Company president Nelson Carlo attributes his success to hard work and the city of Chicago's affirmative action programs.
The programs reserve 25 percent of the work on city contracts for minority-owned companies, and 5 percent for companies owned by women.Carlo, who was born in Puerto Rico and came to Chicago in 1952, calls the programs essential.
The pros and consNELSON CARLO
, Carlo Steel Corporation
: If the programs weren't here, I would assure you I wouldn't have any more than ten or fifteen employees here.
Despite working with majority contractors on public projects for years, Carlo
gets almost no private sector work from the same contractors.He
was particularly angry about the contracts that went out to bid for the renovated Chicago Bears football stadium. NELSON CARLO
: Ultimately, out of $44 million, I got $880,000 worth of work.
: I would have gotten zip.