Garney Expands Presence in South Texas
JANUARY 2016 — Treatment facility operations are ramping up in South Texas with the addition of Garney’s Houston office. Under the direction of Vice President, Mike Gardner, leadership and staff have been added to Garney’s regional office located near Houston Hobby International Airport. Garney’s Houston branch opened in 2015, alongside new offices near San Francisco, Seattle and Washington DC.
Garney’s recent success in the South Texas market has resulted in water supply and wastewater treatment plant construction opportunities with the Lower Colorado River Authority, San Antonio Water System, and the City of Castroville.
“As Garney continues to grow, opening a Houston office and putting boots on the ground to expand our water and wastewater treatment plant capabilities in the South Texas market made great sense,” said Mike Gardner, Vice President. “For years, Garney has maintained a significant water pipeline construction presence in the area, so adding treatment plant capabilities will broaden our Texas footprint as a top water/wastewater contractor.”
James Schmerber and Michael Froelich, Project Managers, and Warren Henderson and Raul Arvizu, Superintendents, are managing Garney’s efforts in the Houston area. Cody Schmidt, Field Engineer, and Michelle Presko, Project Coordinator, will also be instrumental in developing Garney’s Houston operations.
2016 Objectives Built on 55 Years of Tradition
JANUARY 2016 — The start of a new year inevitably evokes a time of reflection and the opportunity to ignite change. In 2016, that reflection for Garney will be marked by celebrating 55 years in business. Since 1961, the company has thrived on our goals and philosophies of integrity, excellence, and fairness with our customers. These goals and philosophies have always been a mainstay of our organization, leading Garney to more than a decade of dominance in the rankings as one the nation’s leading water contractors.
As we enter 2016, Mike Heitmann, President & CEO, has developed Garney’s annual objectives in parallel with the foundation that Charles Garney brought to the company 55 years ago. Garney’s 2016 company objectives will leverage focus in three aspects:
Garney will maintain a steadfast focus on safety. It is incumbent upon each employee-owner to live our safety culture and take ownership in performing every activity. Safety is truly number one with Garney and safety will never be sacrificed for productivity.
STRENGTHEN THE TEAM
The company’s consistent growth will continue to drive mentorship and employee development to equip our employee-owners for new opportunities and a strong market.
With several new initiatives underway, including new business ventures of Garney Federal and Garney Pacific, Garney will enhance strategic planning and implementation to generate success in these arenas.
Although Garney has experienced a rapid start to 2016, the company is not without vision and inspiration built on timeless goals and philosophies.
Garney Salutes Vice President Tom Dahl in Retirement
JANUARY 2016 — Tom Dahl has retired following 25 years of illustrious service with Garney. Dahl joined Garney in May 1991 and since that time, he has orchestrated the company’s accounting and financial reporting systems, financial planning, banking and bonding relations, and administration of the employee stock ownership plan and benefit plans.
Most notably, Dahl’s impact on the employee stock ownership plan has been crucial to Garney’s success over the past 25 years. During his tenure, Dahl worked closely with the company’s Board of Directors in the areas of strategic planning, executive compensation, acquisitions, investments, and valuation of the company’s stock. He also served as an advisory member of the Board’s investment committee and managed the company’s investment funds.
Jeff Lacy, Chief Financial Officer, Tom Roberts, Director – Financial Reporting, and Meggan Krase, Director – Corporate Controller, will ensure continuity and continuing excellence as Garney moves forward in this transition.
Garney Installs First BioCon Pelletizing Application
OCTOBER 2015 — Garney completed a state-of-the-art installation on two Kruger BioCon dryers at the Western Wake Regional Water Reclamation Facility for the Town of Cary, North Carolina. Garney’s involvement with the installation of these dryers marked the first pelletizing application for this type of dryer in the nation. At present, only eight BioCon dryers have been placed in service throughout the United States.
