2020 ANNUAL REVIEW
As we come to the end of another year, it provides me an opportunity to reflect on where weâ€™ve been over the past year, along with taking an introspective look on where weâ€™re going as we move into 2021. After coming off a historically record year financially in 2019 for Williams Construction Co., we came into 2020 with confidence and momentum. I need not go into details of the challenge that transpired mid-March and its effect not only on the company, but us as individuals, our families, our communities, and the country. As clients were shutting down projects, delaying or cancelling up-coming projects, the Leadership and Management team of Williams Construction Co. had the number one priority of keeping our employees and their families safe and healthy during the midst of a pandemic. As the surge of the pandemic continues, we continue to adhere to the recommendations made by the epidemiologists with the CDC and the Oklahoma Department of Health in keeping all of our employees (both field and office) protected the best we can. We did apply and receive some assistance from the Small Business Administration (SBA) with their Payroll Protection Program (PPP). This did help with payroll and some of our expenses during an 8-week period during the spring, but with many jobsites still shut-down and minimal work being acquired, we did have to make the difficult decision to reduce staff at both the office and field level. Mid-summer started seeing jobsites opening back up more consistently, along with bid opportunities with existing and some new clients. Numerous projects were completed at the Data Center and DuPont, both in Pryor. Short duration out-of-state projects with Richmond Engineering Works in both South Dakota and Maryland continued our success as the Critical Project Specialists with this client as both projects were challenging and extremely time sensitive.
Project opportunities at Spirit AeroSystems in Tulsa also showed a significant increase over previous years. Even without being able to meet many clients in-person, our Business Development group has been successful in building strong relationships and bidding opportunities with many new clients in the aerospace, manufacturing, energy, food and beverage, and chemical industries. Aggressive and extensive marketing campaigns to new and existing customers in multiple industries were rolled-out at the end of 2020 and will continue into early 2021. Our Safety Management group not only dealt with providing health, safety and PPE protocol and procedures to all our employees and clients during a pandemic, but we also progressed through 2020 without a recordable safety incident. This is truly a remarkable accomplishment when knowing the type of work we perform, along with the harsh and sometimes dangerous environments we work in. A strong safety culture is the result of combined individual and group efforts toward values, attitudes, practices, goals and the proficiency of an organizationâ€™s health and safety program. We start the new year with our core focus (â€œTo improve the lives of our clients, employees, their families and the communityâ€?) always at the forefront, a commitment to our marketing strategy, along with continuing to maintain our high safety and quality standards. Williams Construction Co. will celebrate their 68th year of continued success in business during 2021. Even with the challenges throughout 2020, our employees have stayed diligent and focused during times of doubt and uncertainty. It is my opinion that when we are challenged and face adversity, we become stronger as individuals and as a team with a renewed passion and focus for success. With this compassion and dedication to the company, the industry, and our clients, we will continue to provide specialized and critical construction and maintenance services for many years to come. With every new year comes greater opportunities and challenges in life. I wish you courage, hope, health, and all the best for a safe and blessed New Year. Michael McGehee President, Williams Construction Co.
TEAM HIGHLIGHTS Chris Williams, Vice President of Business Development Since Chris and his brother Marty took over Williams Construction Co. in 2013, Chris has been involved with many facets of the company since coming on-board. He knew that in order to position the company for continued growth and his succession into a leadership role, he needed to spend the time to learn many of the various aspects of the company and the construction industry. As the years passed, it became clear that Chris encompasses many of the same qualities that his father, Ivan Williams, possessed. Many of our existing customers had the pleasure of working with Ivan over the years. Ivan enjoyed the people he worked with, his customers, and the community that encompasses Williams Construction Co. To this day, Williams Construction Co. still operates with the sole purpose of improving the lives of our clients, our employees, their families, and the community. It is no surprise that as Chris has worked in various roles of the business over the years, that he says his favorite thing about Williams Construction Co. are the people. As our employees and customers have come to notice his passion for those around him, the Williams Construction Co. leadership team felt it was the perfect time for Chris to make a transition within the company. In June of this year, Chris transitioned into his new position as Vice President of Business Development. This position allows Chris to utilize his strengths in getting to know our customer needs better and developing strategies for the continued growth of Williams Construction Co. We are excited to see Chris in a role that not only amplifies his skill set, but also upholds the Core Focus and Core Values of Williams Construction Co.
