By Sue Brink, NAVFAC Southeast Public Affairs Office
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded an $11.2 million contract June 15 to Mark Dunning Industries, Inc., a small business based in Dothan, Alabama, to supply regional base operating support services (RBOS) in northeastern Florida at Naval Air Station Jacksonville; the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery; Naval Station Mayport; and at Blount Island Command.
The work to be performed includes custodial, pest control, integrated solid waste management, and grounds maintenance and landscaping for these locations.
"The selection of Mark Dunning Industries for this award was based on their overall proposal that demonstrated the best value to the government based on criteria we needed met," said NAVFAC Southeast Contracting Officer Nicole Wilhelm. "They were chosen using the lowest price technically acceptable source selection process."
The work will be performed in Jacksonville and the base contract runs through July 2017. However, the base and four option years could increase the contract value to more than $57 million.
Small business (which includes 8(a) firms) play a vital role in the American economy - employing half of our country's workforce, creating nearly two out of every three new American jobs, and often being the source of the next great American innovation. NAVFAC Southeast strives to meet its goals building on its success by providing contract opportunities to these businesses.
"Our technical leads and acquisition team members seek opportunities for optimal small business participation early in the planning process," said Mark Brock, NAVFAC Southeast small business deputy. "Our sound business processes along with capabilities based strategies that consider program risks, cost, schedule and technical requirements help us meet the expectations of supported commanders while supporting public policy objectives."
Each year NAVFAC establishes target goals for Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business, Historically Underutilized Business Zone Small Business, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, and Women-Owned Small Business categories. The maximum practicable utilization of small business concerns is a matter of national interest with both social and economic benefits.