SBA Approves CMS Corporation and Compass Constructors Mentor-Protégé Agreement

St. Louis, MO – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program (ASMPP) between Compass Roofing, LLC (dba Compass Constructors – the Protégé) and CMS Corporation (CMS – the Mentor). Based in Kansas City, MO, Compass Constructors is an 8(a) and minority business enterprise (MBE) certified company. In business for 8 years, they are a general contractor with self-perform capability in roofing for clients in the public and private sectors. CMS is an award-winning small business and MBE with over 20 years of experience in design-build, new construction, renovation, fueling systems and mechanical work for federal and commercial clients.

CMS President Mercedes Enrique and Compass Constructors CEO Allan Arias met in 2019 while participating in the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative-Education Program called Scaling. Over the past year, the ownership of both firms discovered not only a shared corporate philosophy, but also a common goal and commitment to provide a profitable, high quality, and safe project, with a high level of customer satisfaction, to its clients. Compass Constructors entered the SBA 8(a) program earlier this year, becoming eligible for the ASMPP. Under this program, the two firms plan to pursue strategic 8(a) set-aside Federal construction opportunities in the coming years.

Enrique noted, “Entry into the SBA’s ASMPP is a huge commitment of time, money and resources from both the Mentor and the Protégé. In Compass, we have found a motivated, hard-working management team that is up to the challenge. They are dedicated to getting the most out of the ASMPP program – learning from the successes and challenges CMS has faced over the years and growing their business the right way.”

The purpose of the MPA program is to encourage Mentors to provide a broad range of business development assistance to Protégés. Such assistance may include technical and/or management assistance through JV arrangements. CMS had a highly successful Mentor-Protégé arrangement as a Protégé that ended in 2014. This positive experience has positioned CMS to become a top Mentor.

Arias stated, “For many years, Compass has had the vision and desire to become a top-tier small business contractor for the federal government. Finding the right mentor has been a critical step towards attaining this goal and in our overall growth strategy. We are proud to have CMS as our guide and mentor under the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program.”

The MPA offers CMS, a 2014 graduate of the government’s 8(a) program, a meaningful opportunity to “give back” to the small business / 8(a) community. Compass Constructors joins CMS as their second active protégé under the ASMPP. CMS also maintains an MPA with Alamogordo, NM-based Jack Wayte Construction under the SBA 8(a) MPA. JWC is soon graduating from the 8(a) program.

 

CMS JV Wins USACE Omaha $225M Small Business MATOC

MAUMEE, OH – CMS Corporation (CMS), under a joint venture (JV) arrangement with Alamogordo, NM-based Jack Wayte Construction Co., Inc. (JWC) called RM Builders JV, has been awarded a $225 million Facilities Sustainment, Restoration, and Modernization (FSRM) Small Business (SB) Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) by the US Army Corps of Engineering (USACE) Omaha District. (JWC, an 8(a), WOSB, and EDWOSB, is a Protégé to CMS, the Mentor, under an SBA-approved Mentor-Protégé Agreement.)

This contract is 100% set-aside for Small Business, with a 3-year base and 2-year option period of performance. Task orders may range up to $10 million dollars and will be design-build (D-B) or design-bid-build (DBB) for a broad range of FSRM requirements on military installations, civil works facilities, and interagency support projects, e.g., National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and US Dept of Veterans Affairs (VA). The majority of the work is anticipated to be in Colorado and Wyoming; however, projects may also be located elsewhere throughout the USACE Omaha District area of responsibility (CO, WY, MT, ND, SD, NE, MN, WI and IA). Scopes of work will include FSRM projects involving installation of mechanical systems, minor construction of new buildings/structures, renovation projects, repairs to dam and levee structures, paving, and anti-terrorism/force protection (AT/FP) measures.

USACE received 35 proposals. RM Builders is one of only seven firms awarded a contract. The estimated contract completion is October 2024. USACE Omaha District is the contracting agency.

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.”

SBA Approves CMS and JWC Mentor/Protégé Agreement

April 23, 2015

MAUMEE, OH – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved the Mentor/Protégé Agreement (MPA) between CMS Corporation (CMS – the Mentor) and Jack Wayte Construction Co., Inc. (JWC – 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 business.

CMS has worked with JWC for the past two years. Just last year, both firms were awarded two ID/IQ Multiple Award Task Order Contracts (MATOCs) – one with the USACE Albuquerque District and the other with USACE Ft. Worth District. These contracts, with ceilings of $140M and $49M, respectively, were awarded under an SBA-approved 8(a) Joint Venture between CMS and JWC called the “JWC CMS JV.” The JWC CMS JV is currently executing projects at Camp Bullis, TX, and Kirtland AFB, NM under these contracts, with a combined value of $4 million.

The purpose of the MPA program is to encourage Mentors to provide a broad range of business development assistance to Protégés. Such assistance may include technical and/or management assistance, financial assistance in the form of equity investments and/or loans, subcontracts, and/or assistance in performing prime contracts with the Government through JV arrangements. CMS had a highly successful Mentor-Protégé arrangement as a Protégé that ended in 2014. This positive experience has positioned CMS to becoming a top Mentor to JWC.

Under the CMS and JWC MPA, CMS will provide JWC assistance in the following areas:

  • Expansion of their management team
  • Expansion of their operations
  • Estimating and proposal support
  • Marketing

The MPA offers CMS, a 2014 graduate of the government’s 8(a) program, a meaningful opportunity to “give back” to the small business / 8(a) community.