Fueling Equity through Supplier Diversity: Wilbur C. Milhouse III
It all started in 2001 with a man in his Chicago basement with a dream of growing his small business into an empire. Twenty years later, he’s the proprietor of Millhouse Engineering and Construction, Millhouse Snow, Millhouse Forestry and Millhouse Charities, doing business in three different countries.
Wilbur C. Milhouse III had a passion for supporting his community and the engineering profession through extensive involvement in civic, charitable and professional organizations. His team began inspections for Nicor Gas following completion of the Southern Company Gas supplier diversity program in 2012. They now handle larger transmission and distribution work throughout the Southern Company Gas system and recently began working with our sister company, Georgia Power. He credits the company and program for helping expand his business and open it to more avenues. Wilbur hopes that like Southern Company Gas, other organizations see the advantages of supporting smaller, minority- owned businesses and the growth that can come from it.
“There’s other Wilbur Millhouses of the world and other opportunities for individuals to grow. Giving that opportunity in the same way I received it gives larger companies a chance to spread the dream.”