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founded by Stony Brook University and Battelle

News Release

Number: 03-91
Released: December 30, 2003
Contact: Diane Greenberg, 631 344-2347 or Mona S. Rowe, 631 344-5056

Brookhaven Lab Added Over $22 Million to Long Island Economy in 2003

Upton, NY – Brookhaven National Laboratory purchased more than $22 million worth of supplies and services from Long Island businesses in fiscal year 2003, a period from October 1, 2002 to September 30, 2003.

In addition to Brookhaven’s buying goods and services from Long Island vendors, most of the Laboratory’s 2,780 employees live in Suffolk County and do most of their shopping on Long Island. All told, employee salaries, wages and fringe benefits account for almost 62 percent, or about $274 million of the Laboratory’s total annual budget of approximately $443 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 energy technologies.

In fiscal year 2003, Brookhaven made 3,343 purchases on Long Island. Out of those, 2,934 orders totaling over $18.6 million were made in Suffolk County, and 409 amounting to about $3.6 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 strives to be a good neighbor by purchasing our requirements from local businesses whenever possible. We value their participation in the work performed by the Laboratory through the services and supplies they provide.”

Environmental cleanup and new electronics accounted for a large part of local expenditures in fiscal year 2003. For example, the top two local vendors – ADJO Contracting Corporation of Bohemia and Bensin Contracting, Inc., of Holtsville – both installed groundwater treatment systems south of the Laboratory site. These systems will clean up volatile organic compounds that had migrated off the Laboratory site due to past waste management practices that were followed when regulatory standards were not as stringent as they are today.

The number-three Long Island vendor, Applied Power Systems, Inc., of Hicksville, supplied high-power electronics for two particle accelerators at Brookhaven – the Alternating Gradient Synchrotron and the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider – and for the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) currently under construction at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Brookhaven is one of six national laboratories that are building the SNS, which will provide neutron beams for scientific research and industrial development when it is completed in 2006.