WR-ALC awards $245M contract

Warner Robins Air Logistics Center announced Tuesday that it awarded Cummins Power Generation, a multi-national power company with more than 500 subsidiaries, a contract that could total nearly a quarter-billion dollars. The Indiana-based company will provide the military with up to 370 large power generators.

The contract is set for three years with an annual option, exercised by the military, to extend the contract for up to seven years. Of the $245 million contract, $29.7 million has already been obligated to the company.

“These are trailer-mounted, no more than 40,000 pounds, power generators,” said Randall Harris, a Robins Air Force Base program manager responsible for the project. Harris added that the power generators will be sent “wherever the mission takes.”

The 542nd Combat Sustainment Wing, a subordinate element of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, was the contracting authority for the project. The unit is frequently charged with managing large scale contracts. According to its Web site, the 542nd is responsible for overseeing more than 800 Department of Defense systems valued at $56.2 billion.

Cummins Power “will be required to design, manufacture and test eight (power generators) in the three-year basic contract period,” said Christie Brown, a 542nd contracting officer, in an e-mail.

The purpose of these generators is to power “austere locations,” Harris said. Ground units deployed to combat outposts in Iraq and Afghanistan commonly use similar generators.

The generators are “Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliant diesel-driven” units, according to a news release issued Tuesday by Robins Air Force Base.

Bidding for the contract began about a year ago. Cummins was chosen over five other competing bids.

To contact writer Thomas L. Day, call 744-4489.