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Black Construction marks 65 years in Micronesia

Black Construction Corporation’s Senior Management Team leads a group of more than 1,000 employees. They are (from left) Donald J. McCann, vice president of operations; Mark J. Mamczarz, vice president of finance, secretary and treasurer; Leonard K. Kaae Sr., senior vice president and general manager; John M. McSweeney, vice president of estimating and business development; and Dean E. Bates, vice president of engineering.

By Pacific Island Times News Staff

Black Construction Corp. is celebrating its 65th anniversary of doing business in Micronesia, where it has a history of undertaking major projects for private, government and military sectors.

With an employee team of more than 1,000 skilled construction professionals, Black Construction works on major projects in Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia.

“We have much to be proud of on the 65th Anniversary of Black Construction Corp.," said Leonard K. Kaae Sr., executive vice president and general manager of Black Construction Corp. "We are the largest construction group in the region and this year secured the largest award in the company’s history to date – the Tinian International Divert Airfield project."

Among recent and special projects, Black Construction has completed to the satisfaction of its clients the $130 million third-floor terminal building and structural upgrade at the A.B. Won Pat International Airport, Guam, which added a third-floor arrivals corridor. The ribbon cutting took place on Jan. 21, 2022.

Black Micro Corp., the subsidiary of Black Construction Corp. in the Northern Mariana Islands, was awarded in April 2023 a $221.69 million contract for the second phase of the divert airfield at Tinian International Airport. It was the largest award to Black Construction to date.

Black was also awarded the $161.82 million first phase of the divert airfield.

In May 2003, Black Micro Corp. completed the construction of the $23.3 million Palau National Capital Relocation Project – Phase II, a unique project in Meleokeok State on the island of Babeldaob, on behalf of the Republic of Palau.

One of the group’s significant utility-related projects in 1998 was the Nanpil hydropower plant dam and headworks in Pohnpei.

“We thank our parent company – Tutor Perini Corporation – for their leadership and support and also want to recognize our numerous partners – to include the U.S. Department of Defense and sub-contractors in the islands – all of whom have contributed to our success. I would also like to thank the islands and their leadership that have welcomed and allowed us to contribute to their communities in so many ways," Kaae said.

“Most of all, I would like to thank my colleagues – each and every one of the members of the Black Family – who work so tirelessly towards our success.”

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