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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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Wolgast Receives National Recognition as ABC Accredited Quality Contractor

Posted on Fri, Sep 02, 2016

AQC-2016-logo.jpgWolgast 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).

“Associated Builders and Contractors is pleased to recognize Wolgast’s continued commitment not only to high quality construction, but also to its employees, clients and communities as an Accredited Quality Contractor,” said 2016 ABC National Chair David Chapin, president of Willmar Electric Service, Lincoln, Neb. "Wolgast’s dedication to responsibly and ethically running its business permeates through every facet of its operation and makes it a terrific ambassador for the merit shop construction community.”

Wolgast received the national recognition as a result of meeting high certification standards evaluated by the Associated Builder’s and Contractors (ABC), a national association representing approximately 21,000-merit shop construction and construction-related firms across the United States.  For the evaluation, Wolgast excelled in the five areas of corporate responsibility, including quality, safety, employee benefits, training, and community outreach. The AQC recognition further defines Wolgast as a contractor who truly cares about its clients, employees, and community, and also, emphasizes the commitment Wolgast places on training and safety to ensure the success of their projects.

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Wolgast Addresses Labor Shortage with Carpenter Apprenticeship Program

Posted on Wed, Aug 03, 2016

CarpenterTraining.gifEmployee-owners at Wolgast Corporation have a new growth opportunity through the company’s  Carpenter Apprenticeship Program.  It’s a four-year program that will result in a nationally recognized Journeyman Carpentry Card for graduates.  Associated Builders and Contractors and the Greater Michigan Construction Academy have accelerated this program into fruition and are providing the necessary administrative duties and coordination of instruction.  Our program curriculum was developed by The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). 

This program is mutually beneficial to the company and students alike.  Participants get advancement opportunity while they are trained the Wolgast Way to perform work.  “We are very excited about what this training will do for the future of our business, especially when we’ve been facing a construction labor shortage,” said Marc Rummler, Director of Human Resources/Safety.  Apprentices have retention commitments that they are required to honor in exchange for enrolling in the program.  They’re also evaluated for attendance, participation, and passing grades.

As a convenience for the first group of 6 enrollees, class is taught at Wolgast's Graham Road office in Freeland including classroom hours, lab work, plus on-the-job training at off-site locations.  Taught by Bill Dalton, former building trades teacher at Carrollton Schools, students have completed their Core Curriculum and Carpentry Level 1 Semesters and are in the midst of their first year of on-the-job-training.  Jeremy McAllister, fifteen-year Wolgast laborer, is part of the inaugural class.  He took it for the advancement opportunity and “a greater knowledge of why the company does things a certain way”.  Jeremy shared, “We move fast, so it’s good to have this time to learn why we do things a certain way”.   He pointed out that it is a great program for the future of the company because they will have an opportunity to “move more people up within the company that have been trained and had the time to learn the Wolgast Way”.

For customers, this means that Wolgast's excellence in construction that they’ve come to know will be continued well into the future.  Our seasoned employee-owners are committed to passing along established company standards to students during the on-the-job training.  The company is invested in the continued success of Wolgast Corporation and the satisfaction of our valued customers.

Finally, Wolgast is currently hiring and open job postings can be found on our website career page:  www.wolgastcorporation.com/career-opportunities.

Solid foundations...Solid results...the Wolgast Way!

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WOLGAST CORPORATION ANNOUNCES STAFF ADDITION

Posted on Thu, Mar 24, 2016
Gehardt-L.jpgWolgast Corporation is happy to announce recent staff additions.  Luke Gerhart of Lachine, Michigan has accepted a position as Project Manager in the firm’s Construction Management Division.  He is responsible for the overall schedule, budget and performance of subcontractors on education or Construction Management related construction projects.   Gerhart earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management from Ferris State University in 1992 and brings to Wolgast twenty-five years experience for retail, industrial, residential, healthcare, municipal and educational clients.  His experience and skill level makes him proficient in managing multiple, large projects concurrently.

This 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.

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Staff Safety Achievements Recognized

Posted on Mon, Mar 14, 2016

Safety First! is our motto and we take it very seriously.  Focussing on safety helps us maintain a happy, healthy, and capable staff to take on our client's projects, and also a positive reputation within our community.  Our employee-owners help make up the whole of our company and we want to keep each of us safe from harm for their sake, their family's sake and for all the relationships that are built on our job sites.  Additionally, we are looking out for our clients and any of their visitors who may come on the jobsite.  Safety is a never ending task and we have systems in place to exceed the necessary precautions.

On Friday, March 11, our employee-owners were recognized for their annual achievements in maintaining safety. 

10 - 20+ Years of Safety Achievement:

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5 - 9 Years of Safety Achievement:

Safety16-5to9.jpgNote: we have 8 recipients of the 5-9 Year Award, but due to client commitments they were not at the meeting.

 

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