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S.C. firms land multimillion-dollar defense contracts

Staff Report
Published Dec. 4, 2012

Two South Carolina firms — Charleston Aluminum and Sopakco — have been awarded contracts worth a total of nearly $96 million by the Defense Department.

Gaston-based Charleston Aluminum was issued a modification exercising the second-option year on a contract to provide aluminum sheet and plate materials to the U.S. military and federal civilian agencies.

The modification is a fixed-price contract with economic-price adjustment, indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity worth a maximum of $36.6 million.

Charleston Aluminum is a distributor of metals and metal products. The company provides aluminum armor plating to the Defense Department, which is used on military vehicles.

The work is set to be completed by March 7, 2014.

Meanwhile, Mullins-based Sopakco Packaging was awarded a $59.2 million contract for meal, ready-to-eat, or MREs.

Services using MREs are the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. The contract work is to be completed by Dec. 31, 2013.

Sopakco, founded in Greenville, Tenn., has been a supplier of shelf-stable rations to the military for more than 60 years.