LANL honors seven small businesses

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By John Severance

In all, close to 1,300 small businesses do business with the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
On Thursday, LANL held a recognition ceremony at Fuller Lodge for seven businesses that were most successful in the past fiscal year.
“We are here today to recognize the seven suppliers we believe have done an outstanding job at the lab,” LANL Small Business Program Manager Dennis Roybal said.
Small businesses honored included Edgewater Technical Associates LLC, Homan’s Inc., Integrated Electric and Utility LLC, TEVET, LLC, Tsay Construction & Services, LLC, Vector Resources, Inc., and Vigil Enterprises, Inc.
John Woosley, the district director of the New Mexico Small Business Association Office, told the honorees, “You exemplify to the labs when it comes to fulfilling the mission.”
Doug McCrary, the LANL Acquisition Services Management Division Leader, said he attends a lot of functions, “but this one is important. It’s the recognition of our suppliers and we do a lot of business with a lot of small businesses. We’re proud of what these businesses have accomplished.”
Los Alamos National Laboratory purchased nearly $1 billion in goods and services in the 2010 fiscal year ending September 30, 2010. The $925 million in purchases was helped in part by funding from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act the Laboratory received for environmental remediation and basic research.

The Laboratory also exceeded its goals for purchases made by small businesses in Northern New Mexico, the state and the country.
The Laboratory and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office annually set targets for the percentage of purchases made by small businesses.
 In fiscal year 2010, 63 percent of all purchases made by the Laboratory were from small businesses, far exceeding the Lab’s target of 46 percent.
Roybal pointed out even without the stimulus funding, the Lab still made 50 percent of its purchases from small businesses.
“We are happy with it and we exceeded our expectations,” Roybal said. “We are going to continue to find ways to help small businesses.

In the 2010 fiscal year, $484 million in purchases were made from businesses in New Mexico — $352 million of this amount from businesses in Northern New Mexico.