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Edward Kmetz Receives Top Estimating

CHICAGO, Illinois – June 5, 2013 Jimmy Akintonde, President of Ujamaa Construction, Inc. (UJAMAA), is proud to announce that Edward D. Kmetz has been named the “Outstanding Estimator” by the members of the Association of Subcontractors and Affiliates (ASA Chicago). The award was presented to Kmetz, UJAMAA’s Vice President of Operations, at ASA Chicago’s 19th annual awards event hosted in May.

Each year, ASA Chicago recognizes individuals who exemplify the highest standards of excellence, commitment to quality, and professionalism within the Chicagoland construction community. The “Outstanding Estimator” is an accolade bestowed upon a construction professional that embodies the characteristics of integrity, openness and teamwork in his/her estimating activities.

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Urban Juncture, Inc. Announces the

Delicious Food, Fresh Produce, and Jobs Coming to Bronzeville
CHICAGO – April 15, 2013. Bernard Loyd, President of Urban Juncture, Inc. today announced the start of construction of the first phase of the Bronzeville Cookin’™project at 51st Street and the CTA Green Line in the heart of the historic Bronzeville community.

“We are delighted to bring valuable food amenities and approximately 70 jobs to Bronzeville,” Mr. Loyd said. “We want to thank Alderman Dowell, the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois, and all of our project partners, especially our lead financial partners, Chicago Community Loan Fund (with special support from State Farm) and Community Reinvestment Fund, our lead architect, Johnson & Lee, and our project counsel, Charity & Associates, for their support.”

Chicago SunTimes — $32 Million

Mayor Daley Introduces Ordinances Supporting Affordable Housing And Economic Development – “Also introduced was an ordinance authorizing the approval of Class 6(b) incentives to help rehabilitate vacant property in the South Shore community. Ujamaa Construction, Inc. plans to rehabilitate the 14,000 square foot building at 7742-48 S. Stony Island Ave. into warehouse and office space in the City’s 5th Ward. They will use the Class 6(b) incentive to rehabilitate the existing building, providing interior improvements and energy efficient lighting and other sustainable upgrades, including a green roof. The $676,000 facelift will allow the company to expand its operations with added office space for employees and for construction equipment and machinery. The rehabilitation will create 10 full-time and 20 part-time construction jobs.”

Black Enterprise — Walmart Helps Minority

Walmart’s efforts in Chicago also reflect a national commitment to ensure that minorities and women are part of its expansion process. As Walmart builds and remodels more stores in Chicago, it will continue to make certain that minority- and women-owned businesses play a pivotal role.

When the Austin store was remodeled in 2010, the project was managed by an African American owned company, Ujamaa Construction. More than 50% of the total project was awarded to minority- and women-owned companies. Ujamaa and Power Construction Co., another minority firm, will build Walmart’s new superstore in Chatham.

Native Chicagoan Jimmy A. Akintonde founded Ujamaa Construction Inc. in 2002. “I wanted to be a part of a working organization that paid an equal amount of attention to social responsibility, profitability, and citizenship within Chicago and near suburban communities.”

Chicago SunTimes — Wal-Mart Opens

Linda Williams is counting down the hours until 8 a.m. Wednesday, when the doors open to Wal-Mart’s first Chicago-area Express store — a convenience-store-sized Wal-Mart with groceries, dry goods and a pharmacy.

It is the first Wal-Mart Express in an urban area in the world.

The 10,000-square-foot store at the Chatham Market at 83rd and Stewart Avenue, off of the Dan Ryan Expressway, will be a two- to three-minute drive for Williams, a Chatham native who now lives in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood.

RetailingToday.com — Walmart Breaks

About a week after announcing it would join First Lady Obama and other retailers in bringing more choices to so-called “food deserts”, Walmart announced its official presence in Chicago today with the news that it has begun work on a new supercenter in Chatham.

According to the company, the store will give more options to residents of Chicago’s South Side neighborhood while at the same time creating approximately 400 jobs. The store, one of nine new locations now planned in the city, is scheduled to open in spring of 2012.

Mayor Daley Introduces

Mayor Daley Introduces Ordinances Supporting Affordable Housing And Economic Development – “Also introduced was an ordinance authorizing the approval of Class 6(b) incentives to help rehabilitate vacant property in the South Shore community. Ujamaa Construction, Inc. plans to rehabilitate the 14,000 square foot building at 7742-48 S. Stony Island Ave. into warehouse and office space in the City’s 5th Ward. They will use the Class 6(b) incentive to rehabilitate the existing building, providing interior improvements and energy efficient lighting and other sustainable upgrades, including a green roof. The $676,000 facelift will allow the company to expand its operations with added office space for employees and for construction equipment and machinery. The rehabilitation will create 10 full-time and 20 part-time construction jobs.”