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ACI Hiring Event

Event Features On-the-Spot Hiring and Sign-on Bonuses*

 

Don’t miss out on the ACI Hiring Event on Thursday, October 3 from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm at ACI’s Main Office.

Call 804.716.3874 or email hr@acibuilds.com for more information.

 

> Click to download a flier with all the details of the event!

*Bonuses for specified positions only. See flier for details.

 

 

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Atlantic Constructors, Inc. is a full service industrial and commercial contractor headquartered in Richmond, VA (Chesterfield County) with satellite offices in Newport News, Roanoke, and Hampton Roads, VA. Our highly skilled team of over 800 employees serves customers throughout the mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit www.acibuilds.com.

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Coop’s Corner: What You Don’t Know…

An ongoing series of articles from ACI’s Director of Diversity Strategies, Bill Cooper (Coop).

No Matter How Smart You Are – You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

Many of us are very confident about what we know – and that’s cool. It’s cool as long as you also stay curious. Here’s my point: there is no way that any individual can know everything that another individual knows. As a result, there is always something new to learn from someone else. Once you’ve learned it, you then have additional information about that subject. What could be wrong with that?

The problem is us. We want to be right and we have a difficult time accepting that we don’t know something. We live in a world that is chockfull of differences; some of these differences may be seen but more often than not they are differences that are invisible. The differences may be biological, social, or organizational. They may be rooted in race, age, sexual orientation, religious preference, or military experience. Differences also exist because of the department we work in, our position in an organization, the type of office we have, or the type of vehicles we drive.

These differences create what is known as social distance – it confirms that I am like me and you are like you. This distance can be navigated if either or both of us is open to discovery. If we are curious. In the world of diversity and inclusion, the process of first understanding oneself and how we view the world and then seeking to understand the same for others is called cross cultural competency, I call it C3 (I know it looks like C-cubed but I say, “C-three” because I like it). Cross cultural competency requires that we acknowledge and then invite difference; that we honor the power that is inherent in difference and then work to leverage it to our advantage.

So the next time that you have a project assigned to you at work and you must pick a partner, why not look for someone that you don’t hang out with; someone that you know only as a person that may look at the project with a perspective that is different from yours. While this may not be your natural inclination, it will give you a chance to bring a broader set of experiences and thinking to the execution of your assignment.

By the way, the same goes for life outside of the office. We usually all KNOW where we like to go. But, in the spirit of honoring difference, when you gather with a group socially, why not ask for recommendations from someone that rarely has the chance to pick your destination? Why not suggest that you try somewhere that you have never been before? Or ask a neighbor (or even a stranger) for a recommendation?

In his book, What If?: Short Stories to Spark Diversity Dialogue, master storyteller Steve Robbins tells the story of a know-it-all professor who was shown by a student that he didn’t know what he didn’t know. In acknowledging that he could be wrong, the professor had an “Ah-Ha moment.” He was committed to learning and thus realized, that in order to continue to learn, he would have to change his way of thinking. He felt that this was especially true about things he knew little about and people with whom he had not spent much time. The professor decided from that day forward he would: Minimize his certainty and maximize his curiosity. Since I learned this from Steve some years back, I’ve tried my best to embrace this philosophy and it has served me well. Be less certain and more curious – try it!

Ciao!

Coop

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Atlantic Constructors, Inc. is a full service industrial and commercial contractor headquartered in Richmond, VA (Chesterfield County) with satellite offices in Newport News, Roanoke, and Hampton Roads, VA. Our highly skilled team of over 700 employees serves customers throughout the mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit www.acibuilds.com.

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Introducing Bill Cooper’s Inclusion and Diversity Corner!

We hope you enjoy— and are informed by— this first in an ongoing series of articles from ACI’s Director of Diversity Strategies, Bill Cooper (Coop).

What do Small Businesses Need Most?

I first remember hearing this question asked more than 20 years ago at a conference focused on minority businesses. The question was asked by Mel Gravely, now CEO of Triversity Construction in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mel, a thought leader on minority business success, was then the CEO of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Thinking. (Mel actually used minority businesses in asking however I choose to use small in order to address a wider audience).

