M&D Mechanical Awarded $5.9 Million Contract for Stennis Space Center Test Stand Project

Decatur, AL, April 08, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Decatur, Alabama-based M&D Mechanical Contractors has been awarded a $5,915,932 contract by NASA for the A-3 Altitude Test Stand being constructed at the John C. Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi. M&D received a one-year contract for the fire suppression and detection system for the stand, one of several task contracts that the company has received for the test stand project.

The new contract is part of a five-year long-term contract M&D Mechanical Contractors has with NASA for the test stand project. The initial long-term contract was awarded in early 2010. The first task of the long-term contract was awarded for $6,038,000 and consisted of M&D Mechanical Contractors fabricating and delivering steam piping and industrial water piping for use on the test stand. This task had an extremely tight deadline and was completed on time in October 2010. The company is now installing the piping into the test stand as part of a $3.2 million contract with NASA and is halfway through the project. M&D Mechanical Contractors is also installing the industrial water pump system for the test stand, a contract that was awarded for $450,000.

The A-3 Altitude Test Stand will enable NASA to test very large cryogenic propellant rocket engines at simulated altitudes of up to 100,000 feet, matching conditions of an engine firing in space. It is the first test stand to be built at Stennis Space Center since the 1960s and will allow NASA, for the first time, to be able to conduct full-duration tests on full-scale engines at the correct simulated altitudes. The test stand is being constructed specifically for the testing of the J-2X engine for the Ares launch vehicles.

About M&D Mechanical Contractors
M&D Mechanical Contractors, Inc. is based in Decatur, Alabama and provides mechanical, plumbing, HVAC, piping, and custom metal fabrication services to clients within the industrial, institutional, and government sectors. The company's current and past clients have included NASA, Army Corp of Engineers, UAH, Samford University, Huntsville Hospital, and numerous industrial companies in North Alabama. Originally founded in 1910, the company celebrated its 100th year in business in 2010. For more information, visit www.mdmechanical.com.

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Heather Thompson