Across the country, NPL is part of the communities where we work. In support of those communities, NPL has taken our commitment to diversity to heart, not just because it’s good for business, but because it’s the right thing to do.
As a member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, NPL has nurtured several successful relationships with local Diverse Business Enterprises (DBEs). There’s great mutual value in developing these DBE relationships. Through training, mentoring, and certification assistance, NPL has helped these businesses grow, while at the same time adding qualified and trusted service providers to our supplier mix.
In the Great Lakes region alone, outreach efforts have resulted in 54 DBEs belonging to NPL’s supplier mix. In 2015, the Great Lakes region started a Partner Alliance that included several of those DBEs. The purpose of the Alliance is to build mutual value through networking, business-to-business transactions, and focused hiring practices. Community benefit is a clear priority. After each meeting, Alliance members work together on a community service project, which has resulted in over 500 total hours of community service.
Steve Martines is the president of SES Equipment, Inc., a minority-owned business providing sales, leasing, and service of heavy equipment. “We couldn’t ask for anything better,” he said. “NPL is leading the pack and setting the pace. Other competitors have the same [diversity] goals, but NPL is doing it more successfully.”
Mike Trimuel, founder of Trim’s Trucking Co., Inc., started working with NPL in June of 2014. By December of that same year, Trim’s Trucking was a certified DBE. Work with NPL accounts for about 50% of Mike’s business. “We’ve been involved is some of NPL’s community outreach as sponsors, and we enjoy the occasion when we can build up [diverse supplier] relationships and give back as we are able,” Mike said. We enjoy the comfortable relationship we have with NPL. They treat us like family.”
Maria Thompson, president of Agile Sourcing Partners, has worked with NPL in the procurement, dispatching, and rental service for equipment since 2012. Taking advantage of NPL’s mentoring opportunities has strengthened her business and driven value for her customers. “Diverse Business Enterprises have to work for it; it’s not a handout. We trust NPL to implement their diversity goals and support the program to our mutual benefit.”
Above: Amy Thiesse is the first woman owner and president of Thiesse Plumbing, Inc. “The visibility we get from working with NPL has provided us with work from our customers’ customers, and it has opened doors to other opportunities as well.”