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S&K Technologies lands $975 million contract

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ST. IGNATIUS — CEO Tom Acevedo believes S&K Technologies’ latest contract, worth an estimated $975 million is testament to the company’s growing reputation since 1999.

One of the company’s seven branches, S&K Aerospace, has been awarded the prime contract for the Parts and Repair Ordering System IV Program from the Air Force Security Assistance Center of the United States Air Force. The single award will offer Tri-Service support to Air Force, Army and Navy Foreign Military Sales customers in more than 80 countries.

“It was a very sought-after proposal,” said Acevedo. “The word is ‘extremely pleased.’”

The PROS IV team of Parts and Repair Technical Services, Inc., of Stockbridge, Ga., General Dynamics Information Technology of Fairfax, Va., and S&K Aerospace will be providing spare supplies, component maintenance and task order support to provide logistical, wide-ranging technical services as well as other support services.

S&K Aerospace’s previous record contract, worth $325 million, was with the Royal Saudi Air Force in 2001.

“This will allow us to gain access to 90 new markets internationally,” said Dermot O’Halloran, vice-president of corporate development. “It’s pretty significant.” O’Halloran said previous incumbents to the Air Force contract include Science Applications International headquartered in McLean, Va., and Corporation and URS Corporation in San Francisco, Calif. URS Corporation has held the federal contract for the past 10 years.

The contract will create five new jobs locally and 40 to 50 nationwide. Acevedo explained that the five area jobs are human resources positions but said the company also advertises locally for national positions. Many jobs will be based in Dayton, Ohio, home of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and one of many cities where S&K Technologies maintains offices.

“We encourage tribal members to apply, but people hate to leave this beautiful area. Just look outside your window today,” Acevedo said.

Since 1999, S&K Technologies has returned more than $14 million to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai government after being incorporated with $150,000 in tribal seed money. Over the years, the business has garnered several awards. In 2002, the company was named Tribal Business of the Year from the American Indian Business Leaders. In 2007, it was named Tribally Owned Enterprise of the Year from the National Center American Indian Enterprise Development. And last year, it was given the Elite Team Award and Superior Assistance Award from the NASA Johnson Space Center.

Headquartered in St. Ignatius and with Montana offices in Missoula, Polson and Arlee, S&K Technologies also maintains offices in Washington, D.C.; Houston, Texas; Anchorage, Alaska; Dayton, Ohio; Bremerton, Wash.; Grand Junction, Colo.; Warner Robins and Byron, Ga.; Franklin, Tenn.; and Baghdad, Iraq. Acevedo and O’Halloran said the future of the company is to continue building connections from Montana to the international markets.

“We’ve done exploratory work in Singapore … and we have new connections with Turkey, and we would like to build that relationship,” Acevedo shared. “One of the things that allows us to get new contracts is our reputation and our track record.”

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