I work with both the SBA and your adviser program, also the University of Missouri Procurement Center.
We are a SMALL BUSINESS, we have worked for the National Weather Service, Army and Navy.
We performed a complete redesign of the MicroArt Dipole Antenna, which was a major problem and expense for decades not only for the NWS but the NRC.
We successfully redesigned hundreds of these problematic units that had to be a million dollar cost, just in repairs, due to the fact these devices were not only old technology but complex for that era.
Nothing wrong with the skill level at the NRC, but they are fabulous electronic and technical experts, we are old school and new school mechanically trained, and this is what these devices needed.
Once done with this project we did receive other bids on other equipment but not enough to survive on.
We then went the FBO route with help from the Procurement Center at UMKC and adviser help from the SBA,
I have talked with many long term contractors, former Government employees and the same advice is given, to bid on these jobs posted, a company needs a dedicated group of researchers to go through all the amendments, and all the other needed qualifications, plus identifying the item.
We are a small and very talented repair shop. We focus on electric devices, electronic devices, electric motors, root cause failures, and many complicated mechanical issues, dynamic balance of fans, rotating equipment in diameters over 5 feet, down to one inch, and in between.
We have seen and witnessed examples where electric motors are purchased, last a few days or weeks and thrown in the trash, instead of resolving the root cause which is many times a poor new motor or device design.
We do not want to waste your time bidding on items we lack the technical knowledge to complete.
We do not want billion dollar helicopter bids, critical defense part bills, those are for and should be OEM Driven.
However, we know of these cases where we could be of great assistance, just like the MicroArt, which in 2003 and decades before, was a huge problem for the NWS.
The former experts I have spoken with tell me the same thing, to bid on these opportunities it takes a complete staff to just go through the bid, and determine the feasibility and possibility we can be a resource.
With a small company of less than 10, we cannot afford to staff a group to research these bids with dozens of amendments, and by the warning on some bids that hundreds of hours will be needed to complete this bid, with no chance of compensation.
We have asked and worked through the systems in place, and while the Missouri Procurement Center is great at finding information, it is often limited, if no use and no identification available to even their system.
Example repair: Motor AC. That covers so many parameters it would be impossible without knowing what kind, type, brand, size, shape the motor is, to bid on.
Once in a great while we will find an Engineer who is in the office who will help us.
Again we do not want to bid, do not want to sub out, do not want to waste your time or ours bidding on anything we have no business bidding on.
But somewhere and many times there are systems and devices that simply do not work, but the Government by their own admittance will tell us if the OEM has the motor or other device, be it a device that has many faults, no reliability, constant replacement, they will purchase these devices in lots, in many cases, and simply replace them on a weekly or monthly or worse, even more frequent basis.
There are balance, vibration, failures, and untold issues on non critical systems, yet important and needed systems we could help resolve. We could help by consulting, by repair, by redesign, by replacement, by modification to simple components, that would stop the wasteful spending because it is easier to buy a half working device than to resolve the problem.
We have proved that.
How does a small business find and bid on these needed situations, or devices, without a staff of 20?
The SBA nor the Procurement Center can show us.
Why are the bids so complicated?
We understand building a critical defense part or aircraft carrier is going to be complex and only larger firms are able to correctly manage these type needs.
Again we do not want to bid on that type device or system.
But the others, fans in equipment rooms that fail, shake, vibrate, fail way to often are out there.
We have seen these items with our own eyes.
Why cannot a problematic item be sent to our shop for evaluation?
If the SBA or Procurement Center cannot sort these bids out, how can a small business?
Who will help us, show us, change the category, get small businesses involved in how the bids are written.
We have over 60 years in just the two owners, in industrial equipment, rotating equipment, mechanical and electrical equipment and system repair, redesign, root cause failure, and other skills that very hard to come by.
Instead of scraping failed devices why not consider the cost savings of repair?
A repaired item, such as an electric motor of any type or size, is hand repaired, and has the value added advantage of adding more insulation, better quality because we do these jobs one at a time and do not short cut as many OEMs must to save costs, which ends up in most cases causing the problems to begin with.
We have the skills, but we are out of significant work, and we are keeping our employees off the unemployment roles by borrowing on our line of credit.
We don't have to, but some things should be done because they are the right thing to do.
We are putting ourselves in business debt, personal debt, waiting and hoping that something in the economy changes.
Who in the Government will recognize we have done our share and more without being asked or told, or mandated.
