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June 13, 2013

FEMA contract awarded for depot

CUMBERLAND — A federal contract worth $5.2 million has been awarded to the company running the Federal Emergency Management Agency temporary housing and distribution depot at the old PPG plant in Mexico Farms.

 Shenandoah Fleet Maintenance and Management, LLC has been doing the work there for two years and also maintains the vehicle fleet under a separate contract, company officials said. The company is based in Warrenton, Va.

The $5.2 million is for the full life of the contract, which was effective May 13 and will extend through 2018, if all options are exercised, said Kristal Breeden of the company. “There are only two sites nationwide,” Breeden said. The other site is in Selma, Ala. The Cumberland site includes 1,000 trailers and 13 mobile command units, which are larger mobile-home type vehicles used for FEMA operations in disaster areas, breeden said. About 25 employees work in Cumberland.

“The services to be provided on the contract include receiving, maintaining, and issuing FEMA’s temporary housing units when required to provide living accommodations for persons left homeless due to a disaster. Shenandoah Fleet also provides warehousing support including the receiving, storing and issuing of disaster relief supplies such as bottled water, meals ready to eat, blankets, cots, related supplies,” according to a press release from the company.

The separate fleet contract has six locations maintained by the company.

The vehicle contract covers around 200 vehicles and equipment from forklifts to cargo trailers to heavy-duty trucks, said Trev Holst, director of operations for the company.

“We have to maintain 90 in commission, and we usually run much above that,” Holst said. Besides FEMA, the company has contracts with the Army and Air Force, along with a NASA contract at Goddard Space Center in Greenbelt.

The company president said he was pleased by the award.

“We are very proud of the services our project manager, Randy Hawkins, and his team have been providing over the last two years and look forward to continuing to provide the best possible support to FEMA at Cumberland and their important mission,” said Bill Jones, president of the company.

Shenandoah Fleet is a verified service-disabled, veteran-owned small business, was founded in 2007 and currently operates throughout the United States.

Contact Matthew Bieniek at mbieniek@times-news.com.

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