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North Wind, Inc. Awarded 2008 SBA Subcontractor of the Year

North Wind, Inc. was recently honored as the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 2008 Region X Subcontractor of the Year. North Wind President, Sylvia Medina received the award at a ceremony held in Washington DC on April 23, as part of National Small Business Week. The Small Business Subcontractor of the Year award honors a small business that has provided the government and industry with outstanding goods and services as a subcontractor.

Steven C. Preston, SBA Administrator told Medina in his announcement letter, “your hard work, innovative ideas, and dedication to your community have made you a success in your business. The U.S. SBA is pleased to be able to recognize you for these achievements. As President Bush has said, “America’s small businesses are the engine that drives our economy. You can be proud of the role you are playing in our Nation’s robust economic growth.”

North Wind was nominated for the Regional Subcontractor of the Year by Bechtel BWXT Idaho (BBWI); the nomination stems from the BBWI/North Wind Mentor – Protégé relationship. North Wind is under contract to perform mixed low-level waste treatment and disposal operations at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP). “We are extremely pleased with North Wind’s success and the company’s developments of key knowledge and operational skills that have made important contributions to getting radioactive waste out of Idaho.” said Jeffrey D. Mousseau, president and general manager of BBWI. “North Wind is a strong and serious competitor in the federal system and an important company contributing to eastern Idaho’s economy.”

“North Wind is a showcase of why the Mentor-Protégé contract was created.” said Elizabeth Sellers, Department of Energy Operations Manager. “By all measure, the Mentor – Protégé relationship between North Wind and Bechtel BWXT Idaho has been a significant benefit to the Department of Energy. The Department is pleased by the ongoing effective and efficient shipment of mixed low-level radioactive waste out of Idaho and North Wind’s emergence as a small business contractor capable of performing environmental and project management work for the Department and other federal agencies.