WEDC: Three companies receive 2012 federal contractor awards

Contact: Tom Thieding, WEDC, 608-210-6767, [email protected]

Aina Vilumsons, WPI, 414-270-3600, [email protected].

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MADISON, August 2, 2012 – Governor Scott Walker announced the winners of the annual Governor’s Federal Contractor Awards, which were presented to Bentley World Packaging, Milwaukee; Dental Health Product Inc., New Franken; and Nagel Architects, Elmbrook. These awards recognize state firms that have shown significant growth in their federal sales, and as outstanding suppliers to the federal government.

“These companies have worked hard to obtain and build success in a competitive federal contracting environment,” Governor Walker said. “Their efforts have helped spurred economic growth and job creation in Wisconsin, while providing quality services and products to federal agencies. I appreciate their contributions to our state.”

“In fiscal year 2011, Wisconsin companies won over $7.2 billion in federal awards which placed the state at twenty-second in the federal contracts award ranking. This is a significant change from ten years ago when Wisconsin ranked forty-second in federal sales. These dollars are bringing significant economic success to our state,” said Aina Vilumsons, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Procurement Institute.

“The federal market is very challenging and very demanding. For those businesses that can meet the challenges and the requirements, the government can be a very good, long-term customer,” she added.

About the Award Winners:

Large Business Contractor, Bentley World Packaging Ltd., Milwaukee

Since 1942, Bentley World-Packaging, Ltd. has grown to be among the Midwest’s largest export and military packaging firms. Their services include export, domestic and military packaging, warehousing and distribution, and engineer consulting services and logistics management. Bentley has grown to over 500 employees nationally with over 340 in Wisconsin. Bentley has long been a mentor to many developing federal contractors in Wisconsin and a supporter of many outreach and contractor educational efforts. Bentley has been the recipient of one of only seven awards given by the United States Army Troop Support Command for “Outstanding Service in Operation Desert Shield/Storm” and has received award recognition by the Defense Contract Management Command North Central for Contractor Support.

Small Business Contractor – Dental Health Product Inc., New Franken

Dental Health Products, Inc. (DHPI) was founded in 1991, and is now the sixth largest distributor of dental supplies in the United States, and the second largest provider of daily dental material to the Federal Government. They represent more than 600 manufacturers, and carry 60,000 dental merchandise and equipment products. DHPI entered the Federal Dental Market Segment in 2001. Since then, DHPI sales to the Federal Government have grown to over $7 million per year. In February of 2012, The Defense Logistics Agency awarded DHPI a five-year, $45 million contract for dental merchandise and equipment. DHPI now employs over 170 people.

New Federal Contractor, Nagel Architects, Elmbrook

Nagel Architects is a CVE-verified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business architectural design firm with experience and expertise in a variety of complex project types, including healthcare, institutional, commercial and lab planning and design. They have tripled their business over the past four years and increased employment at a similar level. Their federal clients include the Department of Veterans Affairs, the USDA, Naval Facilities Engineering Command and the US Army. They are currently working as a prime contractor and as a subcontractor on a variety of contracts with the VA in six locations regionally and are providing design services to the Army at Rock Island Arsenal. They are currently mentoring several other small businesses in the federal market.

About the Wisconsin Procurement Institute

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.

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