The US Small Business Administration has named defence contractor EEI Manufacturing Services as the Small Business Subcontractor for the year 2009.

The award has been given in recognition of its vital role in completing the federal government contracts associated with the Department of Defence.

EEI president and founder Sue Englander said that she was pleased the company had been recognised for supporting the warfighter.

The women-owned, small 8(a) disadvantaged business grew from a two-employee firm with $700,000 in gross sales annually to more than $7m in revenues and 26 employees.

The company supplies products for instrumentation, aerospace/aviation, ground support, communications and simulation.

These products support flight critical, life support and emergency applications supporting the warfighter.