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Wolgast Makes Move in Long-Term Succession Plan

Posted on Thu, Oct 14, 2021

For Immediate Release

Friday, October 8, 2021

Contact: Cory Sursely
Wolgast Corporation

Saginaw, MI – Wolgast Corporation announces Steve Salyers as President of the Employee-Owned company on Friday. Steve Salyers, former Executive Vice President, will assume the President role on October 1.

This Stadlerannouncement was made by Brian Stadler, who has been President since 2001 and CEO since 2006. As part of this move, Stadler will retain the role of Chairman and CEO. “Being a 100% Employee-Owned Company that is dedicated to the successful longevity of Wolgast Corporation, this move will benefit our diverse customer base and our fellow employee-owners,” Stadler said. He will continue to be responsible for the overall success of the company and lead business efforts in the areas of Development, Multi-Family Housing, and Restoration Divisions.

SalyersSteve Salyers will lead the company’s General Construction, Construction Management, Restaurant, and Design/Build Divisions, plus the Sales and Marketing Department. According to Stadler, “Steve has continued to expand his leadership in the company through his abilities to build successful teams and deliver quality projects to our clients.”

BatesAdditionally, Jeff Bates has been promoted to Vice President of Construction Management. Bates has been with the company for 17 years and most recently was the Director of Construction Management. “Jeff’s leadership has continued to allow our Construction Management Division to grow and provide a great value to our clients,” Stadler said.

Wolgast Corporation is a progressive provider of professional construction services including Design/Build, Construction Management, General Construction, Architectural/Engineering and Restoration Construction. Founded in 1948, today Wolgast Corporation is one of the largest merit shop organizations in mid-Michigan or the Great Lakes Bay Region. Wolgast Corporation’s philosophy of doing the job right and on time has guided us to complete building projects for a diverse range of clients and to expand with offices in Saginaw, Alpena, Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo, Michigan.



October Is Careers in Construction Month – “Opportunities Are Wide-Open”

Posted on Wed, Oct 06, 2021

Saginaw, MI – In 2019, the State of Michigan (at the petition of the NCCER), named October the “Careers in Construction Month” (CICM).  Being the first full week of CICM 2021, Wolgast Corporation promotes the wide spread benefits of working in the Construction Industry.


Anyone looking for a new career should consider a position in the construction industry because it offers many enticing advantages for everyday tasks and the worker’s future.  Below are a few of the many benefits:

  • The demand for work is currently so high for general contractors, trades operators, and vendors, and the backlog is growing, therefore opportunities are wide-open. 
  • The variety of rewarding work and different types of projects helps to eliminate the mundane day-to-day work, plus the settings change periodically.  Along with this, field staff members are able to get acquainted with many different communities and travel while on assignment. Then they can show off the buildings that they have helped build to friends and family and say, “Built It!” 
  • The experience barrier to entry into the industry is low for many positions, however, some positions require an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree, and others require Trade Schooling.  Any position for which a candidate qualifies, the construction industry provides a decent wage with training and growth opportunities.
  • Workers will know what businesses are coming to the area, usually before they are announced publicly.  Staff are “in the know” before everyone else.

The benefit of working for a construction firm of Wolgast’s size is the variety of opportunities an individual has to thrive in the industry.  Men, women, experienced, and entry level workers can all have beneficial and rewarding careers. There are positions to be had for laborers, carpenters, foreman, superintendents, site workers, field managers, heavy equipment operators, concrete workers, millworkers, accountants, marketers, sales people, administrators, mechanics, architects, project managers, estimators, human resources, CAD drafters, and information technology professionals.  Furthermore, Wolgast is an Employee-Owned Company, so anyone who joins our Team can become an Employee-Owner and receive company stock and profit sharing from the company’s ESOP program.

Marc Rummler, Human Resource Director, shared, “We appreciate that we have good and abundant work that requires us to need more people. We have been managing well with our current staff and new equipment that helps us work quicker.  Yet, we still need to find great people to expand our work force during an ongoing labor shortage.”  Unfortunately, this is the result of years of downplaying skilled trades.  “We’d like to communicate that there are great careers available in construction even if someone has been pursuing a different career already”.

Wolgast’s Marketing Director, Cory Sursely, is part of Associated Builders and Contractors LOGIC Group for ladies in the industry.  LOGIC is new to the Greater Michigan Chapter, but organizers aim to reach women in the industry to offer learning and leadership resources, and support colleagues in a historically male dominated industry.  “Construction may not be the first idea for a woman to select as a career choice, but there are many of us already here and the numbers are growing,” Sursely said.  “My female colleagues are all over - in the field and in the office and I believe that the diversity of the female perspective helps an organization find better solutions for their clients.” 

All interested parties can access Wolgast’s career page on their website to see open positions and apply at www.wolgast.com/career-opportunities.

