Photo: Mark Wallheiser
Sharen Parrish Hannah
"We always have a ready supply of laborers. The issue is trying to make sure when a project is ready you are ready."
Mettron Contracting’s handiwork is both visible and invisible throughout the campus of Florida A&M University. Tallahassee-based Mettron has provided plumbing, fire lines or underground utilities work everywhere from the multipurpose center to dorms to sports fields.
Sharen Parrish Hannah, president, and her husband, Caleb, vice president, founded Mettron Contracting, a certified minority-owned business, 12 years ago. Hannah, a civil engineer and attorney, says her husband works at job sites while she runs the administrative side of the business, overseeing project management and safety and quality control. The company survived the recession that wiped out some of its competitors by preparing for the downturn and rightsizing in advance. Fortunately, she says, some prerecession projects provided work during the slowdown for her small crew.
In late 2013, Mettron had four ongoing projects for Florida A&M and the city of Tallahassee. The challenge for the company, Hannah says, is staffing and keeping the workflow consistent. "We always have a ready supply of laborers. The issue is trying to make sure when a project is ready you are ready."
Before the economic downturn, Hannah says the company had revenue of more than $2 million and dozens of projects, including site work and utilities for Windsor Park Office Plaza in Orlando and the Florida A&M University Development Research School. Mettron nearly hit the million-dollar mark in 2013, and with several possible large projects that could come through this year, she hopes to see revenue rise.