Shatto wins $40 million defense contract

A & L

March 28, 1993|By Frank Lynch | Frank Lynch,Staff Writer

A & L Shatto Inc., a five-year-old Bel Air engineering firm, has been awarded a $40 million, five-year contract by the Department of Defense.

Allen W. Shatto, the firm's president, said his company will be responsible for systems engineering and technical assistance to the U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla. He said the company won the contract after a six-month competition among 27 bidders.

"When we received official word about the contract everyone in the office was stunned," Mr. Shatto said. "Suddenly we've gone from handling $1 million annual contracts to $7 million."

In addition to government contracts the firm works for private clients, such as Lockheed Corp. and Bechtel Corp., in the environmental and occupational safety areas.

Mr. Shatto said the firm wants to build long-term relationships with small and medium-size companies interested in employee safety and environmental compliance.

"I believe that good engineering solves environmental problems quicker and more cost effectively that lawsuits and fines," he said.

The Special Operating Command is one of DOD's new unified commands made up of the special forces. Formed in 1987, it combines the Army Green Berets, Navy Seals, Air Force Blue Berets and Marine Special Forces for limited warfare or advanced missions in major operations.

Because of the diverse nature of work under the contract, A & L Shatto formed a team of contractors, including ASI International of Orange, Calif., Applied Marine Technologies Inc. of Arlington, Va., and SEMCOR of Mount Laurel, N.J.

"This contract gives us the opportunity to pull together the best management and technical support in industry to work with the best military personnel," said Mr. Shatto, a retired army captain, who spent 12 years at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Mr. Shatto, who holds a chemical engineering degree from Lehigh University and a graduate degree in research and development management from George Washington University, will manage the project.

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