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Two US companies based in New Mexico, and work with the Los Alamos National Laboratory were the recipients of small business awards by US Department of Energy (DOE) at the 18th annual DOE Small Business Forum and Expo in Pittsburgh on April 16.

Albuquerque-based Holmans USA won the award in the category: 8(a)/Small Disadvantaged Business of the Year, while Rio Rancho-based RG Construction Services, based in Rio Rancho, was awarded the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year award.

“The success of these two companies in winning national awards from the DOE’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization recognizes their excellence in delivering outstanding service to help Los Alamos National Laboratory fulfill its national security mission,” said Chris Fresquez, director of the Laboratory’s Small Business Program.

Holmans USA provides information technology solutions, with a specialisation in sales and service of Hewlett Packard and Apple products. The company also offers a sophisticated ecommerce system, which is tailored to each client’s requirements.

RG Construction Services was started in 2004 by John McKinstry, provides subcontracted construction services to US Army veteran

Founded in 2004 by U.S. Army veteran John McKinstry, RG Construction Services provides subcontract construction services and worked on five projects at Los Alamos including their role in the construction of the Transuranic Waste Facility, which was completed under budget and ahead of deadline.

Charlie Smith, director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, presented the two awards to Jennifer Barajas of RG Construction Services, and to John Santoru, vice-president of Holmans USA. A full list of award winners from the Small Business Forum and Expo is available here

The national awards are open to qualified small businesses that work at DOE Facility Management Contractor sites located across the country.

“The development and growth of small businesses in New Mexico are essential to the state’s overall economy and to the success of Los Alamos National Laboratory,” Fresquez said. “The Lab is committed to providing support and opportunities to companies like Holmans and RG Construction Services to help them succeed.”

The DoE has also just recently announced several funding allocations for the promotion and development of smart energy technologies, like the $20 million in funding for the research and development of advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies.