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Working with experts integral to building a new facility by Jerry Schlitz Once Michael Floyd and James Caragher, the owners of Glenn Rieder, broke ground in April for their new 120,000-squarefoot facility in West Allis, work kicked into high gear to keep the expansion as efficient as possible. Although Glenn Rieder is in the construction industry as an architectural millwork manufacturer and custom interior contractor, Floyd and Caragher had never built their own manufacturing facility, nor had they designed a modern and efficient office environment. They found, however, that being surrounded by the right experts and putting together a solid plan are integral to any business planning to construct a new facility.

Jerry Schlitz Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking Park Bank Web: ParkBankOnline.com Social: facebook.com/ ParkBankOnline twitter.com/ parkbankonline linkedin.com/in/jschlitz Contact: JerryS@ParkBankOnline. com (414) 616.4367

One of their first moves after deciding to build a new facility was to hire John Mann, a local construction manager, to serve as the company’s eyes and ears on the project. “From our experience with customer projects, we saw that the most successful ones had construction managers who worked for the project owners,” Floyd said. “They looked out for the owner and their interests.” The construction manager also allows Floyd and Caragher to stay focused on running the company, rather than constantly worrying about the ins and outs of the building project, including managing the architect and general contractor. They remain involved to a degree, but the construction manager handles the details. Floyd and Caragher knew that efficiency has suffered in the company’s current confined manufacturing facility. To remedy that, they enlisted the help of a process engineer who is looking at machinery and equipment Work is underway at the Glenn Rieder site in West Allis. placement, fabrication processes and how Glenn Rieder’s employees currently work to develop the most effective layout for the new factory floor. The process engineer will also coordinate and plan the company’s physical move in February of 2018. To help with the overall office design, including workstations, they enlisted Zimmerman Architectural Studios, another Park Bank customer. They also asked some of their department heads what they imagine their employees’ workspace needs might be in five or 10 years. “Our industry has changed. We are moving toward a paperless world and no longer need large tables to roll out architectural plans,” Floyd said. “Instead, we need desks and work areas large enough to accommodate multiple computer screens. We are also designing work areas and a common space to promote collaboration and strengthen communication among employees. Zimmerman is helping us design what is best for our employees and visiting job partners.” For business owners building a new facility, Floyd sums up what he’s learned from this experience: “Surround yourself with the professionals who have the expertise to make your project a success.” Glenn Rieder designs, manufactures and installs custom architectural millwork and interiors for resorts, luxury retailers, restaurants and commercial offices across the United States

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