Happy New Year! With 2016 behind us, I wanted to take this opportunity to extend a sincere “Congratulations” and “Thank you” to all involved in making this past year a record setting time of growth, innovation, and learning. This year was a year of firsts. Wilhelm was selected for its first international contract, won the largest contract to date in company history, employs a record 1,700 employees, and became the first Construction Manager in the world to own a Semi-Automated Mason (SAM). All of these milestones mark an unwavering dedication to clients, employees, safety, and innovation.
In 2016 Wilhelm wrapped up numerous iconic Indianapolis projects including: Cummins New Indy Office Headquarters, the Indianapolis Firefighters Credit Union and Union Hall on Massachusetts Ave., and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Space Object Theater. These along with our other significant projects promote community and create spaces for learning, healing, teaching, playing and discovering.
Wilhelm strives to be industry leaders in innovative techniques and practices. This year, Wilhelm became the first Construction Manager in the world to own a Semi-Automated Mason (SAM). SAM can lay over 2,000 bricks in a day in comparison to the average 400 laid per mason. Continuing to adopt innovative technological practices like SAM will bring a heightened advantage to Wilhelm’s clients in regard to productivity. Additionally, Wilhelm implemented company-wide technological updates to increase efficiency of day-to-day operations. In the coming year, we will continue to pursue opportunities to invest in innovative practices to best serve clients and remain an industry leader.
Each of our 1,700 employees are the cornerstone of Wilhelm. Attracting and retaining the best workforce in the industry allows Wilhelm to continue to pave the way for industry innovation and safety. Each employee’s passion for their work is displayed in the quality of their craftsmanship. Without everyone’s hard work and commitment to our mission we would not be where we are today.
Safety continues to remain priority one and a critical pillar of Wilhelm’s functionality. Active involvement from all levels is needed. Through our company’s safety program, written communications, training, meetings and helping with inspections we ensure the company is backing up ALL safety policies and procedures. In 2016, we focused heavily on daily safety huddles. This provided ample opportunity to share and distribute information ensuring all employees on the jobsite were of the same mindset.
We will continue our successful push to reduce safety incidents, increase efficiency, and reduce rework into 2017. Strides were made in 2016 on each of these endeavors and we will progress even further this year.
As we look forward to 2017, it will again be an opportunity to be at our best. To provide industry leading client experience. To excel in safety, employee experience, and safety practices to lead by example and to continue our push to strengthen our community. .
With exciting projects kicking off like IU Health Bloomington, two new Pharmaceutical Warehouses, the new Sun King Distillery & Tap Room in Carmel and many more, we look forward to exceeding the client experience, challenging conventional processes, fostering employee growth and continuing to maintain safe jobsites.
Thank you for your efforts in 2016. I look forward to the many more exciting endeavors that 2017 will bring.
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