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 Welcomes Ralph Canter as Construction Operations Manager

BARGERSVILLE, IN – CMS proudly announces the addition of Ralph Canter, PE, as Construction Operations Manager, leading our Mechanical/Fabrication Construction Group. Canter joins CMS with an impressive 38-year career spanning the power plant operations, large-scale mechanical construction, customer management, and executive leadership areas. He first spent 24 years with Indiana Power & Light (IPL), where he started as a Welding Engineer and Licensed Chief Pressure Vessel Inspector. He was later promoted to managing IPL Steam Operations and finally to leading Client/Customer Service Operations for this public utility company. His next 16 years were spent successfully growing profitable mechanical construction businesses and running a large, complex industrial construction project in the Northern Colorado area.

Ernest Enrique, CEO, stated, “Ralph brings over 38 years of hands-on construction management, engineering, and customer service experience in the mechanical and industrial sectors. His management and technical experience, combined with his extensive customer service background, is a terrific fit with the CMS organization. He will play a key role as we work to implement operational efficiencies and provide enhanced customer service to our existing and future clients. I look forward to working with him as we continue to grow CMS and expand into new markets.”

Canter holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, has been a Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Indiana since 1983, and has attended executive leadership education programs at the Harvard Business School, the University of Michigan, and the Colorado Springs Center for Creative Leadership. He will work out of the CMS Bargersville, IN office.

CMS Wins Mechanical Contract at Purdue

BARGERSVILLE, IN — CMS Corporation (CMS) has been awarded a $6.5 million mechanical contract by Pepper Construction for Purdue University’s Flex Lab Facility project in West Lafayette, IN. The Flex Lab Facility will have a footprint of approximately 107,000 square feet and will be used by Purdue’s School of Engineering.  The building will consist of three stories plus a basement and offer a combination of office and lab space to support the university’s research needs. The construction period is estimated to be about 15 months.

CMS, an Indiana-based minority business enterprise (MBE), competed against four other mechanical contractors for the win. CMS Chief Executive Officer, Ernest Enrique, noted, “For this hotly contested bid, CMS offered the best combination of price, in-depth understanding of the project, and value-added suggestions for project enhancement and success. This is a tremendous project for our firm and will bring high visibility to CMS in the central Indiana construction market and beyond.”

CMS Receives 9th CCS Safety Award

CMS Team at Awards GalaBARGERSVILLE, IN – CMS received the 2015 Zero Injury Award from the Coalition for Construction Safety, Inc. (CCS) at its 23rd Anniversary & Awards Celebration on April 28, 2016. The Zero Injury Award is given to companies whose craftspeople working for the company have not suffered a work-related accident resulting in loss of consciousness, restriction of work or motion, transfer to another job or requiring medical treatment other than first aid in the previous calendar year. CMS worked a total of 180,299 labor hours during the 2015 calendar year with zero recordable incidents.

This is CMS’s 9th Zero Injury Award in the past 11 years, a testament to CMS’s safety culture and exceptional health and safety program. Several CMS personnel attended the awards celebration, which was held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN, among them Mercedes Enrique, President; Khush Mander, Executive Vice President; and Bill Beach, Vice President of Business Development. Ms. Enrique noted, “The fact that we have won this award 9 out of 10 years demonstrates we are a company that is conscientious about safety. Safety starts with our team members in the field. Each one of our team members understands safety is Priority One on all of our projects.”

Jacob Yoder Selected CMS Craftsperson of the Year

Jacob YoderBARGERSVILLE, IN — Jacob Yoder was selected by his peers to receive the Coalition for Construction Safety (CCS) Outstanding Craftsperson Award. This recognition gives every CCS Association member firm an opportunity to publicly honor a craftsperson who they believe warrants distinction. It is intended to honor employees who work in the field, up to the level of Foreman.

