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The Michigan Defense Center congratulates the following Michigan companies on their DoD Contract Awards!

Company/Location:  Avon Protection Systems Inc., Cadillac, Michigan
What the contract is for:  Joint Service General Purpose Mask systems and spare components for the Army
Contract amount:  $49,621,502
Estimated completion date:  June 22, 2025

Since the 1920’s, Avon Protection Systems has been a world leader in manufacturing respiratory protective equipment.

With the contract estimated completion date of June 2025, Avon is able to see the next five years of production.  In response to COVID-19, manufacturing masks at Avon Protection Systems doesn’t expect to decrease anytime soon.
Learn more about Avon Protection Systems Here


Company/Location:  GM Defense LLC, Detroit, Michigan
What the contract is for:  Infantry Squad Vehicle, installation kits, ancillary hardware and logistical support
Contract amount:  $214,297,869
Estimated completion date:  June 24, 2028

 
Company/Location:  GM Defense LLC, Detroit, Michigan
What the contract is for:  Infantry Squad Vehicles and integrated product support
Contract amount:  $8,580,666
Estimated completion date:  June 24, 2021

The GM Defense ISV is built utilizing 90% of the commercial off-the-shelf parts for the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 midsize truck platform.  The ISV can deliver what the Army needs with its occupant and cargo superstructure that is powered by 186-horsepower, 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine, and six-speed automatic transmission.

“GM Defense is driving the future of military mobility by leveraging the best-in-class capabilities of General Motors for unmatched innovation, proven performance and breakthrough life-cycle economics.” GM Defense

To learn more about this award, read GM Defense’s Press Release from June 27, 2020 here.
Learn More About GM Defense Here

From the Executive Director Vicki Selva – June 2020

Colleagues,

Opportunities are the theme for this month’s newsletter! We all have been struggling to stay safe, and stay solvent simultaneously through these trying times. But, now is the time to begin to look forward in our businesses and develop new strategies, seek out new customers and create new revenue streams,  and we hope the information in this communication will help.

On the right you will see that each month we leverage our Bid Targeting System (BTS) to highlight hot or new bid opportunities that fit into the capabilities of Michigan companies. We urge you to bid on these or other posted contracts that can be found in the BTS. Speaking of which, if you want to see how contracting officers score your company using publicly accessible information, sign up for the BTS webinar to learn how to utilize that information and the contract offerings  that match your company’s capabilities.

Also, in this edition we’ll recap the NDIA Michigan Defense Exposition (MDEX) and the Advanced Program Briefings to Industry presented by every buying organization at the U.S. Army Detroit Arsenal held on May 20 and 21st. Because of the current COVID crisis, this newly renovated opportunities conference had to undergo even more changes to become a virtual event in only 3 weeks—but the great NDIA leadership and MDEX committee pulled it off, building a brand new web platform that showcased 60 Army speakers, defense exhibitors and sponsors, and even creatively  offered direct engagement between attendees, presenters and colleagues. Take a look at the article about V-MDEX and stop by WWW.MDXE2020.com to access recordings of the presentations and Army slide decks that will help you position your company to do business with Army Contracting Command, PEO CS&CSS, PEO GCS, Army Futures Command and GVSC for the next several years.

And if you need some help understanding how to capitalize on all of these opportunities, check in with your local Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTACs of Michigan) who have a video on the MDEX site to guide you in federal contracting.

Finally, we’ll look at the big picture opportunities presented to Michigan in our pursuit of recognition for the assets, talent and capabilities here in the state. Our design and engineering, R&D, and manufacturing is unmatched anywhere in the world, and the opportunities for the state and our companies in defense, defense aerospace and homeland security are boundless. This is why in 2016, the Michigan Defense Center initiated the first Protect & Grow strategic report that created a structure for the state to grow this sector. Last fall we undertook a comprehensive look at the state and matched our strengths to national security needs in a new version of the strategic plan and produced Protect and Grow 2.0. Please give it a read to better understand the role that you and your company or organization can play in Michigan’s success as we strive to provide opportunities to protect and grow our defense missions and industries.

As always, reach out and let us know what you’re working on and if this information is helpful to you!

Sincerely,
Vicki Selva

Read Protect and Grow 2.0 Strategic Strategy Here

Meeting DoD contract requirements – NIST SP 800-171 Self Certification

The Michigan Defense Center is the state of Michigan office tasked to protect and grow the state’s defense, defense aerospace missions and industries.

