As part of the first combined ceremony honoring outstanding small business and local business leaders, Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC honored its Small Business of the Year, and CNS President and Chief Executive Officer Morgan Smith was recognized with the Kerry Trammell Volunteer of the Year award.
This is the first year CNS, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce have combined their award ceremonies, a press release said.
Expoquip Inc. was recognized as the CNS Small Business of the Year. The company, owned by Jorge and Deana Sanabria, specializes in worldwide distribution of high-quality, heavy machinery parts, and components, the press release said.
â€œExpoquip has the characteristics I look for in a vendor: passion, commitment, drive,â€ said Lisa Copeland, Y-12 socioeconomic program manager. â€œFrom the time I met them at a local supplier event in 2013, I knew they would achieve their dream of expanding their business by moving into government subcontracting. You just donâ€™t encounter many business owners with the enthusiasm and determination that the Sanabrias show.â€
The Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce bestowed the Kerry Trammell Volunteer of the Year award on Smith for his efforts involving chamber activities during 2016, the press release said. Named for the late Kerry Trammell, who was a longtime member and volunteer for the chamber, the recipient is selected by the past chairperson of the chamberâ€™s Board of Directors.
â€œIâ€™m humbled to receive this award,â€ Smith said. â€œWorking in this community, with all of its historical richness and incredible people who have helped shape its future, is an honor. Oak Ridge was created to contribute to our nationâ€™s security, and I am proud to help continue those efforts.â€
Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC operates the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, under a single contract for the National Nuclear Security Administration.
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