Saturday, July 21, 2018

Week in review (7/15 to 7/21)

Some weeks we have a lot of posts about contracts awarded by the military to various companies. But during this past week we were inundated by stories about money that will be spent on projects are airports in the region.

Triumph Gulf Coast during the week gave preliminary approval to $64.5 million in grants to expand Northwest Florida’s aerospace and aviation infrastructure. The Triumph board voted unanimously to support $56 million in major expansions of the Pensacola International Airport's maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities and $8.5 million for substantial expansion of Whiting Aviation Park in Santa Rosa County.

The funds for Pensacola is contingent upon obtaining more than $75 million now being sought from city, county, state and federal sources and $59 million in commitments to the project by private companies.

The next step for the Pensacola and Whiting projects is agreement on a term sheet that will stipulate the obligations of all funding partners and include performance requirements and a "claw back" that would allow Triumph to reclaim its funds if jobs aren’t created and sustained, as committed by the private and public sponsors of the proposals. (Post)

Across the state line in Alabama, airports in that state are getting grants from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program.

The Downtown Mobile Airport will be getting a $7.1 million grant to pay for rehabilitation of runway 18/36, the reconstruction of taxiway H and installation of new taxiway lighting. A month earlier, H.L. (Sonny) Callahan Airport in Fairhope was awarded $3 million for runway construction. (Story)

Airbus has named Hoar Program Management (HPM) to be in charge of building the new assembly line for the A220 series plane in Mobile. The A220 is the renamed Bombardier CSeries. It will be built in Mobile, as well as Quebec, Canada, as part of a joint venture between Airbus and Bombardier. Ground breaking is expected later this year.

HPM, which began in Birmingham, Ala., has locations across Alabama and elsewhere. It built the A320 final assembly line in Mobile, and the recently opened VT MAE hangar in Pensacola, Fla. (Post)

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a
$164 million modification to previously awarded contract for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Field Support Contract (TFSC). The work will be performed in Huntsville, Ala.; Sunnyvale, Calif.; Grand Prairie, Texas; and Troy, Ala. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity. … Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., was awarded $19.3 million modification to a previously awarded contract to procure integrated functional capability (IFC) 4.0 unique material for the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System. Work will be performed in California, Texas, North Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Florida, New York, West Virginia and various locations in the continental U.S. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. Northrop Grumman does fuselage work on Triton in Moss Point, Miss. … PC Mechanical Inc., Santa Maria, Calif., was awarded a $19 million modification under a previously awarded contract to exercise option three for inspection, overhaul, repair, refurbishment, preventive maintenance, and logistics management information services to reconstitute the force of Civil Engineer Support Equipment (CESE) and Civil Engineer End Items (CEEI) under the CESE/CEEI Life Extension Program (CLEP) at Naval Base Ventura County. Work will be performed in Port Hueneme, Calif. (90 percent); and Gulfport, Miss. (10 percent), and this option period is from July 2018 to July 2019. The Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center, Port Hueneme, Calif., is the contracting activity. … Harris Corp., Rochester, N.Y., was awarded an $8 million contract for AN/PRC-160 radios. The radios will be delivered to Fort Benning, Ga.; Pope Army Airfield, N.C.; JB Lewis-McChord, Wash.; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.; Louisville, Ky.; and Portland, Ore.. The radios will be delivered by Sept. 20 2018. 1st Special Operations Contracting Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla., is the contracting activity.

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