FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 9, 2015
EN Engineering Implements Comprehensive Diversity Contractor Plan
(Warrenville, IL) EN Engineering has implemented a focused, nationwide DBE initiative across its full service portfolio to encourage the participation of diversity contractors in project work. By forming strategic alliances with clients and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms, EN Engineering identifies opportunities that meet client needs and ensures their high quality expectations will be maintained.
“We seek out contractors with exceptional knowledge in their field, previous work experience on similar projects, current DBE, WBE, MBE, VBE status, and potential subcontracting opportunities,” explained Dave Klimas, Senior Vice President and Chief Engineer. “We utilize a diverse group of subcontractors for structural engineering, surveying, drafting and design, geotechnical services, construction inspection, pipeline locating, and a wide array of other services.”
Klimas believes knowledge and relationship building are critical to successful diversity programs. “We have developed close relationships with all of our stakeholders; gained a strong understanding of their skill sets, and integrated the firms into our professional team. These are the keys to our DBE success,” he stated. “All team members understand their roles and responsibilities so that the entire team stays focused on developing a successful program.”
To further support the diversity contractor plan, Allison Hassig has been named DBE Program Manager. “My job is to develop and implement a comprehensive supplier diversity program that complies with the needs of our clients,” she explained. “We recognize that supplier diversity is a critical business issue for our company, our clients and our community, and it gives us a competitive advantage.”
Utilizing diversity contractors provides a win-win for both EN Engineering and DBE firms. “When we form strategic alliances with clients and DBE firms, everyone benefits,” concluded Klimas.