CMS Project Recognized for Outstanding Safety Awareness

In December 2011, a CMS-led Joint Venture, Guam Pacific International LLC (GPI), was awarded the Public Works Department Office’s “Safety Through Awards and Recognition” (STAR) Program Award for outstanding safety awareness. GPI earned the prestigious award for its flawless safety record on the Combat Support Vehicle Maintenance Facility project at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.

The client, NAVFAC Marianas, noted, “the effectiveness of your safety program has resulted in an outstanding record with a total of 165,819 man-hours and 406 days worked with no Days Away, Restricted and Transferred (DART) accidents throughout the project.” The award is given for projects that meet the following criteria:

  • Zero DART incidents throughout the life of the contract
  • No significant ($10,000) contractor or government property damage for entire length of contract
  • No Safety Non-compliance notices or stop work orders
  • No findings identified during Occupational Safety and Health Administration compliance inspections
  • Overall Satisfactory performance evaluation or better – including quality
  • Cumulative Average score of 90% or better on the contractor safety self-evaluation checklist process where required by contract

The Combat Support Vehicle Maintenance Facility project was completed on October 21, 2011, and is expected to achieve a LEED Silver certification from the US Green Building Council for its sustainable design features.

CMS congratulates all who worked on this project for their outstanding performance and spotless safety record.

CMS receives SAME “2010 Small Business Award”

Custom Mechanical Systems, Corp (CMS) was honored to receive the Society of Military Engineer’s (SAME) 2010 prestigious Small Business Award. The Small Business Award is presented to a company for use of innovative technology or management to achieve outstanding results in work completed for the Army, Navy, and Air Force; company support for the professional development of its employees through participation in SAME education and training activities; and participation in small business conferences. SAME recognized CMS’ spotless safety record, flawless execution, and innovative management of its DoD projects completed during FY2010. SAME presented the award to CMS at the 2010 SAME Small Business Conference in Grapevine, Texas on December 8th.


Robert B. Flowers Small Business Award by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) awarded 2009

In 2009, Custom Mechanical Systems, Corp. (CMS) was honored to receive the Society of Military Engineer’s (SAME) most prestigious small business award, the Robert B. Flowers award. CMS has been a consistent and growing contributor to SAME over the past five years. The firm joined SAME when it entered the federal government construction market. Today, CMS employees hold leadership positions and are involved at all SAME levels, including national Councils and Post boards and committees.  The company is a strong Sustaining Member in the Kittyhawk, Kentuckiana, San Diego, and Honolulu Posts. CMS routinely sponsors, attends, presents, and exhibits at national and Post SAME conferences. CMS Young Members are active in Post and national activities to encourage SAME membership among young engineers. The company is also a strong proponent of youth outreach, as evidenced by participation in local elementary and middle school activities and by annual financial contributions. CMS employees are involved in local community K-12 science and engineering educational activities, and the company frequently offers internships to college students in the engineering, construction management, and finance fields. CMS supports other community service programs such as Toys for Tots, Habitat for Humanity, and local firefighter activities. CMS is proud of our commitment to SAME and our support of SAME’s mission.


Metro Indianapolis Coalition for Construction Safety (MICCS) – Zero Injury Award Winner 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

The largest gathering of the industry in Central Indiana, the Awards program has become an important tool that area companies use to improve their safety program. Each year, many companies use the competition as a way of conducting an inventory of their safety program, making sure that it is updated while also considering changes to improve their program. In this highly competitive industry, many companies recognize the Awards Program as a great tool to let the industry know that the company takes the safety of its employees to heart, by having a program that is worthy of recognition.


2008 Ranked 138th in the “Top Hispanic American Owned Businesses in the U.S.” and 15th in “Top 50 Diversity Owned Businesses in Indiana” By


2008 Growth Award Finalist in Indiana Entrepreneurial Leadership Awards


2008 Indiana Companies to Watch Award by Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Purdue University, and the Edward Lowe Foundation


CMS Mercedes Enrique and Khush Mander receive the “2008 District Minority Small Business Persons of the Year” award

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Indiana District office selected Mrs. Mercedes Enrique, President/CEO and Mr. Khush Mander, Vice President/COO to receive the honor of the “2008 District Minority Small Business Persons of the Year.” The award recognizes minority small business persons who best exemplify the skills, commitment, and entrepreneurial spirit that define successful small business owners. To be eligible for the award, the small business must be at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individual(s), and have been in business for three years.

The award was presented to Mrs. Enrique and Mr. Mander during MEDWeek by Gail Gesell, District Director, Indiana SBA District Office.


MICCS – 2007 Outstanding Craftperson

Jason Chambers, CMS Foreman, was awarded the 2007 Outstanding Craftperson Award from the MICCS.


MICCS – 2006 Outstanding Craftperson

David Hale, CMS Foreman, was awarded the 2006 Outstanding Craftperson Award from the MICCS.


MICCS – 2005 Outstanding Craft Person

Lenis Pipkin, CMS Foreman, was awarded the 2005 Outstanding Craft Person award from the MICCS.