Here’s a brief look at some of our most notable accomplishments last year, as well as proactive steps we’ve taken to help ensure our mutual success going forward:
• Honored with two Gold Projects of Distinction Awards from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin for construction excellence for the Park Creek Independent Living facility (Cypress, Texas) and Ajinomoto Windsor, Inc. frozen food plant (Joplin, Mo.) projects.
• Completed our largest project to date, the First International Bank & Trust building in Bismarck, N.D., which also houses a brewery, restaurant, parking garage, and rooftop patio and event facility. The grand opening was marked by a live Toby Keith concert on the bank grounds.
• Other notable projects included the dual branded Tru/Hampton Inn by Hilton in Rapid City, S.D.; the CSW and MRS freezer projects in Wisconsin; The Views at Lake Havasu Independent Living Facility in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; and the Tru Hotel by Hilton at Cadillac Jacks Gaming Facility in Deadwood, S.D.
• Recognized as a leader in pre-referendum services and school construction in North Dakota.
• Performed our first projects in Arizona, Georgia, and Washington, bringing to 21 the total number of states in which we are licensed to operate.
• Did more business in our headquarters state of Wisconsin than in any previous year in our history.
• Added two operational units for Food & Beverage and Senior Living to ensure internal experts are aligned with each of our core vertical markets. They join operational units previously established for Hospitality, Manufacturing, and Education. Each unit consists of a Business Development Market Leader, Project Director, Project Managers, Estimators, and Project Coordinators who are experts in their respective markets, and understand the unique demands of each business category.
• Completed our system conversion to Viewpoint, a cloud-hosted construction management system that connects critical business functions like accounting and project management with field operations, streamlines documentation, and facilitates enhanced communication with developers and owners.
• Added General Superintendents to our Midwest and Western Regions to fortify the project coordination, safety, and quality control efforts of our Site Superintendents.
• Expanded our self-perform workforce (Vincent Interior Systems/finish carpentry, concrete, and steel) to better serve the needs of owners in these critical areas of construction.
• Renovated and expanded our Appleton, Wis. home office to allow for a larger workforce, and enhanced collaboration among our employees.
• Enhanced our Wellness and Safety initiatives, implemented monthly wellness Lunch and Learn opportunities, and installed stand-up desks to facilitate a healthier work environment for our employees.
• Rolled out our Charitable Giving Program, which supports noteworthy causes via cash to charities (with an employee match component), paid time off for volunteering, team and event sponsorships, and in-kind gifts. Our Fixed Area of Focus for 2018–2022 is People in Crisis: those who need food, shelter, or are victims of natural disaster or domestic abuse. Our Annual Areas of Focus for 2019 are Veterans and Active Duty Service Personnel as well as Children and Youth.
Looking forward to 2019, the strong economy has provided many opportunities for growth. At the same time, it has put an unprecedented burden on our industry. Our subcontracting partners are working at 125% of capacity. Skilled tradesmen are retiring at a record pace, and these vacancies are not being filled by the next generation of workers. The result is an industry that, in many cases, is overworked and over-stressed. Despite these challenges, we are optimistic the steps taken by CCC in 2018 to improve our processes, structure, and procedures will help mitigate the effects of these constraints, and we can continue to focus on meeting your needs while creating a better work environment for our employees—for 2019 and beyond.
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