15 Jul 2011
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
Now Nelson, which is 100-percent minority-owned and operated, is positioned to add another awarded contract to its already noteworthy portfolio. Its bid on a sewer-relocation project connected with the soon-to-be constructed Mitsubishi Electric Power Products factory was the lowest among four bidders.
The prize is a $9 million contract, making it – as far as anyone who keeps up with such can remember – the largest contract that the City of Memphis has awarded to one minority-owned company.
Nelson, Inc. will be the primary contractor on the Nonconnah Interceptor Relocation Project, with Mayor A C Wharton, among other notables, stressing “primary.”
“Nelson has been a solid performer with the City of Memphis. We need more minority and women businesses in the construction area in a prime position,” said Carlee McCullough, Esq., the city’s Contract Compliance Officer.
For many years we have heard the myth that doing business with minority and women firms drives the cost upward. This project is an example that this is truly not the case. Nelson was the low bidder. Mayor Wharton has made doing business with minority, women and local businesses a primary focus of his administration and hopefully this is only the beginning.”
The roots of the Nelson company extend to Sardis, Miss., and back to 1972, when it was founded by Will Nelson and focused on plumbing. The last 20 years included a move to commercial work.
Other projects that bear Nelson Inc.’s handiwork include FedExForum, the Nissan Automotive Manufacturing Plant in Canton, Miss., Cleaborn Homes (Memphis), Tennessee Titans LP Field and the DeSoto County Civic Center.