As the nation’s combat logistics support agency, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) plays a pivotal role in delivering readiness to the warfighter. DLA provides subsistence, clothing and textiles, bulk petroleum and other energy products, construction material and equipment, personal items, medical material and equipment, and repair parts for land, sea, and air systems.
DLA Energy - one of the DLA offices - ensures a secure and reliable energy supply for the U.S. military. DLA Energy uses contractors to transport fuel to the five military services, 11 combatant commands, other federal, state, and local agencies, as well partner and allied nations.
DLA organizes fuel delivery by geography through what is called “Customer Organized Groups” (COGs). North Carolina falls within “COG 4” along with the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and South Carolina. North Carolina has more than 100 fuel delivery points, but only two NC-based companies have won fuel delivery contracts. Out-of-state brokers are bidding and winning these contracts and then subcontracting with in-state fuel delivery providers. This situation bids up the fuel price to the end user and, worst of all, provides economic benefit to companies outside of North Carolina.
The current COG 4 contract will expire in September 2025 and is set to be recompeted in early 2025. For North Carolina fuel companies, bidding, and winning DLA Energy COG 4 contracts keeps economic development within the state. Executing these contracts here also provides the following benefits.
To help North Carolina’s fuel providers position themselves to successfully bid on the 2025 DLA Energy Fuels COG 4 contract, the North Carolina Military Business Center will host a webinar prior to the release of the request for proposal. This virtual training opportunity will educate companies on the DLA, COG 4, and provide some helpful tips on working with the federal government.
This is not just a business opportunity for North Carolina fuel companies; it's a chance to make a lasting impact on national security, regional development, and industry innovation. The potential benefits extend beyond financial gains, encompassing job creation, technological advancements, and community engagement. Fueling success in the defense sector can position North Carolina as a key player in the energy industry and contribute significantly to the state's economic and strategic goals.
For more information, please contact Erin Ananian-Gentile, Business Development Professional, North Carolina Military Business Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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