Wolgast has helped its School District clients save money on their energy costs and in turn has achieved cash incentives for those School Districts. In December, 2013, at the Consumer Trade Ally Show in Grand Rapids, Michigan, they announced that Wolgast took 3rd place for natural gas annual savings for customers.
Many business owners and school districts are interested in energy efficiency and other means to save money, especially in operating costs. As a Consumer Energy Business Solution Trade Ally, Wolgast is able to assist owners with high efficiency boilers, water heaters, roof top units, lighting fixtures, plus more, and in turn, complete the Consumers program application forms to maximize the incentives available to a school or business owner.
Recently, Bullock Creek School District received an incentive check from Consumers Energy for $126,360.72 to help offset the money they invested in a new heat-conserving roof, energy-efficient lightbulbs and other energy saving renovations they’ve made to their buildings.
Overall in 2013, Wolgast helped their customers save $158,000 in natural gas costs and $104,000 in electric use savings. As a construction manager and general contractor we have plans to continue saving customers money and help them to achieve these incentives offered by Consumers Energy.
Wolgast Corporation has exceeded 1 Million Hours of Zero Lost Time due to Injury and is still counting. With the abundance of hazards looming on every construction site, this is an accomplishment of which Wolgast is very proud.
This isn’t the first time that Wolgast has achieved the milestone and their safety team is diligently striving to continue to the next million hour mark. Jo Neuhalfen, Safety Director at Wolgast expressed, “It’s no small feat, considering it takes over 1,000 working days to accumulate that many hours, and to do it with corporate-wide safety.” That means for almost three years, Wolgast hasn’t had any lost time for any of its staff members due to injury across any of their four offices (Saginaw, Freeland, Grand Rapids or Kalamazoo), nor their four divisions including general construction, construction management, design/build or insurance restoration.
Primarily, Wolgast’s tradesmen perform demolition, carpentry, concrete and site work of which carpentry is considered one of the most hazardous trades along with roofing, according to the US Department of Labor. “This is all hazardous work unless safety is given a top priority,” Neuhalfen stated. In fact, Wolgast’s safety team works hard to educate, train and prepare their employee-owners through weekly safety inspections, written fall protection plans, safety training seminars, weekly jobsite training sessions, well maintained tools and equipment, satisfactory driving requirements, and extensive accident investigation and reporting.
Wolgast considers safety one of its biggest priorities so that their employees/friends/ family are able to go home at the end of the day and return to work every day. Wolgast helps emphasize the importance of safety not only by training and providing necessary tools, but also through safety incentives. Each February, the company has an Employee Safety Meeting where safety anniversaries are celebrated and awards are distributed, usually including new gear/safety clothing and logoed rewards.
Wolgast is very proud of this accomplishment and continues to strive to keep all staff members, clients and site visitors safe at all times and in turn keep projects running smoothly. Safety doesn’t happen by accident and Wolgast will endeavor to prepare for known and unknown challenges to protect anyone on their site.
Goodrich Quality Theaters celebrated the completion of their newest theater on January 16th. They commemorated the event with a ribbon cutting ceremony shown above and also by offering $1 movies, popcorn and pop, donating the funds raised to Covenant Kids.
The community packed the house with more than enough people to fill their 2,500 seats!
This project wasn't completed without a lot of hard work and long days from the construction team and all the subcontractors involved! As you can see below, a few days before the ribbon cutting the building looked far from finished, but it is now complete and open for business. It's truly a beautiful building with a sense of electricity in the air. The 70 foot GDX screen is very impressive in size and the quality and sound of all the screens/theaters will not disappoint movie goers.
Goodrich Quality Theaters in Bay City will be bigger in 2014. Construction starts this week on an addition for two new theaters at the Bay City Mall location. Today, albeit a very frigid day, Goodrich, Bay City Mall and Wolgast representatives were able to break ground with their shiny, chrome shovels to initiate the project kick off. The theater will still be open for business during construction.
From demolition to completion, the remodel of the Hart McDonald's was finished in 7 weeks. In the photo above on the left, the drive-thru and kitchen are still open and remained in operation for all but 2 days during construction. This is one of the most extensive remodels we've completed for McDonald's.
Staff members of Frankenmuth Credit Union commemorated the construction of their new branch on Friday with a Ground Breaking Ceremony. The new branch will be located in Birch Run on the east side of I-75 (in front of Meijer). Their new building will be approximately 3,000 s.f. and will resemble the current design as their existing branches.
On Saturday, October 5th, Alma College held a ground breaking ceremony as construction begins on a house for members of the TKE Fraternity.
Wolgast Corporation is the Construction Manager for the new two-story house with basement. TKE members will have ample space for members in their new 7,344 s.f. house designed by Wigen Tincknell Meyer and Associates.
Wolgast Corporation announces additions to its staff. Rick J. Suitor of Freeland has accepted a position as business developer for the company. He joins the sales team to seek out and develop new clients while serving existing customers for all divisions of Wolgast Corporation.
Suitor brings six years of previous sales and consulting experience as he worked in pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries and owned his own consulting firm. Additionally, Suitor is a Vietnam Veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1972 – 1974.
Suitor is a father of six and he, his wife Nancy and family reside in Freeland, Michigan. He is also active in the Saginaw Wrestling Association, has served on the County Commissioners Board, and a member of the Freeland Assembly of God.
Jason C. Van Hoey of Midland has accepted a position as Project Manager of Water Mitigation for the Wolgast Restoration Division. He will provide emergency services, water mitigation management, estimating and compliance for water mitigation emergency needs.
Van Hoey earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Central Michigan University in 1998 and brings fourteen years of experience as a claims adjuster.
He also received training in estimating from Vale Training Solutions. Van Hoey is a member of Phi Sigma Phi National Fraternity, Trinity Lutheran Mens Fraternity and is an Assistant Cub Master for Pack 3791 for Cub Scouts of America.
Caprice Castano of Swartz Creek, Michigan has accepted a position as Project Manager Assistant for Wolgast Restoration Division. Caprice will be assisting Project Managers and coordinating with clients to facilitate restoration projects with excellent quality and service. Caprice brings 18 years of construction and property development experience. She recently held the position of Project Coordinator for Toll Brothers, Inc.
Caprice currently serves as a committee member of the Montrose Blueberry Festival and is a volunteer of Elf Khurafeh Shrine Center.
Brandon W. Case of Freeland, Michigan has accepted a position of IT Technician for the company. He will assist users in all departments with hardware and software needs as well as analyze existing systems and department best practices. Case earned his Bachelor of Science from Central Michigan University in 2013 in Information Technology with a minor in Geographic Information Science and obtained IT experience through two internships while attending CMU.
This past weekend, Wolgast Corporation hosted a VIP tent at this year's River Roar event for our company summer picnic. Staff and their family members got a front row seat to watch the boat racers compete. As a sponsor of the event, we also sponsored driver, Butch Ott, who won the Formula Light title!
Wolgast Corporation welcomes an addition to its staff. Trudi Gorkowski of Midland has accepted a position as Project Manager Assistant.
Gorkowski brings to Wolgast more than two years of construction administration experience. For Wolgast, she is responsible for assisting project managers with project start-up through close-out for design/build and general construction projects. She also assists project estimators with executing bids for construction projects.