Utica firm to receive $31.6M Air Force contract

Published Sep 14, 2018 at 4:00pm

UTICA — A $31.65 million U.S. Air Force contract that was awarded to Quanterion Solutions Inc. in Utica was announced Wednesday by U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-22, New Hartford.

The contract is for the Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center basic center operations, according to online reports including the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association site at afcea.org.

Quanterion, which has about 95 employees and is based at 266 Genesee St. in Utica, probably will add about 14 local employees in relation to the contract, company President, CEO and owner Preston MacDiarmid said Thursday. The work will be performed in Utica, officials said.

Quanterion’s current local staffing of 45 employees includes its Utica site and as on-site contractors at the Rome Air Force Research Laboratory, said MacDiarmid. Quanterion also has about 50 employees in other locations including the Defense Threat Reduction Information Analysis Center in Albuquerque, N.M., he added.

The new contract provides the Defense Technical Information Center centralized operation of Defense Department services, databases, systems, or networks for the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and dissemination of scientific and technical information supporting defense research and development, engineering, analysis, and studies programs.

Quanterion operates the Cyber Security and Information Systems Information Analysis Center at its Utica site, MacDiarmid said.

The work for the new contract will be performed in Utica, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 27, 2019, said Tenney’s office. The contract award is the result of a competitive acquisition, and three offers were received. Fiscal 2017 and 2018 research and development funds of $1,651,414 are being obligated at the time of the award.

Based on contract options available, the contract could increase to about $41 million and extend to over six-and-a-half years, said MacDiarmid.

The Quanterion Technical Information Analysis Center is “a vital asset” to the Defense Department, said Tenney, noting “the Utica-based workforce is comprised of innovative leaders on both the local and national stage.”

Tenney added, “with the increased threat of cyber-attacks, this contract will ensure our military is armed with the tools and training necessary to protect our nation in an ever-changing battlefield. The (Department of Defense) recognizes Quanterion’s important impact and contribution to our nation, and I look forward to continuing to advocate for our local businesses in the future.”

Quanterion, established in 2000, provides analytical services across a wide range of technical disciplines for both government and commercial customers.