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For Release: September 1, 2004

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office


NASA's Glenn Research Center (GRC), Cleveland, today awarded an 8(a) cost-plus-award-fee contract valued at approximately $41 million to Mainthia Technologies, Inc., (MTI), Cleveland.

MTI will provide on-site support services for operations, maintenance and engineering of the specialized central process systems and equipment that support the mission research and development functions of GRC. The specialized process system consists of standard equipment on a very large scale including: compressors, hydraulic systems, cooling towers, cryogenic systems, high pressure gases and fuel systems, centralized computer controls and a variety of other components.

MTI will provide on-site support services in the area of pressurized system and pressure vessel systems, which consists of wind tunnels, vacuum vessels, oil and fuel tanks, dehydrators, coolers, filters, separators and other components. Recertification services will only be performed at the GRC Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio. Under the terms of the contract, the requirements will be stated in performance-based contract task orders.

The period of performance is expected to be five years, consisting of a three-year base period followed by a one two-year option. MTI will begin its phase-in operations onSeptember 1, 2004. Full contract responsibility begins on October 1, 2004.

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