Construction has begun on a new Denton Army Reserve Center.
The complex, located at 3250 Jim Christal Road, will include a new administrative and training center, an organizational maintenance shop, storage buildings and support facilities. It is being constructed as part of a joint venture between McCarthy Building Companies Inc. and GGC Enterprises Inc.
“It gives them state-of-the-art facilities that are adequate to the task to train for their war-time missions, not just to support them in garrison but support them when they are deployed,” said Michael Duffy, director of federal programs at the McCarthy division of McCarthy Building Companies.
The $12 million, 37,000-square-foot facility is expected to be finished by March 2013.
The project has been moving forward in earnest since February and officials conducted a groundbreaking ceremony Friday afternoon. U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, attended the ceremony along with Peggy Grubbs, the deputy district engineer for program management at the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers in Fort Worth, Carol Cody of GCC Enterprises, and Mike Krueger of McCarthy Building Companies.
“It takes years to get these projects through the funding. It really represents the local representatives and the total Army supporting this mission to get it done,” Duffy said. “This project represents support and coordination not just from the local Corps office, but the Louisville district up in Kentucky and supports the Army Reserve program nationwide.
“It’s good to see those officers working together effectively.”
The two companies came together under a mentor-protégé program that helps small businesses grow by partnering them with larger companies and giving them access to a greater amount of resources.
“You have small business that wants to grow and the best way to grow is to give them a big sister,” Duffy said. “The mentor says ‘what are other things you need to take your business to the next level?’”
GCC Enterprises, founded by Greg and Carol Cody, both Air Force veterans, is a protégé to McCarthy Building companies.
The companies have conducted a joint financial accounting review, shared marketing efforts, business strategy sessions and more. All the fundamentals of business are fair game, Duffy said.
“Small businesses don’t have the luxury of having that expertise in-house and it is often too expensive and too difficult to take on,” he said. “This program, done right, leverages resources and helps those things play out. It’s been very positive for companies.”
Duffy said the goal is for the smaller company to outgrow the need for the partnership.
“We expect they will compete one day against us but that’s a good thing,” he said.
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