As part of the evaluation, we had to have our STEP Award and also be an Accredited Quality Contractor, which we achieved both last year. These evaluations look at our "achievements in safety, quality, diversity, project excellence and special designations, ranked by work hours".
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Wolgast Corporation is pleased to announce additions to its staff. Amber L. Swanson joins Wolgast as an Estimator Assistant in the company’s Restaurant Construction Division. Swanson is a graduate of International Academy of Design & Technology in Troy, MI with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She brings six years of industry experience as a former Project Coordinator/Engineer for a hospitality renovation company. Her responsibilities with Wolgast include soliciting and securing bidders, interpreting plans and specs, and performing quantity and material take offs. Originally from Bay City, Michigan, she has recently returned to the area from Metro Detroit.
Daniel M. Blossom, who also resides in Bay City, Michigan, has joined Wolgast as a Field Manager in the firm’s Construction Management Division. He has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry and most recently was the Installation Supervisor for a scenic door installation company. Blossom is IIRC Water Restoration Certified and also certified in all aspects of window and door installation and flashing techniques. As a Field Manager for Wolgast’s Construction Management projects, Blossom is responsible for onsite construction activities and overseeing that work is done safely, on time, and correctly. Originally from Vassar, Blossom is a member of the Michigan State Fire Fighters Association, as well as a state licensed First Responder.
Larry A. DeBagio has joined Wolgast as a Field Manager in the firm’s Construction Management Division. DeBagio is a seasoned construction professional bringing 30 years of experience as a Construction Superintendent. For Wolgast, he will be on the jobsite supervising construction activities for safety, accuracy, and efficiency. He is from Luna Pier, Michigan and is currently overseeing construction at Lincoln Consolidated Schools.
Wolgast Corporation is pleased to announce the promotion of Steve Salyers. Salyers, formerly Vice President of Construction Management, has been promoted to Executive Vice President. Salyers will now oversee both Construction Management and Design/Build – General Construction Divisions.
Salyers’ leadership over the past four years has helped to grow Wolgast’s Construction Management Division, and his experience with large, complex projects has opened doors for Wolgast to diversify and strengthen the company. He has over 25 years of construction experience and has worked for several top general contractors and construction management firms throughout the country. During his tenure with Wolgast, Salyers has proven he can bring teams together in which our clients can have confidence and trust. “We’re confident that with the combination of the current strengths of our Design/Build – General Construction Team and the addition of Salyers’ leadership and experience, we’ll see continued success and growth in the Design/Build – General Construction Division and perpetual success for our clients,” said President & CEO, Brian Stadler. “Changes like this are how we continue to position the company for success long into the future.”
Additionally, Wolgast announces the promotion of Jeff Bates, LEED AP to Director of Construction Management Division. Bates has 25 years of construction experience and has been an employee-owner with Wolgast for more than 15 years. Previously, Bates was Senior Project Manager within the Construction Management Division. With a background in Architecture, Bates specializes in schedule and cost-control. Going forward, Bates will apply his experience and collaboration skills to oversee that CM project goals are met or exceeded for our K-12 School Clients.
Associated Builders & Contractors held their Greatness and Gratitude Awards Dinner on September 12, 2019. They honored chapter member companies for their Safety and Excellence in Construction for completed projects.
Wolgast achieved and was recognized as a Gold STEP (Safety, Training & Evaluation Process) recipient! Additionally, taking home the Excellence in Construction Gold Award for category of New Construction $1M - $5M for their work as Design/Builder of 1st State Bank in Midland, and Silver Award for category of New Construction Over $10M for construction of Primrose Retirement Community in Midland. All were evaluated by National or State committees.
Wolgast Corporation announces five additions to its staff. Richard A. Groves Jr. of Midland, has accepted a position as Project Manager. Groves is responsible for the overall schedule, budget and performance of prime contracts on construction projects managed within our Construction Management Division projects. He is a 2012 graduate of Baker College where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration with focus in Project Management, and Facilities Management. Groves is a part of the International Facilities Management Association and Vice President of the Mid-Michigan Chapter.
Kyle Shelby of Coleman has accepted a position as Field Manager. Shelby is responsible for overseeing projects from start to finish and making sure our customers get a good quality job. He brings 12 years of experience as a foreman for HVAC tech service and installation. Shelby also has been a Firefighter for the Coleman Community Fire Department for 20 years.