Part of what we do is offer programs, resources and grants to assist Michigan companies navigate the complexities of defense/federal contracting.

One of the most daunting regulations facing Michigan defense and supply chain business are the new federal cybersecurity requirements that need to be met to keep your contracts or to pursue new defense business. The Michigan Defense Center is building a program that we think will help by standardizing the initial costs and the regulation process to make it easier for you to become compliant.

However, first we need your help to understand how these regulations are affecting you and where we can best add value. The need to make our companies and computer systems secure from hackers and other bad actors is understandable, but we know that the regulations to do so can be burdensome.

To better understand where Michigan companies currently stand with cybersecurity compliance, the Michigan Defense Center will be sending out a cybersecurity survey to federal contractors in June. Your answers will help in creating resources and opportunities for your business to remain competitive in the Defense Industry. We will follow up with you in the coming months to invite you to learn more about the programs we will be offering.

NDIA-MI Virtual Michigan Defense Exposition

AFTER EVENT PRESS RELEASE

Vicki Selva, VMDEX Event Chairperson, NDIA Board Director
National Defense Industrial Association Michigan (NDIA-Michigan) 
(586) 243-6810 
Vickiselva@ymail.com 
www.MDEX2020.com   

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
May 22, 2020

NDIA-MI Virtual Michigan Defense Exposition
In the face of adversity, MDEX goes Virtual!

STERLING HEIGHTS, MICHIGAN – For the past eleven years, the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) of Michigan has hosted the Michigan Defense Exposition (MDEX) in Macomb County Michigan. MDEX 2020 was the first year this exposition partnered with all of the organizations at the Detroit Arsenal to create the Detroit Arsenal Opportunities Conference Program Briefings with the objective of joining the U.S. Army with industry to share opportunities and solutions for the nation’s security.  By early March, this event, conceived and managed by an all-volunteer committee, and slated for May 20-21, had over 100 exhibitors and 60 Army presenters and was on track to sell out with 2,000 attendees expected. 

By the end of April, it became clear that the Covid crisis that hit Michigan particularly hard, was not going to allow the live show as planned. The show and the opportunities it would provide to business and the U.S. Army was headed for cancellation. 

However, the NDIA MDEX committee of volunteers took a path different than other large events and decided to go virtual! Dubbed V-MDEX, NDIA Michigan hoped that a virtual platform would allow companies from Michigan and from around the nation to continue to do business, learn about the needs of the army and get face time with DoD buyers. 

The event was held May 20 and 21. Access was gained through the event website, WWW.MDEX2020.com and was free to attend.   

The entire platform was built and the show was moved to its new “venue” in 3 weeks, including an all new marketing plan.   

Over 6,500 visitors attended the two-day virtual event.   

“It was a challenge both logistically and technologically to pull this off, and with a volunteer team, but, the talent in Michigan allowed us to do it.” Said, Vicki Selva, MDEX 2020 Event Chairperson and Executive Director of the Michigan Defense Center, the state of Michigan’s defense office. “I felt it was imperative that we attempt it and not just scrap the event, particularly in this economy so ravaged by the Covid crisis. The companies that attended, exhibited and sponsored needed the information provided by the Army, the networking connections and the comradery to protect and grow their businesses after the financial and personal hit dealt by the virus.”

  • 60 presentations and panels from every buying unit at the U.S. Army Detroit Arsenal announced the programs and RFP’s that will be posted over the next few years. The entire show was live streamed through the computers of the attendees.
  • In addition to the Army, remarks were made by Senator Gary Peters (Senate Armed Services-MI) and Representative Elissa Slotkin (House Armed Service-MI).
  • 58 event exhibitors and 9 event sponsors.  Exhibitors ranged from large businesses like General Dynamics Land Systems, to small businesses like Suburban Bolt & Supply. 
  • One unique feature of the event was the “Networking Lounge” that allowed attendees to enter a moderated live video conference where Army presenters joined after their presentations to take questions and engage with industry on the spot and where companies shared information, networked and discussed success and challenges in doing federal contracting and the current business climate.

“MDEX 2020’s online platform provided opportunities for small businesses like Suburban Bolt and Supply, to virtually connect and network with folks in the Defense Industry with more intent and using less company resources. We’re already looking forward to MDEX 2021!” Nikki Gordon, Director of Marketing at Suburban Bolt and Supply.

