Black-Owned Construction Company To Help Replace 18,000 Contaminated Pipes In Flint, Michigan

Flint, Michigan residents will finally be getting some relief from the epic water crisis which disproportionately affected their minority community with assistance from one of their own. Check out the details below…

WT Stevens Construction, a black-owned construction management and services firm located in Flint, Michigan, has earned a multi-million dollar contract to replace corroded lead pipes. Due to insufficient water treatment, over 100,000 residents were potentially exposed to high levels of lead in the drinking water. The Network Journal reports that WT Stevens is “one of just four companies recently contracted—under a court order—to replace more than 18,000 lead corroded pipes.”

Rhonda Grayer, vice-president of WT Stevens, is excited to have the opportunity to work on the company’s largest project to date and help the community while doing so. “I will tell you that it is really exciting, and the most important part of it is the opportunity to employ people who may not have had other opportunities,” Grayer said. According to the Hub Flint, “the company has hired about 20 staff, ranging from clerical and general laborers to plumbers and machine operators. Among the added personnel are ex-offenders and youth, two segments of Flint’s population the company recognizes for unique training and experience needs.”

Rhonda Grayer’s husband, Jeff Grayer, serves as a project manager for the company and is a former NBA player for the Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks where he played for more than 10 years.

“This is a major project that will ensure public safety and start rebuilding trust between the city and the community … something that has been missing awhile,” Jeff Grayer said in an interview with the Network Journal. The family-owned company was founded by W.T. Stevens in the late 1990s. – via savannahtribute

This is great news for the residents of that community but we’re still upset that no one has been formally charged for allowing this to happen in the first place. We congratulate and salute Rhonda-Grayer for not only winning the contract but for employing ex-offenders and youth as well. We can only hope that something positive can come out of all of this mess.

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