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Pacific Gas and Electric Company Creates New Post for Supplier Diversity; Signs Three Major Contracts

 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA June 30 /DiversityBusiness.com/ -- In line with its strong and growing commitment to supplier diversity, Pacific Gas and Electric Company today announced it has appointed Melanie M. Shelby to the newly created senior position of Director of Supplier Diversity.

"To achieve the company's goal of becoming the nation's leading utility, we must regain our leadership in the area of supplier diversity," said Tom King, President and CEO of PG&E. "Creating this new role in our organization is a reflection of the priority we place on this goal. Melanie has the skills and the commitment, and will provide the focus to let us hit that target in short order."

Since joining PG&E in 1999, Shelby has served in a variety of public affairs positions. Most recently she was Manager, Federal Governmental Relations for PG&E Corporation in Washington, DC, where she managed philanthropic and strategic partnerships with national organizations representing communities of color, consumers, seniors and women.

"I'm honored to return home and join an organization that supports diverse business and economic development in the communities we serve," said Shelby. "My goal is to dramatically expand direct and subcontracting opportunities for minority, women and disabled veteran-owned business."

Shelby announced that the company is awarding three contracts covering the purchase of construction components for the maintenance, repair, and operations of our gas and electric transmission and distribution lines. The contracts have been awarded to OneSource, a Hispanic-owned business, Hughes Supply, which is partnering with Compass Power Services, a disabled veteran- owned business, and S&S Solutions, partnering with African American, Asian, Hispanic, women, and disabled veteran-businesses. Over 60 percent of the approximately $80-$90 million dollars of annual spend under these contracts will go to women, minority and disabled veteran-owned business enterprises.

"PG&E's commitment to their supplier diversity program is obvious; it is reflected at all levels, from the CEO to the operations team," said Bob Zamarripa, owner of OneSource a supplier of electrical materials.

The utility also recently executed a contract with TRC Environmental Group for the dismantlement and demolition of the Hunters Point Power Plant. The contract value totaling $23.6 million dollars includes a minimum commitment of 30 percent (or approximately $7 million) spending with women, minority and disabled veteran-owned business enterprises, and includes hiring from the local community through the City and County of San Francisco's CITYBUILD Program.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company created the Supplier Diversity program in 1981, six years before it was state-mandated by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Through May, PG&E has increased the amount of dollars spent with diverse suppliers by $46.4 million dollars compared to the same period last year.

To learn more about contracting with Pacific Gas and Electric Company, please visit www.pge.com/suppliers_purchasing/

 

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