CMS Wins $240M USACE Louisville SB Construction MATOC

December 10, 2014

MAUMEE, OH – USACE Louisville District has awarded CMS Corporation (CMS) a small business indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) for Construction Services for the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division Mission Boundaries. Construction projects under this contract will be located primarily within the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division Mission Boundaries to include Military, Civil Works, and Army and Air Force Reserve projects. The combined contract ceiling is $240,000,000 and the period of performance is for a 3-year base period plus one 2-year option period.

Types of work to be performed under the contract may include, but are not limited to, new building construction, building renovation, demolition, building debris-type removal, and structural repairs; site work, utility installation/replacement, paving, civil works (e.g., flood damage reduction, such as channel improvements, bank stabilization, levees and floodwalls), and landscaping; industrial repairs and equipment upgrades; geotechnical work; instrumentation, architectural, and security systems; lead-based paint, PCB, asbestos, and hazardous, toxic, and radiological waste abatement; and design associated with all of the various aforementioned tasks.

CMS has a long history with USACE Louisville District; however, this is the first ID/IQ contract win with the District. Company CEO Ernest Enrique stated, “This is truly a special win for CMS. Having just graduated from the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Program earlier this year, this is the type of contract vehicle that provides us a solid foundation building forward. It not only allows us to provide jobs and grow our company, but also allows us to continue to build on our solid corporate resume in the US heartland – right in our own back yard.”

US Army Corps of Engineers Awards CMS JV $49M Vertical Construction Contract

August 14, 2014

BARGERSVILLE, IN – The JWC CMS JV, a joint venture between Jack Wayte Construction and CMS Corporation, has been awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) Design-Build/Design-Bid-Build Vertical Construction 8(a) Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) by the US Army Corps of Engineers Albuquerque District. Tasks performed under the MATOC will include construction projects in New Mexico and portions of other southwestern states. Projects will range in value up to $5 million, with a total combined contract value of $49 million over a 2-year period of performance. Only five contracts were awarded from a field of 28 proposing firms.

Project work will include the new construction, renovation and repair of HVAC and electrical systems, site work and utilities, and buildings for the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Border Patrol. Some projects may involve complex phasing arrangements, work at controlled access facilities, and/or secure communications installations.

According to CMS Chief Executive Officer Ernest Enrique, this new MATOC will enable CMS to “continue building a successful resume of work in the southwestern US, while strengthening our working relationship with Jack Wayte Construction.” CMS and New Mexico-based Jack Wayte Construction are also working together in a joint venture arrangement under another $140M MATOC for the US Army Corps of Engineers Fort Worth District.

CMS Design-Build Renovation and New Construction Earn ABC Awards of Excellence

August 4, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, IN – The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Indiana/Kentucky recently awarded CMS with Awards of Excellence for two design-build projects constructed for the US military. The Design-Build Renovation of Building F-30070 at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio and the Design-Build New Construction of a Combat Communication Combat Support Facility and a Combat Communication Transmission System Facility at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam were recognized by ABC for excelling in “innovation, quality, communication, and safety.”

Secure storage facilities and sound-proof interiors were required for the $1.1 million Design-Build Renovation of Building F-30070. CMS transformed 9,400-sf of office space into a communications room, an evidence vault, secure space in compliance with ICD/ICS 703 Version 1.2, administrative offices, and functional common areas for personnel of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. The CMS team tackled unforeseen site conditions, such as asbestos and utility lines, with detailed situation surveys and cost-effective recommendations to the government. As a result, challenges were resolved in a timely manner and the project was completed ahead of schedule.

Designed and built to withstand salt air, high humidity and gale force winds, the 18,043-sf Combat Communication Combat Support Facility and the 9,812-sf Combat Communication Transmission Facility are two of the newest “green” buildings at Andersen Air Force Base. Constructed for $10.1 million, both buildings meet US Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards. The use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) helped the project team integrate aspects of the design and construction techniques with sustainable materials and equipment. Weather-resistant features included a fabric-reinforced fluid applied roof membrane, which was used to reduce the possibility of leaks during high winds or seismic events. The Support Facility and the Transmission Facility are the third and fourth LEED-certified buildings constructed by CMS on Guam as Guam Pacific International.

