by Phyllis Cunningham
Valor and integrity are words that come to mind when you meet Melvin E. Clark, Jr. Esq., founding owner of the Metroplex Corporation. A gifted leader, Mr. Clark is currently the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and owner of G.W. Peoples Contracting Company, Inc. a DBE/MBE/SBE certified contractor specializing in top quality construction, repair and maintenance of railroad tracks and related facilities, as well as construction and maintenance of railroad right-of-way and rail transit infrastructure.
Amidst a career spanning over three decades, Clark has earned a reputation as an unflinching trailblazer and a staunch advocate for minority and disadvantaged businesses. He holds an undergraduate degree in accounting from Penn State University, a Juris Doctorate from Northwestern University School of Law and a Masters in Management from Northwestern University’s Kellor Graduate School of Management.
Station Square — Fall 2015 – Port Authority of Allegheny County – Pittsburgh, PA
Timelapse Video of GWP’s Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Track Construction through the Central Business District (CBD)
“GWP worked with Kiewit Infrastructure on the Chicago Transit Authority’s Dan Ryan Red Line, one of the busiest transit routes in the country, to completely rebuild the tracks from Cermak/Chinatown ….
“As a program manager for Potomac Construction, I have worked closely with G.W. Peoples and WMATA on the track rehabiliation projects since February, 2011 and have received nothing but positive comments…”
- Ernest V. Hamilton
- Program Manager
- Potomac Construction Co. Inc.
We have identified an inequity in the application of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation goals on publically-funded transit projects. Large prime contractors, including railroad construction contractors, exhibit an entrenched reluctance to use non-traditional disciplines to fulfill DBE participation goals.
My name is Melvin E. Clark, Jr., and currently I am Chairman, CEO and Owner of G. W. Peoples Contracting Co., Inc. We are the only African-American owned firm in the country that builds railroads. This fact simply underscores the problems encountered and the progress…