Native Sons nominated as Small Subcontractor of the Year

Staff reports
5/11/10

PLAINVILLE, Conn. – The U.S. Small Business Administration recently informed Native Sons, Ltd. and its employees of their nomination as the 2010 Subcontractor of the Year for the United States Small Business Administration Region I – Northeast.

The Small Business Subcontractor of the Year is awarded annually to honor small businesses that have provided the government and industry with outstanding goods and services as subcontractors.

Native Sons was nominated by The Haskell Company, Jacksonville, Fla., for its work as a team member on the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, RD&A and T&E Consolidation Project.

“It is unusual to find a subcontractor that can have such a positive impact, not just on the assigned scope of work, but on the work of others, on the project as a whole, on the owner and on the end users,” said Larry Willis, director of project development for Haskell. “To have the ability to produce such positive reviews from those with the appropriate technical knowledge; and to excel in the skeptical culture of the users who have only a passing interest or understanding of the complexity and difficulty of the tasks undertaken in building is very rare. Native Sons is highly qualified, safe, well managed and financed, and shows unusually high regard for the needs of both the prime contractor and the owner.”

The Dahlgren project called for detailed and intimate knowledge of an unusually wide variety of materials and installations. As an example, the Anechoic Chamber, a shielded room designed to attenuate sound or electromagnetic energy, was designed to accommodate the testing and evaluation of advanced electronics and avionics and required complete isolation from all standard building systems.

All of the laboratories were equipped to handle any electronic system currently in use or planned to be put into use for the Navy. These systems included land?based, ship?board, vehicle and airframe mounted equipment, each with unique space and infrastructure requirements. The facility was designed so that any system could quickly and easily be duplicated and reconstructed for test and evaluation. The 400 hertz equipment in particular, due to its unusual electrical and magnetic properties, posed unique and non?standard installation challenges.

“Most large contractors would struggle to provide the expertise to handle all of the disparate products, means and methods. Native Sons consistently went beyond mere familiarity with the technical requirements of the work due to in?depth knowledge of all of the related requirements of the systems. We firmly believe that Native Sons, Ltd., Frank Chapman, president, and Michael T. Oles project executive/general manager deserve to be awarded the SBA Small Business Subcontractor of the Year Award,” Willis said.

This year, Small Business Week will be a three?day event in Washington, D.C., taking place May 23 – 25 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The Region 1 selection puts Native Sons in the running for National Small Subcontractor of the Year. The SBA Washington, D.C. office will be making the official, formal announcements of the National Winner at the conference. The Region 1 award program is June 3 in Wallingford, Conn.

For more information on Native Sons, Ltd., visit the Web site.

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