Ernest Enrique, PE, CEO of CMS, and other CMS executives will formally accept these awards at the upcoming ABC 2014 Merit Shop Awards Gala on September 25 in Indianapolis, IN.

CMS Awarded Navy $240M Small Business Multiple Award Construction Contract in Hawaii

July 23, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, IN – CMS (dba CT JV) has been awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) Design-Build/Design-Bid-Build Small Business Multiple Award Construction Contract (MACC) for construction projects located primarily within the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii area of responsibility. The combined contract ceiling is $240,000,000 and the period of performance is for a base period (1 year) plus four 1-year options. Task orders (TOs) or projects issued under the MACC will be firm-fixed price (FFP) and range from a minimum of $3,000,000 to a maximum of $30,000,000.

Types of work to be performed include, but are not limited to, new construction, repair, alteration, and related demolition of existing infrastructure based on design-build (D-B) or design-bid-build (full plans and specifications) for infrastructure within the State of Hawaii. Infrastructure includes residential building construction, construction of industrial buildings and warehouses, nonresidential buildings (other than industrial buildings and warehouses), and/or improvements (e.g., utilities, landscaping, airfields, and roadways). Work will be performed at various Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and miscellaneous federal and other facilities in the NAVFAC Hawaii area of responsibility.

The Navy received 22 proposals. CMS was one of only six contractors to receive an award under this ID/IQ contract.

CMS Chief Executive Officer Ernest Enrique noted, “This is a strategic win for CMS. It not only allows us to continue to build on our on-island presence in Hawaii, but also helps expand our corporate resume of work in the Pacific.” CMS (dba Aloha Pacific) is also currently one of the contract holders under the $200,000,000 NAVFAC Hawaii 8(a) MACC, which was awarded in September 2011 and is valid through September 2016.


CMS Welcomes New CEO Ernest C. Enrique

May 1, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, IN — Custom Mechanical Systems, Corp. (CMS) welcomes Ernest C. Enrique, PE as its new Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, effective immediately.

Mr. Enrique joins the leadership team of Mercedes Enrique, MBA, President and Khush Mander, Executive Vice President, who are also owners of CMS. As investor/owner of CMS, and an insider to the trials and rewards of defense contracting, Mr. Enrique comes to CMS with a rare insight into our company’s past, present, and future. He understands the unique challenges we face and how to approach them for greatest success. A natural successor to the position, Mr. Enrique also arrives at a significant turning point in CMS’s history as the company graduates from the SBA 8(a) program. Mr. Enrique will move from his prior position as President of TolTest, Inc. to his new position, conducting business from the CMS office in Maumee, Ohio.

An avid entrepreneur, Mr. Enrique’s responsibilities throughout his career have included development and implementation of large-scale strategic growth initiatives and successful management of global federal construction operations. His knowledge, moral character and energy are unmatched and he is held in highest regard by his customers, competitors, peers and employees. He plans to use his more than 25 years of experience in defense contracting to continue our ongoing work in shaping and positioning CMS for maximum visibility, advantage over our competitors, and sustainable success.

Mr. Enrique is a licensed Professional Engineer and has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Civil Engineering. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Lourdes University and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Society of American Military Engineers, and the Technical Society of Toledo.

It is an honor for CMS to welcome Mr. Enrique as the leader of our company!

CMS Awarded Small Business Multiple Award Construction Contract at NSA Crane

April 28, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, IN — CMS has been awarded a Small Business Multiple Award Construction Contract (MACC) at Naval Support Activity (NSA), Crane, Indiana. Work under the MACC will consist of various design-build and design-bid-build projects for construction, maintenance, and alteration. All work will be performed at NSA Crane and at the Glendora Test Facility in Sullivan, Indiana. The base contract is for one year, with four one-year option periods. Task orders will range in cost from $500K to $5M with a full contract value of $50M.

Bryan Remington Named CMS Representative for Craftperson of the Year

April 22, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, IN — Bryan Remington was recommended by his peers to be CMS’s representative for the Metro Indianapolis Coalition for Construction Safety (MICCS) Craftsperson of the Year awards program.

