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Oklahoma software developers built databases to bridge the lines of communication between small machine companies and larger organizations such as the Department of Defense and the White House.

Michael Morford became familiar with the Stevens County area when he attended basic training for the U.S. Army.

“I remember thinking how nice it would be to start a business in the Duncan area,” Morford said. “Its history is very unique, and Halliburton, a giant manufacturer, was founded there.”

After serving in Iraq, Morford returned to Oklahoma and worked as an investment banker with a focus on the oil and gas sector. This experience led to his further interest in manufacturing.

In 2016 Morford founded VirtiPrime, a traditional manufacturing shop headquartered in Duncan. After several years manufacturing general mechanical parts, Morford attempted to transition to manufacturing replacement parts for the United States Air Force.

“With my military background, I figured it wouldn’t be too difficult to get a contract to manufacture replacement parts for these aircraft, but it couldn’t be fathered from the truth,” Morford explained. “The nature of how the Department of Defense interacts with the defense industrial base and manufacturing industry is very complex.”

Morford then spoke with other local manufacturers about the lack of clear communication within the industry.

“I spent a lot of time talking to Brad Moody and Moody Machines trying to understand why we didn’t get those deals,” Morford said. “It led to a bit of an ‘Ah! That’s the moment he realized he could develop an architecture that could really change the defense industrial base and the way it’s manufactured in the United States. ”

After discussing his ideas with Air Force and manufacturing stakeholders, Morford’s supply chain database proposal eventually caught the attention of financial backers. This support allowed Morford to fork from his VirtiPrime and start his current Sustainment Technologies.

“Sustainment Tech was founded just before COVID hit in 2020, when we started working with Tinker Air Force Base and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio,” Morford said. “It’s ironic that we launched this just after the pandemic started with the aim of addressing supply chain issues. because it became a topic of conversation with

As Morford explained, the software itself uses artificial intelligence (AI) to act as a bridge between all participants in the parts supply chain, regardless of the size of the business.

“The AI ​​we have developed can fundamentally change how parts are made. It tells you almost instantly if you can make a ,” Morford said.

Bryan Mowdy, owner of Mowdy Machines in Duncan, said after working with Morford during the development phase of Sustainment Tech, he believes the technology will benefit his manufacturing industry.

“We already see the networking benefits of Sustainment’s software,” says Mowdy. “Manufacturers can actually connect with the Air Force and show us what our capabilities are, what kind of machines we have, what kind of parts we are good at making. We are starting to make progress.”

The tech company caught the attention of the White House and the Pentagon during the planning stages of a recent national manufacturing summit, Morford said.

“The White House is really beginning to recognize the importance of our defense industrial base, its fragility, and how much we need to improve domestic manufacturing. A concerted effort was made between the White House and the Department of Defense to host summits across the United States,” Morford said. “They asked the Secure America Institute to find potential speakers. He said it was an opportunity to introduce the policy.

Morford represented Sustainment Tech at one of these summits in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area in June. Mr. Morford spoke at a panel focused on the topic of small business manufacturing.

“Each person on the panel represents a piece of the puzzle of what it would be like for the U.S. defense industry to be involved with U.S. manufacturing small businesses,” said Morford. “I was on that stage to make people understand that we are building technology to solve a lot of the problems that keep that from happening.”

Morford said his first manufacturing operation, VirtiPrime, will continue to grow in the Duncan region and eventually expand beyond Duncan, while Sustainment Tech’s presence in Duncan will also expand beyond its corporate offices. I was.

“Our goal is to make Duncan just a back office location, but hopefully in the future we can create a space where some of the technical development teams that reside in Duncan reside,” Morford said. said. “Ultimately, we hope to bring more jobs to the community.”

For more information on Sustainment Tech and its business technologies, please visit https://sustainment.tech.

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