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  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise DBE

    October 2014


    Dawn Lockhart is the owner of GFH, Inc., located in Long Beach MS. GFH,

    Inc., has been in business for 15 years and a DBE for 14 years. This firm

    specializes in Grassing/Erosion Control/Blankets, Ditch Lining, Ground

    Stabilization, Aggregates, Site Preparation, Tree Cutting/Removal, and

    Earth Works (sand, dirt, and hauling). Mrs. Lockhart works alongside her

    mother Catherine Parker, who serves as her office manager.

    Being in business for fifteen years has afforded GFH, Inc., the opportunity

    to work with a large number of Prime Contractors. Some of these Prime

    Contractors include SCI Biloxi (Biloxi), Magnolia Construction

    Management (Gulfport, MS), Kappa Development & General

    Contracting (Gulfport, MS), and Mike Holmes Construction, LLC (Pass

    Christian, MS). Although, GFH Inc., has been a sub-contractor, this firm has

    also had the chance to be a prime contractor for the Ocean Springs

    pedestrian bike path repair. The job included installing Geo grid down the

    entire beach front with concrete work and riprap around the manholes.

    Mrs. Lockhart knows the rewards and difficulties of owning a small

    business. She spoke about how hurricane Katrina affected her business,

    even years after the devastating natural disaster. However, she has never

    given up and continues to work hard and encourages others to do the

    same. Currently, GFH Inc. is working on Waveland Lake located on Hwy

    53 in Gulfport, MS. Mrs. Lockhart’s advice to future DBEs is to “never over

    extend yourself and pay your bills before you pay yourself.”

    For more information about this firm or to contact Rodney Gulley please

    send your correspondence to dplockhart@gmail.com.


    Contact Information

    Carolyn Bell

    Civil Rights Director cbell@mdot.state.ms.us

    Stacy Slay, DBE Coordinator


    Stan Adams DBE Certification Officer


    Justin Rawls Special Projects Officer jrawls@mdot.state.us

    P.O. Box 1850

    Jackson, MS 39215-1850 Office: 601.359.7644

    Fax: 601.576.4501 www.gomdot.com

    DBE Supportive Services

    Toni Cooley, Project Director tcooley@msdbe.com

    Larry Davis, Project Manager ldavis@msdbe.com

    Lauren Collins,

    Communications Specialist lcollins.systems@gmail.com

    Meridith Corley, Project Specialist mcorley.systems@gmail.com

    1400 Fourth Avenue Jackson, MS 39203

    Office: (601) 718-7344 Fax: (601) 564-0212


    GFH, Inc.

    mailto:cbell@mdot.state.ms.us mailto:sslay@mdot.state.ms.us mailto:sadams@mdot.state.ms.us mailto:jrawls@mdot.state.us http://www.gomdot.com/ mailto:tcooley@msdbe.com mailto:ldavis@msdbe.com mailto:lcollins.systems@gmail.com mailto:mcorley.systems@gmail.com http://www.msdbe.com/

  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise DBE

    October 2014


    Call No#

    Project Name Project No# Location DBE Goal

    OJT Goal


    Overlay I-10 from Louisiana State

    Line to MS 43/603

    Federal Aid Project No. HSIP-0010-

    01(148) / 106776301

    Hancock County

    1% 520 hours


    Bridge Replacements on

    SR 17 North of Lexington, (Bridge

    Nos. 45.9, 47.3, 51.9)

    Federal Aid Project No. BR-0041-

    01(011) / 100435301

    Holmes County

    5% 0 hours


    Roadway Weather Information

    System Installation on I-55

    Southbound to the Stack at I-20

    Federal Aid Project No.HSIP-0055-

    02(241) / 106870301 & 302

    Rankin & Holmes County

    0% 0 hours


    Installing an Intersection

    Conflict Warning System at Various Locations on US

    Highway 51 and US Highway 49

    Federal Aid Project Nos. HSIP-2177-

    00(012) / 106859301 and

    HSIP-0008-03(055) / 106859302

    Copiah and Rankin

    Counties 0% 0 hours

    5 Joint Repair on 17 Bridges on Various


    Federal Aid Project No. BR-9999-

    02(250) / 106598303

    Montgome ry County

    0% 0 hours


    Sign Truss Replacement on various routes in

    District 6

    Federal Aid Project No. STP-9999-

    06(015) / 106495301,

    106495302, and 106495303

    Forrest, Harrison,

    and Jackson Counties

    1% 0 hours


    Safety Upgrades on US 49 from

    Camp Shelby to US 98

    State Project No. SP-9999-06(016) /

    106672301 in Forrest County.

