This past weekend, we honored staff members for their achievements and milestones.
Goodwill Award Recipients: Trevor Grunder, Justin Heinitz, Bill Schneider, Scott Wilmot, Mark Qualls, Amy Severin, and Kayla Huver
100% Vested: Judy Rauch, Rich Ramsey, and Lisa Donahue
10 Year Anniverary: Cory Sursely, Karen Withey, Jeff Bates, Jim Earle, Andrew Voss, and Cory Vollmar.
20-Year Anniversary: Jon McNeal
As you can see we had a lot to celebrate! Congratulations again to all of our employee-owners for their achievements!
Even though yesterday’s Wolgast Golf Classic was rained out, that didn’t stop the hard-working group of organizers from realizing a significant milestone. $1 Million+ has been raised collectively over the past 17 years for Junior Achievement of Northeast Michigan from this one event! JA of NE Michigan supports 13 counties and their school districts with curricula for job readiness and entrepreneurship.
Thank you to all the sponsors, supporters and organizers who have made this event a success!
The golf outing for today has, unfortunately, been rained out, but you may still pick up your packets at Apple Mountain this morning until 10AM. Also, please join us for the dinner at 3:00 at Apple Mountain.
The17th Annual Wolgast Golf Classic benefiting Junior Achievement is set for Wednesday, June 18th, 2014. For outing details, click on the brochure below.
There are still hole sponsorships available, too.
Wolgast Corporation is just about to start construction on the Taco Bell in Saginaw, Michigan. This will be a rebuild of the former Taco Bell at the same location on Tittabawassee and Towne Centre Road.
At Wolgast's Quarterly Employee Development Meeting, we recognized our staff members for their Safety Achievements.
Field Employee Owners with 5-9 Years of Safety
L-R: Dave Beer, Mike Lucik, Kyle Thompson, Darin Madden, Cory Volmer, Mike Willett, Greg Tyra, Scott Wilmot, Chris Kuhl, Kevin Drake, Mike Garcia
Field Employee-Owners with 10+ Years of Safety (including two with 24 years!!)
L-R: Mark Stavely, Mike Clarey, Greg Daenzer, Paul Spencer, Keith LaPratt, Tom Pieske, Gary Soule, Bill Schneider, Matt Shorkey, Jeremy McAllister
Also, at the meeting, we recognized staff members for doing such a fantastic job that their customer wrote us a letter to tell us about it. We call these Goodwill Awards!
L-R: Janet Greziak, Mike Bellor, Amy Severin, Justin Schmidt, and Scott Wilmot
Saginaw, MI ¾ Wolgast Corporation announces additions to its staff. Marc J. Rummler of Saginaw has accepted a position as Director of Human Resources for the company. Rummler is responsible for developing and maintaining Human Resource systems of recruitment, training, compensation, performance, benefits and employee relations.
He brings fourteen years of HR management experience and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) from Human Resources Certification Institute and is a member of Society of Human Resources Management along with its local chapter. Rummler also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Development/Public Administration from Central Michigan University.
Raul Velasco Jr, III of Saginaw has accepted a position as IT Technician. He will assist users in all departments with hardware and software needs, train users in software and hardware operation, and analyze existing systems and document department best practices.
Velasco brings four years of training and implementation of information technology along with troubleshooting and maintenance from the US Army.
Velasco resides in Saginaw with his wife Jessica and 6 month old daughter Elaina.
These additions will allow Wolgast to serve its clients’ diverse construction requirements more effectively. Wolgast Corporation is a progressive provider of professional construction services including Construction Management, Design/Build, General Construction, Architectural/Engineering, Real Estate Development and Insurance Restoration. Founded in 1948, today Wolgast Corporation is one of the largest merit shop organizations in mid-Michigan. Wolgast Corporation’s philosophy of doing the job right and on time has led to state-wide expansion in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Gladstone, Michigan.
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.