PRWT and HIstory

PRWT Timeline

  • 1988

    PRWT is founded and wins its first contract the same year, providing parking services for the city of philadelphia.

  • 1991

    PRWT is awarded a major contract to provide parking ticket processing services for the City of Los Angeles.

  • 1995

    The Company expands its transportation services and systems and is awarded the contract for E-Z Pass in Staten Island, NY.

  • 1998

    10 Year Anniversary

    PRWT is awarded a prime contract to manage San Francisco’s parking and red light traffic services and becomes a prime contractor for managing the Delaware River Port Authority’s manual toll collections on weekends/holidays.

  • 1999

    PRWT is awarded contracts with American Express and Verizon using ACE, a proprietary software application developed by PRWT.

  • 2000

    PRWT acquires from Halifax Technical Services, the first time a minority-owned business acquires a publicly traded company.

  • 2003

    The Delaware River Port Authority contracts with PRWT to provide toll collection services for all Authority bridges and for parking management at the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal.

  • 2007

    Harold T. Epps joins PRWT Services as President.

  • 2008 - 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

    As it celebrates 20 years in business, PRWT acquires a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility from Merck & Co. through its wholly-owned subsidiary Cherokee Pharmaceuticals, LLC, becoming the first minority-owned API manufacturer in the United States. Willie F. Johnson, Chairman, appoints Harold T. Epps as President & CEO.

  • 2009

    PRWT is named by Black Enterprise Magazine as the Industrial/Service Company of the Year for 2009 and is ranked #25 on BE100s list.

    Founder & Chairman Willie F. Johnson is the winner of the distinguished Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 Greater Philadelphia Awards for Business Services.

    PRWT receives the Minorit Business Development Agency Retail Firm of the Year Award and Urban League of Philadelphia inaugural Spirit of Innovation Award.

  • 2010

    PRWT sells Cherokee Pharmaceuticals.

    PRWT re-focuses on its core business of business process solutions and facilities management services.

  • 2011

    PRWT Wins Septa Contract with Xerox.

    PRWT wins NJ Department of Revenue contract as Prime.

Founded in 1988, PRWT began providing and managing back-office clerical support services to public and private sector companies. The founders were Mr. Willie Johnson (Chairman), Raymond A. Saulino, Paul Dandridge, and William Turner. It is from the founder’s first name initials (Paul, Willie, Ray, and Turner) that the Company’s name was created – PRWT Services Inc. They established the company’s headquarters in Philadelphia, PA and began providing customer service and back-office operations, such as data entry and lockbox processing, for the City of Philadelphia’s parking tickets as a subcontractor to Lockheed Martin IMS. IMS, led by John Brophy, was the state and local government division of the Lockheed Martin Corporation. Chairman Johnson, with the support of Mr. Brophy, crafted the initial outsourcing model that would become the foundation for the company’s approach to developing and maintaining significant strategic partnerships in order to grow the business.

Within the Municipal Services base, PRWT became an outsourcing service provider for other municipalities and government agencies, such as the City of Boston, the City of Los Angeles, and the City of San Francisco. As the business grew, the strategic partnership with IMS strengthened and when IMS was acquired by ACS Government Solutions in 2001, PRWT continued the subcontractor/partner relationship with ACS. PRWT’s back-office clerical operations have evolved into a full suite of business process outsourcing (BPO) services and the company operates across multiple business units including Government/Public Sector Services, Transportation Services, Health Care Services, and Corporate Solution Services.

In 2000, PRWT expanded its service capability by acquiring U.S. Facilities, Inc. (USF), a facilities management company in operation since 1967. The acquisition from Halifax Technical Services, was precedent setting for a minority business enterprise to purchase a publicly traded company. Since being acquired by PRWT, USF has competed for, and won, several multi-million-dollar contracts in the federal and municipal markets.

The Company continued to excel in performance and was awarded the U.S. Conference of Mayors Excellence in Public/Private Partnership Award in 2001.

On January 1, 2008, PRWT became the first minority-owned manufacturer of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) in the US by acquiring, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Cherokee Pharmaceuticals LLC, the Cherokee chemical manufacturing plant in Riverside, PA, from Merck & Co., Inc. headquartered in Whitehouse Station, NJ. Recognizing changing market forces, PRWT refocused on its core businesses of BPO solutions and facility management services and sold Cherokee Pharmaceuticals in 2010.

With the expansion to a national footprint (up 15 states and 23 cities), PRWT has grown from a one client, one location, 16-person operation to a multi-client, 1400 employee operation with nationwide service delivery capabilities. In addition, PRWT is a certified MBE with the National Minority Supplier Development Council with local membership in 13 states. PRWT is continually recognized by Black Enterprise as one of the 100 largest minority controlled corporations in the nation.

PRWT is currently under the leadership of Willie Johnson, Chairman, and Harold T. Epps, President and CEO. The company has expanded its client base in 2012 by winning two new and exciting contracts. PRWT partnered with Xerox to win the contract to provide services to a major transportation authority (SEPTA-South Eastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) to develop, install, and support the New Payment Fare System. Secondly, in NJ, PRWT won a bid with the NJ Department of Revenue to open and pre-process all New Jersey tax returns. This is being done with state-of-the-art equipment in a new PRWT facility located in Lawrenceville, NJ.

PRWT has a long and noteworthy history of community involvement and is dedicated to supporting the communities in which it operates. PRWT’s history of community involvement has its roots in the life philosophy modeled by PRWT Founder and Chairman, Willie Johnson—who started his career in the public sector, devoting nearly 20 years to workforce development issues and helping expand job training opportunities to all communities. It has provided support to many organizations, charities, and civic groups in all of its locations across the country. Throughout PRWT’s history, its leaders have always insisted on hiring only those who believe in active corporate citizenship beginning with their own home communities. Employees are encouraged to be active in their communities, providing leadership on boards, fundraising, and supporting charities important to them. The Company continues to mentor smaller minority firms by providing subcontracting opportunities to help nurture and grow other minority, women, and veteran owned businesses.