Fort Walton Beach, Niceville businesses get combined millions in military contracts

Jim Thompson
Northwest Florida Daily News

FORT WALTON BEACH — NWF Contractors Inc., a Fort Walton Beach construction contracting company, has been awarded a five-year contract with a $20 million ceiling for construction of concrete targets at Eglin Air Force Base.

And in another recent local military contracting development, Niceville-based Zitec Inc. is one of four companies nationwide that have been awarded a share of a contract for munitions material handling equipment with a $9.8 million ceiling.

According to a June 4 contract award announcement from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), NWF Contractors will provide all facilities, labor, materials, equipment and operations for construction of reinforced concrete test targets on specified areas of the sprawling Eglin reservation.

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A company representative who spoke briefly with the Northwest Florida Daily News on Tuesday said NWF Contractors has previously received military contracts and previously has done work like it will be doing at Eglin.  

NWF Contractors was one of seven firms to submit bids for the work, according to the DoD. The contract was awarded through the Air Force Test Center at Eglin, the contract award announcement noted.

Zitec Inc. was awarded part of the $9.8 million contract May 25, according to the DoD. Also earning parts of the contract were Accurate Machine & Tool Corp. of Madison, Alabama; Greene Machine & Manufacturing Inc. of Macon, Georgia; and Willerding Acquisition Corp. of O’Fallon, Missouri.

Transport modules like this one are among the pieces of military equipment produced by Zitec Inc. in Niceville. Zitec, a military contractor, recently was awarded a contract for munitions material handling equipment with a $9.8 million ceiling.

On its website, Zitec advertises itself as "a global leader in providing a wide variety of munitions support and aircraft ground servicing equipment to the U.S. military and its foreign allies."

Among the products made by Zitec are munitions maintenance and inspection tables, gun stands, missile stands, tool kits and service trailers. Founded in 2002, the company is led by Daniel Mank, an Air Force retiree who spent 20 years on active duty as a munitions systems specialist, according to the company website.

In a Tuesday interview, Mank explained that the May 25 contract award is the second round of five-year contracts for munitions material handling equipment awarded to the four companies. In the first  round of contract awards, Zitec Inc. wound up with a 35% share of the contract, he said.

While the May 25 award is a large contract, it's not the largest to be awarded to Zitec Inc., Mank said. Zitec's contract awards include a $25 million award to support the Navy's F-35 fighter jet program, Mank noted.    

Previously:Military contracts awarded in February and March total more than $1 billion. See the list.

The munitions material handling contracts, awarded through the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Eglin, call for manufacturing and refurbishing work. Work will be performed at each contractor’s facilities and is expected to be completed by May 25, 2026, according to the DoD announcement.

Other recently awarded military contracts with local connections, as reported in the DoD's weekday contract award announcements, include:

June 4

U-SMC DeMaria JV1, LLC, Jacksonville, was awarded a $9.3 million task order under a construction contract for Building 544 repairs and alterations at Naval Support Activity, Panama City. The task order was issued through Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Southeast, Jacksonville.

Work to be done under the task order includes removal and replacement of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system; sprinkler system modifications; removal and replacement of exterior doors and storefront entrances; and installation of a new fire alarm system.

The task order contains one option which, if exercised, would increase its value to $12.9 million. The task order option provides for installing furniture, fixtures and equipment at the Panama City facility.

Work under the contract is expected to be completed by September 2022, according to the DoD.

Military contracts awarded in February and March total more than $1 billion. See the list.

June 2

L3Harris Technologies Inc., Arlington, Texas, was awarded a $7.9 million contract for work to be done at Hurlburt Field and elsewhere in support of the Joint Terminal Control Training and Rehearsal System program. The work involves procurement, preparation and support of mission simulation systems for use in all U.S. military services.

In addition to Hurlburt Field, work under the contract will be performed at a number of other Air Force and Army installations across the United States and around the world. The Air Force Life Cycle Management System, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, issued the contract, according to the DoD announcement.

May 28

U.S. Navy installations in Pensacola will be among the places where work will be done under a $74.5 million contract with Booz Allen Hamilton of McLean, Virginia; CACI, Inc.–Federal of Chantilly, Virginia; Deloitte & Touche LLP of Arlington, Virginia; Systems Planning and Analysis Inc. of Alexandria, Virginia and Whitney, Bradley & Brown Inc. of Reston, Virginia.

The contract covers strategic assessment and planning, manpower assessment, financial program management and research, development, test and evaluation program management support.

The work will be done in support of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Navy Personnel Command, the Navy Manpower Analysis Center, Commander Naval Education and Training, and Commander Navy Recruiting Command.

According to the DoD, 10% of the work is expected to be done in Pensacola, with other work scheduled for Millington, Tennessee (50%); Arlington, Virginia (30%), other locations throughout the continental United States (8%); and various contractor facilities (2%).

The contract was awarded through Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk, Contracting Department, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.