Wolgast Corporation is a progressive provider of professional construction services including Design/Build, Construction Management, General Construction, Architectural/Engineering and Restoration Construction.  Founded in 1948, today Wolgast Corporation is one of the largest merit shop organizations in Mid-Michigan or the Great Lakes Bay Region.  Wolgast Corporation’s philosophy of doing the job right and on time the first time has guided us to complete building projects for a diverse range of clients and to expand with offices in Saginaw, Alpena, and Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Wolgast Recognized for Excellence in Construction 2021

Posted on Tue, Sep 14, 2021

ABC Greater Michigan Chapter hosted the Greatness and Gratitude Gala last week to honor member contractors on their achievements over the past year. Wolgast is honored to be recognized as a 45-Year Member, a STEP recipient, and to receive three Excellence in Construction Awards.



The Excellence in Construction Awards included:

GC/CM: New construction $1 - $5 Million for our work on Cheboygan Otsego Presque Isle Educational Service District (COPESD)

COPESD-1-5M2021Project Photos for Awards2


GC/CM: Addition/Renovation $5 - $10 Million for our work on Department of Veterans Affairs in Lansing, MI

VA-5-10M2021 Project Photos for Awards


GC/CM: New Construction Over $10 Million for our work on Northland Area Federal Credit Union

NAFCU-Over$10M2021 Project Photos for Awards3




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Wolgast Recognized for Excellence in Construction 2020

Posted on Tue, Jan 26, 2021

Associated Builders & Contractors Greater Michigan Chapter has announced Annual Award Winners for their Safety and Excellence in Construction Programs.

Wolgast achieved and was recognized as a STEP (Safety, Training & Evaluation Process) recipient!  Additionally, Wolgast took the Gold for two of ABC’s Excellence in Construction Awards! For our General Construction work at Hyatt Place in Flint Twp we won the top honor for New Construction Over $10M, and our Construction Management work at Flushing Community School’s addition of their Athletic Fieldhouse we were top for Remodel/Addition Over $10M!

Hyatt Place in Flint Twp


Flushing Community Schools - High School Fieldhouse



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Announcing Bill Schneider's Retirement!

Posted on Mon, May 11, 2020

We are delighted, and at the same time disheartened, to announce that Bill Schneider is retiring. His last day was Thursday, April 30, 2020. Bill has been a steadfast employee for 19 years. He started his career with Wolgast as a Field Manager in 2001 working in our Construction Management Division at Midland Public Schools. He retires as a talented Senior Field Manager, but also has held Project Management duties for school projects throughout his tenure here. His co-workers and clients recognize his wealth of knowledge and proficiency in managing long-term and complicated projects.

Bill’s retirement is our loss, but a well-deserved respite for him and his family. He plans to do some traveling abroad, spend time with his grandkids and hunt. We all wish Bill the very best as he settles into the next chapter of his life. Bill you will be missed.

Projects Bill has managed during his time with Wolgast: Bullock Creek Schools, Elk Rapids Public Schools, Hastings Public Schools, Kalkaska Public Schools, Midland Public Schools, Northview Public Schools and Sensient Flavors in Harbor Beach, MI.



Announcing Al Talbot's Retirement after 32 Years

Posted on Thu, May 07, 2020

Please join us in extending best wished to Al Talbot, who retired from Wolgast on Friday, April 24, 2020. Al has been a tremendous employee for 32 years and he will be missed by his co-workers, our contractors, and clients.

Wolgast has benefited from Al’s carpentry skills and other skilled capabilities since 1988 when he began his career here as a Carpenter. Four years later he became a Foreman, and then a Project Manager in 1997 for our Restaurant Division. He ends his career with an abundant amount of knowledge as a gifted Project Estimator for restaurant buildings. Al may be a quiet man, but his co-workers greatly appreciate his sense of humor and dedication he has exhibited through the years.

We know that you all will join us in saying goodbye to Al as he starts his next chapter in retirement. He has shared that he’s eager to camp and travel the United States, spend time with his grandkids and continue his woodworking hobby. Thank you, Al, we will miss you!

Highlights of projects Al has worked on with Wolgast: Arby’s, Applebee’s Grill & Bar, Buffalo’s Southwest Café, Centel Credit Union, First Area Credit Union, Hooter’s, KFC, Lion’s Choice, Longhorn Steakhouse, McDonald’s, Quizno’s, Taco Bell, Tim Hortons, Uno’s, and Zehnder’s.



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ABC Top Performers

Posted on Fri, Mar 13, 2020

TopPerformerWolgast Corporation is proud to have been named one of Associated Builder's & Contractors Top 200 Performers AND Top 120 General Contractors of 2020!

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".


Posted on Tue, Mar 10, 2020

SwansonA-2-1Wolgast 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.

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Wolgast Announces Promotions within the Company

Posted on Mon, Sep 30, 2019

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.

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Wolgast Achieves Gold STEP Award and Recognized for Excellence in Construction

Posted on Fri, Sep 13, 2019

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.