WASHINGTON, DC- On Monday, May 1st, 2023, DICIN Electric Company, Inc. of Waterford, Connecticut was invited by President Joe Biden to be honored as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Federal Subcontractor of the Year for the entire country.
Cindy Hersom, the president and owner of DICIN Electric, represented the company at the White House ceremony as the family business celebrates its 50th anniversary serving the New England Region. DICIN Electric is a National Electrical Contractor Association (NECA) member, a signatory to IBEW Locals: #90, #35, and #488.
DICIN was recognized for the company’s extraordinary work as subcontractor for Weeks Marine Inc. on the Replace SSN Berthing Pier 32 Project at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut.
Weeks’ project manager and estimator, Keith MacKenzie, nominated DICIN for the award, stating that the subcontractor continually hit its deadlines with submittals, material and equipment deliveries, and installation. “DICIN had to contend with the supply chain crisis that affected material and equipment procurement worldwide,” MacKenzie wrote in his award submission. “Through this, DICIN persevered and delivered its scope of work on time, which is an exceptional feat in and of itself.” He also noted that DICIN’s comprehensive knowledge of the scope of work and subject matter was invaluable when questions arose about the contract drawings and design.
“Several times, the Navy worked directly with DICIN to make recommendations for changes to the project,” MacKenzie wrote. “This is due in part to DICIN’s reputation as a valuable partner and their expertise in their field.”
When addressing the Small Business Administration (SBA) award winners, President Biden praised DICIN Electric and other companies, “You’re models of grit, heart, drive and determination, all the virtues that have literally built America.” Biden continued his admiration by saying, “Small businesses are the engine of our economy, they really are the glue, the heart and soul of communities.”
Hersom’s parents, Rudy and Janice Chieka, founded the company in 1973 and secured the first subcontract in 1974 at the Navy Submarine Base. NECA is proud of DICIN Electric and all of it’s members who continuously shine a positive light on trades and serve as exemplary models of our industry.