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The Merchants Co. Gets $30.4M Order to Supply Food to US Military Facilities in MS, LA

(January 21, 2010)—The US Defense Supply Center Philadelphia is exercising the 1st 18-month option on a firm-fixed-price prime vendor contract for The Merchants Co. in Hattiesburg, MS to provide full line food distribution to US military facilities in Mississippi and Louisiana.

The option has a maximum value of $30.4 million. The original contract, along with another prime vendor contract were awarded to The Merchants Co. on Jan 17/08 to supply food to 12 US military facilities in those states. The contracts have a 2-year base period, and 3 option periods. The combined value of the contracts, if all options are exercised, is $81 million…
The facilities being served under the contracts include:
Fort Polk, LA
Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB), LA
Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian, MS
Columbus AFB, MS
Keesler AFB, MS
Naval Support Activity New Orleans, LA
Naval Construction Battalion, LA
Mississippi Air National Guard (ANG), MS
US Coast Guard Station, Gulfport, MS
US Marine Forces Reserve, LA
NAS Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans, LA
US Coast Guard Station New Orleans, LA

The original proposal was Web solicited with 3 responses received by the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, PA. The date of performance completion is July 17/11.

Merchants Foodservice is one of the nation’s leading foodservice distributors. A member of the Frosty Acres, Inc. buying group and the chain buying group Tailor Made Distribution, Merchants distributes products from 600 of the nation’s top manufacturers to its growing number of foodservice operators throughout the Southeast. Merchants was recently recognized as one of the 40 Fastest Growing Privately Owned Companies by the Mississippi Business Journal.

- From Defense Industry Daily

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