Thursday, June 7, 2001

Hawaii tech company
lands $50 million
energy contract

Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu network hardware reseller Commercial Data Systems Inc. has been awarded a contract potentially worth $50 million to provide equipment for a national security laboratory owned by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The seven-year contract is with the headquarters of the Sandia National Laboratories at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M. Sandia designs all non-nuclear components for the nation's nuclear weapons and works on energy and national security projects. The lab employs more than 6,600 and is operated by Bethesda, Md.-based defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp.

Under the contract, Commercial Data Systems will sell the lab network equipment manufactured by Palo Alto, Calif.-based Sun Microsystems Inc.

In the past year, Commercial Data Systems has opened offices in Albuquerque, Colorado Springs, Colo., and San Antonio, Texas, to go after U.S. government contracts, which have become more than half the company's business. The company is designated by the U.S. government as a small, minority-owned business, which helps it gain federal contracts. Commercial Data Systems has projected that its revenues will rise to $40 million this year from $4 million in 1999.

Commercial Data Systems was founded locally in 1981 and has headquarters in Kukui Plaza. Clients have included HonBlue, Hawaii Medical Service Association, Cheap Tickets Inc. and the Hawaii Government Employees Association.

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