Vets provide upper hand for some defense firms

EXPERIENCED EMPLOYEES: ­Dennis McLaughlin, CEO and president of engineering and information technology company Rite-Solutions Inc. in Middletown, says employing veterans gives the company a leg up when bidding on military contracts. McLaughlin is a Navy veteran. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY
EXPERIENCED EMPLOYEES: ­Dennis McLaughlin, CEO and president of engineering and information technology company Rite-Solutions Inc. in Middletown, says employing veterans gives the company a leg up when bidding on military contracts. McLaughlin is a Navy veteran. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY
The veteran-owned Rite-Solutions Inc. isn’t really a small company. The Middletown-based engineering and information technology company has about 220 employees. But as a defense contractor, it’s a little fish compared with the likes of Lockheed Martin Corp. and Raytheon Co. That’s why it was noteworthy when Rite-Solutions was recently selected to participate in a five-year,…

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