Mailed 12/28/98

Contact: Diane Greenberg (516) 344-2347 or Mona S. Rowe (516) 344-5056



Upton, NY - Brookhaven National Laboratory purchased almost $28 million worth of supplies and services from Long Island businesses in fiscal year 1998, a period from October 1, 1997 to September 30, 1998.

In addition to the Laboratory's buying goods and services from Long Island vendors, most of Brookhaven's 3,100 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 about 62 percent, or $249 million, of the Lab's total 1998 budget of $400 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

In 1998, Brookhaven made 8,550 individual purchases on Long Island. Out of those, 6,035 totaling about $24 million were made in Suffolk County, and 2,515 amounting to $3.8 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, "As a member of the Long Island community, Brookhaven is committed to partnering with our local suppliers who support the Laboratory's scientific mission by providing quality goods and services in a timely manner."

Electronic components used in various scientific facilities; general construction, such as the building of a new facility to store salt for use on icy roads on the Laboratory's 5,300-acre site; and environmental testing, remediation and protection accounted for many of Brookhaven's purchases during fiscal year 1998. For instance, Brookhaven paid KC Electronics of East Setauket $1.5 million for electronic parts; Delta Well of Ronkonkoma $1.2 million for well-drilling, and Carter Melence of Sound Beach $1.2 million for general construction.

The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates, a not-for-profit research management company, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.