Metcon Construction

Metcon Named 2013 National Minority Construction Firm of the Year





Metcon Inc., a North Carolina Native American-owned general contracting firm and NCIMED client, has been named 2013 National Minority Construction Firm of the Year by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA).


The award recognizes a minority-owned firm that has achieved outstanding success in private or public sector construction projects and exhibited revenue and job growth over a sustained period of time.


Metcon, a Pembroke-based company with offices in Charlotte, Fayetteville, Raleigh and Columbia, S.C., provides full-service commercial general contracting services throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. Founded in 1999, Metcon has experienced tremendous revenue growth over the past four years with more than 650 successful project completions. It has nearly doubled its employee count in the past two years.


"Metcon is a perfect example of how a strong, local company can grow significantly with well-placed, well-timed assistance," said Dan Stafford, project director for the MBDA Business Center Raleigh, a partnership of NCIMED and MBDA that provides consulting and services to promote the growth of minority-owned businesses. NCIMED and its partner, the North Carolina Indian Economic Development Initiative, helped Metcon develop a plan to expand its market.


"We're delighted that our work to connect Metcon with key industry partners and market opportunities has yielded returns for the company as well as created jobs and economic growth in the communities it serves," Stafford said.


Metcon was one of 12 businesses, organizations and individuals MBDA recognized for their leadership and commitment to advancing the minority business community as part of the agency's 2013 National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week celebration. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented the awards during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.


"Helping American businesses grow and create jobs is the key focus of the commerce department's Open for Business Agenda, and today's award recipients are playing a critical role in those efforts by helping minority-owned businesses innovate, expand and thrive," Secretary Pritzker said.


David A. Hinson, MBDA national director, said: "These award recipients are pillars in their communities who help create jobs and keep our nation competitive in the global economy. MBDA and the U.S. Department of Commerce are pleased to honor these outstanding leaders and firms and the entrepreneurial spirit they embody and promote."


Metcon, which stands for "metal and construction," opened as a general contracting firm specializing in panelized metal studs and truss. In its infancy, Metcon worked primarily on housing and related panelized projects throughout North Carolina. The company quickly grew and transitioned into a full-service commercial general contracting operation, still incorporating metal framed systems when possible. The University of North Carolina's higher education bonds during the early 2000s helped propel Metcon's growth because the company was primary contractor for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke campus.


Today, Metcon is working on seven UNC campus projects. It also delivers a full spectrum of general contracting and construction management services for corporate, K-12 education, higher education, hospitality, government, multi-family and infrastructure markets. The latest example of Metcon's work is Sandy Grove Middle School in Lumber Bridge, N.C., the nation's first LEED Platinum Net Positive School, designed to generate more energy on-site than it consumes. Metcon won Engineering News & Record Southeast's "2013 Best Project" award in the K12 category for that work.


Aaron Thomas, president and CEO of Metcon and member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, founded the company at the age of 24. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from UNC-Pembroke and a Master of Construction Management degree from East Carolina University. Thomas is a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Accredited Professional with the U.S. Green Building Council. He was named a 2013 "20 under 40" by Engineering News and Record.


Visit for information on all 2013 MBDA award winners. 


About the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

MBDA ( is the only federal agency dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of U.S. minority-owned businesses. Its programs and services better equip minority-owned firms to create jobs, build scale and capacity, increase revenues and expand regionally, nationally and internationally. Services are provided through a network of MBDA Business Centers.



NCIMED ( operates the MBDA Business Center Raleigh, which serves minority businesses throughout North Carolina. NCIMED is a nonprofit management consulting and services firm focused on business diversity. It helps small businesses develop and grow, large corporations diversify their supply chains, and local and state governments expand their business base. NCIMED experts are leading advisors and advocates for public policies and business practices that promote marketplace diversity as a path to greater prosperity. NCIMED's work is funded entirely by grants and business diversity contracts with public and private organizations.


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Donna Locklear

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Pembroke, NC

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