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2019-2nd Quarter Employee Recognition

Posted on Tue, Mar 12, 2019

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.

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Employee-Owners Awarded for 2018 Achievements

Posted on Wed, Dec 12, 2018

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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

 

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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

 

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10 Year Anniversary Recipients
L to R: Lisa Donahue, Judy Rauch, Rich Ramsey

 

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30 Year Anniversary Award, Al Talbot                           20 Year Anniversary Award, Matt Shorkey                   

 

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Wolgast Employee Gala

 

 

 

 

Wolgast Receives National Recognition as an ABC Accredited Quality Contractor for 25th Year

Posted on Mon, Aug 27, 2018
AQC-logo 2018Wolgast Corporation is proud to announce that they have been achieved Accredited Quality Contractor (AQC) status for the 25th consecutive year.  Wolgast continues to receive the national recognition as a result of meeting high certification standards evaluated by the Associated Builder’s and Contractors (ABC), a national association merit shop construction and construction-related firms across the United States.  “Associated Builders and Contractors is pleased to honor Wolgast Corporation with Accredited Quality Contractor status for its commitment to excellence in construction, its workforce and the communities it helps build,” said 2018 ABC National Chair George R. Nash Jr., director of preconstruction at Branch & Associates, Herndon, Va. “Wolgast earned this recognition for world-class safety performance, a strong record of investment in a talented and well-trained workforce, diversity leadership and community service.”

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.

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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.

Wolgast Golf Classic Set for June 27, 2018

Posted on Mon, Apr 02, 2018

Wolgast's Golf Classic to benefit Junior Achievement is set for Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

Click the image below to download the Hole-Sponsor Information.

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WOLGAST CORPORATION TURNS 70

Posted on Mon, Feb 12, 2018
70-Years.jpgSaginaw, MI, Wolgast Corporation announces that it turns 70 this year.  Founded by masonry contractor, Gerald (Jerry) Wolgast, in 1948, the company has grown into a construction powerhouse serving businesses throughout Michigan and beyond.  Jerry had a motto of “do it right the first time, every time”, and it’s still the foundation of the Wolgast Way today as the company reaches its Platinum Anniversary.

Wolgast continues to grow and has recently expanded to five Michigan locations by adding an office in Alpena last year and has a staff of 135 employee-owners from Mid-Michigan, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Alpena areas. “We credit our longevity and growth to many things, our loyal customers, employee-ownership, systemized processes, a wide range of services, and of course our speed and quality,” said President & CEO, Brian Stadler.  Jerry’s sons, Lynn and, the late, Pat Wolgast, sold the business to the employees in 2006 making it 100% employee-owned. 

Going forward, the company prepares to proactively face industry challenges, “as our industry continues to struggle with a labor shortage, our commitment to training will help us continue to serve our clients well into the future,” said Stadler.

Wolgast Employee-Owners Shine in 2017

Posted on Thu, Dec 14, 2017

2017 has been a great year for the Employee-Owners of Wolgast Corporation!  We had a lot to celebrate during our Annual Employee Meeting in December.

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30 Year Award

Rick Keith celebrated 30 years of service, joining Dwight Haag, Mark Stavely, Lloyd Pender and Keith LaPratt!!

 

 

 

 

 

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20 Year Awards

These three, Matt Harris, Steve Seibert and Eric Schwartzly have helped us to instill our company values and good reputation at Wolgast for 20 years now!

 

 

 

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10 Year Awards

Getting their Ten Year Watches this year includes David Nowak, Kyle Thompson, and Michael Shepard!  Also, not in the photo: Tony Wingerter and Greg Krueger.

 

 

 

 

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Lisa Donahue, Neil Frank, Evan McMahon (not in photo) were recognized following their two-years of service on the ESOP Communications Committee!

 

 

 

 

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Goodwill Awards

When our clients write to tell us how pleased they were with our staff's performance, we take the time to recognize their good work.  We received 13 letters for 17 employees and honored them at our meeting!

 

 

 

We hope that we have just as much, if not more to celebrate next year!!  Good job to all our Employee-Owners!!

Wolgast's Mike Pung Throws Out 1st Pitch at Loon's Baseball Game

Posted on Wed, Aug 23, 2017

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017, Mike Pung of Wolgast Corporation had the honor of throwing out the first pitch at the Loon's Baseball Game in Midland, Michigan. Pung was in attendance with the MASA Region 4 School Superintendents.

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Wolgast's new employee-owners announced

Posted on Thu, Aug 10, 2017

Wolgast Corporation is pleased to announce additions to its staff.  President and CEO, Brian Stadler, makes these announcements.  PungM.jpgMichael H. Pung, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, has joined Wolgast’s Construction Management team as Educational Facilities Specialist.  Pung has recently retired from Mt. Pleasant Public Schools as their Superintendent of Schools.  His new role at Wolgast will have him serving as a liaison between Wolgast and education clients on their school construction.  Pung has experience prior to his educational career working as a machinist, manufacturing engineer/manager, division trainer, and human resource manager for the Dana Corporation.  During his educational career, Pung taught Machine Tool and Engineering, was the Mt. Pleasant Area Technical Center Director, and the Associate High School Principal for 18 years before obtaining the Superintendent position.  While Superintendent, and even as recent as this summer, Pung was an active member of the construction team as client representative at Mt. Pleasant Public Schools, including getting their bond campaign passed.  He will apply his customer side knowledge to Wolgast’s education clients.

