Slow but sure progress for a company hoping to become the choice for Airport Security around the globe.
SureScan beat out some major competitors to advance in the contest to provide new bomb detection devices.
Action News reporter Landon Sears tells us what a multi-million dollar contract means for SureScan's future.
With the holidays just a few weeks away, SureScan President and CEO Jay McNamara received the early present he was hoping for.
A $5.2 million dollar contract from the federal Transportation Security Administration.
The TSA's providing money for SureScan to tweak its high speed device to detect explosives.
Senator Charles Schumer says what airports use now to screen checked baggage is not safe enough, at times so insecure that "Sometimes the people would even skip sending it through," he said.
If SureScan's selected as the replacement, it would be used at airports locally and across the country.
This is the SureScan system behind me and here's a replica mini model of what the system will look like. Right now, the Greater Binghamton Area Airport screens bags only by hand. They don't use an automated system so this system will speed up the process and also offer a more thorough screening.
SureScan is one of 3 devices the TSA has chosen to test.
If it wins certification, SureScan President James McNamara said "Then we'll be setting up production orders and hiring manufacturing people to do the actual manufacturing of these machines here in the Endicott area."
This new TSA contract will provide money for SureScan to hire 10 new engineers immediately.
According to SureScan General Manager LeeAnn LeVesque, the jobs will pay anywhere from maybe $65,000 to $100,000
Senator Schumer blames Homeland Security for not moving fast enough on the program to upgrade airport security.
"They are sort of not the most capable group and they need a lot of changing in the new administration," said Schumer.
An administration SureScan hopes will chose its device to keep airline passengers across the country safer with shorter lines to get to their flights.
In Endicott, Landon Sears, Action News, WBNG-TV.
SureScan says if the system is certified, it will also provide jobs at its sister company, Endicott Interconnect.
Those would be jobs in engineering, manufacturing and plastics.
SureScan formed in 2003 to develop products for Homeland Security.