PIKE COUNTY, Ohio – Fluor-BWXT Site Project Director Dennis Carr recognized Innovative Solutions (Insolves) and President Steve Barbarits on March 16 for successfully completing the Mentor/Protégé Program on the DOE Portsmouth (PORTS) D&D Project. Insolves is the second area company in the past two months to graduate from this unique small business outreach effort.
The DOE Mentor/Protégé Program is designed to encourage DOE prime contractors to assist Small Business Administration (SBA) certified small disadvantaged businesses in increasing their business and performance acumen and capabilities as a commercial contractor performing work within the government sector. In addition, the program seeks to help these businesses extend their services to other DOE sites and commercial customers across the U.S. in a prime contractor capacity.
“The Mentor/Protégé Program can help foster long-term business relationships both commercially and within the government,” Carr said. “Fluor and BWXT have worked successfully in the government sector for many years including at sites like Fernald, Hanford and Savannah River. This program gives us an opportunity to share that hard-won experience while at the same time receiving the benefit of specific skills and expertise offered by Innovative Solutions. It’s really a great model for both companies and we are fortunate to have Mentor/Protégé Program support from the DOE.”
“On behalf of the management team and our employees, I wish to thank DOE and Fluor-BWXT for their mentorship and support over the past five years,” Barbarits said. “As a small business establishing itself in the complex nuclear arena, the Mentor/Protégé Program has been an essential tool to assist us in developing the skills and experience necessary to be successful.”
Insolves is a HUB zone small business with 282 employees headquartered in southern Ohio. They provide specialty fabrication services, security related services, non-destructive analysis, engineering services, analytical laboratory management and staffing support to the PORTS D&D Project as well as other sites across the DOE complex. Over the past five years InSolves has established itself as a source of recognized expertise for uranium enrichment and global nuclear safeguards. They have become a dependable supplier of nuclear quality-grade instrumentation and equipment, with expertise in access control systems for radiological facilities.
Fluor-BWXT Program Manager Karen Davis has worked closely over the past five years to identify areas to develop and leverage the capabilities of this local business on the complex PORTS D&D Project. The decontamination and decommissioning of the former uranium enrichment plant is expected to take decades and will be the largest project in Ohio.
“We love being a great place for folks to do what they enjoy by applying their unique skills in a wide range of career opportunities,” Barbarits said. “InSolves is proud of its successful contribution to the PORTS D&D Project and the local community. We look forward to our continuing role.”
Each year Fluor-BWXT spends approximately $61 million for small business subcontracts that directly support the D&D Project. Two other Mentor Protégé companies have performed work under contracts with Fluor-BWXT and the DOE: Wastren Advantage Inc., also based in Pike County, and Boston Services Group with offices locally and in Oak Ridge, TN.
“Our continued goal is to support small businesses and strengthen the regional and local economy,” Carr said. “Through the Mentor Protégé Program we have a unique opportunity to help businesses grow, which in turn provides more jobs in our surrounding communities.”
Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) and BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT) (NYSE: BWXT), two world-class companies with significant Ohio experience, formed Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC (FBP) to address the decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) needs at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Portsmouth Site in Pike County, Ohio. Fluor-BWXT which employs 1,900 workers that bring unparalleled experience, insights, and lessons learned from across the DOE complex. The Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth mandate is to clean up the Portsmouth Site safely and compliantly, provide strong uranium stewardship and partner with local communities to achieve a sustainable economic future. For more information, visit www.fbportsmouth.com.