S&K Aerospace has won a $4.2 billion Air Force contract with most of the work to be done at the company’s facility in Warner Robins.
Most of that money will not be seen locally. The contract involves people working to ship military parts from suppliers around the country to customers around the world.
Thomas Acevedo, CEO of parent company S&K Technologies, said the award will mean new jobs in Warner Robins, but he said it’s too soon to know how many that might be. The company currently employs about 100 people in Warner Robins.
The contract is an extension and expansion of work already being done in Warner Robins, Acevedo said. The current contract amounts to about $1.6 billion over five years. The new contract will be $4.2 billion over the next 10 years, with a base five-year period plus a five-year option. It could also include an additional five-year close out period after that, for a total of 15 years.
The contract calls for supplying parts and other support to 96 foreign military customers. The work supports aircraft, ships, vehicles and many other types of older equipment no longer supported by the U.S. military. The company’s role is to locate parts needed to maintain that equipment.
“About anything you could think of that it would take to make up a military, this would support,” Acevedo said.
At the Warner Robins location on Byrd Way, employees work at computers to search for parts from many suppliers, then have those parts shipped to customers around the world, Acevedo said. Some parts are kept at the company’s Warner Robins warehouse and shipped from there.
The contract is for the Parts and Repair Ordering System, referred to as PROS.
“The success of the program relies on our ability to process a significant volume of customer requirements in a relatively short period of time to meet the requirements of the contract, as well as managing a well-qualified and diverse vendor base to satisfy the wide range of needs,” Tim Horne, director of S&K’s PROS programs, said in a release.
Acevedo said the $4.2 billion amount has significant potential to grow over the life of the contract, depending on how much foreign customers use their service. The current contract was originally $975 million but grew to $1.6 billion due to higher than expected use by the customers.
S&K Technologies is tribal-owned by the Flathead Nation in Montana.