Sterling Engineering is honored to be featured by Nicor Gas in their Diverse Business Spotlight. The feature was written as follows:

The company

For over 50 years, Sterling Engineering has provided technical workforce solutions through engineering, project management, and staffing services. Their founding principles of respect for clients and employees, along with a commitment to quality, has built a culture that provides a competitive advantage to clients and rewarding careers for their employees.

The history

Sterling was introduced to Nicor Gas at a Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) conference in 2017. Although there were no available opportunities at the time, the Nicor Gas Supplier Diversity team remained engaged and provided support for Sterling to assist them with other opportunities in the energy industry.

The support, education and advocacy efforts garnered by the Nicor Gas Supplier Diversity team has allowed Sterling to have a platform as a diverse woman-owned business in the industry. The events sponsored by Nicor Gas, Southern Company Gas or its affiliates, has brought great new relationships and enhanced existing client partnerships for Sterling.

After five years of engagement, Sterling was able to secure an agreement with Southern Company Gas in 2020 to support technical projects. Today, Sterling is providing Southern Company Gas with designers to assist in planning, designing and development projects for gas distribution systems and engineers to evaluate the performance of gas distribution and transmission systems.

“Our experience with Sterling is still very new, but it has been going well. We have been working with them on supplemental staffing and currently have two design engineers on our team”, states Shawn Wilson, manager of Engineering Design, Nicor Gas. Shawn also mentions that Sterling is pleasant to work with, provides high quality, professional and diverse candidates, and they have a good relationship with their employees and maintain frequent communication with them as well.

The growth
Nicor Gas’ commitment to creating a community of diverse suppliers, has afforded Sterling the opportunity to establish partnerships with several of Nicor Gas’ Tier 1 partners. One relationship in particular allowed Sterling to expand its business nationally by adding more than 100 new employees within 17 states and the direct hire placement of over 50 designers/engineers.


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