Join Mercedes Enrique and esteemed panelists at #SAMESBC

Who: SAME SBC Attendees, Minority Owned and 8(a) Small Businesses
What: Minority Owned and 8(a) Certified SB Networking Luncheon at the SAME SBC
Where: Room 408 – 410, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA
When: 12:30PM to 2:30PM on Friday, November 17, 2017
Action: Don’t Miss It! RSVP Now!
Please join me at the SAME Small Business Conference (SBC) on Friday, November 17 for the Minority Owned and 8(a) Certified SB Luncheon! The defense contracting industry, like everything else, is changing with the times. You know it’s happening, but you have a business to run! How will you learn how to stay on the cutting edge and win contracts on your time-strapped schedule?
This Small Business Networking Luncheon has the answer for you. We have four industry experts from different segments of the 8(a) and minority business development arena to help you move your business ahead of the curve on your lunch hour! Important information you need from top small business representatives in less time than you could spend anywhere else to get this information.
I will be moderating a panel discussion on these key topics starting with lunch at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, November 17. The speaker schedule and esteemed panelists include:
  • 12:30PM Lunch begins
  • 1:15PM Panel intro – Mercedes Enrique, CMS
    • Robb Wong, Associate Administrator, Office of Government Contracting and Business Development, SBA
    • Paula Arevalo, Executive Director, National 8(a) Association
    • Michael Chow, Member/Owner, Metro CD Engineering, LLC
    • Mary Urey, Director, Small Business Programs, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC/SB)
  • Open Q&A audience
    • 2:15PM Post session – information and one-on-one questions off the mic
    • 2:30PM Luncheon ends
We invite you to join us for a truly enlightening session in an intimate setting. As an A/E/C professional and the owner of a small business and minority business enterprise (MBE), I assure you that SAME’s SBC is not to be missed. Bring your questions and your appetite!
To register and learn more, visit www.samesbc.org and hit the “Attend” tab to sign up for this year’s SBC and our luncheon. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please feel free to contact me at menrique@cms-corporation.com. I look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh!
Mercedes O. Enrique, President
CMS Corporation
An SB and MBE company

CMS Project Receives ABC Award of Excellence

BARGERSVILLE, IN — The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Indiana/Kentucky recently awarded CMS Corporation (CMS) the 2017 Award of Excellence in the “Federal Government Over $10M” Division for a $27.1M design-build project to recapitalize deep draft berthing Wharf Charlie 2 (C-2) at Naval Station (NS) Mayport, FL. CMS was recognized by ABC for excelling in “innovation, quality, communication, and safety” on this project.

The Award of Excellence honors the skill and creativity of the entire project team – contractor, owner, architect, and engineer – responsible for an outstanding merit shop construction project. CMS constructed a new steel bulkhead and fuel delivery system at the existing Wharf C-2, successfully navigating a number of unique challenges along the way, including extensive dewatering of excavations of 10 to 20 feet below sea level, working at heights over water, and heavy rigging (including crane work from landside over water and from barge over water).

CEO Ernest Enrique noted, “Despite the many challenges of this high hazard project, the CMS project team worked 157,000 labor hours with zero lost-time incidents. For example, we performed over 2,000 crane lifts (including nearly 500 critical lifts) without incident. Overall, our successful completion of this project has extended the service life of the wharf bulkhead by an additional 50 years.”

In addition to the Award of Excellence, CMS was also recognized as an ABC Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) winner at the Platinum Level. The program recognizes the efforts of firms that consistently strive to achieve effective, best safety practices on jobsites and provides contractors with a tool to objectively evaluate their safety programs, policies, and procedures.

Ernest Enrique, CEO, and Mercedes Enrique, President, were on hand to accept the award at the ABC 2017 Merit Shop Construction Awards Gala on September 28, 2017 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in downtown Indianapolis, IN.

JWC CMS JV II Wins $49M USACE Tulsa District WOSB Set-aside MATOC

MAUMEE, OH – The JWC CMS JV II, a joint venture (JV) between Jack Wayte Construction (JWC) and CMS Corporation (CMS), has been awarded a Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) set-aside Design-Build (D-B) Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) by USACE Tulsa District. Tasks performed under the MATOC will include construction projects in the Southwest District boundaries, which include Oklahoma and Northern Texas. Projects under this MATOC will range in value up to $10 million, with a total combined contract value of $49 million over a 5-year period of performance (3-year base plus two 1-year options).