Since this time, when I have asked audiences, “What do small businesses need most?” like Mel, predictably, I got the same responses – cash and contracts.

I learned from Mel, and the School of Hard Knocks, that while cash and contracts are important—they are not as important as developing and executing a strategy for a small business. Leonard Greenhalgh and James Lowry confirmed this fact in their book, Minority Business Success: Refocusing on the American Dream. They contend that easy access to contracts and capital can “actually be counterproductive if the MBE (minority business enterprise) is not set up to deliver on the contracts or to use the capital wisely.”

Using data collected at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, they compiled a list of the shortcomings most likely to hamper an MBE’s success. Number one on the prioritized list – lack of strategic clarity.

Greenhalgh and Lowry, as well as Gravely, agree that in order to develop this clarity, small businesses must be able to answer questions like:

  • What’s happening in the market?
  • Where do I fit in the value chain?
  • How and where do we compete?
  • How do we consistently deliver on our promises?
  • How do we make money?
  • How do we plan to grow? What customers do we pursue; what customers do we let go?
  • Who do I hire? Who do I buy from?

While this list is not exhaustive, answers to these questions and others like them will provide business owners with the road map that they need in order to understand where they (and their business) are going.

Putting in work to answer the questions that help provide strategic clarity offers owners a clearer path to profits, growth, and ultimately wealth. This work is an example of the owner working ON his/her business rather than IN that business. Because it’s often easy for the busy entrepreneur to get so caught up on working IN the business (cutting hair in the barber shop, baking cakes in the pastry shop, or supervising the crew on a jobsite) they may fail to make time to work ON their business (developing a strategy, doing research, or attending training to improve their business acumen).

By the way, for those of us who support and advocate on behalf of small business success, when we simply seek firms to satisfy diverse supplier requirements, might it be said of us that we are only working IN our business? For us to be working ON our business, we need to constantly remind them to stay ON it…

Ciao!

Coop

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Atlantic Constructors, Inc. is a full service industrial and commercial contractor headquartered in Richmond, VA (Chesterfield County) with satellite offices in Newport News, Roanoke, and Hampton Roads, VA. Our highly skilled team of over 700 employees serves customers throughout the mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit www.acibuilds.com.

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Tour ACI’s 130,000 sq ft Fabrication Shop!

All Under One Big Roof

ACI is an extraordinary company doing extraordinary work for our customers. After our people, one of the biggest assets we leverage to the benefit of our clients is our massive, highly automated 130,000 sq ft fabrication shop.  Here, we can prefabricate complex installations, handle large scale painting and blasting jobs, assemble massive sheet metal and duct work builds, weld and cut pipe with speed and precision and many other self-performed construction projects. A facility like this empowers us to provide truly innovative solutions as well as allowing us to save our clients time and money while ensuring the highest levels of quality and safety.

While there’s nothing like walking through our facility to truly help gain an understanding of the scope of what is possible here, we hope this video overview will give you a good idea of what ACI can do for you and your next project.

> ACI Fabrication Shop Video

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Atlantic Constructors, Inc. is a full service industrial and commercial contractor headquartered in Richmond, VA (Chesterfield County) with satellite offices in Newport News, Roanoke, and Hampton Roads, VA. Our highly skilled team of over 600 employees serves customers throughout the mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit www.acibuilds.com. For media information, contact Eddie Williams, Director of Marketing at 804.523.8795.

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ACI’S Open House

Event in Honor of Our A-List

ACI would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone involved with our recent A-List Open House. During this highly successful event, ACI played host to many of our top customers, partners, and vendors who comprise our “A-List.”

The 200-plus guests who visited our 130,000-square-foot, highly automated production facility had the opportunity to explore our facility and experience firsthand the many self-performed services ACI has to offer.

Local food trucks from Curbside Creations, Riverside City Wood Fire Pizza, and Slideways Mobile Bistro provided much of the fare, with delicious desserts provided by Carytown Cupcakes. To enhance the cupcake experience, our sheet metal shop crafted an amazing, one-of-a-kind cupcake display!

As no special event is complete without live music, we engaged up-and-coming Virginia recording artist, Bryan Elijah Smith. The sounds of his unique brand of Americana music rang through the facility, providing entertainment that had our more than a few guests tapping their feet and singing along.

