Messer’s Mary Kilburn Leads Knoxville’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Event for Women in Construction
Senior Project Accountant Mary Kilburn was recently featured in the Knoxville News Sentinel for her leadership role in Knoxville’s local chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). The organization is commemorating its 50th Anniversary in Knoxville, TN, and Kilburn is currently serving as the chair of the celebration event. Kilburn, who has been a member of NAWIC for more than a decade, stated, “We definitely want to bring the ladies who are in the construction industry together. Not just the people who are on a construction site -- the whole gamut of construction, architecture, engineering, banking, legal services -- any relation to construction." To read more, please visit Knoxville News Sentinel.
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.