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POJOAQUE – Asa Kelley compared the economic future at Los Alamos National Laboratory to a big, juicy peach, a Georgia Belle, which he described as the best and tastiest peach of Georgia.
“There’s a lot of work for a lot of people for a lot of years,” said Kelly, the lab’s associate director for project management services, at a small business forum Thursday.
Anticipated construction projects are slated to bring in $250-$350 million a year for the next decade or so. That’s compared to $47 million in Fiscal Year 2004, a total figure that has grown to the current $220 million.
The small-business forum, held about twice a year, brings buyers and purchasing managers together with small business suppliers, bidders and opportunity prospectors. There were at least 200 of them on hand.
More work in the pipeline was music to their ears.
Kevin Chalmers, acquisition services manager at the laboratory, drew approving applause when he told the audience that the laboratory spending might rise for all procurements, closer to $850 million than last years’ $750 million.
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