We hope this Open House allowed our guests to see how much we value them. Many new connections were made and many existing ones were strengthened. Thanks again to everyone who helped make our A-List Open House such an extraordinary success!

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Atlantic Constructors, Inc. is a full service industrial and commercial contractor headquartered in Richmond, VA (Chesterfield County) with satellite offices in Newport News, Roanoke, and Hampton Roads, VA. Our highly skilled team of over 600 employees serves customers throughout the mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit www.acibuilds.com. For media information, contact Eddie Williams, Director of Marketing at 804.523.8795.

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ACI 2017 Year in Review

New Look, Expanded Capabilities, and Streamlined Operations

Before we find ourselves too far down the road into 2018, we’d like to take a moment to look back at the many changes and accomplishments we saw last year.

2017 marked another year of significant growth for the region’s leading construction and service specialty contractor. Of particular note, ACI completed a major expansion of our fabrication facility, adding an additional 30,000 square feet of workspace. This expansion brings our total workspace to 130,000 square-feet and allows us to perform more prefabricated work, exercise more control over schedules, and meet critical shut-down deadlines.

ACI also underwent a major change to their corporate branding, with a new logo, new website, and new url and email address, “acibuilds.com.” These changes more accurately reflect the modern, innovative organization ACI has become and will better represent the company in the years to come.

The internal structure of the company also underwent changes, starting with the retirement of Bill Stout as Executive Vice President Preconstruction/Construction Management, a position he held for the last 14 years. With Stout’s departure, the decision was made to better align ACI’s core growth departments :

  • Nathan Karr – Business Development Executive – Commercial
  • Hal Hamner – Business Development Executive – Industrial
  • Jeff Smith – Business Development Manager – Industrial
  • Matt Kebler – Estimating Executive
  • Ron Turski – Operational Oversight of Commercial and Industrial Estimators
  • Sean O’Brien – Roanoke Client Solutions Manager
  • Keith Dunford – Electrical Construction Project Manager
  • Gary Crawford – Electrical Construction Project Manager
  • Chance Vangorder – Electrical Construction Estimator
  • Gary Williams – Fabrication Manager
  • Scott Mezza – VDC Manager
  • Matt Niedzwick – Project Executive Industrial Service
  • Ronnie Bonds – Shipping and Receiving Manager

 

Other Highlights for 2017:

COMMERCIAL
Nathan Karr was promoted to Business Development Executive – Commercial. In addition to being responsible for Commercial Mechanical Construction sales, his work procurement responsibilities now include Fire Protection, Roanoke construction projects, and combination Mechanical- Electrical-Plumbing-Fire Protection projects.

  • CJW Chippenham Emergency Department Renovation:
    26,000 SF, full MEP
    Project timeline is set for March, 2018 to August 2019.
  • Altria Headquarters
    Two-Phase Design-Assist Renovation
    Phase I: 160,000 SF three-story addition
    Project Timeline is set for June 2018 to October 2019
    Phase II: Renovation of existing 195,000 SF facility
    Project Timeline is set for November 2019 to October of 2020


INDUSTRIAL
ACI’s Industrial Division continued to impress, meeting both sales and revenue goals while winning more jobs than in any previous year. They secured an uniquely exceptional project with San-J International, the first ever project to allow ACI to deliver on eight of their industry practices – Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection, Fire Alarms, Process Piping, Equipment Setting, and Process Controls.

Among the many other notable awards for ACI Industrial were four NOx Emission Abatement Mechanical Projects for AdvanSix (Honeywell-Hopewell), as well as numerous projects for Altria, DSM, DuPoint, Merck, Park 500, and Phillip.

Hal Hamner was promoted to Business Development Executive – Industrial. Hamner oversees all sales of major industrial capital projects but also skid fabrication and construction management opportunities.

Jeff Smith was promoted to Business Development Manager – Industrial Division and manages all sales for Industrial Services.

