You Can Go Home Again, Contractor Martha Moore Learns

by Jan Cottingham  on Monday, Apr. 28, 2014 12:00 am  

Martha Moore: “Carissa turned a year old when I was in drug rehab, and I gave her a mother for her birthday.” (Photo by Jason Burt)

“You have to have the knowledge. Just having the certification doesn’t give you a green light,” she said. “You have to do the work, and there are requirements that you’ve got to meet on every job. And you have to build your reputation in the field, which has always got its challenges.

“But it’s worth every bit of the work that it takes to get there. And it’s been wonderful for my business.”

Women in Construction

Asked how she was welcomed as a woman in the construction industry, Moore chuckled.

“Not well, in a lot of cases,” she said. “Men are just more comfortable dealing with men.”

But she’s particularly grateful to one man who did take her seriously: T.D. Casey of Jack Woods Construction Co. of Russellville.

Ed McCormick had worked for the company as a foreman for years, and Casey “was the first person that really gave me any credit for knowing what I was doing,” Moore said.

Casey, now deceased, was respected in the industry and his acknowledgement of Moore’s abilities “gave me the encouragement that I needed at the time to stand up and be counted.”

In addition to certifying to qualify for government contracts, Moore said, she has learned the importance of strategically partnering with other contractors and of being flexible. “We not only do asphalt paving; we do site work, gravel, culverts,” she said. “We’ve even done electrical, building construction. I’ve found that over the years, diversification is how you keep alive in construction. And I’m not afraid to take on any job.”

McCormick Works projects include parking lots at the Little Rock Air Force Base and campsites, roads and flood damage repairs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The company’s clients also include the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism, the state Highway Department and the cities of Booneville, Barling and Ozark.

MJP House

Although Moore aims to expand Seal-Tite, she said next on her list is her effort to open a transition house in Altus that would help women with addiction problems return to the community. The MJP House is named for Michael, Justin and Patrick, three family members who lost their battles with addiction.



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