United Terex, Inc. - Protest and Request for Costs
B-405070.3,B-405070.4, Sep 27, 2011
United Terex, Inc., of Fairview Village, Pennsylvania, protests the issuance of a purchase order to General Aviation Industries (GAI), of Weatherford, Texas, under request for quotations (RFQ) No. N00164-11-T-0084, issued by the Department of the Navy for aircraft tow bars. The protester contends that during a recent re-evaluation of quotations (undertaken by the agency as corrective action in response to the firm's earlier protest of the agency's initial selection of GAI for the purchase order), the agency unreasonably evaluated GAI's past performance; the protester contends that GAI, which has not previously manufactured the required item, lacks similar past performance experience to justify the favorable past performance rating its quotation received. United Terex also challenges as unreasonable the agency's price/past performance tradeoff in which the agency determined that GAI's substantially lower-priced quotation represented the best value to the agency; the protester contends that, since only United Terex has previously manufactured the exact tow bars that are required here, its quotation presented the best value to the agency despite its approximately 50-percent higher price. United Terex also requests that we recommend that it be reimbursed the reasonable costs of filing and pursuing its prior protest concerning the agency's initial selection of GAI as the successful vendor under the RFQ.
We deny the protest and the request for costs.