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December 16, 1999

Brookhaven Lab Spent Almost $33 Million on Long Island in 1999

UPTON, NY - Brookhaven National Laboratory purchased almost $33 million worth of supplies and services from Long Island businesses in fiscal year 1999, a period from October 1, 1998 to September 30, 1999. That represents about a $5 million increase over fiscal year 1998 for the Laboratory's purchases on Long Island.

In addition to Brookhaven's buying goods and services from Long Island vendors, most of the Laboratory's 3,000 employees live in Suffolk County and do most of their shopping locally on Long Island. All told, employee salaries, wages and fringe benefits accounted for 61 percent, or $249 million, of the Lab's total 1999 budget of $408 million.

Owned and primarily funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Laboratory creates and operates major facilities available to university, industrial and government personnel for basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences and in selected energy technologies.

In 1999, Brookhaven made 6,042 individual purchases on Long Island. Out of those, 4,484 totaling about $25.6 million were made in Suffolk County, and 1,558 amounting to $7.3 million were made in Nassau County.

Mary-Faith Healey, manager of Brookhaven's Procurement and Property Management Division, which handles purchasing for the Laboratory, said, "The Laboratory is committed to being a productive member of the Long Island community. By purchasing locally, we are actively demonstrating that commitment."

New construction accounted for a large part of Brookhaven's purchases during fiscal year 1999. For example, Frendolph Construction of Hicksville was paid about $1.18 million for a 650-square-foot addition and a 1,188-square-foot renovation of laboratories where radioisotopes are created and prepared for use in biomedical research. Larson & Sons of Smithtown was paid about $994,000 for constructing the Laboratory's off-site groundwater cleanup facility in East Yaphank. In the high-tech area, Applied Power Systems of Hicksville received almost $1.25 million for building electronic components for the 1,740 superconducting magnets at Brookhaven's newest and largest accelerator, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory creates and operates major facilities available to university, industrial and government personnel for basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences, and in selected energy technologies. The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates, a not-for-profit research management company, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.

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