About Us : Awards : EDiS Subcontractor of the Year and Delaware Diamond GMAP Award

Mason Building Group Awards

EDiS Subcontractors of the Year 2007

Over fifteen years ago, Mason Building Group, Inc. began as a small commercial drywall company that has grown to a multi-disciplined subcontracting firm focusing on interior carpentry, demolition and concrete. Servicing Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey, the company is based in Newark, Delaware.

Mason Building Group’s quality of work has gained a reputation in large part due to its employees’ training and experience. The success of the company truly is attributable to the employees both in the field and in the office. But, as Scott Mason, President, points out, “As good a reputation as we can build and as good as we can strive to be, we are only as good as those we work for. EDiS is the standard to which we hold ourselves.”

Mason Building Group extends its appreciation to EDiS for its commitment to the construction industry and for the recognition of Mason’s efforts to achieve quality workmanship.

A few of the recent projects Mason Building Group has worked on with EDiS include Elkton High School, Wrangle Hill Elementary School, New Castle County Courthouse, St. George’s Technical High School, Lincoln University, Boyd’s Corner Middle School and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware.

2003 Delaware Diamond GMAP Award

Delaware Diamond GMAP AwardMason Building Group knows that the secret to obtaining governments contracts is its employees. So states Scott Mason and Rita Thomas, partners in Mason Building, Inc. in Newark. They have been so successful in getting sizable contracts, such as the installation of drywall and general conditions work in the new Wilmington courthouse building, that they are the winners of this year’s GMAP Delaware Diamond Award. Mason Building is a client in GMAP’s bid-matching program.

“Our employees have truly helped us succeed and without them we would never have gotten to where we are,”says Scott. Treating employees well and creating an environment where they can do safe, quality work is a high priority for the company.

This policy has helped them gain a reputation for the attention to detail required to administer government contracts and bring projects into compliance. “Complying with governmental requirements takes a different focus. Our employees understand the extra attention to detail needed to maintain projects and help us obtain more contracts,” adds Rita.

Owners of Mason Building Group - Scott Mason, Rita Thomas

Owners - Scott Mason & Rita Thomas

Other recent major government contracts for drywall include the new Eagle’s Stadium in Philadelphia and various University of Delaware buildings. Government contracts currently account for approximately 25% of their business, Rita estimates.

Business partners Scott Mason and Rita Thomas established Mason Building Group in 1991. It specializes in all types of interior fit-out work, including drywall installation, spray-on fireproofing, carpentry, millwork, and acoustic ceilings. Union workers are always used.

A few years later, they also began a business for dismantling buildings. Their first job was to board up, secure and eventually demolish the Meridian Building in Philadelphia after a major fire. They recently obtained the contract to demolish the Delaware Trust Tower in preparation for the construction of luxury apartments.

Rita and Scott understand and appreciate each other’s strengths, which greatly helps their business succeed. Building on their skills and backgrounds, Rita focuses on the “inside” aspects of the business such as finances, contracts, and planning, while Scott, who began his career as a union carpenter, concentrates on the “outside” part, such as sales, contract negotiation, and overall supervision of estimating and projects. They both recognize that “one person can’t do it all” and that mutual trust can help to successfully grow the business.

Mason Building Group currently has 15 office employees, including Scott’s two children Lori and Chris who recently joined the business. It also employs up to 250 seasonal union workers depending on backlog. In addition, the company adds value to the business community by sponsoring a University of Delaware MBA student through the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economic’s Corporate Associate Program. This program provides a scholarship and valuable work experience to a deserving student.

Scott and Rita feel very fortunate to have obtained so many government contracts and recommend that any small business study the process to learn how government contracting can be lucrative for them.