Laboratory and Española-based contractor Performance Maintenance, Inc. win three Small Business Awards from U.S. Department of Energy

Laboratory and Española-based contractor Performance Maintenance, Inc. win three Small Business Awards from U.S. Department of Energy

Laboratory and Española-based contractor Performance Maintenance, Inc. win three Small Business Awards from U.S. Department of Energy

Los Alamos National Laboratory increased procurement with New Mexico small businesses to $289 million in FY 2019
August 19, 2020
Eric Quintana, co-owner of Performance Maintenance, Inc., and Thom Mason, Laboratory director, touring the company during the contract signing last year.
Photo by: Aaron Leon

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Aug. 19, 2020—Los Alamos National Laboratory and contractor Performance Maintenance, Inc. are the winners of three U.S. Department of Energy Small Business Awards for FY 2019.
The award winners include:  

  • HUB Zone Small Business of the Year: Performance Maintenance, Inc., Española, NM
  • Facility Management Contractor Small Business Achievement of the Year: Triad National Security
  • Laboratory Director of the Year: Thom Mason

"The Laboratory spent $289 million on New Mexico small business contracts last year because we know regional collaborations are a winning proposition for us and for the local economy,” said Director Thom Mason. “My hat goes off to Performance Maintenance for its spectacular sense of duty. When the company won a Laboratory contract for janitorial services and supplies, we never expected a pandemic to elevate cleaning standards to current levels. Performance Maintenance rose to the occasion and is a key reason that the Laboratory can safely conduct its mission for the country. Thanks to the Department of Energy for recognizing the Laboratory and Performance Maintenance with these Small Business Awards.”

“We’ve thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to contract with the Laboratory,” said Eric Quintana, co-owner of Performance Maintenance, Inc. “Since getting this contract, we were able to move from leasing our warehouse to owning it. In addition, we have expanded to 160 employees. Contracting with the Laboratory takes time and patience, but it’s absolutely worth it. That’s what I would tell the younger business owners.”

In FY 2019, which ended September 30, 2019, the Laboratory spent $396 million in procurement contracts with New Mexico businesses. Of those, $289 million, or 73 percent, went to contracts with New Mexico small businesses. In addition, the Laboratory significantly increased its contracts with businesses categorized as small disadvantaged, small women-owned, veteran-owned small business, and HUB Zone small business from FY 2018.

Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone is a Small Business Administration (SBA)  certification available to qualifying  companies located in historically distressed areas.

In May of 2019, Performance Maintenance won a five-year, $52 million contract with the Laboratory. The company was established in 1994 by Eric and Celina Quintana. It has since grown from a home-based business to an employer of 160 people. The company also produces its own line of green-certified cleaning products.

Spanning 25 categories, the DOE awards are organized by the DOE Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) to recognize people, organizations, and companies who have expanded the use of small business to support the Department’s initiatives. The DOE ensures the nation’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. The Department supervises 17 national laboratories, including Los Alamos. 

To learn more about procurement opportunities for your business, see the Planned and Open Procurement Opportunities webpage; or e-mail; or call (505) 667-4419

Quintana also recommends that small business owners subscribe to the Community Connections enewsletter.

About Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is managed by Triad, a public service oriented, national security science organization equally owned by its three founding members: Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle), the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), and the Regents of the University of California (UC) for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.



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I have a great concern that I think deserves the attention of each and every one of you in this Battle against COVID-19! It seems to me that in general people Do-Not understand the concept of Disinfecting or Sanitizing! You see a lot of people just spraying and wiping, which in most cases won’t even kill the common cold virus! Even if one was to spray and dwell a disinfectant that has a 10 minutes kill time for 5 minutes, you still did not kill the full spectrum in which the disinfectant was intended to kill much less the Covid-19!

Below we have put together a simple description on PROPER DISINFECTING PROCEDURES & DWELL TIMES. It is imperative that we ALL learn, teach, train about Dwell Time as this could make a big difference on how we flatten the curve and rid our environment of Covid-19. If disinfectants are used correctly we could even control the common cold virus, the flu and all those other Nasty Pathogens/Germs/Viruses/Funguses/Parasites that are hidden, lingering on surfaces throughout our environment waiting to cause us ill!   

Spread the Word “Dwell Time and Kill”!

Please feel free to contact us for assistance or for more information!

Much Love!
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Performance Maintenance Inc.
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505.929.3502 Cell
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For proper disinfecting procedures, one must know the disinfecting chemical in which they are working with, to familiarize yourself with the chemical you must read the SDS or the label on the container. There are many disinfectants on the market and in order to properly disinfected you must read the label to identify dwell time (kill time). You must allow product to remain wet in surfaces for the minimum time determine on the manufacture label. In a commercial setting this dwell time should be determined by your supervisor.

Dwell times matter because as a cleaning professional, heathy environments is a top priority.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines dwell time as, “the amount of time that a disinfectant must be in contact with the surface, and remain wet, in order to achieve the product’s advertised kill rate.” Different disinfectants target a wide array of different pathogens. The surfaces these pathogens inhabit also vary greatly. For best results, professional cleaners must know the target pathogens and the corresponding dwell times. Some disinfectants may have dwell time of only one minute, while others may require up to 10 minute or more to achieve the desired pathogenic control.

Top-to-bottom and cleanest-to-dirties are the most effective disinfecting practices. But it must be combined with proper dwell times in order to achieve maximum efficacy. You can begin by cleaning and removing all unwanted soils from surfaces, then apply a disinfectant solution to the same areas to allow for proper dwell times. Then begin top to bottom, dry to wet cleaning. While other tasks are being performed such as high dusting, removing trash and removing unwanted and visible soils, the disinfectants can achieve their desired dwell times without slowing the cleaner down.

The most preferred cleaning and disinfecting technique is a three step process;
1.      Wipe down surfaces to remove soil
2.      Apply disinfectant using proper dwell times
3.      Rinse surface to remove disinfectant residue

Following these cleaning/disinfecting practices and carefully adhering to the disinfectant label recommended dwell times will help to ensure that you are killing, capturing, and containing disease-causing pathogens and preventing the spread of infectious disease.




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