Work under this MATOC will include a wide variety of new construction, maintenance, repair, alteration and minor construction type tasks for military Interagency and International Services, and civil works projects. Scopes of work may include, but are not limited to, planning, design, total facility renovation, new construction, repairs and alterations, preventative maintenance, installation/construction of HVAC, plumbing, electrical, elevators, building envelope, fire protection, antiterrorism/force protection (AT/FP), environmental abatement (e.g., asbestos and lead paint abatement), and operations activities.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved a formal Mentor/Protégé Agreement (MPA) between the JV member firms in April 2015, with CMS as the Mentor and JWC as the Protégé. CMS is an award-winning small business with over 20 years of experience in design-build, new construction, renovation, and mechanical/fabrication work for the federal government and commercial clients. Based in Alamogordo, NM, JWC has been in business for 56 years. They have experience in renovation, design-build, and heavy civil construction in both the public and private sectors. JWC is a family owned and operated 8(a) and economically disadvantaged woman-owned small business.

CMS CEO Ernest Enrique noted, “The JWC CMS JV continues its successful path forward with this third major ID/IQ contract award. Currently, our firms are jointly executing over $15M in work at Milan Army Reserve Center, OH; Fort Polk, LA; and White Sands Missile Range, NM, among other locations. We are pleased with the current success of our JV and look forward to more opportunities to grow our relationship under the MPA program.”

Allison Transmission Awards CMS Multi-Million Dollar Contract At Its Indianapolis Facility

Bargersville, IN – CMS Corporation (CMS) has been awarded a multi-million dollar turnkey contract with Allison Transmission to install piping systems at its production facility in Indianapolis, IN. CMS’s scope of work will include installation of piping serving the following systems: 1) steam, 2) compressed air, 3) steam condensate, 4) process waste, 5) well water, 6) diesel fuel, and 7) nitrogen at this facility. Additional scopes of work include the provision and installation of pipe supports, painting, and insulation.

CMS will pre-fabricate selected components at its 12,500-SF fabrication facility in Bargersville, IN. All other self-perform mechanical construction will be executed on site. CMS expects to have 20 skilled trades on site during peak performance within the 3-month construction period. CMS’s completion date is October 2017.

CMS CEO Ernest Enrique stated, “This is an exciting, fast-track project, and we are excited to have the opportunity for our Mechanical Business Unit to engage with a prestigious customer in the Indianapolis market.”

CMS to Install Process Piping Systems at Major Agricultural Facility in Texas

Bargersville, IN – CMS Corporation (CMS) has been awarded a $3.5 million turnkey contract with a Fortune 500 company serving the agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology sector to install nine process piping systems at a new facility in Texas.

CMS’s scope of work will include installation of process piping serving the following systems: 1) process water, 2) compressed air, 3) natural gas, 4) sulfuric acid, 5) neutralization wash, 6) recovered acid water, 7) surfactant, 8) lab use, and 9) chemical treatment at this facility.

CMS will pre-fabricate selected materials at its 12,500-SF fabrication facility in Bargersville, IN. All other self-performing mechanical construction will be performed on site. CMS expects to have over 25 skilled trades on site during peak performance within the 4-month construction period. CMS’s completion date is November 2017. The new facility is expected to open in 2018.

CMS CEO Ernest Enrique stated, “This is an exciting, fast-track project and we appreciate the opportunity to showcase our self-perform mechanical and fabrication services to this important customer.”

CMS Awarded $240M Navy Northwest MACC

Maumee, OH – The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Northwest has awarded CMS Corporation (CMS) an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, small business set-aside multiple award construction contract (MACC) for design-build or design-bid-build construction projects located primarily within the NAVFAC Northwest area of responsibility (AOR), which includes WA, AK, ID, IA, MN, MT, NE, ND, OR, SD, and WY. Approximately 90% of the work is expected to be performed at naval facilities in the State of Washington. The contract ceiling for the base year and 4 option years, for all awarded contracts combined, is $240,000,000.

The scope of work includes new construction, renovation, demolition and repair of facilities, including but not limited to, administrative facilities, housing facilities, child care centers, recreation/fitness centers, retail complexes, manufacturing and industrial facilities, communication facilities, special access program facilities or sensitive compartmented information facilities (SCIFs), aviation facilities (e.g., hangars, control towers, etc.), or other similar facilities. The term of the contract is not to exceed 60 months, with an expected completion date of July 2022.

Company CEO Ernest Enrique stated, “This award represents a key contract win for CMS. It is a great fit for our organization, given our strong corporate resume in design-build construction and long-standing contracting history with the Navy. We look forward to working with this client and stand ready to support the Navy and its client installations throughout the Northwest AOR.”

