Department of Energy awards contract to GJ firm

A small but fast-growing Grand Junction company is getting bigger still, thanks in part to a new federal contract worth as much as $200 million over five years.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration has awarded the contract to a joint venture set up between JG Management Systems Inc. of Grand Junction and S.M. Stoller, based in Broomfield.

JGMS is a professional services firm that provides nuclear safety and environmental support services as well as other technical support program and project management services to the federal government and commercial clients. S.M. Stoller provides environmental, waste management, remediation and ecological services to the public and private sector.

The National Nuclear Security Administration manages sites including the Nevada Test Site and several national laboratories. It maintains the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile and handles nuclear cleanup work, among other projects.

Jerome Gonzales, president and chief executive officer of JGMS, said the joint venture, Gonzales-Stoller Services, LLC, will be involved in environmental reviews and other analysis. That is likely to include some work at nuclear cleanup sites, but the contract isn’t focused on a particular program, he said.

Among other things, it could entail cultural, archeological and historical preservation reviews, such as at construction sites.

The joint venture is a mentor-protege relationship approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Gonzales said. Stoller has almost 500 employees, and JGMS about 50.

“They’re allowing us to grow under their wing, as it were,” Gonzales said.

He said JGMS needs to work with a bigger company to win bigger contracts and needs help
with certain aspects of working with the government, such as ensuring that financial and accounting systems will pass audits.

In return, JGMS is introducing Stoller to some of its clients in the Department of Energy, he said.

“This contract represents a tremendous opportunity to apply Stoller’s environmental expertise to a wider range of DOE customers,” Jim Van Vliet, Stoller vice president for Northwest Operations, said in a news release.

Until about eight years ago, Gonzales was deputy manager for the DOE’s Grand Junction office, where he was involved in uranium mill tailings cleanup jobs, including in Monticello, Utah.

The staff of JGMS is spread around 10 states. Gonzales said the joint venture contract and some others the company recently obtained have led to the hiring of three local workers, with plans to hire about three more.

JGMS also expects to hire another seven to 10 employees companywide.

In 2007, JGMS was honored by Inc. Magazine for being a fast-growing company and by Colorado Parent magazine for providing a family-friendly workplace.


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