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Fairborn firm expands through $112M NASA contract

Fairborn-based Peerless Technologies Corp. will expand its customer base with a $112 million contract to support NASA research scientists and engineers in northern Ohio, company officials said Wednesday.

The engineering and information technology firm at 2300 National Road in Fairborn was selected to provide information technology services at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland and Plum Brook Station in Sandusky.

NASA is a new customer for Peerless Technologies, which traditionally has supported the U.S. Air Force and Department of Energy, said Kurt Harendza, the company’s senior vice president.

“It’s a big win for us,” he said. “It is the largest single award contract that we’ve won in our 14-year existence.”

Harendza declined to disclose the privately held firm’s annual revenues.

The company will provide IT services that include maintaining Glenn’s information systems, as well as computer software engineering, network security, applications development and web-based services.

Peerless Technologies has about 265 employees, including 220 in southwest Ohio.

Harendza said the company will add about 65 workers to its staff, many of whom already are in place at NASA Glenn. The contract covers a total of about 135 workers, the rest of whom will be employed by subcontractor partner companies, he said.

Management of the contract will be performed by a team at NASA Glenn, Harendza said.

The contract, awarded under the Small Business Set Aside Program, is valued at $112 million over five years, NASA officials said. The contract has a 20-month base performance period, and two options that, if exercised, would extend the contract to a total of five years.

Peerless Technologies President Michael Bridges said the contract could lead to additional work for the company.

“We will try to look for other opportunities where we could support other NASA organizations with similar services that they might find beneficial at our cost-effective rates,” he said.

Founded in 2000, Peerless Technologies moved to its Fairborn headquarters in 2005, after graduating from The Entrepreneurs Center in downtown Dayton.

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