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Honeywell subsidiary gets Sandia Labs contract

Dec. 17, 2016 at 7 p.m.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A subsidiary of Honeywell International has won a contract worth $2.6 billion to manage the sprawling New Mexico-based Sandia National Laboratories weapons and research laboratory that specializes in national security, nuclear weapons and other projects deemed vital for the U.S., federal officials announced Friday.

The U.S. Energy Department's National Nuclear Security Administration identified the winning bidder as National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia, a division of Honeywell. Northrup Grumman and Universities Research Association will support the Honeywell subsidiary in managing Sandia National Laboratories.

Bidding began earlier this year, marking the first time in years that there was any competition for the lucrative contract. Lockheed Martin has operated Sandia, located in Albuquerque, for the past two decades and was among bidders that lost out to Honeywell.

Besides Lockheed Martin, losing bidders included Boeing Co. and a team of higher education institutions made up the University of New Mexico, the University of Texas and Texas A&M University.

The contract expires April 30.

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