William T. Butt, president of Butt Construction Co. in Beavercreek.
Photo: Jim Witmer
Photo: Jim Witmer

Contractors land millions in new defense work in Dayton region

Dayton area defense contractors have racked up millions of dollars in federal contracts in recent days in a Defense Department push to secure deals before the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, records show.

An Englewood defense contractor landed a nearly $17.4 million deal to supply seats for a massive Air Force cargo jet, according to the Defense Department.

ETI Tech, was the sole bidder on the two-year deal, with an option for a third year with the Defense Logistics Agency. The company will provide passenger seats aboard C-5 Galaxy, according to the Defense Department.

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The contract was expected to mean the addition of five to seven employees who will build hundreds of seats, according to John W. McLendon, company president and CEO.

Frontier Technology of Beavercreek landed a $35.5 million contract to provide computer software and training, the Defense Department said.

The Naval Surface Warfare Center awarded the contract for work split between sites in Washington, D.C., and Port Hueneme, California.

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The company also landed a $9.4 million, five-year contract to perform similar work for the Air Force in the Dayton area, according to Jerry Copes, director of contracts administration.

The company anticipates hiring up to six to eight more employees in its Beavercreek office under the Air Force deal, Copes said.

Belcamp, Maryland-headquartered SURVICE Engineering Co, which has a Dayton area office, landed a $9.9 million Navy contract on research and development on air weapon systems survivability, among other work.

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The Defense Department said 40 percent of the work for the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division will take place in Dayton with the rest in California, Maryland and Florida.

Butt Construction Co. of Beavercreek was awarded a $6.2 million U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contract to replace heating, ventilation and air conditioning units in a National Air and Space Intelligence Center building.

The work must be completed by 2019. The company has several ongoing contracts at the base, according to William T. Butt Jr., president of Butt Construction.

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