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Kontek earns HUBZone award from SBA

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Kris Jones, controller for Kontek Industries, is pictured with Ronald Newlan, chairman of the HUBZone Contractors National Council.
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NEW MADRID -- In early September, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), along with the U.S. Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Council, announced that Kontek Industries, Inc. was selected to receive one of its 2008 Annual HUBZone Awards for obtaining the second largest HUBZone contract awarded in the Midwest for FY07. The $5.2 million contract was awarded to Kontek by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a military construction project at Ft. Riley, Kan.

Ronald Newlan, chairman of HUBZone Contractors National Council, presented the HUBZone Award to Kontek during a luncheon at the Annual HUBZone Council Convention held in Washington, D.C.

The HUBZone Empowerment Contracting program provides federal contracting opportunities for qualified small businesses located in distressed areas.

The program seeks to foster the growth of these small businesses as viable federal contractors for the long term as well as empower communities, create jobs, and attract private investment.

"We are very proud of receiving this award and for what it means to small businesses like us," said Charles Merrill, chairman and CEO of Kontek Industries, Inc. "HUBZone contract awards like this one truly do spur economic development and job growth. We wholeheartedly support the HUBZone program for its benefit to small businesses in Southeast Missouri and across the nation and we thank Sen. Kit Bond and Rep. Jo Ann Emerson for their continued support of small businesses in our area."

Kontek Industries, Inc., headquartered in New Madrid, is a construction management services firm and physical security products manufacturer specializing in military construction as well as homeland security and force protection solutions that help solve the most critical homeland security and defense-related challenges. Kontek has had ongoing military construction work at Whiteman AFB in addition to ongoing projects at Ft. Riley and the Richards-Gebaur USMC Military Installation located in Belton. The company has designed and manufactured safe houses for Jefferson Parish, La. in order to protect critical personnel during tropical storms and hurricanes.