Y-12 recognized small business subcontractors, small business advocates, and graduates from its mentor protégé program at the Annual Socioeconomic Program Awards luncheon.

Y-12-MaroonOAK RIDGE – Y-12 recognized six small business subcontractors for their superior performance in 2010, at Y-12’s Annual Socioeconomic Program Awards luncheon Monday. Four Y-12 employees were also honored as small business advocates, and five small businesses and two historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) graduated from Y-12’s mentor protégé program.

Y-12 Small Businesses of the Year include:

  • Tellico Electric Inc. of Lenoir City, Small Business of the Year
  • Environmental Dimensions Inc. of Albuquerque, NM, Small Woman-Owned Business of the Year
  • Elvado Environmental LLC of Knoxville, Small Disadvantaged Business of the Year
  • Oak Ridge Automotive and Industrial Supply Inc., HUBZone Small Business of the Year
  • Catalyst Technology Group USA Inc. of Knoxville, Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year
  • Piping Supply Co. Inc. of Chattanooga, AVID Supplier of the Year

Small Business Advocates of the Year are Terry Lewis, Deborah Mullins, Joe Kato and Danny Nichols, all B&W Y-12 employees.

Graduating Protégés and Mentors include:
Protégés / Mentors/Y-12 Employee Sponsors

Alabama State University – Don Woodard / Brenda Hunter and Blake Scott

Apexio Solutions Inc. – Beverly Rodriguez / Barry Totten

Cavanagh Services Group – Sue Rice / Danny Nichols

Elvado Environmental LLC – Jill Mortimore / Terry Cothron

Hadron Technologies Inc. – Stan Morrow / Tommy Dodson

RAM/VITEC Inc. – Ruby Miller / Edwena Crowe

Tennessee State University – Dr. Lonnie Sharp / Roseanne Smith

Y-12 also signed a new mentor protégé agreement with Action Services Group Inc., a Knoxville-based, veteran-owned electrical and general construction contractor.

Kohlhorst credited its small business partners in helping Y-12 reach many of its recent milestones including work related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“All of Y-12’s ARRA projects are on or ahead of approved schedule,” Kohlhorst said. “Our small businesses have served a tremendous role in this achievement.”

When Y-12 started its ARRA work in May 2009, the goal was to award at least 45 percent of Y-12’s ARRA subcontracts to small business.

“Because of the outstanding work of our small businesses, I’m proud to say that 77 percent of our ARRA subcontracts have gone to our small business partners. That’s $48.2 million of the $62.4 million awarded,” Kohlhorst said.

Small businesses will continue to serve an important role in Y-12’s future, Ted Sherry, the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Y-12 site office

manager told attendees.

“Since 2005, more than half of Y-12’s subcontracts have gone to small businesses for a total of $825 million,” Sherry said. “Y-12’s success and the success of our national security efforts truly depend on all of us working together.”

Sherry pointed out the following facts of interest related to NNSA and Y-12’s small business program.

  • In FY2009, NNSA distributed more than $418 million in small business obligations for federal prime contracts. Y-12 subcontracted $170 million to small businesses.
  • Y-12 was one of only four in the U.S. to receive the Small Business Administration Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Manufacturing in 2008, honoring large federal contractors that exemplify small business utilization.
  • Y-12 earned the sole SBA 2008 Francis Perkins Vanguard Award for excellence in the use of women-owned small businesses as prime contractors and subcontractors.
  • Y-12 was named the Department of Energy’s 2007 Mentor of the Year.

More than 130 small business and community leaders and Y-12 employees attended Monday’s program at the Flatwater Grill in Oak Ridge. Congressman Lincoln Davis, who
was scheduled to be the guest speaker at the event, could not attend due to a family emergency.

B&W Y-12 operates the Y 12 National Security Complex for the National Nuclear Security Administration.

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