Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC presented small business awards Friday, Sept. 18, at the weekly meeting of the East Tennessee Economic Council. The companies recognized included BES Technologies, LLC; K‑9 Search on Site; Secured Transportation Services, LLC; Personal Computer Systems, Inc. and Container Technologies Industries, LLC. CNS employees Denise Bales, Ann Lotspeich and Annette Pickel also were recognized as Small Business Advocates of the Year.
Small businesses were evaluated based on their commitment to CNS’ five absolutes — safety, security, mission delivery, quality and cost efficiency.
Mike Vermeulen, CNS Senior Contracts director, noted it was only natural for the selection criteria to be linked to the absolutes. He said, "These absolutes are woven into the fabric of CNS and are central to how we operate."
In his remarks, CNS Vice President of Mission Support Darrell Graddy stressed that small business subcontractors are important to the Y‑12 mission. He added, "It's a big mission, and it takes the combined, collaborative and focused efforts of many people — employees and subcontractors alike. Because we perform nuclear work, it requires an absolute focus on performance excellence."
In recognizing small business advocates Bales, Lotspeich and Pickel, CNS Socioeconomic Programs manager Lisa Copeland acknowledged that her success is "directly related to the quality of the subcontractors who work with Y‑12 and the small business advocates who work with those companies." She specifically recognized their dedication, attention to detail and focus on safety, security and cost-efficiency in delivering the Y‑12 mission.