When Consolidated’s new leadership team took the helm in 2006, they were determined to continue the company’s long tradition of building relationships first, as the history of the company was deeply rooted in long-term customer and employee relationships.
To foster and develop the company’s culture under new leadership, a program based on the company’s traditional focus of ethics, integrity, and building relationships was crucial. Yet, the new leadership also sought to shake things up to create a refreshed, growing, and better than ever Consolidated Construction.
No program better captured this cultural fusion than Stephen Covey’s bestselling The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People books and training programs. Covey’s work organized hundreds of years of wisdom on personal effectiveness based on principles which are timeless and universal. It was precisely the framework Consolidated’s leaders were looking for to advance the company’s culture.
Today, The 7 Habits is an enduring roadmap, guiding our culture in order to remain true to our commitment to lasting relationships, ethics, integrity, and a healthy work-life balance. You’ll see these habits applicable interwoven into nearly everything we do. We know that we choose our trajectory, and our success. What’s more, Covey’s principles of fairness, honesty, integrity, human dignity, quality, potential, and growth are equally applicable in our lives outside of work.
Brothers Al and Mel Novotny start their small concrete contracting business in Langdon, North Dakota.
They soon begin general contracting for the area’s farmers, specializing in agricultural buildings and warehouses.
The Novotny’s become close friends and business associates with the Mills family, founders of Fleet Farm and Napa Auto Parts. Consolidated Construction becomes their primary builder.
In search of greater economic opportunities, both the Novotny and Mills families relocated their respective company headquarters to Appleton, Wisconsin in 1964.
Consolidated’s project portfolio grows in the 1970’s to include manufacturing facilities, retail stores, and commercial metal buildings.
The second generation of Novotny’s learn the construction trades hands-on from their fathers.
The company relocates to it’s current location in the former Woodlawn Elementary School in Appleton.
Consolidated also becomes one of the first firms in the area to embrace design-build delivery, offering ‘turn-key’ services with the addition of an on-site architectural staff.
Consolidated Construction continues to increase its foothold in the commercial and manufacturing markets in northeastern Wisconsin.
Midwest Properties, a property development company formed by the Novotny family in the late 80’s, helps drive rapid growth for Consolidated Construction throughout the 1990’s due to the mutually beneficial relationship.
Nearing retirement and with no third generation of family to take over, the Novotny’s begin a 5-year succession plan to turn over the company to a group of non-family shareholders. The sale becomes official in 2006 to a group of four majority shareholders and 15 minority shareholders. All are active employees, anxious to grow the company.
In 2007, the company earns the first of four national awards for excellence in construction and design-build ingenuity.
In response to the new lending environment, the company establishes an Economic Development Division to help customers obtain funding for their building projects. Consolidated Construction is the only builder in Wisconsin to offer this service.
Hospitality becomes a major market segment for Consolidated, and earns the interest of national hotel chains.
In North Dakota, the state experiences significant economic growth during the oil boom. Consolidated re-enters the region and soon recognizes a lack of builder resources for school construction. A new branch office is established in Bismarck, as education becomes a primary market.
In 2017, Consolidated’s leadership group is increased to eight members to provide additional expertise, capabilities, stability, and plan for the future. In the same year, the company’s third office is established in Rapid City, South Dakota – another region of high growth.
Consolidated adds Senior Living to it’s market portfolio and ramps up its Food & Beverage Manufacturing capabilities.
In addition to work in its home states of Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota, Consolidated’s projects span the nation as far away as Texas, Arizona and Washington, bringing the number of states the company has worked in to 22.
Internally, the inception of the CCC Culture Committee is identifying defined behaviors that support our values and working to regularly integrate them into our culture.