Synesis7 Corp. may soon have to install new desks at its office on North Alaska Street in Uptown Butte.
That’s because the company will see around 25 new employees come through its doors in the months ahead thanks to a four-year, $47 million contract that the U.S. Department of Defense recently awarded to the company and to ManTech International Corp., a Virginia-based company collaborating with Synesis7.
As per the award, the companies will provide technical support for the U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command’s H-53 Heavy Lift Helicopter and collaborating programs.
Synesis7 on Monday announced the award, which is with the DOD’s Information Analysis Center and is called a Defense Systems Technical Area Task Multi-Award Contract.
Company founder and Chief Executive Officer Allen Ellmaker told The Montana Standard by phone that the contract is the largest that Synesis7 has ever been part of in the company’s nearly 18-year history.
The company currently has around 25 employees, but to meet the demands of the contract “we believe in a year we’ll at least double that,” Ellmaker said.
From there, the CEO projects the company will grow consistently year over year, noting that Synesis7 could have similar contracts come down the pipeline that are currently “percolating,” he said.
Hiring is already underway at Synesis7, according to Ellmaker. The company has been looking for people from Butte and the surrounding areas for data service positions and has taken on a handful of Montana Tech students as part-time summer employees and interns. But hiring is expected to ramp up in earnest around the end of 2018.
Located across the street from the Butte police station, Synesis7 is an aerospace technology and data conversion company that was founded in 2001.
Synesis7 provides a range of services technical enough to boggle the mind of the average layperson, but in essence, the company takes large amounts of client data and converts it into a standardized format.
For instance, the company can take maintenance data from an airplane, automate its conversion using software, and use it to create a technical manual.
Ellmaker said the new $47 million contract is the result of a three-year effort.
Through the award, he said, the company can connect more easily and more efficiently with potential customers within the Department of Defense, offering digital technical data products such as interactive electronic technical manuals, common source data tools and more.
ManTech is the prime contractor on the project. According to the company’s website, it’s a multibillion-dollar public company.
Ellmaker said he was introduced to a marketing executive from the company during a conference and from there the companies formed a relationship.
“They’ve been the best prime contractor that we’ve worked with,” he said.