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Protect & Grow Community Discussion – Year in Review

The Michigan Defense Center is proud to invite you to the

Protect and Grow Community DiscussionYear in Review
October 29, 2020 | 10am-12pm

This Community Discussion is intended for Michigan stakeholders, partners and companies.


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The Michigan Defense Center leads the state’s Protect and Grow Initiative, a comprehensive statewide effort to protect Michigan’s federal and state military facilities and missions while growing assets, missions and opportunities for Michigan companies in the cutting-edge emerging markets needed by our nation’s defense agencies.

You gave us your input and made the strategic plan the best plan possible. It is now time for us to gather to share with our government, academic and industry partners an update on Michigan’s strategies and successes!  

Agenda:
• Introductions
• P&G 2.0 Year in Review
• Legislative Update
• MI NG Update
• P&G Innovation Around the State
• PTAC of Michigan Update
• MDC’s Cybersecurity Compliance Program
• Conclusion
• Round Table Chat with Speakers and MDC D.C. Advocates

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We are looking forward to seeing you and hearing your ideas. As always, thank you for your great and continued support.    Sincerely, 
Vicki Selva
Executive Director

Defense Contracts Awarded to Michigan Companies – September 2020

Congratulations to Michigan Companies Thriving in Defense Contracting!

The State of Michigan recognizes the effort it takes to compete for defense contracts and the benefits they bring to Michigan companies, the state economy, and our national security.

September 9, 2020

Limno-Tech Inc.,* Ann Arbor, Michigan, was awarded a $9,900,000 fixed-price-level-of-effort contract for research and development services for water quality and contaminant modeling. Bids were solicited via the internet with two received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 8, 2025. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, Mississippi, is the contracting activity (W912HZ-20-D-0004).

September 16, 2020

Chavis Inc., Maxton, North Carolina (W91247-17-D-0015, P00002); Outside the Box LLC, Richmond, Virginia (W91247-17-D-0014, P00002); CMC Building Inc., Bolton, North Carolina (W91247-17-D-0013, P00002); Lifecycle Construction Services LLC, Fredericksburg, Virginia (W91247-17-D-0017, P00002); and W4 Construction Group, Kalamazoo, Michigan (W91247-17-D-0018, P00002), were awarded $36,0000 in modifications to execute a broad range of maintenance, repair and minor construction projects at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  Bids were solicited via the internet with 17 received.  Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 29, 2022. U.S. Army 419th Contracting Support Brigade, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, is the contracting activity.

September 17, 2020

Testek LLC, Wixom, Michigan, is awarded a $38,071,331 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.  This contract is for the production and delivery of up to 42 Aircraft Generator Test Stands (AGTS), 41 for the Navy and one for a Foreign Military Sales customer.  The AGTS will be used to conduct full functional testing of the new F/A-18E/F and EA-18G G4 generator converter units, the V-22 Constant Frequency Generator and Variable Frequency Generator, the ALQ-99 Ram Air Turbine Generator and generators tested by the legacy Aircraft Engine Component Test Stand (AECTS) at those sites where the AECTS is being replaced by the AGTS.  Work will be performed in Wixom, Michigan, and is expected to be completed by September 2026.  No funds will be obligated at the time of award.  Funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued.  This contract was competitively procured via an electronic request for proposal, two offers were received.  The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (N68335-20-D-0048).

LOC Performance Products Inc.,* Plymouth, Michigan, has been awarded a maximum $47,634,898 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for left and right final drives.  This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1.  This is a five-year contract with no option periods.  Location of performance is Michigan, with an Aug. 30, 2025, ordering period end date.  Using military service is Army.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2020 through 2025 defense working capital funds.  The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Warren, Michigan (SPRDL1-20-D-0093).

