Road to success: Cleveland minority-owned firms awarded major ODOT EV contract

“Opportunities such as this don’t come by often for companies like ours. Minority contractors face many roadblocks.” So says Ike Samson-Akpan, Sr., President, and founder of SAF, Inc., construction company. This summer, however, SAF and fellow minority-owned contractor Alternalite Electric, founded by Jose and Trudy Ramos, knocked these roadblocks down – with the help of the Ohio Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), located at Greater Cleveland Partnership. The two Greater Cleveland companies were awarded a $3.5M contract from NOACA and ODOT to install EV charging stations across Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties. The project consists of the design and installation of level 2 and level 3 DCFC electrical vehicle charging stations, and related work, at forty-seven sites.   Read full article here