Final Mile Logistics On Deck to Partner for Large Government Contract

Final Mile Logistics On Deck to Partner for Large Government Contract

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There is no shortage of projects underway at Final Mile Logistics – the company continues to grow with a variety of new business and potential contracts. Most prominent on the company’s radar is an upcoming RFP for which two of Final Mile’s clients have asked them to be partners.

The contract, called the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) V, supports U.S. troops stationed around the world. The contractors selected will provide services ranging from supplying food and water to troops, to performing facility maintenance. 

Two of Final Mile’s clients - PAE (Pacific Architects and Engineers) and TWI (Theodore Wille Intertrade) intend to submit bids for the contract, and will partner with Final Mile to provide transportation logistics. 

The contract is substantial: it involves approximately $82 billion and could last up to ten years (a five-year base term with five one-year options to renew). Chris Dale, CEO of Final Mile Logistics, says they are waiting for the RFP to officially come out, and will know more about the extent of their role in the contract.

“We don't really know what volumes it will encompass at this point in time,” he said. “But obviously, it's very large and probably one of the bigger opportunities for the industry that will come about in the government and defense sector.”

“It’s nice to know that we have two customers today who trust us as their partner in pursuit of this business,” he said. 

Other projects Final Mile has in the works include bidding on a warehouse project for client TWI in the Philadelphia area.  The contract is a third-party logistics (3PL) contract for a consolidation center. There, they will receive and inventory TWI cargo from multiple suppliers in the Northeast, ensuring it is intact (no damages nor any missing or extra pieces). Once orders for export are received, they’ll prepare the goods for shipping, Dale explained. The nature of the 3PL means that Final Mile will be managing the contract, and outsourcing labor, space, etc. to a third party.

Final Mile also has two new customers in its Atlanta warehouse: DreamHack, a production company that specializes in gaming convention and Quickbox, a company that does packaging and distribution of health and beauty products. 

Dale said the company is also looking into starting an oil and gas division at Final Mile Logistics to provide a supply base for things like drilling rigs and oil exploration. Dale explained that operations would be handled at the company’s headquarters in Atlanta, but that they are looking for the right candidate to lead the customer-facing side of the business, most likely located in Houston, where most of the country’s oil and gas companies are located. 

Finally, Dale wanted to get the word out about Final Mile’s new minority business, a limited liability corporation called FMX, that is just now getting up and running with many potential customers already contacted, he said. FMX was established in order to go after what the government calls 8(a) business contracts, Dale said. The 8(a) Business Development Program is a business assistance program for small disadvantaged businesses.

He explained that there are often set aside funds for logistics that the Government, Defense and commercial companies have that allow them to get special credit for working with companies in the 8(a) Business program. 

“We started a limited liability corporation called FMX to accommodate the set aside business,” Dale said. 

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