    Forrest County

    0% 0 hours

    MDOT Bid Letting Tuesday October 28, 2014

    Coming Events

    October 2014 MODEL CONTRACTOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM 2014 COURSE SCHEDULE DATE TIME TOPIC 10/14/14 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Banking and Financing for Contractors 10/21/14 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Bonding and Insurance for New and Emerging Contractors 10/28/14 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Project Management and Field Operations 11/04/14 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Claims and Dispute Resolution 11/11/14 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Success Stories, Managing Growth Graduation Ceremony To graduate from the Model Contractor Development Program (MCDP) you must complete the following:

     Attend 8 of the 10 weekly sessions. Attendance at the Kick-Off session is mandatory.

     Become a client of the South Mississippi Contract Procurement Center (SMCPC).

     Registration to attend the MCDP can be completed by visiting this

     To complete an application for SMCPC, visit APPLICATION or www.mscpc.com . Once your application has been received you will be notified to attend a New Client Orientation. Company must be an active client of SMCPC. At least one company representative must attend eight of the ten sessions for completion of this course. Held at the Roy Anderson Corp facility located at 11400 Reichold Road, Gulfport, MS 39503.

  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise DBE

    October 2014


    Michael Thomas Speaks at September Pre-Bid

    The monthly Pre-bid meeting was held on September 22, 2014 at the Hilton Hotel located in Jackson, MS. The guest speaker was Mr. Michael Thomas, Vice President of Business and Finance at Jackson State University. Mr. Thomas began his career as a state auditor specializing in audits of educational systems. After six (6) years, he began working for educational systems. Over the next nineteen (19) years, Michael managed financial and operational systems with budgets ranging from six million dollars ($6) to over four hundred million dollars ($400M). Michael is a member of various national and regional organizations such as NACUBO (National Association of College and University Business Officers) and SACUBO (Southeastern Association of College and University Business Officers). He is also involved in the local community serving on various boards. Jackson State University has a 42 million dollar residential dorm project in the planning stages. The 628 bed dorm will be built on Lynch Street and Parkway. In addition, they plan to Renovate Alexander Hall East, turning it into suites, which will be about a 30 million dollars project. The university also plans on attaching a dining area to the Palisades located near the university. Mr. Thomas said they are in the process of completing designs for the engineering building which will be an approximate 7 million dollar addition. Jackson State University is looking to expand and renovate the campus, appealing to more students. He said that a vendor fair will be held at some point in the near future and it won’t be the traditional fair, according to Mr. Thomas. Vendors and end user providers will connect directly as they bring current projects or items that are solicitation ready. Mr. Thomas stated makes every attempt to maintain an open door business approach to service delivery. He is willing to see anyone who has good progressive ideas related to servicing the JSU community…as long as those ideas are within his scope and authorized purview. For more information please send correspondence to Michael.thomas@jsums.edu.

    Coming Events Con’t

    October 20-23, 2014 Become an OSHA General Industry Outreach Trainer OTI 511-OSHA Standard for the General Industry This course is the prerequisite to the OSHA 500 course, which is the Train-the- Trainer course for Construction. It will cover OSHA policies, procedures, and standards for the Construction Industry as well as safety and health principles. Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Location: The Mississippi E-Center, Safety Pros, LLC, 1230 Raymond Road, Jackson, October 21, 2014 Mississippi has enacted a new construction lien law. If you want to learn more about this new legislation, you don’t want to miss this seminar. Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm Place: ABC Building, 5165 Old Brandon Rd, Pearl, MS 39208 To register, click here. For more information, contact LaTonia Shirley @ 601-359-6678 Or Phyllis Haynes @ 601-709-4604 Small Business Lunch and Learn 2014 October 27, 2014 What: MS Road Builders Pre- Bid Conference Where: Hilton Hotel Jackson, MS When: