The owners of Morenci’s Roth Fabricating Inc. are delighted with their involvement in the supply stream for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It’s their chance to “support the troops” and develop their business at the same time.
It’s not just Roth that’s happy with its military contracts. Just ask Pennie Southwell, executive director of the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) based in Jackson. She was in Morenci Friday to present Roth co-owners Shane Sarnac and Simone Haas with an award naming the company the Government Contractor of the Year for Lenawee County.
Southwell hopes the honor doesn’t end there. Of all the businesses in the running for the statewide honor, the list has shrunk to three and Roth is among them.
Southwell doesn’t hand out awards automatically. Some years pass without the county honor, she said.
“You have to be exceptional to get this award,” she said.
The 13 PTAC offices in Michigan follow a common mission: enhancing national defense while building business for state companies. By building a broad base of suppliers, PTAC aims for better products and services at lower costs through increased competition.
Roth Fabricating fits right in with that goal. Take the M-16 rifle racks, for example. It’s a favorite of Sarnac’s because it was the first military contract the company was awarded. It’s also a favorite of his for illustrating how his firm is saving money for the Department of Defense.
When he bid on the job, the Department of Defense was paying $320 for each rack.
“We’ve been able to bring it down to $220 and still make a profit,” he said.