Sam L. Sibert was born in South Carolina and spent his formative years in Chicago, Illinois.
Sam left Eastern and was recruited to Texas Tech University. He later left Texas Tech to be recruited by Coach Lucius Mitchell at Kentucky State University.
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Let’s go back to 1989 when Sam Sibert and his wife, Rita, started the S. L. Sibert Construction Company, which was incorporated a few years later. A prime contractor for TXU Utilities, Mr. Sibert was awarded a major contract to build transmission and distribution of electric and gas in the Dallas /Fort Worth area. Also, because of his reputation, he was given a contract to do major water system construction in Colleyville, Texas, one of the fastest growing suburbs. The S. L. Sibert Company, grew to become the largest 100% African American owned utility construction company in the United States, with up to 150 employees at one time during its peak. Now, in 2015, the S. L. Sibert Company Inc no longer exists and there are many in the communities of color wondering why. Well let’s examine the many reasons why the S. L. Sibert Company no longer exists.
Bruised, but not defeated, the S.L. Sibert Management and Construction Company continued, finding work in the state of Oklahoma, in particular Oklahoma City and Enid, Oklahoma. After preparing employees with new directives, and securing all of the licenses required to work in that state, the S.L. Sibert Management and Construction Company soldiered on, only to be denied fairness once again. S. L. Sibert M & C began construction for ONG, a subsidiary of ONE , the gas utilities company for Oklahoma, to do major pipeline replacement of gas.
The Sibert Company worked for ONG completing a high pressured 12”and 16”steel pipeline in Enid, Oklahoma. This dual carried the flow of gas to the northern sections of Oklahoma. A 36”water pipeline to a fertilizer plant, was not located by certified locators for the city, state, or ONG, nor was the possible existence of the pipe mentioned to the Sibert Company. The pipeline was tapped by an excavator and high pressured water was released, which caused a delay in finishing the job. A work order was submitted at the completion of the project, which included the expenses for the delay, however, this change order was denied by ONG. The disagreements between the companies caused the additional contracts that Sibert had been awarded, unceremoniously taken away. Was this a case of bad breaks, or was it the politics of dealing with an African American owned business capable of doing the job?
Here is a company that spent $1.5 million in labor costs per year for 15 years in the community and here are the Corporations who appear to have problems when there is an experienced, sustainable, African American owned business that had proven itself to be capable of being a prime contractor, treated with great disrespect. What will the “Community” think of this when the word gets out?