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Michoud Holds Industry Day
02.02.11
 
Mike Ricks of the SBA introduces Marshall Space Flight Center Deputy Director Gene Goldman.

Mike Ricks of the SBA introduces Marshall Space Flight Center Deputy Director Gene Goldman, who welcomed everyone to Michoud. More than 100 vendors participated in the industry day along with 12 speakers. Topics ranged from how to grow your business to including Michoud in your proposals. Image credit: Jacobs Technology
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More than 800 people attended an industry partnership day at Michoud Jan. 27. The event, Contact 2011 – Transmitting Opportunities, was a chance for businesses in the area to network and learn about new opportunities.

The industry event was sponsored by NASA, the Small Business Administration, the Army Corps of Engineers and Louisiana’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

"We've got the floor space," said Steve Doering, Michoud's acting chief operating officer. "We've got the tooling. We provide a secure environment with rail and port access with local transportation access."

Doering said NASA is trying to market what he calls "excess capacity" at the facility.

NASA plans to hold back what it needs for future space programs and lease the rest of the plant to private businesses and other government agencies.

Michoud has an 832 acre footprint, including 43 acres under one roof in the main manufacturing building.

"The Michoud facility is available for small businesses who may want to locate here and use the state-of-the-art equipment at this facility for their businesses to grow," said SBA Deputy Administrator Marie Johns.