Seneca Firm Wins $18.5 Million Army Contract

May 8, 2012 Updated May 8, 2012 at 11:14 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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Seneca Firm Wins $18.5 Million Army Contract

May 8, 2012 Updated May 8, 2012 at 11:14 AM EDT

(WKBW release) SCMC LLC, a Seneca Nation of Indians business, won a contract for $18.5 million to design and build a U.S. Army Reserve Center in Schenectady.  

According to a news release issued Tuesday:

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, recently said in a news release the center is for “state-of-the-art, high security military and counter-terrorism training.”

“This is a proud achievement for our Nation, the company and our people,” said Seneca Nation President Robert Odawi Porter. “This is an example of how the Nation is diversifying its economy, broadening its construction expertise and winning competitive national contracts.

“I also want to emphasize that the revenue and profits from this work, while supporting hundreds of New York construction workers, will return to Western New York for reinvestment.”

SCMC opened for business in May 2008 and has developed core competencies as a construction manager, general contractor and program manager specializing in vertical construction; infrastructure, including water and waste water; rehabilitation, renovation and demolition. SCMC provides construction, construction management and program management services to federal, state and local governments.

“This is a major win for our company and it demonstrates the qualifications and expertise of our people,” said SCMC President and CEO Odie Brant Porter. “This shows without a doubt that a Seneca-run business can compete in this field against the heavy hitters and come out on top. That bodes well for the future.”

Congress authorized the project, which will in part be administered out of West Point, Dec. 15, 2011, allocating $20 million. The money is for design and construction of a 60,000-square-foot center on three acres of the Niskayuna Commerce Park on Hillside Avenue in Schenectady.

The center will have a training building, a vehicle maintenance shop, a library, a learning center, a weapons simulator and a fitness area for 12 reserve units from the Capital District.

It’s expected to create 200 construction jobs and is due for completion in October 2013.