All of the event’s content will be available at WWW.MDEX2020.com after May 26, in the Library, registration will be required.

Protect and Grow 2.0; Michigan’s Path to Success in Defense

The Michigan Defense Center launched the State of Michigan’s Protect and Grow 2.0 Strategic Plan earlier this year.  Building on the previous success of first Protect and Grow Initiative, Protect and Grow 2.0 is a comprehensive look at Michigan’s assets and strong suits and aligns our capabilities with the U.S. National Security Strategy to lay a map for projects and funding to move Michigan’s defense missions and industries forward. The Michigan Defense Center will continue to work with their community partners around the state to coordinate their efforts into the larger vision for the state. This strategy drives unity of effort and assists community partners in accomplishing their objectives.

Some projects being pursued by community partners around the state and supported by the Defense Center and community partners include the all new Michigan Defense Center CyberSecurity Compliance Program for Michigan businesses, Michigan National Guard innovation activities and other statewide projects, the Macomb County Robotics Collaboration Center, marketing and promoting our statewide defense eco-system, workforce development initiatives and more!

Please, stay engaged with the programs and projects that benefit Michigan’s defense eco-system by checking in on our website WWW.ArsenalofInnovation.com. Contact the Michigan Defense Center to discuss how you too can work with us on important initiatives and keep an eye on future communications to learn more. 

Read Protect and Grow 2.0 Strategic Plan Here

(586) 884-9327, info@michigandefensecenter.org  



Bid Opportunity of the Month- June 2020

FY20 SOO SECURITY GUARD SERVICES, SAULT STE. MARIE, MI
***DUE JUNE 15, 2020***

Department of Defense – Combined Synopsis/Solicitation (Original)
Solicitation: W911XK-20-R-0012
Summary:  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Detroit District is seeking contractors to provide armed security guard and patrol services at the St. Mary’s Fall Canal and associated areas located in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.
The contractor is to provide all personnel, supervision, uniforms, personal protective equipment, weapons, ammunitions, transportation, facilities, equipment, tools, supplies, materials, and any and all items and non-personal services necessary to perform private contract security guard services as defined in the upcoming Performance Work Statement (PWS) with exception of items specified as government-furnished property and services. Standard routine guard services and patrol duties will be outlined in the upcoming solicitation with requirement of additional guard service requirements as required for special events, threat response, and emergencies at the St. Mary’s Falls Canal facility and other USACE locations within a 50 mile radius.
Guards will be required to perform duties at fixed posts and during roving patrols throughout the facility, indoors and outdoors, in all seasons and weather conditions, in close proximity to, and interacting with, deep water, heights, vessels, vehicles, equipment, machinery, government and contract personnel, law enforcement agencies, and the public. Patrol frequency and response times will require the contractor to provide operational motor vehicle(s) and additional mobile equipment to accommodate.
Primary NAICS Code: 561612 – Security Guards and Patrol Services
View full opportunity here:https://beta.sam.gov/opp/67e6ab0798f1484d93cdd1884bf07c47/view?keywords=W911XK20R0012&sort=-relevance&index=&is_active=true&page=1

AEC PAVING AND HORIZONTAL CONSTRUCTION MICHIGAN

Department of Defense – Sources Sought Information
NOTE: The listed opportunity is sources sought and that is why it is “expired.”  It is due out in the next 30-90 days.
Solicitation: W50S85-20-R-0001
Status: Sources Sought Original Response Date: Nov 01, 2019 05:00 pm EDT
Next Steps: The sources sought was due in November and the solicitation is expected to be released in June 2020
Summary:  The Michigan Air National Guard Consolidated Contracting (MACC) here at Selfridge Air National Guard Base WILL BE putting together a Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) for “horizontal” construction services in support of the National Guard activities in the State of Michigan, in FY 2020 (this year). These contacts will consist of a base award period of two calendar years, and three one-year option periods. The total contract period, including options, shall not exceed five calendar years. The Government intends to award a minimum of five (5) individual contracts and a maximum of seven (7) individual contracts.
Primary NAICS Code: 237310, Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction, size standard of $39.5 M.
Secondary NAICS Code: 237110, Water and Sewer Line and Related Structures Construction, size standard of $39.5 million
Secondary NAICS Code: 237130, Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction, size standard of $39.5 million
View full opportunity here:  https://beta.sam.gov/opp/d171098d6e34d8ae6c4bc907a680e062/view?keywords=W50S8520R0001&sort=-relevance&index=&is_active=false&page=1

MICHIGAN _ Vertical Construction MATOC

Department of Defense – Sources Sought Information
NOTE: The listed opportunity is a pre-solicitation and that is why it is “expired.”  It is due out in the next 30-90 days.
Solicitation: W50S85-20-R-0002
Status: Pre-Solicitation Original Date Offers Due: Jan 30, 2019 01:00 pm EST
Next Steps: The pre-solicitation ended in January and the solicitation will be out in May 2020.
Summary:  The Michigan Air National Guard Consolidated Contracting (MACC) here at Selfridge Air National Guard Base WILL BE putting together a Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) for “vertical” construction services in support of the National Guard activities in the State of Michigan, in FY 2020 (this year). These contacts will consist of a base award period of two calendar years, and three one-year option periods. The total contract period, including options, shall not exceed five calendar years. The Government intends to award a minimum of twelve (12) individual contracts and a maximum of fifteen (15) individual contracts.
Primary NAICS Code: 236220, Commercial and Institutional Building Construction $39.5 M.
Secondary NAICS Code: 237990, Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction, size standard of$39.5 million
View full opportunity here:  https://beta.sam.gov/opp/fdc0a34fb70c12190eabcdb2c2d0142b/view?keywords=W50S8520R0002&sort=-relevance&index=&is_active=false&page=1

Search more opportunities at www.bidtarget.org

Michigan’s Increasing Defense Revenue

Michigan’s defense contracts have increased $1.6 billion from Fiscal Year 2017 to Fiscal Year 2018.  $5.4 billion in defense contracts went to Michigan companies in FY18.

Michigan is trending upward and has continued to increase its number of contracts since 2015, the year the state implemented its first Protect and Grow Strategic Plan.

As stated in the MDC’s Protect and Grow Fall 2019 Progress Report, “Increased investment will not only improve Michigan’s ranking, but also further bolster the state’s defense economy. With increased defense funding, Michigan can increase the importance of our installations to the DoD, reduce their operating costs, diversify the state’s economy, and offer good paying defense industry and related jobs.”

Michigan Thanks The Defense Contractors That Provide Products and Services To The Fight Against Covid-19

Thank you to those Michigan defense companies we identified, who, in addition to being deemed essential to the defense industry, retooled to manufacture or volunteered their stock of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other products and services to those men and women on the front lines of this fight. The companies listed connected their skills with the needs in the field through the Michigan Defense Center, local economic development organizations and the MEDC Pure Michigan Business Connect programs.

AKERVALL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.SALINE
ALLIED PHOTOCHEMICALMACOMB TOWNSHIP
AXALTA COATING SYSTEMSMOUNT CLEMENS
BLAKE’S HARD CIDERARMADA
BLUEWATER TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, INC.SOUTHFIELD
BORGWARNER INC.AUBURN HILLS
CADILLAC PRODUCTSROSEVILLE
DICK DYKEHOUSE COMPANY, INC.SOUTHFIELD
DURO-LAST, INC.SAGINAW
FEDERAL GROUP USA, INC., THESOUTHFIELD
GENERAL MOTORSWARREN TRANSMISSION PLANT
GETTEESSTERLING HEIGHTS
HAVILAND PRODUCTS COMPANYGRAND RAPIDS
HI-TECH OPTICAL, INC.SAGINAW
INTRASTATE DISTRIBUTORS, INC.DETROIT
KIMASTLE CORPORATIONNEW BALTIMORE
KINDEL FURNITURE COMPANY, LLCGRAND RAPIDS
K-SPACE ASSOCIATES, INC.DEXTER
KUHNHENN BREWING COMPANYCLINTON TOWNSHIP
MACHINE GUARD & COVER CO.HOLLAND
MANTISSA INDUSTRIES INCHOLT
MILTON MANUFACTURING, INC.DETROIT
MISC PRODUCTS, INC.MACOMB
NOIR LASER COMPANY, LLCSOUTH LYON
PROPER GROUPWARREN
PTI ENGINEERED PLASTICSMACOMB
RCO ENGINEERING, INC.ROSEVILLE
TD INDUSTRIAL COVERINGSSTERLING HEIGHTS
TECHNIQUE, INC.JACKSON
TENTCRAFT, INC.TRAVERSE CITY
TRANSNAVNEW BALTIMORE

Bid Opportunity of the Month – May 2020

AEC JOB ORDER CONTRACT AT THE DETROIT ARSENAL – Job Order Contract (JOC)

NOTE: The listed opportunities were either sources sought or pre-solicitation and that is why they are “expired.”  All are due out in the next 30-90 days.

