2014 Nunn-Perry Award Winners: Raytheon Missile Systems & Sonju Industrial, Inc.

 

(L to R: Jason Sonju (President - SI-Defense), Kevin Kleckner (Sr. Manager - Raytheon), Jeffrey Krongaard (Mentor-Protégé Manager- Raytheon), Melinda Sonju (President - Sonju Industrial, Inc.), Bree Morrison (Bethune Cookman - Consultant), Alexis Tobe LoCascio (Program Analyst - Triumph Ent./DON OSBP), Bradley Taylor (DoN OSBP Mentor-Protégé Program Manager))

(L to R: Jason Sonju (President – SI-Defense), Kevin Kleckner (Sr. Manager – Raytheon), Jeffrey Krongaard (Mentor-Protégé Manager- Raytheon), Melinda Sonju (President – Sonju Industrial, Inc.), Bree Morrison (Bethune Cookman – Consultant), Alexis Tobe LoCascio (Program Analyst – Triumph Ent./DON OSBP), Bradley Taylor (DoN OSBP Mentor-Protégé Program Manager))

On March 12th, 2015, Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs conducted its annual Nunn-Perry Award Ceremony, recognizing 14 exceptional Mentor-Protégé agreements that had significant growth in employees, revenue, capabilities, innovations, facilities and more importantly how those enhancements significantly supported the warfighter. Amongst the 14 agreements was the Department of the Navy’s Mentor-Protégé agreement between Raytheon Missile Systems and Sonju Industrial, Inc. Sonju Industrial is a certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) operating in Kalispell, Montana. It opened its doors in 1978 as an auto-body and repair business and now manufactures products in the area of aerospace and defense that are used on such things as laser guided missiles, aircraft and firearms.

This Mentor-Protégé Agreement was recognized due to Sonju’s 74.19% increase in its employee base since its inception in the Mentor-Protégé Program, 105% increase in square footage of manufacturing space, the 448% increase in total procurement awards from Raytheon as well as upgrades in pertinent certifications and incorporation of new innovative software. Sonju Industrial was able to provide these, along with several other enhancements to improve turn-around time, go “paperless” in various aspects of their production and be more efficient in providing the warfighter what they needed, with the guidance and mentorship of Raytheon.

Congratulations to the Raytheon Missile Systems and Sonju Industrial Inc. team for being the Department of Defense/Department of the Navy, 2014 Nunn-Perry Award Winners!