Messer to move corporate headquarters to Cincinnati's West End
After a more than year-long search involving dozens of potential sites, Messer is moving forward with a plan to build its new corporate headquarters in Cincinnati’s West End neighborhood. “This is a double down into the city,” President and CEO Tom Keckeis told the Cincinnati Business Courier. “It’s more centrally located, it has great access, visibility and it’s the size we need for what we want to do.” Cincinnati City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the sale of the site, which is nestled between Cutter St., Court St., Mound St. and I-75 along the northern edge of downtown. “This area is redeveloping,” Keckeis said.” We just did the streetcar. We’re working on Music Hall and Cincinnati Shakespeare. We want to be a part of it.” Construction of the 50,000-square-foot facility is expected to start later this year, with completion slated for late 2017. The building will accommodate the 116 employees who currently work at the corporate office, along with another 40 the company plans to hire over the next three years. BHDP Architecture will design the building, and Messer has committed to a 30 percent spend with certified minority- and women-owned contractors during the construction process. Find out more about the move: EXCLUSIVE: Here’s how Messer decided to move its headquarters to the West End (via Cincinnati Business Courier)
Messer Construction Co. ranked No. 8 nationally for supplier diversity by DiversityInc
Messer Construction Co. has earned eighth place on DiversityInc’s 2016 Top 13 Companies for Supplier Diversity ranking. The news was announced during DiversityInc’s diversity and inclusion keystone event held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Tuesday, April 19. DiversityInc’s annual survey – tracking the nation’s top companies when it comes to hiring, retaining and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT and veterans – is the most rigorous, data-driven survey of its kind, gauging detailed demographics based on race/ethnicity and gender at some of the largest U.S. employers. “We saw 23 companies increase their standings on the DiversityInc Top 50 and Specialty Lists in 2016, and more than 1,000 companies submitting for contention on the list,” said Luke Visconti, DiversityInc’s founder and CEO. “We are very encouraged by the commitment and dedication to diversity management shown by these top performing companies.” Companies with more than 1,000 U.S.-based employees are eligible to enter, and there is no cost to compete. Each company’s rank is based on an objective analysis of 183 separate factors, based on data from a 300-question survey. The four equally weighted areas of measurement are Talent Pipeline, Equitable Talent Development, CEO/Leadership Commitment and Supplier Diversity. “Messer is honored to be recognized among the top companies nationally for supplier diversity,” said Tom Keckeis, Messer President & CEO. “Supplier diversity is a key component of our business plan and is critical to the economic vitality of the diverse communities and customers we serve. We’re very proud to have our commitment in this important area recognized on a national level.” DiversityInc’s Top 13 Companies for Supplier Diversity rankings include seven companies listed on the 2015 edition of the Fortune 500. Messer is the only construction company on the list. “Supplier diversity has been engrained into the Messer culture,” said Stanford Williams, Messer Vice President, Chief Inclusion Officer. “We’ve committed a great deal of resources toward developing strategic relationships with high-performing minority- and women-owned subcontractors, ensuring that they have an opportunity to work on our jobsites and contribute to the communities they serve. That commitment has produced outstanding results, as last year Messer spent a company-record 19.59 percent of its total purchases with M/WBEs.” The announcement dinner event included a keynote address from Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art; a sponsor address by Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr.; and an after-party with entertainment from Kool & The Gang. To see the complete list, visit http://www.diversityinc.com/diversityinc-top-13-companies-supplier-diversity/. For a look at all of DiversityInc’s 2016 rankings, visit http://www.diversityinc.com/top50 or follow the conversation online with the hashtag #DITop50.