Foremanâ€™s Corner As one of the few self-performing General Contractors in the region, it takes a special group of individuals to tackle the many complex construction projects that Williams Construction Co. specializes in. One special group that is crucial to our success, is our team of Construction Foremen. They are a highly skilled and talented group from the crafts of Laborer, Carpenter, Ironworker and Equipment Operator that have earned their title and position of Foreman through years of training and experience. On a day to day basis, our Foremen act as the key point of contact between the client, our Project Managers and Superintendents, along with the labor force under their supervision. They are responsible for supervising every aspect of a project; this includes training, directing, and providing their crew with the proper guidance to complete a project in a safe and timely manner. Our current team of Construction Foremen at Williams Construction Co. currently have over 150 years of experience in their respective trade; some of which are second and third-generation employees of the company. We also utilize their experience and expertise during the bidding process to help in the manpower scheduling and efficiency of a critical project that is being priced for a client. As Williams Construction Co. continues to grow and our projects get more complex, we realize this group of individuals is a key component to our 67-years of success. We want to recognize and thank them for their hard-work and dedication to Williams Construction Co. throughout their years of service to the company.
Thank you to: Dakota Coatney, Josh Farar, Mike Panter, Jerrerd Graves, Jake Kizzia, Justin Henson, Daniel Johnson, John Bradshaw, Tommie Peace, Tony McFarland, Carlos Ruiz, Donnie Scott, Aaron Deaver, Jeff Hogle
Safety Management Services As with any of our construction projects, safety is our number one priority. Over the years, with the various types of facilities we work in, the multitude of critical projects we complete, and the ever-changing safety protocols encountered, we continuously find ourselves growing and adapting our Safety Management Services to keep up with implementing the proper health and safety requirements required by our clients. A majority of the facilities we work in not only have robust in-house safety procedures already in place, but also require us to implement our own safety policies and procedures based on the individual project needs. Often times, we also have to have a certain safety rating to qualify as an approved contractor for our customers. When we visit with a potential new client, typically, one of their first questions is if we are registered in a particular safety management services platform and what rating we have achieved. The most common safety management services platform we get asked about is ISNetworld. ISNetworld is an online contractor management platform where data is stored to help make decisions about risk management more manageable for our customers. The data that we submit includes certificates of insurance, several years of insurance experience modifier ratings, OSHA 300/300A information, implemented safety programs, along with employee training information. Based on the information provided, contractors are graded on a hiring clientâ€™s criteria, and a determination is made if a contractor can provide the services needed in a safe manner. Currently, Williams Construction Co. has an approved, or accepted score, with our connected customers and can provide our client with an ISNetworld RAVS Plus Contractor rating. This rating ensures that we will perform all work at the highest standards for quality and safety for our customers.
Williams Construction Co. also takes part in several other contractor management services, which include Ariba, ConstructSecure, and Avetta. We have made it part of our safety culture to ensure that we take the necessary daily steps to adhere with the measures needed to keep a top rating on these platforms. We want our customers to know that they have hired someone reliable that they can trust.
