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Mettle Ops Honored as One of the 2019 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch”

Mettle Ops Honored as One of the 2019 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” 

Sterling Heights, MI – Mettle Ops has been recognized as one of the 2019 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch,” an awards program presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB). In addition, Mettle Ops has also been recognized by MCSB as one of the 2019 “Best Small Businesses.” Michigan Celebrates Small Business is the most prestigious, small-business awards program in the state of Michigan.

 The mission of the program is to honor and recognize Michigan’s small business people as well as those champions and advocates that support them. The program allows organizations to raise awareness of small business in Michigan while building a network of entrepreneurial companies.

“We are honored to be selected for the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch award as well as a PTAC Best Small Business honoree from Michigan Celebrates Small Business,” said Katie Bigelow, President of Mettle Ops. “We recognize that our most valuable asset is our team.  As Mettle Ops continues to grow, we hope to truly make a difference for the warfighter, our ultimate customer.”

The Michigan 50 Companies to Watch award recognizes 50 Michigan headquartered companies that are high-potential and in their second-stage.

To be considered, the company must meet the following criteria for the year ending 2018:

  • Be a privately held, commercial enterprise that has not received the award in the past (not a nonprofit, not publicly traded, not a subsidiary or division of another company).

  • Be past the startup stage and facing issues of growth, not survival.

  • Employ 6-99 full-time equivalent W-2 employees (including the owner).

  • Have between $750,000 and $50M in annual revenue or working capital from either investments or grants.

  • Be headquartered in Michigan.

  • Demonstrate the intent and capacity to grow based on:

    • Employee or sales growth.

    • Sustainable competitive advantage.

    • Other notable successes.

Companies recognized as a “Best Small Business” through Michigan Celebrates Small Business were selected by their regional Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), Small Business Development Center (SBDC), or SmartZone. Honorees are selected based on their demonstration of successful growth and contributions to the economy of Michigan. 

The 15th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards gala is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. Small business owners and the advocates that support them will be in attendance from across the state.

“We at the Michigan Celebrates Small Business organization are proud to recognize these exceptional companies. They are a tremendous part of Michigan’s success, and we are excited to see what the future holds for them,” said J.D. Collins, State Director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center and a member of the Michigan Celebrates Small Business Board of Directors. 

Winners were selected by Michigan-based judges from the banking, economic development, entrepreneurship development, and venture capital communities.

About Mettle Ops 

Mettle Ops is an U.S. Small Business Administration 8(a), Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned, Small Business (SDVOSB), Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business (EDWOSB), Women Business Enterprise (WBE), Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB), National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC), Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE), and Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB). Headquartered in Sterling Heights, Michigan and founded in 2013, Mettle Ops specializes in research, development, reverse engineering, program management, ground vehicle design, test and evaluation experience, system integration capabilities, and facilitates manufacturing and fabrication. Mettle Ops’ team includes war veterans with 35 years combined experience in Army service. Inspired by courage and tenacity and so-named Mettle Ops. 

 

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3223 15 Mile Road, Sterling Heights, MI 48310 | info@mettleops.com | 586.306.8962 

WBE, WOSB, EDWOSB, NVBDC, CVE, VOSB, SDVOSB,  
U.S. Small Business Administration 8(a) Certified 2027 

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About Michigan Celebrates Small Business

Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB) is a collaboration of trusted statewide founding organizations who offer resources for small businesses. Since 2005, Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards gala has placed a spotlight on how small businesses positively impact our communities and state. The MCSB organization is focused on supporting, promoting and celebrating small businesses in Michigan.

The Michigan Small Business Development Center is the managing partner of Michigan Celebrates Small Business in 2019. Michigan Celebrates Small Business was founded by the Michigan Small Business Development Center, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, U.S. Small Business Administration - Michigan, Edward Lowe Foundation, Michigan Business Network, and the Small Business Association of Michigan.

Founding sponsors are the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, PNC Bank, AF Group, and Dynamic Edge, Inc. www.MichiganCelebrates.org

 

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Mettle Ops Receives Certification as a Participant in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program

Mettle Ops Receives Business Development Support from the U.S. Small Business Administration

Sterling Heights, MIMettle Ops has been certified as a Participant in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program. This program allows the government to contract with socially and economically, disadvantaged small businesses and provides assistance in increasing economic activity.

The Small Business Administration strives to help small businesses develop and advance by providing a large network of field offices and partnerships. The Small Business Administration fosters the interests and concerns of small businesses.

