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Questions and answers with Victor Bird, director of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission

Legislative program aimed at helping Oklahoma businesses win defense contracts wins award.
by Jennifer Palmer Modified: July 5, 2012 at 10:27 pm •  Published: July 6, 2012

Q&A with Victor Bird

Program helps state companies

work with Defense Department

Q: The Center for Aerospace and Supplier Quality program, or CASQ, was given a Seeds of Greatness Award during last month's Oklahoma Aerospace and Defense Summit & Expo. What is CASQ?

A: CASQ is a program created by the Legislature within the Aeronautics Commission to assist aviation and aerospace businesses in Oklahoma win more contracts with the Department of Defense (DOD) and prime contractors such as Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin.

Q: Why is CASQ important to Oklahoma companies?

A: It is not particularly easy to do business with the DOD, and doing business with prime contractors can be challenging as well. The key to doing business with DOD and the primes is knowledge. Acquiring that knowledge can be a rather expensive proposition that some small and medium-sized companies simply cannot afford. CASQ helps aerospace businesses in Oklahoma acquire that necessary knowledge at no cost.

Q: Can you name some companies that have benefited from CASQ?

A: Over 150 aerospace businesses in Oklahoma have received services from CASQ. Twenty-seven of those companies have received 324 contracts totaling $33 million. Among those that have received contracts are Pro-Fab and Wall Colmonoy in Oklahoma City; Mingo Aerospace, Helicomb International, M&M Manufacturing, NORDAM and Padgett Machine in Tulsa; VALCO in Duncan; Malone's CNC Machining in Grove; and Crain Industries in Durant. Three of these companies, Pro-Fab, NORDAM and M&M Manufacturing, are part of the state contingent being led by Gov. Mary Fallin and attending the Farnborough International Airshow in England next week.

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by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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