Case Study:

Fort Polk

Highly Rated Base Operating Support Services at Fort Polk

Since 2009, PRIDE Industries has provided Base Operating Support Services to Fort Polk and the Joint Readiness Training center (JRTC). We manage 2,243 buildings, over 1,000 miles of roads, and more than 233,775 acres of land in Vernon Parish, Louisiana—all while assuring Fort Polk benefits from the high employee retention rates and low employee turnover that employees with disabilities boast.

Situation

Fort Polk features modern barracks, comfortable on-post housing, bustling offices, and sophisticated service facilities—all in need of maintenance. Additionally, Fort Polk features an entire mock Middle-Eastern town where soldiers practice fighting. As a result, the town’s features must be constantly rebuilt. Because of Fort Polk’s location, it is also subject to occasional hurricane damage and freeze events—necessitating rapid recovery protocols. Finally, Fort Polk was in need of a safe, attractive passage from barracks to commissary. In addition to initial construction, each of these elements and dynamics necessitate regular repair, cleanup, and minor rebuilding. It’s a tall order—ensuring the buildings and grounds remain in peak condition while considering the 8,000 soldiers and 13,000 family members that call Fort Polk home.

Solution

Starting in 2009, PRIDE Industries’ employees with disabilities have provided all of the following solutions in a timely, cost-effective manner:

  • Servicing of paved and unpaved surfaces
  • Implementation of facility improvement strategies and procedures
  • Ongoing reconstruction of all doors, windows, and plywood that get damaged during fighting practice
  • Rapid recovery from hurricanes and major freeze events
  • Building the morale-increasing Geronimo trail, linking barracks to commissary
  • Providing consistency with a workforce that boasts high retention rates and low turnaround rates
  • Down-time minimization

Services Provided

  • Building management
  • Paved surfaced area maintenance
  • Servicing unpaved roads, bridges, ranges, and railroads
  • Range support maintenance and repair
  • Preventative maintenance
  • Facilities improvement
  • Minor construction
  • Hurricane and storm recovery
  • Freeze event recovery

Results

  • >$14M in annual payroll generated 
  • 145 local residents employed
  • Employment of 70 persons with disabilities
  • Employment of 13 military veterans
  • PRIDE Industries is consistently highly praised in Contractor Performance Assessment Reports
  • Based on previous performance, PRIDE Industries was awarded $14,893,008 modification to contract in 2016
  • 8K troops and 13K family members supported

Highlights

145

local residents provided salaries

>$14M

annual payroll generated

70

employees with disabilities

"PRIDE Industries’ unwavering support during all three storms was invaluable. Their ability to listen to and anticipate the Government’s requirements have allowed them to offer sound and timely solutions to several complex problems."

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