Mr. Yoder received the award at the 23nd Annual CCS Anniversary and Awards Celebration on April 28, 2016, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. He received a Carhartt winter jacket embroidered with the CCS logo, “Outstanding Craftsperson 2016,” and his name.

Several CMS team members attended the awards ceremony with Mr. Yoder, including Bill Beach, Mercedes Enrique (President), Jake Hahn, Khush Mander (Executive Vice President), Jack Robinson, and Phil Schmitt. Nominations cited him for his strong commitment to quality and safety, resourcefulness, problem-solving capabilities, customer service, and team work.

CMS Projects Receive ABC Awards of Excellence

ANC Diamond STEP Award 2015

BARGERSVILLE, IN — The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Indiana/Kentucky recently awarded CMS Corporation (CMS) Awards of Excellence for two design-build projects constructed for the US military. The Design-Build Repair of Bachelors Quarters (BQ) 846 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida and the Design-Build of HVAC and Air Conditioning Systems Upgrades at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, were recognized by ABC for excelling in “innovation, quality, communication, and safety.”

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’s $5.7M design-build repair of BQ 846 received the Award of Excellence in the “Institutional $3M to $10M Category.” CMS renovated an existing bachelor housing complex consisting of eight 3-story wings and one 2-story wing (over 94,800 SF total). Work included repair of the exterior building envelop, replacement of mechanical systems, new finishes and painting, bathroom upgrades, and building security and key card access features. By recommending that phases of work be performed concurrently, CMS was able to complete the project ahead of schedule. This project received exceptional performance ratings from the client. The Navy cited CMS’s expert ability to manage its subcontractors, scheduling expertise, and exceptional communication skills as key to completing the project ahead of schedule and with superb quality. What was anticipated to be a burdensome project due to the age and use of the facility, as well as its size and magnitude, was “executed with precision and foresight.”

In the “Historical Renovation $3M to $10M Category,” CMS replaced existing control systems with a new direct digital control system for the central HVAC equipment and chiller plant at the Marine Corps Base at Kaneohe Bay, integrating it into the Base’s Energy Management Control System (EMCS). Associated work included installing new supply and return air ducts, replacing damper actuators on VAV boxes, and replacing flex ducts. This $4.4M project received exceptional ratings from the client. The work was completed ahead of schedule and performed with zero OSHA-recordable incidents. The Navy cited CMS’s excellent communications and ability to provide “no-cost solutions to provide a better design and end product’ as key to the success of this project.

CMS was also named a Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) Winner – Diamond Level – at the awards ceremony. The STEP Award is presented to firms that possess exceptional safety records and make safety a core value, as evidenced by leadership commitment, safety culture, and rigorous employee training programs. With the Diamond Level designation, CMS is now eligible for the ABC National Safety Excellence Award.

Ernest Enrique, PE, CEO and Khush Mander, Executive Vice President, both of CMS, were on hand to accept these awards at the ABC 2015 Merit Shop Awards Gala on September 24, 2015 in downtown Indianapolis, IN.

Matt Fields Selected CMS Craftsperson of the Year

May 27, 2015

BARGERSVILLE, IN — Matt Fields was selected by his peers to receive the Metro Indianapolis Coalition for Construction Safety (MICCS) Outstanding Craftsperson Award. This recognition gives every MICCS Association member firm an opportunity to publicly honor a craftsperson who they believe warrants distinction. It is intended to honor employees who work in the field, up to the level of Foreman.

Mr. Fields received the award at the 22nd Annual MICCS Anniversary and Awards Celebration on April 30, 2015, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. He received a Carhartt winter jacket embroidered with the MICCS logo, “Outstanding Craftsperson 2015,” and his name. Mr. Fields is a repeat (2 time) winner of this key award.

Several CMS team members attended the awards ceremony with Mr. Fields, including John Eden, Jake Hahn, Chris Jones, Khush Mander, and Phil Schmitt. Nominations cited him for his strong commitment to quality and safety, resourcefulness, problem-solving capabilities, customer service and responsiveness, and team work.