PMI Earns National DOE Award As Essential Business Providing Critical Function During COVID-19 Pandemic

Members of the Performance Maintenance Inc. (PMI) team. Courtesy/Española SBDC


The Department of Energy has awarded Performance Maintenance, Inc. (PMI) the HUB Zone Small Business of the Year Award.

PMI cleaning and disinfection services at 835 N. Paseo de Onate in Española has become an essential business performing a critical function as the coronavirus has pushed commercial cleaning and janitorial services into the public eye.

“This pandemic has put cleaning and disinfecting in the forefront and it seems as if PMI has been preparing for this demand for years,” said Small Business Development Center Director Julianna Barbee said. “Fighting something as deadly as the coronavirus demands quality products, equipment, protective gear and properly trained personal. I believe PMI is helping everyone maintain a cleaner, safer environment and is truly deserving of this national award.”

PMI won a five-year, $52 million contract in May of 2019 with Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“We’ve thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to contract with the Laboratory,” PMI co-owner Eric Quintana said. “Since getting this contract, we were able to move from leasing our warehouse to owning it.”

Eric and his wife Celina Quintana established PMI in 1994. The Quintanas and their sons Daven and Eric Jr. continue to grow and expand their services. It has since grown from a home-based business to an employer of 160 people. PMI also produces its own line of green-certified cleaning products.

“We are applying all of our 26 years’ experience of preventative disinfecting, deep disinfecting and bio-hazard disinfecting, along with using and selling the latest in state of the art equipment and disinfecting chemicals including non-toxic disinfecting solutions,” Quintana said.

PMI services include window washing, carpet cleaning, vent cleaning, electrostatic disinfecting and more. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PMI is busy meeting the needs of its customers and now has an online store and offers nationwide delivery as well as curbside pick up.

“Our business relationship with SBDC Director Julianna Barbee and her staff has been invaluable to our exponential growth factor,” Quintana said. “Our relationship started when it was just my wife and myself as the first employees until present as we celebrate with over 160 employees and many subcontractors. We leaned on Julianna when we didn’t understand a clause in a contact or how to manage through the aches and pains in our fast growing Human Resource Department. She also assisted us with the do’s and don’ts when it comes to government contracting, and assisted us with marketing and the list goes on.”

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Covering 25 categories, the DOE awards are organized by the DOE Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) to recognize people, organizations, and companies who have expanded the use of small business to support the Department’s initiatives.

The DOE ensures the nation’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. The Department supervises 17 national laboratories, including Los Alamos.


The New Mexico Small Business Development Center Network (NMSBDC) was established in 1989 through a partnership with the US Small Business Administration, the State of New Mexico, the New Mexico Association of Community Colleges, and the New Mexico Association of Independent Community Colleges. The NMSDC Network State Office is on the campus of the Santa Fe Community College. NMSBDC is an accredited member of the national Americas SBDC National Association of Small Business Development Centers with 18 SBDC centers statewide, an International Business Accelerator Program, and a Procurement Technical Assistance Program. For more information visit