September 18, 2020

General Dynamics Land Systems, Sterling Heights, Michigan, was awarded a $14,305,952 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for receipt, inspection, diagnosis, repair, testing, storage, issue and unique identification marking to parts for the M1A1/M1A2 Abrams tank, M2A3/M3A3 Bradley fighting vehicle and the M104 Wolverine platforms.  Bids were solicited via the internet with two received.  Work will be performed in Fort Hood, Texas; Anniston, Alabama; Sterling Heights, Michigan; and Tallahassee, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2023.  Fiscal 2020 Army working capital funds in the amount of $14,305,952 were obligated at the time of the award.  Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity W56HZV-20-C-0216).

SSI Technology,* Sterling Heights, Michigan, was awarded a $7,181,000 firm-fixed-price contract to provide auxiliary power units for sustainment of the M88 Tank Recovery Vehicle fleet.  Bids were solicited via the internet with three received.  Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2025.  U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-20-D-0106).

September 21, 2020

Alliant Enterprises LLC,* Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been awarded a maximum $225,000,000 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for patient monitoring and capital equipment systems and accessories.  This was a competitive acquisition with 50 offers received.  This is a five-year base contract with one five-year option period.  Location of performance is Michigan, with a Sept. 20, 2025, ordering period end date.  Using customers are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2020 through 2025 defense working capital funds.  The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE2D1-20-D-0012).

September 25, 2020

International Enterprise Inc., Talladega, Michigan, was awarded a $26,177,663.00 firm-fixed-price contract to provide test, teardown and evaluation and repair of the components of the Integrated Helmet and Display Sight System of the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter.  Bids were solicited via the internet with one received.  Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2023.  U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-20-D-0113).

General Dynamics Land Systems, Sterling Heights, Michigan, was awarded a 14,129,939 modification (PZ0002) to contract W56HZV-20-D-0011 for Stryker Anti-Tank Guided Missile vehicle kits.  Bids were solicited via the internet with one received.  Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of April 18, 2025.  U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-20-D-0011).

Lowry Holding Co. Inc.,* Brighton, Michigan, was awarded an $11,268,202 firm-fixed-price contract to purchase hand-held tablets for the Army National Guard.  Bids were solicited via the internet with one received.  Work will be performed in Chester, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 25, 2020.  Fiscal 2020 National Guard and Reserve equipment (Defense) funds in the amount of $11,268,202 were obligated at the time of the award.  U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is the contracting activity (W52P1J-20-F-0647). 

Jedco Inc.,* Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been awarded a maximum $8,344,000 firm-fixed price contract for augmenter support production units for the F100 engine.  This was a competitive acquisition with one response received.  This is a three-year contract with no option periods.  Location of performance is Michigan, with a Sept. 1, 2023, performance completion date.  Using customers are military services in Saudi Arabia and Taiwan.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2020 Foreign Military Sales funds.  The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (SPRTA1-20-C-0086).

September 28, 2020

BB&E Inc.,* Northville, Michigan, is awarded a $9,880,969 firm-fixed-price task order for the exercise of the second option period for professional support services in design and capital improvements within the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Mid-Atlantic area of responsibility (AOR).  After award of this option, the total cumulative task order value will be $26,346,302.  The work to be performed provides for various architecture and construction engineering disciplines to assist in completing various design and capital improvement projects.  Work will be performed at various installations within the NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic AOR to include Norfolk, Virginia (72%); Jacksonville, North Carolina (8%); Albany, Georgia (4%); Portsmouth, Virginia (3%); Havelock, North Carolina (3%); Crane, Indiana (3%); Kittery, Maine (3%); Great Lakes, Illinois (2%); and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2%).  This option period is from September 2020 to September 2021.  Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $4,094,156 are obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  Fiscal 2020 military construction (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $3,300,000 are obligated on this award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia, is the contracting activity (N40085-18-F-9965).

