Press Release

Boeing Awards Space Shuttle, ISS Subcontracts to Minority-Owned Businesses

By SpaceRef Editor
August 18, 2004
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Boeing [NYSE: BA] is expanding the number of
minority businesses that provide engineering and technical support services
to NASA Systems programs in Houston.

The subcontracts together are valued at $150 – $200 million over a five-year
period and are effective Oct. 1, 2004 , and will support the Space Shuttle,
International Space Station (ISS) and ISS Payload Integration programs.
Seven Houston-based companies received the contract awards: Barrios
Technology, Bastion Technologies, Blackhawk Management Corp., Cimarron, GB
Tech, MRI Technologies and Muniz Engineering.

“These impressive companies are equipped with the knowledge and capabilities
to exceed the expectations of our NASA and United Space Alliance customers,
and to propel us to the next stage of space exploration,” said Russ Carroll,
director, Boeing NASA Systems Supplier Management & Procurement.

The announcement is the culmination of an extensive selection process
including overall cost, management, technical expertise, past performance
and risk management. A total of 23 companies bid on the work.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Integrated Defense Systems is one of the
world’s largest space and defense businesses. Headquartered in St. Louis ,
Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $27 billion business. It provides
systems solutions to its global military, government, and commercial
customers. It is a leading provider of intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance; the world’s largest military aircraft manufacturer; the
world’s largest satellite manufacturer and a leading provider of space-based
communications; the primary systems integrator for U.S. missile defense;
NASA’s largest contractor; and a global leader in launch services

SpaceRef staff editor.