Governor Doyle Announces Record In Value of Federal Contracts for State Firms

MADISON – Governor Jim Doyle today announced that between 2004-2005 Wisconsin advanced six places in total value of federal contracts awarded, now ranking 37th with a value of $3.3 billion.  This figure is an all-time record. In fiscal 2004, Wisconsin ranked 43rd  with contracts valued at $2.3 billion. 


“Through their hard work and determination,  Wisconsin companies earned a  $1-billion increase in  new business from the federal government,” Governor Doyle said.  “New federal contracts mean more federal funds coming into our state and increased subcontracting opportunities.  I want to especially recognize McNally Industries and Astronautics, Inc. as winners of the first-ever Governor’s Procurement Awards, and also the Wisconsin Procurement Institute for its day-to-day efforts to help state firms win federal contracts.”


“All of us who pay attention to federal contracting are pleased to see an increase in Wisconsin’s federal procurement value,” said John Rogers, Chairman of the Wisconsin Procurement Institute Board. “This gain is due entirely to the great work of our Government contractors, the rigorous efforts of the congressional delegation and the Governor’s leadership.” 


On March 20, at the Governor’s Procurement Awards Dinner held in Waukesha,  Department of Commerce Secretary Mary P. Burke announced the Governor’s Procurement Awards to recognize state firms particularly successful in federal procurement.  Both award-winning companies have been successful competitors due to the excellence of their  high-technology  products and their diligence, persistence, and commitment.


Awards are as follows:


Governor’s Award – Federal Procurement – Small Business: McNally Industries, Grantsburg, Burnett County. This company makes complex systems and components for a variety of air, land, and sea combat applications.  Its products include ammunition handling systems and hydraulic systems, pumps, and valve bodies.  Customers include the US Government and defense contractors.


Governor’s Award – Federal Procurement – Large Business: Astronautics Corporation of America, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County.  This company was established in 1959.  It is

major supplier of avionics equipment to airlines, aircraft manufacturers, the U.S. Government and  governments around the world.

The Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI) hosted the Governor’s Procurement Awards Dinner.  Established in 1987, WPI helps state companies sell products and services to federal, state, local agencies and prime contractors; navigates government procurement process for small firms; and helps  firms develop competitive processes and technical capabilities to earn federal contracts.  For further information, contact Aina Vilumsons, WPI, 414/270-3