ComEd Pays Tribute to Diverse Businesses at Inaugural Supplier Diversity Awards Event

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ComEd hosted it’s first-ever Supplier Diversity Awards Luncheon on April
4, at the Bridgeport Art Center located at 1200 W. 35th
Street in Chicago. ComEd honored some of its top diverse suppliers for
high-quality excellence in helping to a modern 21st Century
electric system and grow other diverse businesses in the state of

“ComEd is committed to developing diverse local businesses; we believe
this is one of the most impactful actions we can take to do our part to
reinvigorate our neighborhoods,” said Anne Pramaggiore, President and
CEO, ComEd. “I want to congratulate the winners of our inaugural
supplier diversity awards event and thank all of our suppliers who
multiply ComEd’s impact through their own commitment to diversity and
community empowerment.”

The 2016 winners of ComEd’s Inaugural Supplier Diversity Awards are:

Overall Performance for Construction Services


Established by Loretta Rosenmayer as Trench-It, Inc. in 1988, INTREN
began as a small trenching company built on a passion for community.
A woman-owned business funded by a $15,000 loan from a friend and
with only four employees, today INTREN is a 1,000 employee company
with over 28 years’ experience in working with the nation’s largest
utility providers, private contractors and developers,
municipalities and cooperatives.

Overall Performance for Materials/Professional Services

Choctaw-Kaul Distribution Company

Choctaw-Kaul Distribution Company is a Native-American owned
manufacturer and distributor of electrical, safety and facilities
equipment. With over 100 years of manufacturing and distribution
expertise, Choctaw-Kaul assists a variety of businesses in the
automotive, food processing and utilities sectors, among others.

Rising Star

MZI Group, Inc.

After proudly serving in the United States Army, Arthur Zayas Miller
followed his appreciation for construction and love for the
community to build MZI Group, Inc. in 1999. Today, MZI Group Inc. is
a leader in electrical and mechanical construction, energy
infrastructure, utility projects, design build, and facility
services. As a minority and veteran-owned business, MZI Group, Inc.
is committed to driving community and economic development.

Advocacy Award

Aldridge Electric

Aldridge is ranked as one of the nation’s leading civil and
electrical contractors. Incorporated in 1952, the family-owned
company headquartered in the Chicago area employs a full-time
Diversity Manager as part of its 850 employee workforce. Its
aggressive diversity spend was 25 percent in 2015; senior leadership
is working on a 31 percent goal for 2016.

Community Partnership

Environmental Design International, Inc.

Deborah M. Sawyer established Environmental Design International
Inc. (EDI) in 1991 after a proven career as an environmental
scientist in the private sector and consultant. EDI has become a
front-runner in the field and a proud minority and woman-owned
business through its mission of providing the highest quality
environmental and engineering services with a commitment to ethics,
diversity and improving the quality of life for the community it

President’s Award

Burling Builders, Inc.

In February 2016 Burling Builders, Inc. was named General Contractor
of the Year by the Hispanic American Construction Industry
Association (HACIA) for their work on the new ComEd Training Center.
Burling Builders has grown its organization significantly since
working with ComEd. The company recently hired five new employees,
including a full-time project manager who lives in the Bridgeport
neighborhood where the Chicago Training Center is located. During
the life of the Chicago Training Center project, Burling was able to
subcontract with local business totaling more than 47,000 man hours
worked through local businesses. Burling Builders, Inc. is a member
of the Minority Supplier Development Council as well as HACIA.

Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon
Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy
provider with approximately 7.8 million customers. ComEd provides
service to approximately 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois,
or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information visit and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


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