On August 21, Johnson Controls, Inc. announced a new strategic alliance with Carter Brothers, LLC, an Atlanta-based Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) that offers electronic security, fire and life safety products and services.
“The alliance will help both Johnson Controls and Carter Brothers reach customers in new and creative ways,” said Carolyn Woznicki, vice president, global purchasing and supply chain, Johnson Controls. “Carter Brothers has a great project management approach to commercial projects, strong local fire alarm presence, and solid construction management experience in multiple markets. Johnson Controls has a global network of branch offices, relationships in a variety of markets and deep enterprise technology expertise.”
With the alliance, Johnson Controls and Carter Brothers are able to offer a fire and security service platform, MBE participation, major projects capabilities, and a full palate of local services.
“This is an exciting milestone,” said John Carter, president and CEO of Carter Brothers, “We are proud to align with Johnson Controls, a Fortune 100 company, to provide our customers with local presence, expertise and the scale at a national level to meet their fire and security needs.”
The alliance will satisfy customers who require a certain level or percentage of MBE certified companies or workers in their projects. Both corporations view diversity as key to their continued success. Johnson Controls belongs to the Billion Dollar Roundtable, an organization of corporations that spend $1 billion annually with minority and women-owned suppliers. Both Carter Brothers and Johnson Controls are National Corporate Plus® Minority Business Enterprises. (To be eligible for Corporate Plus® eligibility, MBEs must conduct business nationally and be recommended by a National Corporate Member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) among other criteria.)