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Central Oregon Emergency Response Firm Named 2019 SBA Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year in Pacific Northwest

Rockwell American Services, LTD To Be Honored as Part of National Small Business Week Celebrations
Release Date: 
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Melanie Norton - | 206-604-2957

SEATTLE – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2019 Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year for the Pacific Northwest Region (Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska) – also known as Region X – is Rockwell American Services, LTD (RAS) in Terrebonne, Oregon.

Founded in 2005, RAS is a family-owned small business that sells, rents and provides a range of products and services to the U.S. military, government and energy industry. The firm specializes in full-service turnkey camps, support and logistics management for emergency response and for projects located in difficult and remote locations.

The firm has received high accolades from federal contracting officers for delivering on complex and challenging contracts, including multiple contracts with the Oregon Army National Guard.

For example, RAS delivered life support services to the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team during their annual training in July and August 2018. RAS provided tow-able light sets, portable toilets, handwashing stations, portable showers, freezer and refrigeration trailers, ice, buses and dumpsters. These services were performed at six different locations and some locations required multiple moves once established.

In addition to the complexity of the contract, there were severe wildfires burning across the western United States, including California where the bulk of services occurred.

According to Oregon Army National Guard Contracting Officer Phillip Chik, the “team’s ability to acquire the resources and ensure the resources were where they needed to be on time was an impressive accomplishment and played a significant role in the success of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team annual training.”

Chik also said RAS was willing to work with the agency on pricing and was fully transparent in what they had to pay to subcontractors to ensure they were able to fulfill all requirements.

“Small businesses like Rockwell American Services are a valuable asset to the federal government. They bring innovation, resourcefulness and creative approaches to problem solving,” said Associate Administrator Robb Wong, SBA Office of Government Contracting and Business Development. “That is why the SBA works with federal agencies to see as many contracts go into the hands of small business as possible.”

The SBA Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year award – part of National Small Business Week May 5-11, 2019 – recognizes small businesses that have high contract performance, show innovativeness of products or services, fill a niche or a technical need not being adequately addressed by the competition, and deliver exceptional results.

“We have a history of being able to make the impossible possible no matter the challenge,” RAS General Manager Carolyn Pesci said. “To this end, we hold the mission of the Oregon Army National Guard in the highest regard and stand ready to serve the brave troops of the Guard with any requirement needed. Winning for Region X is a great honor.”

RAS Vice President of Sales/Contracting Raymond Barone, who oversees all emergency response campsites and training operations for RAS, has a background in chemical engineering with more than 35 years of experience designing and executing major projects for the energy industry and government. His leadership has garnered regular praise from contracting officers.

For example, Barone and RAS received high acclaim for the design, management and execution of the 2,000 person hurricane emergency campsite following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Pesci also acknowledges RAS Partner and Operations Director Eric Little and RAS Partner and Contract Fulfillment/Treasurer Liza Little who were both part of the original launch of RAS and “remain integral working partners focusing on operations, execution, contracting and administration.” She also acknowledges Field Operations Coordinator Tara Little who “deserves recognition for her 24/7 attention to the extremely complicated and commanding project” from the Oregon Army National Guard.

"National Small Business Week is a time to recognize the impact of small businesses, which make up 99 percent of all businesses in the Pacific Northwest and create two out of every three net new jobs,” SBA Regional Administrator Jeremy Field said. “Small business owners represent our country’s best. They are innovators, job creators and community leaders. Shining a spotlight on their inspirational stories and journeys is an honor.”

Each year since 1963, the President has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. SBA recognizes outstanding small business owners for their personal successes and contributions to our nation.

For more information about National Small Business Week, visit


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About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit The Pacific Northwest Regional Office (Region X) serves Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.