Rockledge, FL and Camarillo, CA (Dec. 10, 2019) – Saalex Corporation, an engineering and information technology services company, is celebrating 20 years in business since Travis Mack, President and CEO, founded Saalex Solutions in 1999.
Over the past three years, Saalex Corporation has achieved a stunning revenue growth rate of 85%, and increased the number of its employees by more than 100%, to nearly 650.
“This is a year of celebration and appreciation for our valuable employees and customers,” said Mack. “I am filled with much pride to have spent the past 20 years with such an invaluable workforce. Saalex employees are the heartbeat of our business. I strongly believe that every single person in this organization is important to its success. Saalex has much to conquer in the years ahead. However, it is important we look back and celebrate our successes!”
Saalex Company History
Travis Mack founded Saalex Corp in Oxnard, CA, in 1999. He chose the company moniker by combining the first names of his two children, Sage and Alexcia. Mack, a U.S. Navy veteran, launched Saalex as an information technology (IT) consulting firm focused on software support for commercial businesses, and later focused on pursuing defense contracts.
In 2001, a single assignment with Northrop Grumman catapulted Saalex to a company of 55 employees within four years. Saalex was awarded its first significant Department of Defense contract to support Air Force electronic warfare program systems in 2004. Saalex established itself as an engineering and technical assistance company specializing in systems engineering, range operations and management, test and evaluation, and logistics for aerospace and combat weapons systems.
Over the next several years, Saalex developed an excellent reputation, primarily with U.S. Navy customers, and the contract awards grew larger and longer. In 2005, Saalex won a coveted Award for Excellence from the United States Small Business Administration (SBA), a feat that the company would repeat multiple times.
In late 2010, Saalex bid on the Land and Sea Range Support Services (LSRS) contract, which was awarded in 2011. Due in part to that win, Saalex’s annual revenues multiplied from $5 million in 2010 to $30 million in 2012.
As Saalex continued to grow, so did its list of certifications and accolades. In 2014, Inc. 500/5000 recognized Saalex as one of the fastest-growing private companies at 816th place. In 2015, not only did Saalex cross an ocean to win the Pacific Missile Range Facility contract in Kekaha, HI, it traversed the country to open a new regional office in Rockledge, FL. By the end of 2016, Saalex increased its presence on Florida’s Space Coast with a subcontractor award to support NASA’s Launch Services Program over a nine-and-a-half-year period. In 2017, Saalex won NSWC Corona Division contract awards three times, followed by the Joint Range Technical Services contract as a major sub-contractor to the U.S. Air Force.
The year 2018 was a huge year for Saalex in terms of winning new contracts with NAVSEA SeaPort-NxG, the U.S. Navy SeaPort Ordnance Logistics Support Services at Seal Beach, CA, the U.S. Air Force Test Center Joint Technical Services II contract at China Lake and Point Mugu, and the Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County, FL.
Saalex Today and Looking Forward
After celebrating 20 years of business in 2019, the company won further recognition by making the Fortune Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America for the second time. Saalex was also presented with the Central Coast Best Places to Work award. The good news continued for all Saalex staff, with Saalex Corporation becoming an employee-owned business through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), as of July 2019.
Saalex’s management philosophy is that behind every successful person or company is a team. The success and growth of Saalex was created by building a cohesive, goal-oriented team with sound business practices. Over the last 20 years, Saalex has grown from a small to large business designation with nearly 650 employees by continuing to focus on strategic initiatives that serve commercial and defense industries while developing new government and municipal markets.
Editor’s Note: Photos of Travis Mack and various staff members are available at this link.