Douglas N. Higgins Inc.,* Ann Arbor, Michigan, was awarded an $8,089,000 firm-fixed-price contract to provide hydraulic connectivity through the addition of new culverts under or adjacent to existing U.S. Route 41 and existing County Road 92.  Bids were solicited via the internet with eight received.  Work will be performed in Naples, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2023.  Fiscal 2020 civil operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $8,089,000 were obligated at the time of the award.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville, Florida, is the contracting activity (W912EP-20-C-0023).

L3 Technologies Inc., Muskegon, Michigan, has been awarded a maximum $94,367,223 firm-fixed-price contract for M88A2 Hercules Recovery Vehicle diesel engines.  This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1.  This is a 33-month contract with one option period.  Location of performance is Michigan, with a June 15, 2023, performance completion date.  Using military service is Army.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2020 through 2023 defense working capital funds.  The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency, Land and Maritime, Warren, Michigan (SPRDL1-20-C-211).

September 30, 2020

General Dynamics Land Systems, Sterling Heights, Michigan, was awarded a $1,219,170,958 hybrid (cost-no-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price and fixed-price-incentive) contract to produce, test and deliver Interim Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense (IM-SHORAD) systems. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2025. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-20-D-0039). 

Soar Technology Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan, was awarded an $11,602,922 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Urban Reconnaissance through Supervised Autonomy (URSA) program, Phase 2.  This contract provides for the research, development and demonstration of the URSA improvement of vehicle autonomy.  Work will be performed in Ann Arbor, Michigan (64%); Clifton Park, New York (25%); Hampton, Virginia (8%); and Lowell, Massachusetts (3%), with an estimated completion date of March 2022.  Research and development funds in the amount of $8,880,351 are being obligated at the time of award.  This contract is a competitive acquisition in accordance with the original broad agency announcement, HR0011-18-S-0036.  The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity (HR0011-20-C-0180).

September’s Highlight Article: Subcontract with Michigan Prime Contractors

Subcontractor Resources – From the Michigan Defense Center’s Online Resource Guide
The easiest way to enter the federal supply chain is to become a Subcontractor where you provide goods and services to companies that already have contracts with the federal government. Here are some resources to help you get connected with these Prime Contractors.

Register Your Company with Prime Contractors

Some large Michigan companies that regularly do business directly with the government have offices that actively seek suppliers. Below are information and links to these companies where you can learn more about their processes and register your business:

General Dynamics Land Systems, headquartered in Sterling Heights, is a global leader in manufacture of tracked and wheeled military vehicles. The Abrams main battle tank, the family of Stryker and LAV wheeled combat vehicles, and the AJAX armored fighting vehicles are at the heart of Land Systems’ military vehicle platforms. For more information and to register as a supplier go to:  https://www.gdls.com/suppliers/doing-business-with.html

BAE Systems, Inc. is an international defense, aerospace and security company that delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. The company’s combat vehicle headquarters is located in Sterling Heights. To register as a supplier go to: https://baesystems.hicx.net/bae/hicxesm-portal/app/discovery-login.html

Oshkosh Corporation is an American industrial company that designs and builds specialty trucks, military vehicles, truck bodies, airport fire apparatus and access equipment. Located in Warren, Oshkosh Defense is a global leader in the design, production and sustainment of tactical military vehicles and mobility systems. For more information and to become part of the Oshkosh Supplier Network, go to: https://osn.oshkoshcorp.com/

DoD Mentor-Protégé Program (MMP)

https://business.defense.gov/Programs/Mentor-Protege-Program/
The DoD Office of Small Business Programs operates a mentor-protégé program (MMP) to help eligible small businesses develop technical capabilities and expand their footprint in the military supply chain. At the same time mentor firms use the MPP to fill unique niches and as part of their sourcing plans.  As a result small businesses and larger companies are able to partner to form winning relationships with each other and the DoD. Under the program protégé firms have added about 13 new full-time employees to their payroll and earned $7.3 million in additional revenue for each year of participation. Mentor companies receive reimbursement for costs associated with developmental assistance or credit toward small disadvantaged business goals. For more information and eligibility requirements go to https://business.defense.gov/Programs/Mentor-Protege-Program/

