Ladera Heights-based defense contractor LinQuest Corp. has been selected as a prime contractor for U.S. government agencies through a contract management program administered by the General Services Administration.

The company, which specializes in space engineering and scientific research and development, announced Nov. 10 that it had been selected to fulfill task orders in three out of six “pools” in the GSA’s One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services program.


Being selected enables the company to compete for a host of government contracts from multiple agencies and covering a wide range of work.


LinQuest Chief Executive Tim Dills said the company had already found success as a designated small business contractor under the same program. LinQuest will now be considered an unrestricted contractor, meaning it will be eligible to complete larger work orders.


“As our team and business has grown, so has our capacity for providing advanced solutions to our customers,” Dills said in a statement.


There’s no cap on the number of orders the company can compete for, and the program manages billions of dollars’ worth of contracts each year.


LinQuest also won a $76 million contract with the Space Force in August, under which the company will provide satellite communications engineering support to the agency’s Space and Missile Systems Center.


LinQuest was spun out of Titan Corp. in 2004, several years after the San Diego-based national security company acquired its predecessor business LinCom Corp. In 2018, private equity firms Madison Dearborn Partners and CoVant Management Inc. acquired a majority stake in the company for an undisclosed price.


The next year, LinQuest acquired Perduco Group Inc., a data analytics company based in Ohio. LinQuest announced at the time that the acquisition was part of a new focus by the company on scaling up its research and development capabilities.


Ellen Wesel, the company’s business development director, said the newly announced GSA contract award shows LinQuest’s “strong position for continued technology development and customer support.”

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