December 14, 2000
UPTON, NY - Brookhaven National Laboratory purchased more than $31 million worth of supplies and services from Long Island businesses in fiscal year 2000, a period from October 1, 1999 to September 30, 2000.
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 $258 million, of the Lab's total budget of $424 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 fiscal year 2000, Brookhaven made 3,428 individual purchases on Long Island. Out of those, 2,731 totaling about $29.2 million were made in Suffolk County, and 697 amounting to almost $2 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, "Brookhaven is committed to doing business locally, whenever possible. By supporting the local business community, we better serve ourselves, because the vast majority of the Lab's employees live on Long Island."
New construction, environmental cleanup and repair of an aging infrastructure accounted for a large part of Brookhaven1s purchases during fiscal year 2000. For example, Frendolph Construction of West Babylon was paid about $4.6 million for construction related to a project funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to determine how cosmic radiation in space affects astronauts. URS Corporation of Ronkonkoma received about $1.6 million for removing contaminated above-ground ducts from the Brookhaven Graphite Research Reactor. The reactor had been in operation from 1953-68 and is currently in the process of being decommissioned. Bove Industries was paid over $1.5 million to upgrade Brookhaven's sanitary system, which consists of over 20 miles of piping that transports wastes from the Laboratory's buildings to its recently upgraded sewage treatment plant.
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.