U.S. Army Tank-automotive & Armaments Command (TACOM)

https://www.tacom.army.mil/sbo/
TACOM unites a community of Army organizations into an “enterprise” that focuses on soldier and ground systems throughout the entire acquisition life cycle of those systems from concept development, engineering and manufacturing development, production and deployment, operations and support, and disposal. The TACOM enterprise community consists of Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L) organizations as well as contracting support. TACOM has several long term contracts with many prime contractors and can provide contact information with basic contract information for subcontracting opportunities. Please email a message to usarmy.detroit.tacom.mbx.lcmc-osbp@mail.mil to request the list.

Reverse Engineering Projects for Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS)

www.automationalley.com
DMSMS is the loss of resources and material needed to build, maintain and operate warfighting equipment. In recent years, the U.S. Defense Industry has shifted its focus from producing new weapons, vehicles and other defense systems to sustaining existing systems. However, many of the original suppliers and manufacturers of the various parts that make up these systems are no longer in business or have ceased to supply needed parts.

In cases where the original supplier or manufacturer of a part needed by US Armed Forces is no longer in business, the technical data needed to continue manufacturing that part is often lost or is only available at a high price. In these cases, Automation Alley can identify companies that are capable of reverse engineering the parts and developing a corresponding technical data package and prototype. Automation Alley has a current contract with the Army Contracting Command – Warren for dealing with obsolescence and DMSMS issues. The contract is available to all services, other government agencies (both U.S. and non-U.S.), and customer organizations throughout the Department of Defense (DoD).

If your company is interested in a reverse engineering DMSMS project, please contact us at info@automationalley.com.

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September Bid Opportunity of the Month

Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV) Prototype Vehicle (PV)
https://beta.sam.gov/opp/b94c72952cdb4fe299081e7e080c7a8c/view
https://beta.sam.gov/opp/b4c4a5a27413433ab66fade089e9e0d5/view
The Government intends to issue an initial draft Request for Prototype Proposal (RPP) for the Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV) Prototype Vehicle (PV) Project on approximately August 31, 2020.
The intent of this project is to pursue the development and acquisition of the Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV) Prototype Vehicle (PV) for the United States Marine Corps (USMC). The ARV PV is envisioned as a next generation platform with a combination of capabilities that will enable Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) battalions to function as a battlefield manager.  
The Government anticipates making up to four (4) awards for ARV PVs as a result of the final RPP. The awardees will deliver a prototype ARV for testing/evaluation by the Government per award. The anticipated Follow-on Production funding is currently estimated at $1.8B – $6.2B over five (5) years.

Landscaping Services, Grand Haven, Michigan (Sources Sought)
Agency: Department of Defense
https://beta.sam.gov/opp/d60da49d4cd740d1a79c9484a8dc2fa6/view
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District is seeking firms that can provide Landscaping Services at our area office in Grand Haven, Michigan. The site is located on the Government owned property along the Grand River channel in Grand Haven MI. Interested and qualified companies are encouraged to respond. This is NOT a solicitation. This Sources Sought announcement is for planning and market research purposes only.

Upgrade HVAC Systems in Various Buildings, Battle Creek, Michigan (Pre-Solicitation)
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
https://beta.sam.gov/opp/3b2a2f4068114334a1a11f316f379815/view
The Contractor shall furnish all labor, material, equipment, supervision, As-Built Documentation, and all other related information to Upgrade HVAC Systems in Various Buildings at the VA Medical Center in Battle Creek. This announcement is a 100% Set Aside for Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB).

