UTRS Named SBA's 2009 Regional Prime Contractor of the Year

Cherry Hill, N.J., July 16, 2009—Universal Technical Resource Services, a Cherry Hill-based company that provides a wide range of cutting-edge scientific, engineering, management and information technology services to the public and private sectors, primarily the U.S. Department of Defense, was named recipient of the U.S. Small Business Administration's 2009 Regional Prime Contractor of the Year Award for Region II, it was announced earlier today.

SBA New Jersey District Director James A. Kocsi (right) presents UTRS CEO Gerald Wright with the U.S. Small Business Administration's 2009 Regional Prime Contractor of the Year Award for Region II.

In making the announcement, SBA New Jersey District Director James A. Kocsi said that UTRS competed against several other firms from Region II, which encompasses New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, for the award.

In 1985, Gerald Wright, CEO, along with the late Lamont McLean, formed UTRS. Initially the company specialized in providing data processing services to large commercial companies. Eventually, with the addition of Albert Zalcmann, President, and a staff of personnel experienced in the government marketplace, the company expanded its services to include consulting and engineering in diverse technical areas. Gradually the firm's customer base grew to include clients such as the Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer.

Along the way, UTRS discovered a niche market for providing its customers with prototype and manufacturing support. The company's manufacturing support team consists of mechanical and electrical engineers, computer scientists, machinists, and welders who are experts in manufacturing technology. This division has helped many small businesses extend their technical expertise and supported a number of large companies that favor outsourcing for cost-effectiveness.

Today, the company generates revenues in excess of $20 million with more than 130 employees. For more than 10 years the company has supported Picatinny Arsenal and recently has worked on rapid prototyping and production of mission-critical systems such as gunner protection kits, mine roller attachments, cupola shields, and strategic metals and manufacturing initiatives.

According to Kocsi, Eric J. Blankit, director of the United States Army's Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command at Picatinny Arsenal, nominated UTRS for the award. UTRS was selected for the award based on criteria that measure the company's technical and management capability, financial strength, customer interface, and ability to deliver quality products and services at a competitive cost and in a timely manner to the U.S. Government.

In accepting the award, Wright said, "This is a great honor for our company, and is a testimony to the quality service and products that we provide the U.S. Government. This award is a tribute to the dedication of all our employees at Universal Technical Resource Services, Inc., and is an outstanding achievement for a company of our size. We are proud of the work we do for our country, and specifically the attention and detail that goes into this important work to support our Warfighter."

According to Kocsi, Wright was honored by SBA's Administrator Karen Gordon Mills during National Small Business Week ceremonies held in Washington, D.C., in May.