Railroad Construction Hosts MWDBE Outreach Event

Jan 27, 2016

“Excellent event!  I enjoyed meeting the folks at RCC this morning and learning about some of your projects.”  Lisa Pompei - Garden State Engineering, Surveying & Planning

On April 30, 2015, Railroad Construction Co. hosted an MWDBE (Minority / Woman Owned / Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) East Coast Outreach Event at the main office in Paterson, NJ.  The event was designed to meet business owners in order to develop new and ongoing partnerships.  This meet and greet would be mutually beneficial to us and these businesses as most upcoming projects require a percentage of work be completed by a certified MWDBE.  Several hundred businesses were invited to attend and more than sixty firms participated.

Railroad Construction was represented by project managers, purchasing agents and estimators who were available to discuss both ongoing projects and those in the bidding pipeline including:  Ben Franklin Bridge Track Rehabilitation, MTA-LIRR Colonial Road Improvement Project, East Side Access Grand Central Terminal Caverns, PSE&G Southern Reinforcing and Northern Grid Reliability Projects and NYNJ Rail Transfer Bridge #10.  The MWDBE business representatives had the chance to “pick the brains” of our personnel on job specific issues, gaining valuable insight into the bidding process and the various requirements for each job.

Feedback from the day was overwhelmingly positive. “For us it was a great success!  We were able to reconnect with companies we haven't spoken to in a while and make many new contacts,” said Chris Colabella, President of Construction Information Systems, Inc. (CIS) who offered to help attendees navigate the CIS website and set-up a free profile.  Holly Kaplansky, owner of Minuteman Press in Newark, NJ expressed her gratitude saying “it was a pleasure to meet you today at the MWDBE conference and thank you so much for taking a moment to spend with me.”  Lisa Pompei, Vice President of Business Development & Marketing at Garden State Engineering, Surveying and Planning had this to say:  “Excellent event! I enjoyed meeting the folks at RCC this morning and learning about some of your projects.” Judging by these and other comments from those in attendance, the event was a rousing success.

At the RCC Family of Companies we are committed to assist the growth and use of small, minority, women-owned, disadvantaged and disabled veteran-owned businesses.  As we strive to achieve supplier and subcontractor diversity, we are dedicated to providing opportunity to these businesses in the hope of developing long-lasting relationships to the benefit of both parties.  Thank you again to all those whose participation made this outreach event a huge success.  We look forward to meeting even more certified MWDBE businesses at our next event.