Industry Engagement for Construction of New Soo Lock Chamber (Industry Event)
Agency: Department of Defense
https://beta.sam.gov/opp/7a0fa0f11d574ae989c3ef1e04c022fe/view
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Detroit District, is conducting a series of Industry Engagement events from 1 Oct 2020 through 8 Oct 2020 to seek feedback from potential contractors on the New Lock at the Soo Chamber construction at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The intent is for USACE to share the 70% plans with contractors (28 Aug 2020), present an Overview of Chamber Design webinar (1 Oct 2020), conduct an Industry Site Visit (6 Oct 2020), and meet individually with contractors to gain feedback from a contractor perspective towards clarity and constructability of the current plan (6 ‐ 8 Oct).

Defense Contracts Awarded to Michigan Companies – August 2020

Congratulations from the State of Michigan to the businesses highlighted below who were awarded DoD contracts in the month of August 2020! We recognize the effort it takes to compete for defense contracts and the benefits they bring to Michigan companies, the state economy, and our national security.

August 3, 2020 https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Contracts/Contract/Article/2298575/source/GovDelivery/
Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing Inc.,* Grand Rapids, Michigan, was awarded a $160,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for domestic aseptic fill and finish manufacturing capacity for critical vaccines and therapeutics in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Bids were solicited via the internet with one received.  Work will be performed in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 2, 2021.  Fiscal 2020 Health and Human Services funds in the amount of $160,000,000 were obligated at the time of the award.  U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W911QY-20-C-0086).

August 10, 2020 https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Contracts/Contract/Article/2307696/
General Dynamics Land Systems, Sterling Heights, Michigan, was awarded a $428,229,970 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the field level maintenance, field service representative support, contingency maintenance support, new equipment training and total package fielding for the family of Stryker vehicles. Bids were solicited via the internet with two received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2025. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-20-D-0075).

August 14, 2020 https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Contracts/Contract/Article/2313931/
Morrish-Walace Construction Inc.,* Cheboygan, Michigan, was awarded a $7,276,650 firm-fixed-price contract to replace the mechanical drive system, excluding the motor, used to operate the four filling and emptying tainter valves on the MacArthur Lock.  Bids were solicited via the internet with four received.  Work will be performed in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2022.  Fiscal 2020 civil construction funds in the amount of $7,276,650 were obligated at the time of the award.  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W911XK-20-C-0020).

August 25, 2020 https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Contracts/Contract/Article/2324805/
SeaLandAire Technologies Inc.,* Jackson, Michigan, is awarded a $9,706,013 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N68335-20-F-0456) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N68335-20-G-1049.  This order provides for continued advanced technology research and development efforts for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) products for airborne anti-submarine warfare systems under SBIR topic N010-014 titled, “High Gain Array of Velocity Sensors.”  Further development and research efforts will include systems engineering, modeling and analyses, measurement of target and environment data, architecture, fabrication, installation, test, maintenance, aircrew training and procurement activities.  Additionally, this order provides engineering services for prototyping and delivery of 36 digital directional frequency analysis and reporting vertical line array sonobuoys in order to transfer this SBIR technology to the UnderSea Advantage Next Generation Multistatic Active Coherent system.  Work will be performed in Jackson, Michigan (90%); Columbia City, Indiana (5%); and Key West, Florida (5%), and is expected to be completed in August 2025.  Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $370,770 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

Construction Helicopters Inc., Howell, Michigan, has been awarded a $168,759,265 modification (P00010) to contract HTC711-17-D-R016 for continued rotary wing airlift support within the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility.  The option period of performance is from Sept. 1, 2020, to Aug. 31, 2021.  Funds were not obligated at award.  This modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $653,647,312 from $484,888,047.  U.S. Transportation Command, Directorate of Acquisition, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, is the contracting activity.

Nora Contracting LLC,* Detroit, Michigan, was awarded a $10,576,854 firm-fixed-price contract to construct a columbarium for the Veterans Administration (VA) at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.  Bids were solicited via the internet with two received.  Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 26, 2022.  Fiscal 2019 and 2020 VA construction funds in the amount of $10,576,854 were obligated at the time of the award.  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville, Kentucky, is the contracting activity (W912QR-20-C-0033).