As an 8(a) Business Development Program Participant, Mettle Ops can take advantage of specialized business training, counseling, marketing assistance and high-level executive development provided by the SBA. Mettle Ops can receive sole-source contracts (up to a ceiling of $4 million for goods and services and $6.5 million for manufacturing).

The 8(a) Business Development Program chooses small businesses that are at least 51 percent owned by U.S. citizens who are economically and socially challenged, have a good character foundation and show promise for success.  The full list of qualifications can be found on the 8(a) Business Development Program page of the SBA website.

“We’re grateful for this opportunity and have a clear vision for our business plan. We plan on taking full advantage of this program and using all of the resources offered,” states Katie Bigelow, President of Mettle Ops.

As a certified participant, Mettle Ops receives strategy growth and business development assistance from a Business Opportunity Specialist who helps guide federal contracting, provide technical assistance, business coaching, counseling, marketing support, and executive development. The federal government attempts to award at least five percent of all federal contracting dollars to help small, disadvantaged businesses advance each year.

“We’re excited about the future of Mettle Ops and plan on growing our business to its greatest potential with the help of the U.S. Small Business Administration,” Bigelow said.

The program began on May 14, and Mettle Ops will participate in the program for the next nine years.

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About Mettle Ops

Mettle Ops is a certified Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and Economically-Disadvantaged, Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB).  Headquartered in Sterling Heights, Michigan and founded in 2013, Mettle Ops specializes in extensive research, development, reverse engineering, ground vehicle design, test and evaluation experience, system integration capabilities, and facilitates manufacturing and fabrication.

Throughout the past several years, Mettle Ops has established itself in Army acquisitions and federal government contracting including building relationships with TARDEC and TACOM, teaming with employees, contractors, and subcontractors of established government and automotive manufacturing engineering companies to assist customers and provide top quality, ethical workmanship. Mettle Ops’ team includes war veterans with 35 years combined experience in Army service. Inspired by courage and tenacity and so-named Mettle Ops.

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Mettle Ops Receives $4.26 Million in Additional Funding forDepartment of Defense Contract for Solider Safety and Survivability

Mettle Ops and TARDEC continue partnership on U.S. Ground Troop Efforts
 
Sterling Heights, MI – A recent adjustment to a contract between Mettle Ops and U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) features a funding ceiling hike of $4.26 million. This previous contract of $9.1 million, which was created as a Research and Development project, has the aim of putting soldiers’ survival as number one priority. Mettle Ops’ signed contract, known as the DoD (Department of Defense) Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) Contract, now totals more than $13 million.
 
The hike is due to increased budgetary funding allowing TARDEC to aggressively pursue survivability solutions for increased soldier safety. With this additional funding line, Mettle Ops will continue supporting their government customer and be able to make an even larger impact for America’s ground soldiers. 
 
"We are excited to receive this increase, as this shows that the DoD is taking this topic seriously and allowing TARDEC to pursue survivability solutions for increased soldier safety which is our passion," states Katie Bigelow, President of Mettle Ops.
 
Both Mettle Ops and TARDEC have unique specializations, and this collaboration makes for a well-rounded service provider.
 
Mettle Ops is responsible for the program management, design, modeling and simulations, analysis, and documentation aspect of the process for the agreement.
 
The deal will continue to provide both virtual and physical prototypes for tracked and wheeled ground vehicles, specifically Abrams Main Battle Tank, Bradley Fighting Vehicle, Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, Combat Vehicle Prototype, and Next Generation Combat Vehicle.
 
TARDEC is continuously seeking the latest technologies to affordably and effectively enhance vehicle and crew survivability for existing and future ground vehicle systems. This collaboration with Mettle Ops will assist TARDEC in achieving its goals.
 
“Our chief goal is to serve the warfighter.  Survivability effort deals like this provide soldiers with equipment that protects them better in wartime environments,” Bigelow said.
 
Both organizations are committed to providing consumers with high-quality, efficient products with safety as the number one priority.
 
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About Mettle Ops
Mettle Ops is a certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business (EDWOSB).  Headquartered in Sterling Heights, Michigan and founded in 2013 Mettle Ops specializes in extensive research, development, reverse engineering, ground vehicle design, test and evaluation experience, system integration capabilities, and facilitates manufacturing and fabrication.
 
Throughout the past several years, Mettle Ops has established itself in Army acquisitions and federal government contracting including building relationships with TARDEC and TACOM, teaming with employees, contractors, and subcontractors of established government and automotive manufacturing engineering companies to assist customers and provide top quality, ethical workmanship. Mettle Ops’ team includes war veterans with 35 years combined experience in Army service. Inspired by courage and tenacity and so-named Mettle Ops.
 
Warfighters Serving Warfighters | mettleops.com