‘School’ Gets $7 Million Deal for F-35 Work

‘School’ Gets $7 Million Deal for F-35 Work

A one-time day care and children’s school in Utah has received a nearly $7 million contract from the Defense Department for construction work related to the F-35 fighter jet.

You read that right.

The company, known as Creative Times Day School Inc., in Ogden, Utah, started out as a day care in the late 1980s and later expanded into commercial and federal construction doing business as Creative Times Inc.

The firm beat out three other unnamed companies for a $6.8 million, fixed-price contract to build an addition to an F-35 hangar at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, according to a Dec. 20 announcement from the Pentagon. The work, which is being overseen by the Army Corps of Engineers in Los Angeles, is expected to wrap up in April 2015, according to the notification.

Donald Salazar, a former parole officer, founded the business after struggling to place a minority family into a public-assistance facility, according to a recent article in Hispanic Executive, a trade magazine. The project was successful and he expanded with more, though his plans to add day-care facilities in federal buildings ended after the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, according to the report.

With an expertise in building and government contracting, Salazar turned to federal construction projects. His company has completed more than 1,000 projects for such clients as the Army, Air Force and General Services Administration, according to the magazine article.

The deal was among 300 awards the Defense Department disclosed in December — transactions potentially worth a combined $26 billion, according to a Military​.com analysis of the Pentagon’s daily contract announcements.

The monthly value is about 14 percent less than November’s, but 8 percent more than the average for the previous three months. The figures don’t reflect what is actually spent, or obligated, because many deals are only partially funded at first.

The biggest contract — a potentially $4 billion deal with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency for countering weapons of mass destruction — went to a group of seven companies, including defense giants Northrop Grumman Corp. and Raytheon Co., according to the Dec. 3 notice.

The second-largest award — and the only other one valued at more than a billion dollars — went to a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. The company received a possible $1.4 billion contract with the Defense Logistics Agency for aviation fuel, according to the Dec. 11 announcement.

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Interesting factoid, but so what? Hyundai started out selling fish and now they’re competing with Toyota and GM.

Ah, small disadvantaged business set asides. America truly is the land of opportunity, if your business is government business. Clearly that’s where all the money is. It’s capitalism at its finest. If you decide you don’t want to pay what they government says is your fair share, then men with guns come to your house and take all that you have. Because you have no right to what you earn, only the government does. But feel free to complain, because you have a right to free speech.

If he knows the market it is a good way to start out.

Parole officer will be a growth career field when the F-35 program collapses and the DOJ starts looking at the players.

They bid out this contract which is the proper way to spend money; yet, the white house has given out over a billion dollar $1,000,000,000+ contract(?) on the broken obamacare website, and no one says squat! Well, at least DOD plays by the rules!

I thought the government was low on money but we keep spending.

I heard this AM that many U.S. child care centers are being contracted out to the civilian community and current government employees will be asked to take huge paycuts or find new jobs. Specifically, Joint Base Fort Lewis/Mcchord in Washington state. any truth here?

Rarely does a company start out sucking off the government that it doesn’t always stay a social parasite.

We (the government) have all the money in the world to spend. If they can’t get it in taxes, they just print it up at the Fed.

While they’re usually constructed with government money, typically child development centers (child care) are supposed to be Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) type operations run by for-profit or non-profit organizations. If any are still run using government civilian employees, that’s what probably accounts for what’s ahppening at JB Lewis-McChord.

So how long have you been predicting the F-35 programs “imminent collapse” now?

Sounds like one more case where government jobs are outsourced. As is typical in these cases the people doing the work will take wage and benefit cuts so the CEO of the company that has contracted out this function can continue to get richer. The quality of care will suffer for these kids just as it has for our wounded veterans in VA hospitals where the same outsourcing has occurred, and the costs will go up. Your tax dollars hard at work.


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