August 27, 2020 https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Contracts/Contract/Article/2327934/
Avon Protection Systems Inc., Cadillac, Michigan (W911SR-20-D-0001); and Canadian Commercial Corp., Ottawa, Canada (W911SR-20-D-0002), will compete for each order of the $127,200,000 firm-fixed-price contract to qualify and procure M61 canisters for the Joint Service General Purpose Mask. Bids were solicited via the internet with two received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 26, 2027. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

August 28, 2020 https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Contracts/Contract/Article/2329454/
AMG Engineering & Machining Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana (SPE4A7-20-D-0363, $17,236,056); and Janel’s Industries Inc., Dowagiac, Michigan (SPE4A7-20-D-0362, $13,155,156), have each been awarded a maximum firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity contract under solicitation SPE4A7-20-R-0032 for aircraft structural fittings.  This was a competitive acquisition using justification 15 U.S. Code 657f, as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.206.  This is a five-year contract with no option periods.  Locations of performance are Michigan, Florida and Indiana, with an Aug. 28, 2025, performance completion date.  Using military service is Air Force.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2020 through 2025 defense working capital funds.  The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Richmond, Virginia.

MICHIGAN COMPANY AWARDED $7M CONTRACT TO REPLACE WWII-ERA VALVES AT SOO LOCKS
https://www.mlive.com/news/2020/08/michigan-company-awarded-7m-contract-to-replace-wwii-era-valves-at-soo-locks.html
Michigan company J.F Ryba Marine Construction Co. has been awarded $7,276,650 to replace the tainter valves for the MacArthur Lock at the Soo Locks. Read the MLive article published on August 25, 2020 for more details.

August 31, 2020 https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Contracts/Contract/Article/2331179/
Beaver Aerospace & Defense Inc., Livonia, Michigan, has been awarded a $14,658,882 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for sustainment of the Fast Rising B-Plug components.  This contract provides for remanufacture, shipping, testing and packaging for the Fast Rising B-Plug components used for the Fast Rising B-Plug program by the Air Force.  Work will be performed in Livonia, Michigan, and is expected to be completed Aug. 26, 2025.  This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.  Fiscal 2020 working capital funds in the amount of $34,255 are being obligated at the time of award.  Air Force Material Command, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity (FA8206-20-D-0001).

(*Small Business)

AUGUST’S HIGHLIGHT ARTICLE:

These 3 steps that are listed below have been pulled out of the MDC Online Resource Guide.

The Michigan Defense Center created the resource guide for Michigan companies and innovators who are interested in doing business with the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The purpose of the guide is to provide information on the various organizations, tools and other resources available locally and at the state or national level that can help you win federal contracts. These resources are free or available at a low cost for Michigan companies.

Why Get Into Defense Contracting?
• Diversify your portfolio to reduce risk and weather economic downturns
• Create opportunities for steady work and revenue
• Defense, defense aerospace and homeland security cross over into every industry
• Grow your business

Getting Started
There are three main paths to get into defense contracting. Perhaps the easiest way to enter the federal supply chain is to become a Subcontractor where you provide your goods or services to a company that already has a contract with the federal government. If you have an innovative idea that you would like to develop, prototype or produce, you can get a federal contract through Other Transaction Authorities (OTAs). Finally, you can become part of the federal supply chain by providing your goods or services directly to the federal government as a Prime Contractor. Whatever path you take to win a federal contract or become part of the federal supply chain, you must first do the following things:

  1. Register your company with the U.S. government through the System for Award Management (SAM) at www.sam.gov. SAM is a federal government-owned and operated website that allows companies to register and do business with the U.S. government. You must complete your SAM registration in order to bid on federal contracts, work as a federal contractor, or apply for federal grants.
  2. You also need to comply with NIST 800-171, a federal cybersecurity requirement. This requirement ensures that government contractors are able to protect the confidentiality of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). Contact your local Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at www.ptacsofmichigan.org or the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC) at www.the-center.org to receive assistance with NIST compliance.
  3. Connect with your local Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at www.ptacsofmichigan.org to receive free or low-cost support for entering the federal supply chain such as individualized business counseling, training, registration and certifications, bid proposals, and matchmaking.

