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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.

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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.

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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)

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

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

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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!

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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 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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