CMS was one of 8 firms awarded a contract. Awardees may compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract. In all, the Navy received 24 proposals. The contract was set aside for small business. NAVFAC Northwest out of Silverdale, WA, is the contracting activity.

CMS Awarded $99M Navy Small Business MACC for TN, MS, and FL Panhandle

MAUMEE, OH – Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast has awarded CMS Corporation (CMS) its Design-Build Multiple Award Construction Contract (MACC) for Tennessee, Mississippi, and the Florida Panhandle. This 5-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract, with a base year and four 1-year options, has a ceiling of $99M for general construction-type projects. It was solicited as a competitive 100% Small Business Set-Aside. CMS is one of only five successful firms, out of 39 companies that submitted proposals when the solicitation was originally released in March 2015.

Work solicited under this contract will be for DoD activities in the Tennessee, Mississippi, and Florida Panhandle areas managed by NAVFAC Southeast. Work will consist of design-build vertical or horizontal new construction, renovation, alteration, demolition, or repair work. Task orders will be in the range of $4M to $20M. Anticipated design and construction facility types include industrial, airfield, aircraft hangar, aircraft traffic control, infrastructure, administrative, training, dormitory, and community support facilities. The NAVFAC Southeast in Jacksonville, FL, is the contracting activity.

Ernest Enrique, CEO, noted, “This is a key win for CMS and marks our 10th major ID/IQ contract award from the Navy. We are excited to win this contract and have the opportunity to continue our long-standing partnership with this client.”

CMS Completes $27M Wharf Recapitalization for US Navy

BARGERSVILLE, IN: CMS Corporation (CMS) recently completed the $27.1M design-build recapitalization of deep draft berthing Wharf Charlie 2 (C-2) at Naval Station (NS) Mayport, FL. This project included construction of a new steel bulkhead at the existing Wharf C-2. CMS successfully navigated a number of unique challenges on this highly complex, high hazard project.

Crews placed 4,135 tons of piles, including 124 king piles and 282 sheet piles, placed 450 tons of rebar, poured 30,000 cubic yards of concrete, and performed extensive dewatering of excavations of 10 to 20 feet below sea level. Unique safety concerns included working at heights over water, trenching and excavating (e.g., installation of utilities below 8 feet in depth from finish grade), and heavy rigging (including crane work from landside over water and from barge over water). Crews performed over 2,000 crane lifts (including nearly 500 critical lifts) without incident.

CMS also constructed a new fuel delivery system. The system connected to the existing fuel line originating from the Navy Fuel Farm through six branch lines and ultimately to six fuel vaults on the bulkhead. The entire fuel system is comprised of double containment fuel piping and delivers both marine diesel fuel and JP-5 to ships moored at Wharf C-2.

At peak, CMS managed up to 10 subcontractors, including a crew of up to 60 people, working on site concurrently. Overall, the CMS project team worked nearly 157,000 labor hours with zero lost-time incidents.

Wharf Charlie 2 was officially accepted by the US Navy in a memorandum dated April 14, 2017. With the successful completion of this project, the service life of the original, degraded wharf bulkhead has been extended by an additional 50 years. With this new facility, the Navy can more efficiently fuel and service ships at NS Mayport.

CMS Graduates From Monsanto Supplier Diversity Mentorship Program

MAUMEE, OH – CMS’s Ernest Enrique, CEO, and Mercedes Enrique, President, recently graduated from the Monsanto Supplier Diversity Mentorship Program (MSDMP). The MSDMP is an extensive mentoring program designed to assist in the growth and sustainability of diverse suppliers. The program is directed to businesses owned by minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans or disabled veterans, as well as persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT). CMS was selected from over 300 competing firms nationwide to participate in this prestigious program.

When asked about the MSDMP, Ernest Enrique stated, “It was a privilege to participate in this program. The information we have gained will help CMS as we continue to grow. Membership in the MSDMP has also fostered friendships with mentees and Monsanto staff that will be long lasting. Monsanto’s commitment to diversity of people and inclusive teamwork practices is an example for others to emulate.”

Monsanto has a long history of employing a diverse workforce and creating an inclusive environment. Working with diverse suppliers both in the U.S. and abroad is also important to the company. A member of the second class to graduate from the program, CMS’s CEO and President attended a formal graduation ceremony on 27 April 2017 at Monsanto headquarters in St. Louis, MO.

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