Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC presented small business awards on Friday, September 30, at the weekly meeting of the East Tennessee Economic Council. The companies recognized included DuBose National Energy Services Inc., GEM Technologies Inc., and Scientific Sales Inc. CNS employees Sam Easterling and Terry Lewis were also recognized as Small Business Advocates of the Year.
In his opening remarks, CNS Vice President and Y-12 Site Manager Bill Tindal stressed that company relies on small businesses as “part of a large tapestry that has to work together.” He summarized, “We’ve spent more than $160 million this year with more than 740 small businesses this fiscal year, including 250 Tennessee businesses, which includes 60 businesses in Anderson County.”
CNS Supply Chain Manager Skip Skelton explained that small businesses were evaluated based on their commitment to CNS’ four imperatives—safety, security, zero defects, and delivery as promised. He said, “The awards we’re giving out today reflect the four imperatives we expect our employees and our subcontractors to embrace as part of our focus on performance excellence.”
In accepting the award for Scientific Sales Inc., Vicki Dyer said, “it’s our privilege and pleasure to work with the courteous professionals at Y-12. We appreciate the opportunities you offer us so much.”
Terry Lewis, who was honored as a small business advocate, had his own words of praise for small businesses. “Y-12 couldn’t be the success we are without you.” His comments were echoed by CNS Vice President for Operations Support Darrell Graddy, who praised the small business community’s commitment and passion for excellence noting “we clearly are better together.”
Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC, or CNS, operates the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, under a single contract for the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration. Y-12 and Pantex are key facilities in the U.S. nuclear security enterprise.
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