Emily Landry of Bay City, has accepted a position as Marketing Associate. Landry is responsible for providing support to the Marketing and Sales Department in effort to achieve Wolgast Corporation’s strategic objectives, strengthen a positive company image, and attract quality prospects. She is a 2018 graduate of Northwood University where she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration, with focus in Advertising and Marketing.
Dale Schwerin of Midland, has accepted a position as Project Manager. As Project Manager, Schwerin oversees an entire project from bid to final acceptance by the client. He is responsible for review of construction project estimates, scope of work, contract administration, scheduling, cost, supervision of the project, project inspection, and quality control. He is a graduate from Ferris State University, with a Bachelor of Construction Management. Schwerin brings experience working with large Municipalities, Universities such as University of Michigan, Medical, Hospitality, Commercial, and Industrial markets.
Clint Clark of Hope has accepted a position as Field Manager. Clark is responsible for overseeing multiple projects, performing site visits, and keeping track of progress and safety. He brings 20 years of experience with construction including owning his own General Contracting Company. Clark is also a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, an active volunteer of the Discovering Recreation and Exploring Wildlife (D.R.E.W) Foundation, and President of the Jack Pine Youth Football League.
Consumers Energy has recognized Wolgast Corporation as a Trade Ally for 2018. Last year, according to Consumers Energy, they realized the highest cost savings for customers in program history through both electric and natural gas energy efficiency projects.
Wolgast has been a part of the Trade Ally Program since 2013. By completing the application provided by Consumers with the type of efficiencies we are adding to older schools, or building into new schools above and beyond current code requirements, Consumers gives incentives back to the school. This work typically includes upgrades to boilers, water heaters, insulation, roof top units, building automation and lighting, to name a few.
“Our Clients appreciate Consumers Energy for offering this program,” said Steve Salyers, Wolgast’s Vice President of Construction Management. “It helps our Clients save money, and makes us all good stewards of our natural resources.”
Retirement at 39 years! Mark Stavely, long-time Employee-Owner, exemplary worker,
and talented Project Supervisor, has announced his retirement for this spring and we
honored and celebrated him and his achievement at our Quarterly Employee Development
Meeting in March. Congratulations Mark, we wish you all the best in your retirement!
Following safety training on Friday, Wolgast honored the safety achievements of our Employee-Owners
who spend their time primarily in the field. Those in the photo spent the full year being safe on their job
sites and applying safe practices. Also, as part of their achievements, they were given safety awards.
Employee-Owners who have achieved 100% Full Vested status were awarded with their Wolgast Red Vest
L to R: Justin Schmidt, Marc Palko, Mike Bellor, Christy Bigelow-Huver, Michele VanSnepson
Employee-Owners recognized for receiving a letter of Goodwill from a customer.
L to R: Courtney Schlaud, Matt Auch, Donnie Englehart, Kurt Erwin, Mackenzie Jacobs
missing: Zach Pearson, Jake Bukowski, Dave Beer, Taylor Swaton
10 Year Anniversary Recipients
L to R: Lisa Donahue, Judy Rauch, Rich Ramsey
30 Year Anniversary Award, Al Talbot 20 Year Anniversary Award, Matt Shorkey
Wolgast Employee Gala
For the evaluation, Wolgast excelled in the five areas of corporate responsibility, including quality, safety, employee benefits, training, and community outreach. In achieving AQC status, each member company takes the following pledge:
As an Accredited Quality Contractor, our company is committed to providing our clients with the highest quality construction services and we care deeply about our employees and the communities in which we build. We are proud to be part of the construction industry and are dedicated to the principle of free enterprise. We commit ourselves to serve our communities and to provide our employees with the skills they need to work safely and productively in order to meet the needs of our clients.
Wolgast Corporation, an Employee-Owned Company, is a progressive provider of professional construction services including Construction Management, Design/Build, General Construction, Architectural/Engineering, and Restoration. Founded in 1948, today Wolgast Corporation is one of the largest merit shop construction services firms in Michigan. Wolgast Corporation has established offices in Grand Rapids, Alpena, Kalamazoo, and Saginaw, Michigan.
Founded in 1950, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. Visit us at abc.org.