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Congresswoman Tsongas Visits SBANE Member Security Construction Services' Recently Completed Military Training Facility at Ft. Devens

janet ceddia PRESS  RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 29, 2014 CONTACT: Jill Fratkin 978-562-0770, x30 Congresswoman Tsongas Visits Local Contractor’s Recently Completed Military Training Facility at Ft. Devens  LANCASTER, MA – On Thursday, October 29, 2014, Security Construction Services, Inc., (SCS), a general contractor based in Hudson, Massachusetts, celebrated the completion of its latest range construction project at Fort Devens.  Congresswoman Tsongas, Ft Devens’ leaders and a SCS lender attended the event. The range built by SCS and referred to as “Bravo Range” is designed for target training and qualification evaluation for combat pistol users and military police.  The range includes 96 stationary infantry targets, 12 firing lanes, and 12 barricades.  All targets are fully automated and allow for computer-driven, event-specific target scenarios with scoring and immediate feedback for participants at the Operations Tower on site.  The Bravo Range build-out also included the construction of six facilities:  an operations tower; an operations and storage building; a classroom facility; a latrine pad; a bleacher enclosure; a covered mess; and an ammunition breakdown building.  This upgraded range replaces a smaller 8-lane target range with pneumatic pop-up targets – outdated and highly susceptible to adverse weather conditions. “This range is at the forefront of range construction across the nation,” said Keith Jackson, Chief of Range Control, South Post – Ft Devens. “The new Bravo Range will operate all 12 months of the year, 24/7, to meet demand and further troop readiness in the region.” “When Security Construction Services, based in Hudson, needed some assistance connecting with the right people at the Army Corps of Engineers, my office was able to help clear lines of communication,” said Congresswoman Tsongas.  “As a result, this small, women-owned business was able to effectively work with the Army to deliver their services ahead of schedule. The new pistol range at Fort Devens will be a resource to members of the National Guard and Reserves, as well as other federal and state officers, giving them a quality, local site to train and practice. I appreciate the opportunity to be there to mark the completion of this project and to see firsthand how it supports soldier training and preparedness.” “We are pleased to play a small part in aiding our troops’ readiness,” said Janet Ceddia, President of Security Construction Services. “This range exemplifies Security Construction’s skills and capabilities and desire to stay at the vanguard of military construction.  We are grateful to the Army, USACE and Range Control staff for being a collaborative team throughout all phases of the project.” Ceddia also acknowledged one of its lenders, Mass Growth Capital Corp (MGCC), for providing working capital and bonding collateral for the company.  “MGCC’s support ensured the project progressed without any financial challenges or impediments,” she said.   # # # ceddia1 About Security Construction Services… Security Construction Services (SCS) offers general contracting and specialty services to federal agencies, public municipalities and commercial clients throughout New England. Their construction services focus on interior fit-out and building renovations, exterior upgrades, Access Control Point (ACP) improvements, security enhancements, military firing range construction, and secure construction (e.g., SCIFs, data centers).  The Company has completed successful contracts with the US Army, US Air Force, US Army Reserve, US Coast Guard, DOT, FEMA, Veterans Administration, as well as scores of municipalities and commercial clients.  SCS is certified as a disadvantaged, woman-owned business (DBE/WBE) at both the state (SDO) and federal 8(m) levels.   The company has been in business since 2002 and employees roughly 30 to 45 employees, depending on the season.  The owners of Security Construction Services are Janet and Chris Ceddia of Hopkinton, MA. About Fort Devens… As the major Army Reserve presence in New England, Fort Devens provides operational, training and logistic resources to tenant, transient training and stationed units and area customers; provides standardized, effective and efficient services, facilities, infrastructure and quality of life to Soldiers, Family Members, Retirees and Civilian Employees as applicable to support the training, readiness and operational capability for all components and branches of the joint force, accomplished through responsible execution of funds and effective conservation of natural resources. On order, provides Defense Support to Civil Authorities, as directed.  Fort Devens is conveniently located approximately 40 miles West of Boston off Route 2 and only 7 miles from I-495 Fort Devens is funded by Army Reserve, operates under the Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM) Northeast Region, and is a subordinate installation of Fort Dix missioned to support all military services, both reserve and active.  Devens supports local, state, and other federal agencies when possible on a reimbursable basis.  The South Post Training Area at Fort Devens supports over 130,000 Service Members and other personnel annually.  South Post includes 25 Firing Ranges, 24 Training Facilities, and 26 Company Size Training Areas. About Congresswoman Tsongas… Congresswoman Niki Tsongas was elected to the United State House of Representatives in a 2007 special election, becoming the first woman in 25 years to serve in Congress from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She represents the Massachusetts Third District, which had previously been known as the Fifth District until her most recent reelection in 2012. Tsongas holds the same seat that was held three decades earlier by her late husband, former Congressman, U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Paul Tsongas.  The Third District spans across portions of Essex, Middlesex and Worcester counties – and includes both Hudson, MA, and Ft, Devens. About Mass Growth Capital Corp (MGCC)… The Mission of the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation is to create and preserve jobs at small businesses, women and minority owned businesses, and to promote economic development in underserved, gateway municipalities and low and moderate income communities.  In 2010, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law an economic development bill designed to help small businesses create jobs, in part by providing greater access to capital through the creation of the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation. New capital of $35,000,000 was provided. Formation of MGCC involved consolidation of the Massachusetts Community Development Finance Corporation (CDFC) and the Economic Stabilization Trust (EST).
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