Aaron Thomas, president of Metcon Construction, Inc. of Pembroke, NC, was recognized this month as the “2011 National Minority Construction Firm of the Year” by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). The award was presented on Friday at the 2011 Minority Enterprise Development Week Conference held in Washington, D.C.
Found in 1999, Metcon is certified by the N.C. Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB Office) as an American Indian-owned general construction business. Metcon specializes in commercial building and infrastructure, with complete design-build and construction management capabilities. Thomas recently expanded operations and created new jobs by opening a branch office in Raleigh.
“HUB certification and support has been instrumental to our firm’s success,” Thomas said. “We value this experience and encourage other HUB firms to take full advantage of available services and programs.”
In collaboration with the HUB Office and the N.C. Indian Economic Development Initiative, Thomas recently led a Statewide Uniform Certification Program (SWUC) training at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. SWUC ensures that qualified HUB firms are represented in the statewide vendor database and provided notice of competitive bid opportunities, which helps them to keep and grow local jobs.
“In addition to the national award, Metcon recently was honored as “2011 Minority Construction Firm of the Year” by the Atlanta Region MBDA. Metcon was nominated by the N.C. Institute for Minority Economic Development, which operates the N.C. Statewide Minority Business Development Center.
For additional information about HUB certification or other services, call 919-807-2330 or visit http://www.doa.nc.gov/hub/.