New Construction Management Field Manager, HollingsheadM.jpgMichael Hollingshead of Chase, Michigan, joins Wolgast with 36 years of construction experience.  He has held positions of concrete finisher, foreman, carpenter, and construction superintendent.  Through Hollingshead’s experience, he has established supervisory skills on the job site, also for scheduling, safety enforcement, and quality control monitoring.  He has first-hand experience with carpentry, heavy equipment operation, and leading a workforce.  As Wolgast Field Manager, Hollingshead will be responsible for being on the construction site from start-to-finish, participating in weekly trade contractor meetings, monitoring progress, enforcing safety standards, offering value engineering suggestions, and overseeing any warranty issues that may arise.

 

Derek RickettRickett-D2.jpg has returned to Michigan from Colorado and has joined Wolgast Corporation as a Project Manager.  As a third generation carpenter, Rickett has over sixteen years of construction experience including owning his own construction company while in Colorado.  In addition, he has held positions of Project Manager, Production Manager for a home improvement company, Construction Superintendent, and Carpenter.  As a Project Manager, Rickett oversaw multi-million dollar construction projects for the Air Force Academy and other government divisions.  For Wolgast, he will be responsible for the implementation of estimating, management, schedule/budget adherence and quality control for projects within Wolgast’s General Construction and Design/Build Divisions.  He now resides in Midland, Michigan with his wife and three sons.

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Wolgast Corporation Named Accredited Quality Contractor by ABC

Posted on Wed, Jun 07, 2017

AQC-logo2017.pngSaginaw, MI, June 7, –Wolgast Corporation of Saginaw, Michigan today announced that its status as an Accredited Quality Contractor (AQC) has been renewed by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).

“We are proud to be consistently recognized as an Accredited Quality Contractor over the past 24 years.  Our efforts to maintain professional and quality service while supporting our staff and our community continues to be effective not only for us, but for the industry as a whole,” said Wolgast President and CEO, Brian Stadler.

“Associated Builders and Contractors is pleased to honor Wolgast Corporation with Accredited Quality Contractor status for its commitment to excellence in construction, its workforce and the communities it helps build,” said 2017 ABC National Chair Chuck Goodrich, president of Gaylor Electric, Indianapolis. “Wolgast Corporation earned this recognition for world-class safety performance, a strong record of investment in a talented and well-trained workforce, diversity leadership and community service.”

Launched in 1993, ABC’s AQC program provides recognition to world-class construction firms that have documented their commitment in five areas of corporate responsibility:

 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.

AQC is recognized by Construction Users Roundtable (CURT®), an organization founded by leading construction project owners.

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Wolgast Corporation, an Employee-Owned Company, is a progressive provider of professional construction services including Construction Management, Design/Build, General Construction, Architectural/Engineering, Restoration and Real Estate Development.  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, Gaylord, Gladstone, 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.

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Outstanding Performance by our Employee-Owners

Posted on Mon, May 15, 2017

Wolgast Employee-Owners were recognized for their significant commitment to our clients that resulted in a Goodwill Letter sent to the company at our Quarterly Employee Development meeting on Friday, May 12, 2017.

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L to R: front - Rick Suitor, Donnie Englehart, Kevin Drake, Bob Pratt, Lisa Sheets, Holli Johnson, Cole Stadler. back - Ron Jackson, Taylor Swaton, Chris Laudenslager, Jason Klein, Kyle Thompson. Missing - Jacob Hadar

The letters included the following statements about our staff:

"The WOLGAST Team communicated well, they were On-Time, and Professional throughout the project.  WOLGAST completed this project while we worked our normal business hours.  They were never a distraction and were always very considerate of our time and space.  The before and after product speaks for itself.  We now have a high-quality, professional office area that is a much better reflection of Frankenmuth Industrial.  Thank You!" -Jason Hultberg, Frankenmuth Industrial

"We want to take a few minutes to thank Wolgast for the wonderful job they did in the restoration of our house after our fire on October 6th.  It was such a traumatic event, but we feel so blessed to have SafeCo Insurance.  They are the ones who called Wolgast, and they were already on the job boarding things up and carefully packing our things the very next day." Lynn & Diana Webster

"I'm very grateful for his responsiveness and willingness to take time out his evening with his family to help me.  It was a real pleasure to work with him." Sue Pawley

"Both of them worked extremely hard, long days.  At the end of each day, they were willing to stay and address our concerns and questions.  Extra precautions were taken to ensure that items were not broken during the move or other areas of my home were not damaged by dirt, dust, etc.  They were very professional and communicated well.  I honestly felt like this whole process was much easier for me because of their dedication to the project." Sue Pawley

"<He> continues to truly go far and above at the end of the day for us.  Tonight we had a significant water leak due to a hot water line that runs underground from our Middle School to our Elementary Building.  It flooded the basement of the Elementary Building.  He is always the very first person on site every day and is the last person to leave.  He immediately came to assist us clean uip and resolve the problem.  In this day and age it is very rare to find someone who truly honors the customer.  This guy exceeds that." Dale Krueger, Hastings Area School System.

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