Two Dayton-area firms win massive federal contracts

By: Joe Cogliano

May 12, 2015/Dayton Business Journal/Riverside-based CDO Technologies and Sawdey Solution Services Inc. in Beavercreek each tallied major contract wins in the last week.

Late Monday, CDO was awarded one of three spots on a $181 million deal for IT and telecommunications work for the U.S. Army. That means the company will only be competing for work against two other companies.

Sawdey Solution Services won a $17.9 million job from the Engineering Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The work — which includes a variety of tasks to support aircraft acquisition and sustainment — starts later this month and will require the company to add 22 employees, including seven locally.

Both companies have been on a roll, as of late, and these new contracts will help continue their momentum. This success could lead to significant growth, which would bolster their headquarters operations and the Dayton-area economy.

Sawdey won its work under OASIS, a massive federal umbrella contract. Prior to this latest contract, the company has already won six jobs worth about $68 million under OASIS. In April, it had 170 employees, including 45 local workers.

“It appears that our long terms growth plans are quickly becoming our short term growth plans,” Sawdey Solution Services Vice President Jeff Sawdey told me on Monday.

In the last few months, CDO also was named one of 17 companies to part of the massive NETCENTS-2 federal contract. That part alone could be worth as much as $5.8 billion over the next seven years. CDO also was part of a joint venture with Dayton-based CompTech Inc. that earned one of five spots on a $450 million U.S. Air Force contract for technical data support services.

CDO — which has 60 local employees and roughly 200 total workers — was started by Al Wofford in 1995.