The Y-12 National Security Complex honored six small businesses for their exceptional contributions to Y-12’s missions.

Y12_red_LogoThe Y-12 National Security Complex honored six small businesses for their exceptional contributions to Y-12’s missions during Fiscal Year 2010 at the Annual Socioeconomic Programs Awards Luncheon held Wednesday, June 8.

Six Y-12 employees also were acknowledged for their role as small business advocates.

Honored as Y-12 2011 Small Businesses of the Year were:
• Services: Gem Tech Y-12 LLC
• Materials: Associated Fabrication and Container Sales
• Construction: Stein Construction Company Inc.
• Disadvantaged: AMARC LLC
• Woman-Owned: ETE Consulting Engineering Inc.
• Service Disabled Veteran-Owned: Ingenium Professional Services Inc.

Y-12 employees honored as Small Business Advocates of the Year: Matt Carr, Lisa Copeland, Patty Rose, Bob Shnider, Dennis Hough and Jerome Miller

In his opening remarks, the manager of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Y-12 Site Office, Ted Sherry, highlighted the indispensible role small businesses and entrepreneurs are playing in America’s economic recovery through their creation of jobs and innovative industries.

“Not only have we – the Y-12 National Security Complex, B&W Y-12 and you, our small business partners – met these high standards, but we have surpassed them,” Sherry told the audience of about 100 representatives of the small-business community, area leaders and Y-12 employees at the luncheon at Flatwater Grill in Oak Ridge.

Among the highlights:
• More than 62 percent of Y-12’s total procurements were subcontracted to small businesses, amounting to $250 million of the $470 million spent on procurements in FY 2010 – a 10-year record for Y-12.
• Nearly 70 percent of Y-12’s ARRA work in 2010 was contracted to small businesses.
• In 2010, Y-12 Socioeconomic Program Manager Gloria D. Mencer was recognized as the Department of Energy’s Managing and Operating Small Business Program Manager of the Year at the 12th Annual DOE Small Business Conference.

Darrel Kohlhorst, president and general manager of B&W Y-12, echoed Sherry’s remarks in thanking small businesses for “helping Y-12 meet the nation’s critical nuclear security missions.” Kohlhorst introduced keynote speaker Randy Boyd, founder of Radio Systems Corporation, as “a self-made man and the ultimate entrepreneur.”

Boyd founded Radio Systems 20 years ago and today the company, known best for its PetSafe brand, has $300 million in sales, 480 employees and 4,000 pet products on the market. The Knoxville News Sentinel has acknowledged the company as the state’s third top patent holder, following Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee.

Boyd shared his entrepreneurial story and discussed his company’s values, which he said create a supportive working environment and lead to a strong relationship with the community. Boyd encouraged attendees to become further involved in their own communities by serving as mentors in Knox Achieves and Tennessee Achieves – programs that offer financial support and mentoring relationships to increase the accessibility of a college degree for local high school students.

Source: Y-12 National Security Complex | Press Release, June 13, 2011