CRRC MA, which is constructing new passenger railcars for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Orange and Red lines in Boston, recently held a Supplier Diversity and Procurement Fair encompassing more than 40 minority and women owned businesses and approximately 150 corporations.
“The purpose of CRRC MA’s business fair was to introduce the various companies that comprise the corporation’s supply chain to the many capable and diverse businesses in the region,” said CRRC MA Vice President Jia Bo. “The strides made to partner with minority and women businesses, and the overall support received from leaders in Massachusetts as we strive to adopt best engagement practices is testament of our mutual commitment to build a strong, diverse supply chain.”
More than 40 businesses responded to CRRC MA’s call to participate in the supplier networking fair, where each business was provided a booth equipped to showcase their services to corporations and passersby through promotional materials and dialog. Among the services represented were metal fabrication, construction supplies, electronics, rail graphics, recycling, janitorial, and promotional.
CRRC MA has awarded contracts to 36 minority and women-owned companies; 32 are Massachusetts based firms, 14 of which are based in Springfield and surrounding areas. For example, CRRC MA has contracted with Titan Roofing, Marguerite Construction (subcontractor to Federal Concrete), New England Promotional Marketing, Greenough Supply and PTS Supply, all of which are Springfield.