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Our Company

The Tradition of Building Excellence

Metcon has been building excellence for our clients since our inception.  North Carolina owned and operated since 2000, we have grown from a small local general contractor into one of the most capable and trusted providers of construction services. As the Carolina’s largest minority owned construction firm, we have a unique perspective that is invaluable in our industry. True to our Native American Culture is an appreciation for the environment, sustainable construction, and environmental stewardship.  To that end, Metcon is also proud to be a leader in the construction of energy positive buildings that generate more energy than they consume.  Our company has completed more energy positive buildings than any other construction firm in the US and (3) of our energy positive projects have won national “Best of the Best” awards from Engineering News and Record. But more than our portfolio of projects and awards, is our people. Their dedication to exceeding our client’s expectations, their problem solving, capacity for technology and innovation, and uncompromised commitment to safety, make Metcon not only a great place to work, but a great partner for our clients. Our promise to you is to provide a quality, cohesive building experience resulting in a first-class facility.  Every member of our team shares our mission to build lasting relationships, to develop people who lead, and leave a positive impact on our communities.

Aaron Thomas, President & CEO

History

Metcon is a Native American-owned business (Lumbee) founded in 1999 in Pembroke, North Carolina.  Metcon, which stands for (Metal and Construction), was conceived as a General Contractor specializing in panelized metal studs and truss. As a young company, Metcon worked primarily on housing and related panelized projects throughout North Carolina. The firm quickly transitioned into a full-service commercial general contracting operation still incorporating metal-framed systems whenever possible. The UNC system higher education bonds of the 2000’s was a catalyst to Metcon’s growth as a primary contractor for the UNC-Pembroke campus.  Expanding their focus in Education, the company quickly became a leader, in not only University construction, but also K-12 facilities across the Carolinas. Today, Metcon remains headquartered in Pembroke, North Carolina, with offices in Raleigh, Charlotte, Fayetteville, North Carolina and Columbia,  & Myrtle Beach South Carolina.  Metcon recently opened an office in National Harbor, Maryland.

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  • 2000

    2000

    Metcon established focusing on panelizing and erecting steel framed structures for residential & commercial buildings.

  • 2001

    2001

    Metcon pioneers the first use of Dietrich Trade Ready cold formed metal systems.

  • 2002

    2002

    Metcon completed its first project on the UNC Pembroke campus.

  • 2003

    2003

    Metcon completed its 1st commercial building project in excess of $1 million dollars – Moore County Social Services Complex.

  • 2004

    2004

    Infrastructure group completes Kelly Hills Sanitary Sewer Expansion adding 7 miles of additional sanitary sewer including a 30’ deep major sanitary pumping station.

  • 2005

    2005

    Metcon completes Pembroke True Value, the largest True Value east of Mississippi River.

  • 2006

    2006

    During the mid-2000 Metcon completed a host of new construction & renovation projects on the campus of UNC Pembroke as part of the UNC Higher Education Bonds.

  • 2007

    2007

    Metcon builds new Corporate Head Quarters Complex at Comtech Professional Center in Pembroke, NC.

  • 2008

    2008

    Metcon’s Infrastructure Division completes our largest project to date, 40 miles of aggregate roadway through the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for 7 million.

  • 2009

    2009

    Metcon completes “The Turtle”, The Tribal Head Quarters of the Lumbee Tribe of NC. The building which is shaped like a “turtle” was subsequently featured in Engineering News & Record and Steel Construction Magazine.

  • 2010

    2010

    Metcon builds Cypress Hall, a 476-bed Residence Hall at the University of NC at Pembroke.  Cypress Hall  was the first residence hall in the UNC System to be built from WIBS Panelized Steel Framing.

  • 2011

    2011

    Metcon named National Minority Construction Firm of the year by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

  • 2011

    2011

    Metcon opens Raleigh, NC Office.

  • 2012

    2012

    Metcon Builds First Privatized “Energy Positive” School in America winning Engineering News and Records Best K-12 Project in US, Sandy Grove Middle School for Hoke County Schools, NC.

  • 2013

    2013

    Metcon named National Minority Construction Firm of the Year by the U.S. Department of Commerce for the 2nd time. 

  • 2013

    2013

    Metcon opens our Charlotte, NC Office and completes Charlotte Mecklenburg School, UNC Charlotte Laurel Hall, and projects  for the Catawba Tribe.

  • 2014

    2014

    Metcon named an OSHA “Building Star” Contractor by Commissioner of Labor signifying a “Best in Class’ safety program.

  • 2014

    2014

    Metcon opens Columbia SC Office and breaks ground on two projects at the University of South Carolina. 

  • 2015

    2015

    Metcon builds the first “Energy Positive” building for a Public Utility in U.S., the Lumbee River Electrical Membership Cooperation North Center. 

  • 2016

    2016

    Metcon Breaks Ground on the $226 million “Energy Positive” School Program for Horry County Schools in Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Also named Best K-12 Project in South East U.S. by Engineering News and Record.

  • 2017

    2017

    Metcon wins National “Best Project” from Engineering News & Record “ENR” (Grantham & Spring Creek Middle Schools).

  • 2018

    2018

    Largest 100% Minority Design-Build Contract in NC History – Metcon-Vines  breaks ground on the North Carolina Central University P3  Student Housing Project;  (3) new panelized steel residence halls with over 1276 bed in Durham, NC. 

  • 2019

    2019

    Governor of NC Officiates Ribbon Cutting at Jones County K-12 Energy Positive School, “The Most Technologically Advanced School in U.S.”  Trenton, NC. 

  • 2020

    2020

    Metcon hits 20 Years; Breaks Ground on the New Thomas School of Business at UNC Pembroke.

  • 2020

    2020

    Metcon’s Jones County K-12 school wins Engineering News and Records Best K-12 Project for Southeast.

Leadership & ADMINISTRATION

True Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.

Our team is committed to developing our people into the top talent in our industry. We know our greatest tool is our people.