businesses. This is well above the established annual small business goal of 61 percent. Roughly $34.2 million of Pantex’s procurements from small businesses in fiscal year 2010 was awarded to local vendors, which has a significantly positive impact on the Amarillo area economy.
Small businesses play an important role in implementing NNSA’s mission. NNSA distributed more than $395 million in small business obligations for federal prime contracts in fiscal year 2010. NNSA surpassed its departmental small business goal by 39 percent for the year.
The benefits of using small business companies include more efficient use of taxpayer dollars, reducing overhead operating costs, and providing an opportunity for small businesses to gain exposure within the nuclear security enterprise throughout the nation
In addition to the agency’s own small business work, NNSA’s Management & Operating (M&O) contractors’ small business programs obligated over 55 percent of all subcontracted work to small businesses.
Pantex officials will receive the award during the SBA Small Business Week celebration at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C., May 18-20.
Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation’s national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.