Santa Fe tech firm adds two military contracts

Via the Santa Fe New Mexican

Wildflower International, a Santa Fe- based tech services firm, acquired two contracts with the U.S. military in August worth $3.6 million.

The firm, started in 1991 in Glorieta, was awarded a $197,363 contract with the Army on Aug. 21. Further information on that contract, for network security, was not available.

At the same time, Wildflower was awarded a $3.35 million contract to upgrade video teleconferencing and other technology at two military bases, Fort Hood in Texas and Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

The company in recent years has gathered more than $12 million worth of contract work from various departments within the Army and the U.S. Geological Survey. Wildflower does hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of work for the government overall, the company’s founder said.

“We are a homegrown success story,” said Kimberly deCastro, founder and president.

Wildflower typically provides software and computer equipment for network security, data processing, work stations and teleconferencing, according to information from Targeted News Service, which tracks government contract spending.

In a 2016 interview with The New Mexican, deCastro said she started the company in her daughter’s bedroom. Also that year, Wildflower acquired the former Pink Church Arts Center at 1516 Pacheco St. and transformed it into a suite of work spaces. Wildflower obtained a $75,000 state economic development grant that it used to renovate the former church, a 3,000-square-foot building.

It also has offices on South St. Francis Drive, in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and in Washington, D.C. At the time, deCastro said the company employed 80 employees and had annual revenue of $250 million.

Although the company planned on doubling its workforce, not all those positions were filled, she said Friday. However, Wildflower has plans to expand to Albuquerque, add 12 people to its workforce and “address the local marketplace as opposed to the federal marketplace.”

DeCastro said Wildflower also is expanding into unmanned aircraft services, “and adding some super-cool things to help industrial people, ranchers, government, Native American populations, archaeological efforts, those kinds of things.”