Gary honors 50 years of construction company - February 24, 2017

Courtesy of The Chicago Tribune • February 24, 2017

By Gregory Tejeda, Post-Tribune

It was on Feb. 21, 1967, that Mamon Powers, Sr. opened his own construction company in the Northwest Indiana city where he had moved 21 years earlier following his military service in the World War II.

That led the Gary Common Council on Tuesday to pass a resolution praising the longevity of the Powers & Sons company, with Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson citing the fact that the council’s actions came literally 50 years to the date upon which the company was created.

The mayor, along with Councilwoman Mary Brown, D-3rd, whose district includes the company, lauded Powers & Sons. The company started as a home building firm but has evolved into a general contractor with a staff of more than 70 employees.

“They have been excellent supporters of our city and our community,” Brown said of the firm, whose leadership on Tuesday were present at City Hall to accept the resolution passed on their behalf.

Freeman-Wilson said that Powers & Sons has been involved in projects ranging from the U.S. Steel Yard stadium, the Gary YWCA, Methodist Hospitals, Marquette Park Pavilion, Williams Elementary School, Lake Central High School and the First AME Church.

In other business, Councilwoman LaVetta Sparks-Wade, D-6th, read aloud a letter signed by herself and Councilman Michael Protho to the Indiana High School Athletic Association that criticizes the entity for their suspension of the athletic programs at Thea Bowman Leadership Academy.

The Gary-based charter school was suspended from competing for state championships in all sports through 2018 because of recruiting violations by its boys’ basketball program.

Sparks-Wade said she thinks that action is overly harsh. She previously had asked the entire council to consider joining her in sending a letter to state athletic officials to protest the penalty against Thea Bowman.

In her letter, Sparks-Wade said she thinks the penalty ought to be a one-year measure solely against the basketball program, and not all sports.

Gregory Tejeda is a freelance reporter for the Post-Tribune.