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Mint Turbines Awarded Grant for Equipment and Workforce

Article from Industry Today

July 6, 2020

Stroud, Oklahoma based company utilized grant money to position themselves to come out of the pandemic crisis strong.

Oklahoma’s Department of Commerce (ODOC) reached out to Mint Turbines, a 30 year old company who specializes in engine MRO services and engine repair/maintenance, to inform them that due to their industry sector, they can qualify for a grant from the Manufacturing Reboot Program that Governor Kevin Stitt rolled out. Under the Reboot Program, companies apply for a grant that is intended to assist in either retooling to develop products to help combat COVID-19 or to allow the company to expand current capabilities.

Located halfway between Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Mint Turbines is facilitated in Stroud where they operate as an turbine engine maintenance, repair and overhaul facility. “The state is very proactive in helping business grow here in Oklahoma,” said Chris Van Denhende, CFO of Mint Turbines. Van Denhende always stated that within 10 short days of applying for the grant, they were notified of acceptance.

As an awardee of the grant money, the company received $150,000. Additionally, a coordinate-measuring machine, typically known as CMM equipment, was sought after. CMM machine, typically weighing in at an astonishing 20,000 pounds, uses smart technologies to decrease measurement cycle time. A single CMM cost around $250,000 and with $100,000 of the Reboot funds going to this important purchase – $50,000 is left to be assigned to employee growth. With 45 current employees, Mint Turbine expects to see their employment double within the next three years. With labor intensive hands-on roles needing to be fulfilled, a pipeline of highly skilled individuals are sought after. The CMM machinery will also allow Mint Turbine to bid for work.

Furthermore, the funds allow Mint Turbines to expand on their product offerings while simultaneously boosting the quality of life in their city by filling numerous positions at the manufacturing facility.

Mint Turbines Awarded Grant for Equipment and Workforce2020-07-08T20:12:15+00:00

MINT TURBINES RECEIVES U.S. NAVY KRACEn CONTRACT AWARD

Mint KRACEn Contract Award (pdf)

MCLEAN, VIRGINIA. April 22, 2020. M International, Inc., is pleased to announce subsidiary MINT
Turbines, LLC (Stroud, Oklahoma) was selected as an awardee on the Kits, Recovery, Augmentation,
Components and Engines (KRACEn) Multiple Award Contract (MAC) supporting the United States
Navy.

Commander, Fleet Readiness Center (COMFRC) awarded a 10-year, $6.1 billion, enterprise contract
vehicle to 42 small business industry partners on April 14, enabling U.S. Navy, government
customers and international partners to procure aircraft maintenance services and sustainment
support quicker.

The Kits, Recovery, Augmentation, Components and Engines—commonly called KRACEn—is an
indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) MAC that will provide maintenance services and
support for single satellite sites, small aircraft quantities, personnel to augment government
maintenance teams and overhaul capabilities for aircraft components and subsystems. This is
COMFRC’s first, multi-billion contract award.

The MAC’s scope of work, which is set aside for small-businesses, includes modification kit build and
installations, recovery of downed aircraft, repair and overhaul of aircraft and components, repair and
overhaul of engines and augmentation labor supplement for maintenance both ashore and afloat.

“As one of 42 small business industry partners, Mint Turbines will help enable COMFRC to effectively
use the KRACEn enterprise contract vehicle allowing the Navy meet its sustainment needs
expeditiously while delivering improved outcomes,” COMFRC Executive Director Roy Harris said.
“KRACEn is a crucial addition to our traditional organic capabilities, providing us with the means to
tap into the expertise of small business industry partners.”

The nature of the work covered by KRACEn—simple platform, organizational-level Contractor
Logistic Services (CLS) requirements involving few aircraft, elemental or off-aircraft tasks—is well suited for small businesses, according to COMFRC Acquisition Group, CLS Division Lead Chris
Giggey. The CLS Division, formally known as the Fast Acquisition Solutions to Enable Readiness
(FASTER) team, was charted by Commander, Naval Air Systems Command in 2018 to improve
acquisition speed and quality of services by developing expertise in CLS contracting.

“I’m proud to recognize MINT Turbines as an Awardee on this MAC supporting the U.S. Navy and
additional Government customers,” stated Rob Ruck, President & COO of M International, Inc. “This
award recognizes our employees for their hard work and dedication to providing the very best in
engine and component maintenance, repair and overhaul services every day, and we look forward
to begin supporting the U.S. Navy.”

About MINT Turbines

MINT Turbines has over 40 years of unmatched service excellence supporting the Honeywell T53
and Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A & PT6T families of gas turbine engines. MINT’s services include
maintenance, repairs, exchanges, overhauls, testing and field troubleshooting support unequaled in
the industry. Their level of excellence was achieved by directing all efforts and resources towards
efficient, high-quality production and outstanding customer service. MINT is proud of their quality
achievements as one of the few Service Centers in North America to achieve both ISO 9001:2015
and AS9110C certifications. Additional services include support for the Pratt & Whitney PT6A and
PT6T Fuel Controls, Power Turbine Governors and related components.

About M International

Since 1979, M International has been a leading provider of aftermarket technical, MRO and supply
chain management services for the aerospace and defense industry. Headquartered in McLean,
Virginia, they hold several worldwide distribution agreements including T53 & T55 spare parts. In
addition to MINT Turbines, M International is also the parent company of Airborne Engines Ltd
(Delta, British Columbia, Canada); Keystone Turbine Services, LLC (Coatesville, Pennsylvania) and
Southwest Fuel Systems (Stroud, Oklahoma).

For additional information please contact Chuck Hurdleston
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Email: churdleston@mintex.net Phone: +1 (610) 268-6200, X3201 (O) or +1 (610) 909-6846 (M)

COMFRC Public Release 2020-307. Distribution Statement A – Approved for public release;
distribution is unlimited.

MINT TURBINES RECEIVES U.S. NAVY KRACEn CONTRACT AWARD2020-07-08T20:08:16+00:00