Department of Defense – Combined Synopsis/Solicitation Information
Solicitation: PANWRN-19-P-0000-004112
Primary NAICS Code: 236220 – Commercial and Institutional Building Construction
Status: Pre-Solicitation Original Date Offers Due: Jan 30, 2019 01:00 pm EST
Next Steps: The pre-solicitation ended in January and the solicitation will be out in May 2020.

Summary:  Technical Requirements: The United States Army Contracting Command -Warren (ACC-WRN) located in Warren, MI is conducting an industry survey to locate interested sources able to provide a broad range of small project construction, repair, maintenance, and bid-build on real property under a Firm-Fixed-Price (FFP), single award, Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Job Order Contract (JOC) at the Detroit Arsenal (DTA).

This Request for Information (RFI) Notice is for market research and for consideration in acquisition planning purposes only and shall not be construed as a solicitation or as an obligation on the part of ACC-WRN. The purpose of this notice is to identify potential sources that may be interested in and capable of performing the work described herein. ACC-WRN will not respond to questions received from industry at this time.

Responses to this RFI are not considered offers and will not be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract, nor otherwise pay for the preparation of any information submitted, nor will respondents be notified of ACC-WRN’s review of the information received. Respondents should not submit any proprietary information when responding to this RFI. The Government will not return any information submitted in response to this RFI. Respondents must submit capability statements that clearly define the firm’s ability to perform the work stated in this RFI.

Interested sources shall provide all feedback via email to the Point of Contact (POC) listed below no later than 1:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST), on 30 January 2018.

THIS RFI IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

View full opportunity here:  https://beta.sam.gov/opp/0a05f31f3997306ab22aaf6a080eafd1/view

Search more opportunities at www.bidtarget.org

From the Executive Director Vicki Selva – May 2020

Colleagues,

The Michigan Defense Center is tasked with protecting and growing the defense, defense aerospace and homeland security sectors of Michigan.  In the last several months we have witnessed how Michigan has once again marshalled the industrial might of our companies, large and small to fight an enemy, this time a silent and invisible one.

Michigan’s deep defense industrial base is used to providing needed tools and gear for men and women in uniform, and this time, they are serving a wider community of uniformed soldiers… Michigan National Guardsmembers, TSA workers, police, fire and medical personnel, and we thank them all.

In this edition, you will find a thank you note to those defense companies we were able to identify who, in addition to being deemed essential to the defense industry, retooled to manufacture or volunteered their stock of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other products and services to those men and women on the front lines of this fight. The companies listed connected their skills with the needs in the field through the Michigan Defense Center, local economic development organizations and the MEDC Pure Michigan Business Connect programs.

As this country and state begin to look toward the future and figure out how we’re going to continue our nation’s business in this new environment, we are hearing from Michigan companies that in some cases, remote work is working better than they thought it would.  Presentations and meeting are moving to webinars and virtual platforms. Will this be the new mode of business even after bans are lifted?

One example of the recognition of this new way to do things is the 11th annual NDIA Michigan Defense Exposition (MDEX). The sold out MDEX2020 scheduled for May 20-21 was designed as a partnership between industry and the U.S. Army Detroit Arsenal with every command at the Arsenal presenting what they will be buying for the next few years. Exhibitors, sponsors, panels and presenters and 3,000 attendees were geared up to attend to grow their businesses, meet one-on-one with the buyers and each other and to learn of which products and services the Army will be spending their budget.

Good news! Click on the V-MDEX block on this page to find out how the National Defense Industrial Association is taking this whole show virtual, exhibitors, presentations and even networking opportunities—A great opportunity for Michigan companies to learn about future buying and to showcase your capabilities in this crazy environment.

The Michigan Defense Center is the state’s official connection to the defense industry and community and we continue to strive to provide you with the resources and news that will protect and grow your business and strengthen the State of Michigan. We hope the information we bring you every month and on our website: www.ArsenalofInnovation.com is helpful and interesting and we wish you, your colleagues and families, good health and good fortune!

Let us know how we’re doing at info@MichiganDefenseCenter.org

Sincerely,
Vicki Selva
Executive Director
Michigan Defense Center