The Solids Handling Facility produces Class A, Exceptional Quality biosolids in compliance with EPA 503 regulations. The pelletizing system provides a final product that can be applied in a variety of commercial agricultural reuse applications, virtually free of site and use restrictions. To date, the Town of Cary has processed nearly 210 tons of pelletized material and anticipates producing roughly 100 tons per month.
Garney was responsible for construction of the Solids Handling Facility, installation of three belt filter presses, BioCon dryers, odor control facilities, and ancillary utilities. This project was one of eight concurrent construction projects for a new 18 MGD treatment facility on a greenfield site that will serve the growing Towns of Cary, Morrisville, and Apex.
In addition to constructing the facility and systems, Garney provided 60,000 LF of 54” and 48”steel pipe force main in Wake and Chatham Counties. The effluent outfall pipeline connects to the new Western Wake Regional Water Reclamation Facility and discharges in the Cape Fear River through a cast-in-place headwall constructed on the river bank.
Garney Welcomes Fred Thornhill, Federal BD Manager
OCTOBER 2015 — Garney welcomes Fred Thornhill, who will lead all business development endeavors for Garney Federal, Inc. Fred will work in conjunction with Jay McQuillen Jr., P.E., Director of Federal Operations, to broaden Garney’s client base in the Federal market throughout the United States. The mission of this business unit is to develop the Federal government into one of Garney’s key customers. Garney’s resume includes several Federal projects, but as a percentage of our total volume, it is a small piece of our customer base. Garney will focus on our expertise – water and wastewater projects – within this market segment.
“Fred brings to Garney more than 25 years of Federal construction expertise,” said Mike Heitmann, President & CEO of Garney Construction. “Working with the Federal government brings certain challenges and requirements, and Fred is able to navigate these very effectively. Fred is a critical part of the team we are building to tackle this new initiative.”
Garney Federal will add additional expertise and personnel resources in government contracting as well as resources with heavy civil capabilities in the Pacific Northwest, California, and Hawaii. Business operations for Garney Federal will be based in Gig Harbor, Washington.
“Garney will bring our 100% employee owned culture to this market sector,” said Heitmann. “This culture has proved to be extremely successful in the municipal and industrial water and wastewater markets. Our employee-owners work harder and smarter than our competition because they own the company. Our strong resume of project experience, financial strength, and safety record make Garney a strong candidate for the Federal market.”
Garney Awarded ABC Excellence in Construction
OCTOBER 2015 — The South Texas Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) named Garney recipient of the 2015 Excellence in Construction Eagle Award for the ClearWater Ranch Development & Delivery Project. Garney also won the Platinum STEP Award in the South Texas Region recognizing Garney’s safety efforts on our numerous projects in South Texas.
ABC’s National Excellence in Construction program has become the premier competition within the construction industry that recognizes outstanding construction projects across the nation. The awards celebration honors members of ABC’s most innovative and high quality construction projects, safety programs, and diversity programs.
Garney was recommended for the award based upon outstanding work in serving as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for the ClearWater Ranch Development & Delivery Project. Garney met strict design and construction time frame requirements set by Parkhill Smith & Cooper and Midland County Fresh Water Supply District No. 1 due to drought conditions faced by citizens in West Texas.
Construction was pivotal in adding a second source of freshwater to the T-Bar Ranch pipeline for the City of Midland, Texas. The project included the drilling and development of 25 wells, allowing access to more fresh water during the severe drought. With the addition of this water source, the 65-mile long T-Bar Ranch Well Field Development & Delivery system now delivers more than 24 MG of fresh water per day to the Midland community.
“The quality of work and attention to detail in the construction of this difficult project was among the best I’ve seen,” said Ryan Kennerly, Project Manager of Parkhill, Smith & Cooper. “The project was well-coordinated, particularly the wells and collection pipeline work, remote pump station work, and power transmission lines, which minimized disruption of the service to Midland water customers. Garney did an excellent job with conflict resolution between the different trades to keep land owners happy and required utilities in close proximity of existing roadways.”
