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Agencies Partner to Award More than $26 Million in Valve Contracts

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Story Number: NNS090717-08
Release Date: 7/17/2009 12:20:00 PM

By Tim Christmann, Naval Supply Systems Command

MECHANICSBURG,Pa. (NNS) -- Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) partnered with the Defense Supply Center Columbus (DSCC) and Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to award five contracts June 24-July 14 valued at more than $26 million during a five-year period.

The contracts reflect an ongoing effort to reduce costs and ensure valve equipment commonality for all U.S. Navy ships.

DSCC, teaming with NAVSEA and NAVSUP, selected optimal valve supplying companies to fulfill these contracts. Based on cost, reliability and technical acceptance characteristics, these commodity contracts will be used as the principal source for standard, cost-wise hull, mechanical and electrical material for new construction and maintenance.

The five contracts were awarded to Pima Valve, SFC Valve Corporation, BEC Machine Products, Milwaukee Valve and the Canadian Commercial Corporation (subcontracts to Montreal Bronze). Valves supplied by these companies will be used to fabricate and repair a variety of ship systems, including air/gas management, fresh water, cooling/heating, hydraulic, fluid and climate control.

"These contracts are another significant step towards standardization and reducing total ownership costs," said John Goodhart, vice commander, NAVSUP.

"The award of these contracts is a good example of the type of results that are the product of great teamwork and strong commitment to the fleet customer. They enable fleet and shore entities to reduce total ownership cost," Rear Adm. Nicholas Kalathas, assistant deputy commander, Fleet Logistics, NAVSEA 04L.

Both Goodhart and Kalathas lead a Navy task force that directs/approves standardization opportunities like those represented by these valve contracts.

NAVSUP's primary mission is to provide U.S. naval forces with quality supplies and services. With headquarters in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and employing a diverse, worldwide workforce of more than 25,500 military and civilian personnel, NAVSUP oversees logistics programs in the areas of supply operations, conventional ordnance, contracting, resale, fuel, transportation and security assistance. In addition, NAVSUP is responsible for quality of life issues for our naval forces, including food service, postal services, Navy Exchanges and movement of household goods.

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