Pandemic Health and Safety Procedures During this year of challenges and uncertainty, Williams Construction Co. has continually been updating and revising our processes and procedures to fit the needs of our employees and customers. As a company, we have implemented specific health, safety and PPE requirements for entry into our Pryor, OK headquarters, and at our project sites. We have also taken the necessary steps to adjust our procedures based on any site-specific requirements for our customers. These requirements consist of temperature screening before entry, with often an additional health screening assessment for specific project sites. Employees are instructed to call their supervisor every morning and report no symptoms or if they are even having the slightest of symptoms. Face coverings are required at the office and on project sites. The safety team also provides training and briefings on COVID-19 daily. The Williams Construction Co. team is working diligently to stay on top of this ever-changing environment. As we move into the new year, it is our number one priority to work together as a team and with our customers in a coordinated effort to prevent and mitigate any health and safety issues that may arise.
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United Way Donation Campaign As so many of our customers, partners, and friends know, this year would have marked the 23rd anniversary of the Annual Ivan & Adina Williams Memorial Golf Tournament benefiting the Rogers & Mayes County United Way. After much thought and consideration, we felt it best to cancel this yearâ€™s tournament; we wanted the safety of our participants to be the number one priority. We also knew that now more than ever, our community still needed our support. We decided to host an online donation campaign, where just like the golf tournament, 100% of the proceeds go back to the United Way. Also, as a company, we decided to match up to $5,000 donated. Thanks to many of our friends, customer, and partners, we were able to raise $12,800 (inclusive of the $5,000 company match). We can not say thank you enough to all those who were able to donate. We know this year is trying for everyone; your continued support is greatly appreciated. We hope that next year will allow us to be back on the golf course. We missed getting everyone together for a fun day of golf for a great cause.
Our 7th Rotary Coal Dumper Replacement Williams Construction Co. had the opportunity of teaming up again with Richmond Engineering Works (based out of Pittsburgh, PA) on this rotary coal dumper replacement at a facility in North-Central Oklahoma. This 16-week project consisted of constructing the new rotary dumper, removal of the old dumper from the building, and then the installation of the new rotary dumper in its place. The new rotary dumper weighs approx. 320,000 lbs. and required a comprehensive and detailed lifting plan, along with exceptional organization and coordination with all parties involved to achieve a safe and successful installation. This marks the 7th rotary coal dumper replacement to-date for the Williams Construction team. Our team enjoyed the chance to work close to home, and for an owner that we have worked with on past projects.
Chemical Facility Turnaround Over the years, Williams Construction Co. has been a â€œgo-toâ€? for many of our industrial customers for supplementing in-house maintenance crews with additional labor during Turnarounds. This year we had the opportunity to assist a new customer during their outage by providing several crews of Iron Workers. During this week-long turnaround, our crews performed various pipe removals and replacements, valve change-outs, gasket replacements, equipment removal and replacement, along with the removal of a couple of manways.
Food Facility Projects Williams Construction Co. has been very grateful this year that many of our clients have been able to continue with projects. Safety and health protocol is implemented and mandatory, and we are fortunate to still be able to serve our customers with their construction and maintenance needs. In fact, a long time customer of ours has had our team out for multiple projects varying in size throughout the year. The overall timeframe of these projects has been 8 months and approximately 10,000 man-hours thus far. These projects have consisted of the demolition of existing equipment, installation of new dampers, conveyors, robotics, packing equipment, various valve replacements, floor repairs and modifications, installation and modification of structural steel, along with complex crane and rigging work.
Holding Arm Positioner Railcar Upgrade Ottertail Power, Big Stone Plant This was a two-phase project for the Williams Construction Co. team. The first trip to South Dakota consisted of the completion of all the concrete work. This project involved the excavation for a new building pad, saw cutting a 37’ x 3’ x 5’ area for a new foundation, drill, and epoxy 80 Dowels, pouring 130 yards of concrete, adding temporary support beams in the existing building, installing new columns in the existing building and setting anchor bolts for the Holding Arm Positioner. The second trip, a month later, consisted of maintenance work and installation of the new building. The building installation consisted of installing the sheeting, trim, and sealing the building. Williams Construction Co. then installed a Positioner Arm, Haulge Base, Thrust Rollers and Wheels, Motor Blower and wire ropes.
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