Jefferson Lab recognizes its Outstanding Small Business Contractor for FY 2003

Sharon Harrah (center), owner of Triad Machine Shop located in Newport News, Va., receives the award plaque from JLab Director Christoph Leemann (right). Harrah is accompanied by her husband, Ed.

The Department of Energy’s Jefferson Lab recognized a local, woman-owned machine shop recently as its Outstanding Small Business Contractor for fiscal year 2003. Triad Machine Shop was chosen from 107 small disadvantaged or women-owned vendors that JLab did business with in FY 2003.

Sharon Harrah, owner of Triad Machine Shop located in Newport News, Va., received the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA)/JLab Outstanding Small Business Contractor award for FY 2003.

At a reception held April 13 at Jefferson Lab, Department of Energy Site Office officials, senior JLab management, JLab Machine Shop staff and other Lab employees congratulated Harrah as she received the award plaque from JLab Director, Christoph Leemann.

JLab began using Triad Machine Shop in 1988. For the past seven years the business has been instrumental in handling machining projects that couldn’t be completed in-house. During FY 2003, Triad completed 476 workorders valued at $198,000 for the JLab Machine Shop.

According to Machine Shop supervisor, David McCay, 30 percent of the jobs put into JLab’s Machine Shop are for “rush” work that is needed the same day or first thing the following day. Triad Machine picks up and delivers all tasks, according to McCay. “The company can be relied on to complete rush tasks within specified delivery times,” he notes. Triad Machine representatives have, on occasion, even met with JLab personnel after hours and on weekends to deliver completed tasks, according to McCay. He describes Triad Machine as consistently receiving high marks on work quality and as being very concerned with customer satisfaction.


Jefferson Science Associates, LLC, manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, or Jefferson Lab, for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. JSA is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Southeastern Universities Research Association, Inc. (SURA).

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