According to CMS President Mercedes Enrique, Mr. Remington is “a skilled pipefitter and a solid team player with organizational abilities that contribute to greater team performance. His team approach and continued excellence in his assigned roles made Bryan a logical choice to take the lead on selected assignments.”

Mr. Remington was promoted to Project Superintendent in a relatively short period of time and has proven his skill in organizing his work area, keeping his crews busy, coordinating with other tradespersons, and leading those under his direction. It is in light of Mr. Remington’s list of accomplishments at CMS that he was highly recommended and enthusiastically chosen as our “Craftsperson of the Year.”

CMS featured in Indiana Minority Business Magazine

SBA program allows CMS to service 300 federal government projects

By Mercedes O. Enrique, Indiana Minority Business Magazine, Third Quarter, 2014

When Custom Mechanical Systems Corp. (CMS) entered into the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Program in 2005, it marked a turning point in the company’s development. Until that time, the company had been solely involved in commercial pursuits, providing mechanical fabrication and installation services to a variety of industrial and manufacturing customers throughout the Midwest.

By virtue of the SBA’s 8(a) Program, a business assistance program for small, disadvantaged businesses, CMS received guidance and mentoring to become a strong federal government contractor.

Today, CMS is an award-winning company specializing in design-build (D-B) and traditional construction, with a strong self-performance capability in D-B, new construction, renovation, energy, and mechanical construction, including steel and process piping fabrication capabilities. The company remains a SDB and MBE, with a resume of specialized federal work spanning the U.S. and Guam.

In the past nine years, CMS has been awarded more than 300 projects valued at more than $225 million in 33 states and Guam. Projects have ranged from the $714,000 repair of HVAC systems at the U.S. Army Reserve Center in Scottsburg to the D-B of a $13.4 million Combat Support Vehicle Maintenance Facility (CSVMF) at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. The CSVMF was certified LEED Silver and received numerous awards and client accolades. Most recently, the company has started work on the $24 million D-B of Wharf Charlie C-2 at Naval Station Mayport, FL.

The key to CMS’s success to date is simple: Safety and efficient project execution – on time and within budget – with delivery of a high quality project. It is what clients expect and what CMS consistently delivers. It is the work we do and our reputation that allows us both to compete in new markets and with new clients, and brings us the repeat business that has been essential to our continued growth to date.

The company attributes 89 percent of company revenues over the past nine years to repeat business.

CMS is based in Bargersville a Southside suburb of Indianapolis. It also has offices in Bloomington; Libertyville, Ill.; Fairborn, Ohio; Maumee, Ohio; Jacksonville, Fla.; Kapolei, Hawaii; and Tamuning, Guam. In addition to office space, the Bargersville location also has more than 11,200 square feet of steel and process piping fabrication space.

We remain a general contractor, providing design-build and traditional construction services. We also bring a strong self-performance capability in mechanical, with steel and process piping fabrication capabilities.

Roughly 80 percent of our work is now for the federal government, primarily the Department of Defense. At the time, it was essential that we brought most of our focus to learning how to do work with this client. We had a steep learning curve and needed to ramp up quickly to meet the expectations of our federal clients.

While most of the business has been in the federal market, the company still maintains a strong commercial client base, with such firms as Reynolds Inc. ( and Praxair Inc. ( and institutions, such as as Purdue University ( and Indiana University ( Commercial sector work has ranged from a steam piping replacement project at Indiana University (Bloomington Campus) to mechanical and instrumentation work at Praxair’s VS100M Vacuum Pressure Swing Absorption (VPSA) Plant, part of the Southport Wastewater Treatment Plant, in Indianapolis.

What’s next for CMS? In April of this year, the company graduated from the SBA’s 8(a) Program, marking another key milestone in its evolution, and is now positioned to expand its markets and client base around the world. CMS is eager to not only continue to grow as a federal contractor but also bring the specialized experience and lessons learned on its federal work to its existing and newer commercial and industrial clients.

Our focus on the federal market has taken us all over the U.S. and Guam. We are anxious to bring the experience and lessons learned we have gained over the past nine years to our commercial and industrial clients. With our expanded services, we now offer considerably more to our clients.

Mercedes O. Enrique is president of CMS.