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Erhardt Construction provides mentor support
Erhardt Construction was named this year's Minority Business Advocate of the Year by the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. The general contracting and construction management firm was given the award due to its heavy involvement in the minority business community, especially mentoring.
"Erhardt Construction recognized the opportunity to build a relationship with our emerging minority-owned business and provided us with an opportunity to benefit from their years of established success," said Terrell Daniels, president of Modern Fire & Security Systems Inc.
"As a result of our mentor-protégé relationship, MFSS has been able to strengthen its position in the industry, resulting in securing numerous contracts — not as a minority subcontractor, but as a prime contractor."
Erhardt Construction supports diversity internally by making it part of the company's strategic plan. Keith Vandenbergh, vice president of estimating and director of diversity, said, "Through initiatives such as our active participation with the West Michigan Minority Contractors Association and our mentoring of emerging MBE contracting firms, we are working to improve the diversity on our own projects while developing the technical and financial strengths of this business community."
President Joe Erhardt commented on winning the award.
"Erhardt Construction is honored and excited to be named the Minority Business Advocate of the Year by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. We are committed to working with minority contractors in the construction industry and appreciate the recognition of our efforts," he said.
"Our commitment doesn't end with the signing of the contract. It is important that the employees of our subcontractors find a welcoming and inclusive environment on our jobsites.
"To further respect diversity, all of Erhardt's employees have received diversity training to increase their cultural awareness, knowledge and skills. We thank the Grand Rapids Area Chamber for this recognition."