Music City Hosts Pipe and Plant University
OCTOBER 2015 — With Garney’s commitment to continuous improvement and employee development, more than 200 employee-owners gathered in Nashville, Tennessee, for the second annual Pipe and Plant University. The training provides a series of meetings held for Project Managers and Project Engineers across the company with a focus on safety, quality, and technical advancement.
Garney welcomed several liaisons and vendors from the transmission industry including Robert & Cassie Construction, Bricker Seismic, Tekrock, Terrafirma Earth Technologies, GME and Colorado Shoring. Individuals from Burns & McDonnell and Eco-Tech spearheaded sessions for the facility group.
Tours at several of Garney’s area job sites were also held for attendees, thanks in part to Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.
Pipe and Plant University is a critical stepping stone toward advancing Garney’s employee development efforts. In 2016, Garney anticipates continued growth in combination with several new initiatives. Building our bench and depth around continuous improvement will remain foremost in our culture to ensure our systems and infrastructure can support this growth.
Harvesters’ BackSnack Helping Hands
OCTOBER 2015 — September marked Hunger Action Month and employee-owners from the Kansas City headquarters gathered to participate in the Harvesters’ BackSnack program. Harvesters, a regional food bank serving a 26-county area, is a certified member of Feeding America. This nationwide network serves more than 200 food banks.
The BackSnack program provides 20,000 backpacks of food for area students every weekend during the school year, in addition to providing more than 360,000 meals through its Kids Café programs. An estimated 127,000 children in Harvesters’ service area receive free and reduced-price school meals during the week, and many of those are at risk of hunger on weekends. The BackSnack program was developed to fill the weekend hunger void.
Garney has been a financial sponsor of the BackSnack program since 2010, but this was Garney’s first experience volunteering in the packing process. In three hours, employee-owners were able to pack 2,050 BackSnacks for our area’s greatest treasures.
Join Garney in our fight against hunger and learn how to you can donate or volunteer in your community through a local participating organization.
Garney wins Target Outstanding Project Safety award
AUGUST 2015 — In recognition of performance demonstrating a vigorous, persistent commitment to safety initiatives, Garney has been awarded the 2015 Target Outstanding Project Safety (TOPS) award. Garney accepted this award from the Southeastern Construction Owners & Associates Roundtable (SCOAR), an organization dedicated to fostering innovative thinking on issues related to industrial construction and business performance.
Garney’s safety performance was recognized by working 122,000 working hours without a safety incident on the V.C. Summer Offsite Water Treatment System in Jenkinsville, South Carolina. Garney’s crews are currently constructing the system for a nuclear power plant through a design-build-operate contract.
Garney is proud to recognize, Brandon Blevins, Site Safety Manager, who accepted the award at SCOAR’s Annual Scholarship & Safety Awards Dinner (featured left). Brandon has developed a site safety culture with a moral commitment that no expense shall be spared when it comes to executing safe work practices.
“Brandon and the management team have created a safety culture in their planning, which has translated to the job site, giving our employee-owners the tools and resources to do their job safely” said Tony Kempf, Vice President and Safety Council Chairman, Garney Construction. “As employee-owners, they are living the number one goal of the company on the job site every day.”
Ft. Collins relationship builds on 15 years of service
AUGUST 2015 — Garney has recently been selected for a fourth consecutive, five-year contract with the City of Fort Collins Utilities. Since 2000, Garney has provided more than 70 water, wastewater and stormwater utilities infrastructure design and construction services task orders to the City. Projects have ranged in size from small emergency repairs to new construction on major utility infrastructure systems. As Garney embarks to continue service through 2020, capital improvements within this phase are estimated to exceed $15 million.
Among the many improvements and rehabilitations, Garney has worked in collaboration with the City to expedite schedules around Colorado State University football games, irrigation season and bird nesting season.
Employee-owners Wayne O’Brien, Chief Operating Officer; Jeff Moore, Senior Project Manager; Gary Haas, Assistant Project Manager; Rich Trimble, Superintendent, and many other crew members have been pivotal in delivering services for this monumental work program.