Like most small businesses we will run out of our lines to borrow from, and we will be a statistic like so many others.
We see the news and the websites, the bailouts the Government supplies to other businesses is in the Billions or trillions of dollars.
We want to earn our way, but we need a hand, and a way, to earn our way.
We cannot fly across the country for meetings, we should not need to.
Private industry can send out requests for help with problem devices and systems and define them in one page.
But the economy has closed so many private concerns, those sources in the Kansas City area have dried up, closed, bankrupt, and we are today worrying with healthcare, on national TV, WHILE THE WHOLE ECONOMY DUE TO WASTE IS NEARLY AT A STAND STILL.
Those concerns still left are scarred, and when scarred of taxes and no revenue, they cut back, they do not repair, they run one shift instead of three, and we buy junk from China.
I was in at a show in Branson Missouri several years ago. Advertised as this all American show, with red and white and blue everywhere, horses adorned with American colors, enactments of civil war days, a very put on all American theme.
But go in the gift shop and NOT ONE ITEM, not one stuffed animal was made anywhere but China.
A plant to manufacture stuffed animals cannot be opened in or near Branson?
Talk about job creation, and it goes further. The stuffed animal plant, has equipment, it wears out, it gives us opportunity to repair it, see how easy job creation is? And not Government jobs or make work jobs, private taxable jobs, with support jobs, more plants make the stuffed animal equipment here in the US, it is serviced by a repair shop like us, we pay taxes, they pay taxes, it costs the Government nothing but to push the idea.
I understand stuffed animals are not going to save the world, but I can show you articles where the Government is proud it saved a deputy sheriff, not that law enforcement is not important, but even the stuffed animal plant has possible needs of hundreds of jobs.
What about wind power? We repair generators. We can study and test generators.
What about electric cars, we can repair DC MOTORS, OR AC motors for electric cars, we can study those motors, design those motors, make those motors better.
Did you know an internal combustion engine at best, regardless of miles per gallon is at best 40 percent efficient, while an electric AC MOTOR CAN BE IN UP IN THE MID 90 percent efficient!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here is a well equipped shop with experienced talented technicians, paying for our employees healthcare in total, we pay every dime, and we have now had to reduce our own salaries to nothing to survive and keep these people with health care, but we have borrowed the money.
Did we have to? NO, but again, what is wrong with doing the right thing?
These huge bailouts and then these lavish parties make us all sick.
Are we asking for billions in bailouts? No, we are asking for help with opportunities to help the Government with real problems and soon and short term we need an influx of cash or we will fail, as hard as we tried, as loyal as we were when the Government needed us, when the Weather Service was in a jam we worked night and day and weekends and resolved a decades old problem, not the fault of your own technicians, they are brilliant, but they are trained in other things, mostly electronic, just like I am asking you to look into and help us obtain opportunities that are understandable, manageable to read and reply, and we will not go into things we have no business doing, it is the same thing.
We can resolve the economic problems by starting with stuffed animal plants, it is so silly sounding, I understand, but think about it, and take it steps forward.
We need to be a world leader again, a manufacturer of goods that are useful, not services and make work.
We know energy, we know these devices. We repair NEXRAD RADAR data collector rings, that used to be sent off 8 states away.
We repair servos, we fix cabinet cooling fans, building cooling fans, do you know how much it costs to run these huge fans in structures when they are out of balance and shaking? We can travel and repair them on site in most cases.
Habitual or repetitive failing motors or other devices are what we do or used to until they came to grinding halts, because the business went out.
Decades of experience, we can train a whole new generation in the dirty finger business, that keeps the power flowing, the water running, the infrastructure going.
What about FEMA, do you know what to do to salvage flooded equipment, huge motors, fans, pumps, in disasters are repairable but it is an art form, a balance of cleaning and baking at the right temps and times.
Where is that work? We are a just a small company but loaded with help for situations I know many of your people are looking for help with, but the phone is silent, and soon will be disconnected.
We cannot wait, and we would not ask for help if we had not helped ourselves, we stood up when it was needed, now we ask for some reciprocity.
What a company cannot be too small to fail? Lose all that experience and talent? Training young people in these skills.
So much and so little is needed. Our cage code is **** we are CCR and ORCA registered in good standing.
Here we are and you asked, we replied and we asked for a little help to get caught up and then we want to earn our way, not constant handouts, that is not our agenda.
EMR Repair Inc and MEAR Services in Missouri are our two small companies, needing you to shore us up, will you help us?
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