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Salish Kootenai Electronics signs major contract

By Adriana Fehrs

SKE and BAE officials stand with Senator John Walsh on Tuesday April 22 after Walsh’s tour of SKE’s warehouse, which concluded the contract signing ceremony between SKE and BAE. (Adriana Fehrs photo)   SKE and BAE officials stand with Senator John Walsh on Tuesday April 22 after Walsh’s tour of SKE’s warehouse, which concluded the contract signing ceremony between SKE and BAE. (Adriana Fehrs photo)

PABLO — Salish and Kootenai Electronics (SKE) and Electronics and Integration Solutions Group of BAE Systems of Nashua New Hampshire (BAE) signed a major contract for a Gen3 Electronic Control Unit Connector Interface Panel Assembly, and to give accolades to SKE for their accomplishment in helping to enhance BAE’s Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) on Tuesday, April 22.

Ron Trahan, Tribal Council Chairman, stands by Congressman Steve Daines while he says a short speech during the contract singing ceremony between SKE and BAE. Trahan says, “I am excited for us, that we are moving forward in our technological advances, congratulations SKE.” (Adriana Fehrs photo) Ron Trahan, Tribal Council Chairman, stands by Congressman Steve Daines while he says a short speech during the contract singing ceremony between SKE and BAE. Trahan says, “I am excited for us, that we are moving forward in our technological advances, congratulations SKE.” (Adriana Fehrs photo)

SKE will be building the Gen3 Electronic Control Unit Connector Interface Panel Assembly, or ‘Front Panel Assembly’, which is a part of the CMWS. SKE and BAE signed the $1.8 million dollar contract early Tuesday morning. The ‘front panel’ for the CMWS, enhanced by SKE “builds on the success of the existing technology and delivers enhanced integration and survivability capabilities to our armed forces,” writes Bill Staib, director of Threat Management Solutions at BAE Systems.

SKE workers take a second to show Senator John Walsh several items they manufacture during Walsh’s tour of the SKE warehouse on Tuesday April 22. (Adriana Fehrs photo) SKE workers take a second to show Senator John Walsh several items they manufacture during Walsh’s tour of the SKE warehouse on Tuesday April 22. (Adriana Fehrs photo)

The invitation list wasn’t very long, but included important figures like: Senator John Walsh; Danya Swanson, State Director for Senator Jon Tester; Congressman Steve Daines; Martin Raab, BAE subcontractor Manager for Threat Management Solutions Product Line; Mark Alvater, Program Director of CMWS Programs, Tribal Council Chairman Ron Trahan; SKE Board of Directors Tom Farrell and Jim Halvorson; SKE Vice President Tom Kennedy; and SKE President Larry Hall.

Congressman Steve Daines stopped by S&K Electronics on April 22 to congratulate them on their $1.8 million contract with Integration Solutions Group of BAE Systems of Nashua New Hampshire. Daines says, “This is a huge step in the right direction.” (Adriana Fehrs photo) Congressman Steve Daines stopped by S&K Electronics on April 22 to congratulate them on their $1.8 million contract with Integration Solutions Group of BAE Systems of Nashua New Hampshire. Daines says, “This is a huge step in the right direction.” (Adriana Fehrs photo)

The contact will provide stable employment for 95 workers. Congressman Steve Daines says, “This is a huge step in the right direction. We are looking forward to our future contracts with BAE. This is high-tech manufacturing that could be done anywhere, but we won the bid. This will help to create high paying jobs in Montana, and all of Montana is proud of SKE.”

Martin Raab, BAE Subcontractor Manager for Threat Management Solutions Product Line, says, “The [CMWS] is a quality product that SKE has delivered on time. They have provided a cost reduction, due to their efficiency, for the government. We are excited to discuss foregoing systems with SKE.”

Martin Raab, BAE subcontractor Manager for Threat Management Solutions Product Line, speaks to a crowd on early Tuesday morning about the contract signing with BAE of Nashua New Hampshire. He shows off the new ‘front panel’ of their Common Missile Warning System, which will help identify land and air threats for military pilots. (Adriana Fehrs photo) Martin Raab, BAE subcontractor Manager for Threat Management Solutions Product Line, speaks to a crowd on early Tuesday morning about the contract signing with BAE of Nashua New Hampshire. He shows off the new ‘front panel’ of their Common Missile Warning System, which will help identify land and air threats for military pilots. (Adriana Fehrs photo)

Tom Farrell, SKE Board of Directors, responded to the applause by saying, “Over the past five years, SKE has invested about three million into capitol equipment. We have the top of the line manufacturing; that is what helps us obtain our contracts. Our employees are constantly adapting and training on the new equipment.”

After Martin Raab and Larry Hall crossed their T’s and dotted there I’s, the contract signing ceremony came to an end. Congressman Steve Daines and Senator Walsh were given a tour of the SKE warehouse by vice president Tom Kennedy to conclude their time at SKE.

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