Messer's Lampe explains how public-private partnerships could help Nashville's transit system
Messer Vice President and Nashville Region Leader Tom Lampe recently teamed up for an op-ed in The Tennessean about the benefits of public-private partnerships (P3s) for transportation projects. Two bills now in Tennessee’s General Assembly would allow for the use of P3s on transportation projects in the state. In the op-ed, Lampe and Stanton Electric’s Ryan Stanton, both participants in “Moving Forward: Transit Solutions for Our Region,” explain the benefits the legislation would bring to the region. P3 projects are attractive for several reasons. They often bring private-sector expertise and innovative approaches. They can help much-needed transportation projects get off the ground more quickly and they tap private capital to take some of the financing burden off of government. Today, public agencies in Tennessee can’t explore P3 projects, but this legislation would give policy makers a new tool to get projects done if the public supports it. Check out the full op-ed and see what else Lampe and Stanton had to say: Public-private partnerships could help transit system (The Tennessean)
$25k Messer grant fuels renovation project for Nashville organization
The Messer Construction Co. Foundation recently presented a $25,000 grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee (BBBS Middle Tennessee), an organization that strives to provide children facing adversity with enduring and professionally supported relationships that change their lives for the better. BBBS Middle Tennessee plans to use the funding to renovate its current office space into a multiuse meeting room – The Messer Mentoring Center – which will allow for onsite training and activities for children, parents, and mentors. “Several of our Nashville employees have already invested their time and energy to give back to this important community resource, and we are thrilled to join them as a company to support the organization’s efforts with this grant,” said Tom Lampe, Messer Construction Co. vice president and Nashville region leader. “We are proud to be able to provide the funds needed for the Messer Mentoring Center, as it is important infrastructure to the organization’s overall efforts.” The grant was sponsored by Messer Senior Project Executive Chris Steigerwald, who has served as a big brother and is a member of the organization’s board of directors. He will also provide consulting during planning for the renovation project. “This organization has done incredible things for the Middle Tennessee community,” Steigerwald said. “I am very excited to watch as it continues to expand its current facility to better meet the needs of the children here.” In only its 11th year of existence, the Messer Foundation this year donated its 900,000th dollar to community organizations from across the company’s nine regions of operation. Click here to learn more about the Foundation and see the list of organizations that have received a $25,000 grant.
Messer pledges $25,000 to Redwood for specialized playground equipment
The Messer Construction Co. Foundation recently presented a $25,000 grant to Redwood, a Northern Kentucky organization that provides enriching educational, therapeutic, and vocational services to children and adults with severe and multiple disabilities, helping them achieve independence and reach their highest potential throughout life. “At Messer, we’re committed to building better lives for our customers, communities and employees,” said Messer Vice President and Cincinnati region leader Steve Eder. “We’re pleased to present this grant to help further Redwood’s mission. “Growth is a central to everything we do at Messer – growing our employees, growing our community – but few places can enact growth more meaningfully than Redwood. When they told us about their needs and how they aligned with their mission, it resonated with everyone in our room. Needless to say, we couldn’t be more proud to assist an organization that impacts growth and education the way Redwood does.” Redwood will use the grant money to help fund the replacement of its aging specialized playground equipment with a new coated-steel fabricated play system. The improvements aim to provide a safe, accessible and engaging play environment for the roughly 100 children it serves, ages 4-16, with and without disabilities. Renovations have already started and are slated for completion in October. “The children and I are so excited for the renovation of our specialized playground,” said Redwood’s Director of Educational Care, Katrina Proud. “The playground is more than just a fun area for the children. It teaches the children to socialize appropriately in large and small settings while balancing their flow of energy to be more productive in the classroom. Plus, the extra sunshine truly puts smiles on their faces." Messer Human Resources Vice President Karen Pawsat, who has been involved with Redwood for six years and serves on its board, sponsored the organization for Messer’s grant. “I couldn’t be happier to see Messer and Redwood come together,” Pawsat said. “Messer builds amazing buildings, and Redwood builds amazing lives. “After six years of working with Redwood, I still marvel at how real their mission is and the level at which it is brought to life. These improvements will go a long way in furthering that impact.” The new, barrier-free playground will include a large, elevated play structure accessible by ramps, transfer systems and stairs, as well as ground-level equipment like swings, an easy-rocker see-saw style rider, rocking bridge, “drop shot” and activity panels. The project is designed with the growth and development of children with all types/degrees of disabilities in mind, aiming specifically at their cognitive, social and sensory-motor skills. Redwood offers the most comprehensive range of disability services in Greater Cincinnati. Last year, it served more than 800 adults and children with severe and multiple disabilities via more than 450,000 hours of service. It provides a wide range of innovative programs and services aimed to address needs, close service gaps, promote independence through technology, and help those who have no other opportunities available to them. Its programs include educational care, prescribed pediatric extended care, therapeutic intervention, adult day supports and vocational supports. In only its 11th year of existence, the Messer Foundation this year donated its 900,000th dollar to community organizations from across the company’s nine regions of operation.