The Michigan Defense Center, an operation of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), is the lead voice for Michigan’s defense and homeland security economy. It has galvanized 34 academic institutions and local, state, and economic development organizations to become partners in protecting and growing the defense assets and industry in the state. To date, the Michigan Defense Center has distributed $6.5 million in grants to these partners and small businesses in Michigan including the Upper Peninsula. The tools and resources that the Michigan Defense Center has developed to assist Michigan businesses such as the Bid Targeting System (BTS) and Proposal Writing Services (PWS) has resulted in 400 new Michigan small businesses becoming engaged in the defense industry, and winning $500 million in contracts.

Download the full version of the Online Resource Guide Here.

Bid Opportunity of the Month- August 2020

Furniture Installation and Transportation
Department of Veterans Affairs – Sources Sought

Solicitation: 36C25020Q0951
Primary NAICS Code: 484210 – Used Household and Office Goods Moving
Status: REQUST FOR INFORMATION ONLY – Base+4 – 10/01/2020-09/30/2025
Summary: ***THIS IS A REQUST FOR INFORMATION ONLY*** Furniture Relocation/Installation Please complete the Vendor Information Document and email to Wendy.Stewart@va.gov NLT Noon 08/04/2020. No phone calls shall be received. The Department of Veterans Affairs, Network Contracting Office 10, 24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive, Lobby M, Suite 2200, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, is seeking contractors who can provide all parts and hardware (including toggles, zip ties and related installation equipment), labor, on-site supervision, uniforms and identification, equipment, tools, transportation, supplies, and materials necessary to perform all tasks related to the transportation of furniture/equipment, installation/de-installation, reconfiguration of all government owned new and used freestanding, wall mounted and modular furniture for the following locations: Clinic: Location: Pontiac CBOC 44200 Woodward Ave., Suite 208, Pontiac MI 48341 Detroit Warehouse 8747 Brandt Street, Dearborn, MI., 48126 Piquette Square HPACT 301 Piquette Street, Detroit, MI, 48202 Detroit VET Center 4161 Cass, Detroit MI 48201 Dearborn VET Center 19855 West Outer Drive, Dearborn MI., 48127 Pontiac VET Center 44200 Woodward Ave., Suite 108, Pontiac MI 48341
View full opportunity here:  https://beta.sam.gov/opp/9e126dc5cb2c46458fbbb788a1f8f876/view?keywords=36C25020Q0951&sort=-relevance&index=&is_active=true&page=1

Architect Engineering and Design Services
Department of Defense – Pre-solicitation
Solicitation: W911XK20R0005
Primary NAICS Code: 541330 – Engineering Services
Status: Partial Small Business Set-Aside
Summary: ARCHITECT ENGINEER (A-E) INDEFINITE DELIVERY TYPE CONTRACT FOR PLANNING, ENGINEERING AND DESIGN SERVICES FOR THE DETROIT DISTRICT, U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
View full opportunity here:  https://beta.sam.gov/opp/c1bc363dc8354717a4b946425b253bb7/view?keywords=w911XK20R0005&sort=-relevance&index=&is_active=true&page=1

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Michigan Defense Center Proposal Writing Services Grant Recipient

In Fall 2019 KEO and Associates, Inc. were approved for the Proposal Writing Services (PWS) grant, which they used to hire one of the PWS pre-qualified proposal writers, JetCo Solutions, to develop and submit their federal contract proposal. 

In March 2020 they were awarded a GSA Schedule contract to sell their services to the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and other federal agencies.

KEO and Associates, Inc. was founded in 1994 to provide General Contracting, Construction Management, Design-Build and Construction Technical Services.

