Aug 9, 2010 1:22 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Pueblo company lands Chemical Depot Contract

A Pueblo company, MASS Services and Supply, has landed a contract to install sets of filters on each chemical storage igloo at the Pueblo Chemical Depot.

The Army awarded a $1.3 million contract to Science Applications International Corporation of McLean, Virginia, which subcontracted the work to MASS. MASS will receive $578,000 to do the work.

MASS will begin installation operations later this month. At this point, the company does not believe that it will hire more workers, but use employees already on the payroll to complete the work.

"The Army is committed to the safety of our workforce and this community," said Lt. Col. Rob Wittig, depot commander. "This is just another step in our progress towards the end of the chemical stockpile mission here in Pueblo."

PCD spokesman Chuck Sprague said the Army made the decision to install filters this spring in a cooperative agreement with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

"The project is scheduled to be completed before next spring. Depot personnel will be involved in all aspects of this project to ensure the work is accomplished in a safe and secure manner," said Paul Ryall, depot engineer.

These filters are already used at Umatilla Chemical Depot, Umatilla, Oregon.


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