FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 19, 2023
Contact on behalf of Local 103 IBEW:
Orianna Tate | Orianna@617mediagroup.com | 617-895-6783
KB-MAC electrical contractor awarded $10,000
by The Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA)
Grant will expand KB-Mac’s work in the electric vehicles sector
BOSTON – The Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA) recently awarded $10,000 as a part of its electric vehicle (EV) kickstarter program to KB-MAC, a Dorchester-based electric contractor born from a unique partnership with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 103 and National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) to bring greater diversity, equity, and inclusion to Boston’s union construction industry.
KB-Mac’s President, Kenell Broomstein, has a proven track record of success in the construction industry, with a commitment to creating jobs and economic opportunities for women and people of color in Massachusetts. The grant from BECMA will provide funds to KB-MAC to build and maintain infrastructure for efficient and reliable charging of electric vehicles, and more.
“I am honored to receive this grant from BECMA, and I am grateful for the organization’s continued support,” said Kenell Broomstein, President of KB-MAC. “This funding will help us to expand our business and create new opportunities in installing and maintaining the complex electrical systems that are involved in electric vehicle charging.”
“Local 103 is thrilled to see the support and recognition of KB-MAC and its mission to create jobs and drive economic growth in our community in an environment-friendly way,” said Lou Antonellis, Business Manager for Local 103 IBEW. “Kenell Broomstein and her team have demonstrated a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion, and we look forward to seeing their continued success.”
Empower DEI, an advanced and accelerated support program guided by Local 103 IBEW and NECA Boston, for experienced, licensed minority and women electricians seeking to open their own businesses, helped to forge a pathway for KB-MAC. Now, through the program, KB-MAC is able to support the advancement of women and people of color seeking to progress in the building trades. Kenell currently sits on the Empower DEI Board.
“NECA is proud to partner with KB-MAC on their mission to empower and support women and people of color in the union construction industry,” said Kristen Gowin, Executive Manager, NECA Boston. “Our contractors are leading the way in transitioning to clean energy and resilient infrastructure. We are grateful to BECMA for supporting the growth and success of local Black-owned and union businesses in Massachusetts.”
About KB-MAC: Principally we want to be known for being a capable and talented electrical contracting company” says Kenell. Additionally, KB-MAC’s mission is to establish a strong and viable M/WBE company that can overcome the myriad of barriers that currently exist today for smaller businesses. KB-Mac is committed to providing value and to building long-lasting successful relationships with like-minded industry partners and clients.
About BECMA: The Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the economic well-being of Black businesses, organizations, and communities in Massachusetts. Founded in 2015, BECMA provides advocacy, access to capital, networking opportunities, and other resources to support the growth and success of Black-owned businesses in the state. For more information about BECMA, please visit www.becma.org.
About Local 103 IBEW: Local 103 IBEW’s mission is to provide Greater Boston’s developers with the best trained, most efficient, safest electricians and telecommunications specialists while fostering our Union’s values of economic fairness, equal opportunity, and charitable giving in the communities where we work, live, and raise our families. Our unwavering commitment to professional excellence is personified by the recently built addition to our Joint Apprenticeship Training facility. The Local 103 JATC is among the most advanced electrical apprenticeship programs in the country. Working for better wages, better benefits, and fair working conditions is just one part of our Union’s focus. Local 103 members take pride in giving back our time and expertise to causes and charities serving those less fortunate.
About NECA of Greater Boston: For over 100 years, NECA of Greater Boston has guaranteed Eastern New England construction developers the highest level of quality in electric and telecommunication service. Through representation of more than 80 of the finest electrical and telecom contractors in Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire, NECA of Greater Boston strives every day to bring reliability and safety to each local project. Our tireless dedication to construction quality is synonymous with our dedication to the communities we serve, and we’re proud to share and amplify those values through partnerships with the union electrical industry. Together our priority is simple: to advocate for the education, management and skilled workforce training, and labor relations that are constantly raising the standards of the industry.