The Michigan Defense Center would like to Congratulate KEO and Associates, Inc. on their success!

To learn more about KEO and Associates, Inc., visit their website at https://www.keoassoc.com/.

Your company can apply for Proposal Writing Services grant funding to hire a professional proposal writer to pursue a federal contract too!

Visit www.bidtarget.org to sign up for a free Bid Targeting System (BTS) account and apply for grant funding today.

Email info@bidtarget.org for more information.

From the Executive Director Vicki Selva – July 2020

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

Colleagues,

I confess, I don’t know much about Antoine de Saint-Exupe’ry, but, I believe in his admonition that a team can talk about lofty goals, what should, could be done, but, there must be a plan to engage supporters and partners and keep the train moving on the tracks.

It is with this understanding that the Michigan Defense Center created the state’s first strategic plan in 2016, Protect and Grow.

The first thing that had to happen to move Michigan forward was to coordinate all of the agencies and high level decision-makers that touched all of the different components of defense in Michigan.

By creating a clear and prioritized path, state and federal leaders, regional and industry stakeholders were willing and able to support the state’s defense effort which included state funding.

This also allowed us the ability to coordinate federal resources and grants and created a great ROI for Michigan.

The next step was to build a network of stakeholders and partners around the state that would help us in building the recognition this sector deserves and to create the grass root effort in every part of the state. To do this, MDC developed the Defense Community Grant and offered funding for each economic region to identify and work with their companies, colleges and local leaders to create the eco-system that would allow defense companies and R&D to thrive.

These grants continue now as we support financially and work with partners in Mt. Pleasant, Wayne County, National Guard and others to build their local activities that fall under the MDC’s State of Michigan Protect and Grow 2.0 Initiative.

These efforts and the ground work that has been laid over the last 4 years has led to a significant rise in return on investment and in economic numbers.

The importance of unity of effort and partnerships together with a well thought out strategy cannot be understated–or underestimated.

In this edition of the Michigan Defense Center communication, you will be able to dive into the strategic plan, hear more about the implementation projects undertaken by the Michigan Defense Center and our partners around the state and how these projects and programs can assist and benefit your work.

We have determined that a comprehensive and executed strategic plan is a must for success…and, in the end the goal is to support Michigan’s defense companies, missions and community.

If you need support to increase your defense portfolio or are just beginning to consider defense as a business strategy, please check out our Online Resource Guide that lays out the steps to get you started. 

In addition to the Resource Guide, we encourage you to register your business on the Bid Targeting System (BTS).  BTS was developed by MDC exclusively for Michigan companies to provide business intelligence support that help companies better assess which contracting opportunities to pursue, as well as keep track of the status of current and past bids. 

We are proud to serve the men and women who wear our nation’s uniform and those of you who support our armed services with the tools and services they need to do their jobs safely. As always,contact the MDC team with question or comments at info@michigandefensecenter.org

Sincerely,
Vicki Selva

Bid Opportunity of the Month- July 2020

A pre-solicitation notice has been released by the government for an 8(a) set-aside contract worth up to $50 billion. The notice is for computer design system services, and the government is requesting proposals for a tailored solution.

The Michigan Defense Center has several programs that can assist qualified Michigan companies compete for this contract, you may even qualify for a Michigan Defense Center  grant to help you hire a pre-qualified professional proposal writer to work with you as you develop a winning bid.

You can apply for grant funding with a free Bid Targeting System (BTS) account at www.bidtarget.org.
You can find the opportunity details below.

Pre-solicitation Notice for the 8(a) STARS III Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC)

  • Notice ID: 47QTCB20R0005
  • NAICS Code: 541512 – Computer Systems Design Services
  • Set-Aside: 8(a) Companies
  • Estimated Value: Ceiling value of $50 billion
  • Description: The Government is requesting proposals for the next generation 8(a) Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC). GWAC is an information technology (IT) contract and concentrates on IT services and IT services-based solutions. Read more.