Contact: Diane Greenberg, or Mona S. Rowe

Mailed 12/24/97



Upton, NY - Brookhaven National Laboratory purchased almost $33 million worth of supplies and services from Long Island businesses in fiscal year 1997, a period from October 1, 1996 to September 30, 1997.

Owned and primarily funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Laboratory carries out basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences and in selected energy technologies.

During fiscal year 1997, Brookhaven had a staff of approximately 3,100 and a total budget of $405 million.

In 1997, Brookhaven made 8,676 individual purchases on Long Island. Out of those, 6,511 totaling more than $24.3 million were made in Suffolk County, and 2,165 amounting to about $8.3 million were made in Nassau County.

Mary-Faith Healey, manager of Brookhaven's Division of Contracts and Procurement, which handles purchasing for the Laboratory, said, "Brookhaven is pleased to procure goods and services locally in support of our mission of doing research in long-term, leading-edge programs. We make a significant contribution to the local economy."

New construction and upgrades of existing facilities accounted for many of Brookhaven's purchases during fiscal year 1997. For instance, Brookhaven paid approximately $3.3 million to Hendrickson Brothers, Inc., of Farmingdale - the number one vendor this fiscal year - to upgrade the Lab's sewage treatment plant. Northrop Grumman Corporation of Bethpage received $1.5 million for manufacturing superconducting magnets for Brookhaven's newest accelerator, now under construction, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider.

In addition to the Laboratory's buying goods and services from Long Island vendors, Brookhaven employees improve the local economy by spending most of their earned income on Long Island. All told, employee salaries, wages and fringe benefits accounted for 61 percent, or $247 million, of the Lab's 1997 budget of $405 million.