CNS Pantex Joins Forces with WTAMU/SBDC for Local Small Business Procurement Symposium

  • Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2015, 12:00 am

Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC has partnered with the West Texas A&M Procurement Center and Small Business Development Center to provide local and regional small businesses with opportunities in the Federal arena with Pantex at this year’s Business Procurement Symposium.

CNS Small Business Subcontracting has set a 65% small business goal; including those classified as small disadvantaged, woman-owned, veteran-owned, and service disabled veteran-owned small businesses. CNS considers small businesses of paramount importance and continues to actively seek opportunities for them.

A partnership was formed with West Texas A&M University/Small Business Development Center to assist in getting the word out to subcontractors regarding opportunities. Today’s symposium is designed to inform potential businesses and vendors the methods and processes that are utilized including background and mission information, socio-economic programs and to answer any questions. There will be numerous presentations made by Pantex, WTAMU, Small Business Administration, the city of Amarillo and Mayor Paul Harpole designed to help walk attendees through the procurement process.

As part of today’s program, a special award is being given out: The 2015 Pantex Small Business of the Year award, recognized by Amarillo Mayor Harpole and a representative from 13th Congressional District Representative Mac Thornberry’s office.

Along with video of the event, a number of local small business owners have agreed to media interviews as well as officials from CNS and the SBDC. Their contact information is below and we would be happy to assist in setting those interviews up for you in a timely manner.

Available for Interviews:
CNS: Mike Vermeulen, CNS Supply Chain Senior Manager

WTAMU: Rick Palmer, Program Director, WTAMU SBDC Procurement Center

Businesses: Kristy Gomez/Batteries PlusBulbs, Karen Hicks/Casters of Amarillo, Inc., Belinda Waldrip/R. E. Waldrip & Co., Inc., & Michael Ramirez/High Plains Contractors and Management Group of Dumas


Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS) operates the Pantex Plant, located in Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex, located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, under a single contract for the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration. Pantex and Y-12 are key facilities in the U.S. Nuclear Security Enterprise, and CNS performs its work with a focus on the performance excellence and the imperatives of safety, security, zero defects and delivery as promised.

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