Kennewick firm, HPM Corp., wins second NASA contract

By Annette Cary, Tri-City HeraldSeptember 9, 2013 

A Kennewick firm has been awarded a five-year contract valued at almost $30 million to provide occupational health services at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

This is HPM Corp.'s second five-year contract for the work, and it will continue to team with Wyle and URS Federal Services. The contract award was reserved for a small business under U.S. Small Business Administration definitions.

HPM also is the occupational medical services provider at the Hanford nuclear reservation after being awarded the Department of Energy contract last year. It also is a Hanford Mission Support Alliance subcontractor, providing services related to worker protection.

The NASA contract gives HPM access to a different customer base, as well as helping it broaden the types of services it offers, said Hollie Mooers, who founded HPM in 2001 and is president.

The company is on several teams bidding for other work for NASA, she said.

"From a business perspective if you are too narrowly focused, it really narrows the opportunities available," she said.

The NASA work also is valuable because work at Hanford varies from year to year and predicting where the Hanford budget will be focused can be difficult.

HPM has grown to more than 100 employees from three when it was founded, with 18 employees based in Alabama.

The company has made major improvements to the NASA medical and occupational safety program, after taking over a program that NASA was concerned about, Mooers said.

It achieved national accreditation for the medical program, just as it did for the Hanford occupational medical services. It also has been certified to International Organization for Standards' management system standards.

Last year HPM was named the small business contractor of the year at the Marshall Space Flight Center. The center has about 5,000 employees plus a few thousand contractor employees, giving it a workforce about the size of Hanford, said Mooers.

The new contract will cover occupational medicine, industrial hygiene, health physics, respiratory protection and environmental management, such as waste storage and transportation of hazardous waste off site.

The new contract starts Nov. 1.

-- Annette Cary: 582-1533; acary@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @HanfordNews

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