The primary objective of the Pantex Socioeconomic Program is to assist small, small disadvantaged, small women-owned, HUBZone small, veteran-owned small, service-disabled veteran-owned small business, and other socioeconomic businesses and/or individuals in receiving "maximum practicable opportunity" to supply commodities and services purchased by Pantex.
The Pantex Procurement Department has implemented the following programs in order to increase subcontracting opportunities with socioeconomic business concerns. The purpose of these programs is to provide information and assistance to socioeconomic businesses and/or individuals who may be interested in becoming subcontractors to Pantex.
The Procurement Department staff continually identifies and encourages qualified firms and individuals to establish good business relationships with the Pantex Plant. The department assists suppliers by helping them become familiar with the company's purchasing requirements and procedures, and provides opportunities for firms to market their goods and services by supporting the following programs/events:
- Trade Fairs
- Business Breakfasts/Luncheons
- Procurement Conferences
- Training Seminars
- Small Business Administration Subcontractor of the Year Award nominations
Pantex invites businesses to submit their company profile online. This profile provides information about your company and its products and services. Submitting your company profile does not automatically place your firm on a formal solicitation list, nor does it obligate Pantex to solicit requests for your services. It provides information on your capabilities as requirements are generated. To add your company's information to the database, complete a Supplier Information Profile.
Suppliers are encouraged to prepare statements of qualifications for review by Procurement Department and technical personnel. The following list of routine activities are coordinated by the Supplier Development Office in support of the Socioeconomic Program:
- Plant Tours
Pantex has formed partnerships with other advocates of small and socioeconomic business concerns. Together with the following groups, Pantex sponsors and coordinates a number of local and regional events on behalf of socioeconomic firms and individuals:
- Amarillo Chamber of Commerce
- Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- Texas Contract Procurement Centers
- Small Business Development Centers
- Minority Supplier Development Councils
- West Texas A&M University Center for Cross-cultural Studies
Pantex establishes aggressive goals for socioeconomic subcontracting. Goals are formulated annually and are based on the percentage of total commercial procurement. Pantex routinely meets or exceeds all subcontracting goals in the following categories:
- Small Business
- Small Disadvantaged Business
- Women-Owned Small Business
- HUBZone Small Business
- Veteran-Owned Small Business
- Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business
We understand that most gifts and gratuities are intended as a gesture of goodwill and appreciation. However, it is the policy of Pantex to conduct its business on the highest possible ethical plane, and in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations of the United States. Therefore, no employees shall solicit or accept payment, favors, gratuities or any other thing of value from suppliers or potential suppliers. We ask your assistance in observing the spirit and intent of our policy.