Leupold Glass Carries the Day
Article Written by Gary Hanson
Once again, PNDC member company Leupold Tactical is making an important contribution to the war effort. The Leupold Mark 4 Extended Range/Tactical Riflescope is the main sight for the new Army “Game Changing” sniper rifle, the XM2010. Leupold Tactical, a PNDC member company, produces some of the best military and civilian optics in the world and prides itself on meeting the changing needs of today’s armed forces. The success of this user-focus is demonstrated by the pairing of the Mark 4 with the cutting-edge XM2010.
Sniper rifles have been crucial in many combat operations and have proven particularly effective in the mountains of Afghanistan. The XM2010, with its .300 Win Mag cartridge and Leupold Mark 4 scope gives new meaning to the sniper motto: “if you run, you will only die tired.”
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Here’s a little good news for your post-holiday work week: Freightliner negotiated a deal with the unions to keep their Portland manufacturing operations around “well into the future” (whatever that means.) Read the full story from The Oregonian here.
This concludes the latest chapter in the strange dance that the City of Portland and Daimler Trucks have been locked in for what seems like an eternity. I know there are some PNDC members out there that are certainly happy with this outcome (like WW Metal Fab, for one.) While this isn’t exactly earth-shattering news, it certainly means quite a bit for the folks who continue to build and supply the military trucks that are a staple out on Swan Island. Looks like manufacturing in Portland isn’t dead yet.
In the interest of providing some educational content for our members, this post will be the first of an occasional series called How It’s Done. We’ll be keeping an eye out for member companies that notch a win with the government or a big prime. Since the aim of PNDC is to help bring more money back to the Pacific Northwest, it seems like a good idea to make sure we keep you apprised of the best practices that are leading to wins.
First up, a win for Offices by Design. How it was done:
Offices by Design was recently awarded a $185,000 contract to supply and install office furniture to the U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM) near Boston, Massachusetts.
Offices by Design is a small woman owned business based out of Hillsboro. Maureen Greer, the President, began seriously looking into government contracting soon after joining the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition last summer. She has had a number of initial successes using online bid boards such as FedBid.com and DIBBS (the Defense Logistics Agency’s bid board). These include a $35,000 sale of workstations to the National Science Foundation in Washington D.C. and a win with the Department of State.
Her most recent award of $185,000 from the Army’s RDECOM ended a nine month bid process including a site visit to their facilities in Massachusetts and a presentation to the RDECOM Director. With this win, Offices by Design hopes to become an easy choice for any future RDECOM contracts.
Offices by Design’s effort exemplifies that while government contracting requires an upfront commitment of sweat equity – it can eventually pay off. With experience under her belt, future contracts with the government will become a valuable portion of Maureen’s business.
For more information on OFFICES by Design, please visit their website at: http://www.officesbydesign.net.
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