NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - NSC Technologies, Inc., a Virginia-based professional staffing business, has signed a multi-year Mentor-Protégé Agreement with Jefferson Science Associates, LLC, the management and operations contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility.
The Mentor-Protégé program is designed for DOE prime contractors like JSA to mentor and guide woman- and minority-owned businesses – so they have the opportunity to become new business resources within the DOE vendor community and the larger government-vendor community, according to Danny L. Lloyd, Jefferson Lab's Small Business Program manager. NSC, a professional staffing services contractor, is a minority-owned business based in Portsmouth.
Initially, NSC will provide services to Jefferson Lab's Engineering Division. NSC will screen candidates, handle interviews, coordinate training and handle electronic time sheets for the temporary workforce needed for the lab's 12 GeV Upgrade project. This project is a multi-year, $310 million effort that will double the energy of the lab's electron accelerator.
"We will need significant contract staffing for the two accelerator shutdowns being planned to accommodate 12 GeV Upgrade work," explained Will Oren, Engineering Division head, "for the six-month down starting in May 2011 and the year-long down that will follow in 2012."
"We needed to find a way to quickly ramp up our staffing to meet the workload for those periods. With NSC, we will be able to use this blanket ordering agreement for bringing on temporary staff instead of many individual purchase requests," Oren added.
"Helping us ramp up quickly for our shutdown workload will be a win-win opportunity for both Jefferson Lab and NSC Technologies," said Mike Dallas, Jefferson Lab's chief operating officer.