SIDNEY — The year 2017 has been another one of growth for Ferguson Construction Company as all four office locations experienced a successful year.
“In 2016, Ferguson saw an increase in volume of 16 percent over 2015 and this year we have an increase of 22 percent over 2016. As stated in previous years, this is a tribute to the many talented people that are part of our Ferguson Team,” said Martin L. “Mick” Given, company president.
His report continues:
Ferguson continues to be opportunistic in our various markets but at the same time it truly is all about having a strong team and we are blessed to have one of the best. We also continue to stay focused on our three legged stool analogy. We all know that you must have all three legs for the stool to work. Our three legs of the stool are: Working safe – we want each and every employee to go home in the same condition as they came to work; Top quality project – Ferguson self performs many parts of a project and we have some of the best skilled tradesmen in the area. A quality project is a must and; Customercare – our goal is to provide the best customer care in the construction industry. We must take care of our customers or someone else will. If we can accomplish these three objectives, on every project, Ferguson will continue to be successful year after year.
Here are the updates from our various office locations.
• In the Sidney office, much of the larger project work was closely tied to a continued strong manufacturing sector with projects for such companies as Crown Equipment, Everyday Technologies, Wayne Trail Technologies, Midway Products, Emerson Climate Technologies, Dannon and Honda. The Sidney Special Projects Group continues to be a strong part of the business portfolio providing services for companies such as Honda, Wilson Health, Abbott Labs, Crown Equipment, Whirlpool, Clopay Building Products, Airstream, KTH Parts Industries, Hobart Welding Institute and Advanced Composites. New commercial projects for the Bowler Store and Wapak Clean Scene are a part of the wide variety of projects within the Sidney office. 2017 overall, for Shelby County and the surrounding region, was a good year and appears to be well poised for a strong 2018.
• Our Dayton office also saw strong sales growth in all of our markets. Manufacturing projects in the Dayton market continue to be a large part of our growth including United Grinding, Twist, PMO and Iwata Bolt. We continue to perform many large and small projects for a number of universities that include the University of Dayton, Cedarville University, School of Advertising Arts and Miami University. Ferguson’s commercial projects include the Woolpert Headquarters Renovation, Steiner Development, Midway Trailers, and Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley. Our healthcare market is very active with numerous projects for Premier Health. The Dayton office anticipates sustained growth in all market segments for 2018 as the local economy remains strong.
• In the Capital City, our Columbus Ohio team is leading a dynamic construction climate serving clients from the healthcare market to industrial. With another year of increased volume in 2017, the Columbus team is poised to reach even greater success in the new year by retaining satisfied clients such as AEP, The Ohio State University, Ohio Health, Nexcore, and Nationwide Realty while establishing footholds in medical office construction and leading many exciting projects around areas like the Short North and downtown districts near the Ohio Statehouse. We are also in the process of completing construction of our new office in early 2018 which will enable continued growth throughout the Central Ohio market.
• Our Indiana office experienced steady growth in 2017, and has a strong outlook for the start of 2018. This office developed new relationships with several key industrial and commercial customers including: North Vernon Industry, Packaging Corporation, Rumpke, and Midway Products, In addition to this, Ferguson was able to land projects with our strong repeat customers for Honda Manufacturing, Sunright, LHP, Toyota Manufacturing, and Faurecia.
With a continued focus on strategic planning for short term growth and long term success in 2017. We look into the future and are being faced with several key retirements. This is yet another reason that our strategic planning effort is extremely critical at this time. Not only do we need to support our growth initiatives but at the same time we need a plan for staff transitions. As we continue to pursue our current markets consisting of industrial, commercial, universities, healthcare, as well as our special projects. We will continue to add staff, as needed, to handle our additional growth opportunities and we see that continuing through 2018.
The year 2018 looks to be another strong one for business opportunities. And as Ferguson enters its 98th year of business we want to thank each and every one of our employees for helping us achieve these goals, as well as all of our customers that have the confidence and trust in Ferguson Construction by allowing us to be a part of their construction team.