North Wind companies are wholly owned subsidiaries of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI), an Alaska Native Corporation (ANC) and are Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDB) and 8(a) Business Development Participants.
Backed by $1 billion balance sheet and >$100 million in bonding, North Wind companies are Managed by a rigorous and mature Earned Value Management System, ISO-9001 and NQA-1 compliant Quality system, and Health & Safety program that far exceeds industry-average performance.
Through our 8(a) ANC status, North Wind can receive sole source contracts, providing our clients with a streamlined avenue to robust capabilities. Subcontracts awarded to North Wind can also be counted towards a Prime Contractor’s small business goals.
The Alaska Native Regional Corporations (ANCs) were established in 1971 when the United States Congress passed the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) which settled land and financial claims made by the Alaska Natives and provided for the establishment of 13 regional corporations to administer those claims.
Following establishment, Congress gave ANCs unique rights in federal contracting. These rights provide Federal agencies strong incentives to contract with tribal and ANC firms. These incentives include:
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Each North Wind company can utilize the experience, personnel, and capabilities of their sister companies through meaningful involvement. Examples of meaningful involvement include direct involvement in project management of the affiliate’s personnel, use of affiliate’s facilities, use of the affiliate’s machines and equipment, or direct involvement of the affiliate’s employees in the contract. These provisions provide North Wind Small Business status while maintaining large business systems and infrastructure.