The “Native Business Top 50 Entrepreneurs” list serves to elevate awareness of the innovation, professionalism, competence and tenacity demonstrated by Native entrepreneurs across Indian Country. Native Business is rolling out profiles of these 50 Native entrepreneurs online, in no particular hierarchy, to document and memorialize their innovation and self-determination. The inaugural class of the Native Business Top 50 Entrepreneurs recognizes leaders across 13 business sectors, demonstrating the diversity of industries where Natives are making an impact. Among the entrepreneurs recognized in the Manufacturing & Constructing sector is Aaron Thomas, Founder of Metcon.
In 1999, Aaron Thomas launched his construction business, notable for its emphasis on energy-positive buildings that produce more energy than they consume.In 1999, Aaron Thomas launched his construction business, notable for its emphasis on energy-positive buildings that produce more energy than they consume. Click To Tweet The firm’s current delivery methods break down to 28 percent general contracting, 51 percent construction management, and 21 percent design build. Construction areas that Metcon targets are commercial-retail-corporate; education, government, healthcare; hospitality-multifamily and infrastructure.
Metcon, based in Pembroke, North Carolina, capital of the Lumbee Nation, counts five offices around the Carolinas and employs 80 people. It has been involved in more than 650 construction project completions over the years.
Metcon’s buildings help reduce expenses for business and organizations by lowering energy costs. Natural sunlight is used to contribute a significant portion of lighting, and construction materials are often recycled or salvaged.
“It’s extremely fulfilling to be constructing energy-positive buildings that are not only protecting Mother Earth, but also providing amazing building environments, while reducing the total cost of ownership for our clients,” Thomas told Native Business.
As for the future of Metcon? “We’re in growth mode,” Thomas said.