 

SERVICE & SPECIAL PROJECTS
The Service Division expanded significantly in 2017, with a focus on adding more top-notch talent to their ranks and securing many “firsts” for the ACI Service & Special Projects Division. They added 10 new service vehicles and one pump truck this year. Among this Divisions many project successes this year:

  • Phillip Morris
    Three-year grease trap plumbing and cleaning contract.
  • Quirk Hotel
    Contract with to make repairs to all mechanical systems.
  • Southern Graphics
    Replacement of 19 units and hail guards.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
    Renewal of mechanical and electrical contract for 30 university buildings.
  • Norfolk State
    Replacement of 210 fan coils.
  • Chesapeake Conference Center
    Replacement of 14 roof-top units and installation of the first prolonged building system.


ELECTRICAL
ACI saw significant growth and change within the Electrical Department last year, achieving sales approaching $8,000,000, doubling the approximately $4,000,000 of the prior year. As part of ACI’s new streamlined organization, Electrical was moved into the ACI Construction Division, with Keith Dunford and Gary Crawford promoted to Project Managers and Chance Vangorder promoted to Electrical Estimator. As part of the Construction Division, ACI electrical has been instrumental in the work with San-J International as well as the large addition and renovation project at CJW Medical Center.

 

FIRE PROTECTION
ACI has won numerous jobs for our Fire Protection scope this year. Most notable is the fire protection scope for a new Facebook facility. This massive job will span over 18-months and use approximately 13,000 sprinkler heads. Other notable Fire Protection jobs include the new Eldor Corporation facility in Roanoke and the UVA Chemistry Building renovation, which is scheduled for completion by the end of 2018.

 

HUMAN RESOURCES
ACI added more than 300 employees growing to nearly 700 employees in 2017

To help reach more potential employees, ACI’s Human Resources team has greatly expanded their operations and added multiple new approaches, such as on-site job fairs and increased involvement with apprenticeship programs. In fact, ACI was able to enroll more than 60 apprentices in 2017 alone. Human Resources has also increased social media usage, creating a Facebook page dedicated solely to talent acquisition (www.facebook.com/ACIcareers).  A new toll-free phone line was also launched in 2017, 1-877-WRK-4ACI.

 

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
As an ever-more diverse company, ACI joined SKANSKA in a Virginia Diversity Advocates meeting in June of 2017. This meeting brought together supplier diversity advocates from State Governments, Local Governments, and the private sector from across the State. The all-day session at the Black History Museum provided participants with current information on relevant legislation, construction industry trends and leading practices in supplier inclusion.

ACI continued to support  efforts to be inclusive in our development of small, women- and minority-owned businesses. Of special note is ACI’s support of Katilyst Company (Richmond, VA), and GP Supply (Greensboro, NC). Katilyst is a women-owned, innovative HVAC and energy consulting firm and has become one of ACI’s Affinity Partners. GP Supply is one of largest minority-owned plumbing supply houses in the country. ACI was instrumental in helping them to overcome obstacles to certification as a minority-owned business in Virginia.

In addition, we have made many introductions to Virginia-based government agencies and private sector firms. Two ACI executives have agreed to mentor GP Supply’s CEO and the hope is that soon, they will open a warehouse and distribution center in the Richmond area.

 

ROANOKE
With Sean O’Brien promoted to Client Solutions Manager and handling all major projects, ACI’s Roanoke location is poised for continued growth. This year, ACI Roanoke was awarded the Eldor project, consisting of the Design Assist for Mechanical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection for this new state of the art 250,000 SF facility located in Daleville, Virginia. This is a unique project because ACI Roanoke and ACI Richmond will team to complete the project. The Roanoke team will manage and install the mechanical and plumbing scopes, while Richmond team installs the fire protection piping system.

In addition, the Roanoke Division was also awarded the mechanical and plumbing for the upcoming Washington & Lee Indoor Athletic Facility (180,000 SF). Construction is set to begin in April of 2018 and will take approximately 18-months to complete.

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Atlantic Constructors, Inc. is a full service industrial and commercial contractor headquartered in Richmond, VA (Chesterfield County) with satellite offices in Newport News, Roanoke, and Hampton Roads, VA. Our highly skilled team of over 600 employees serves customers throughout the mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit www.acibuilds.com. For media information, contact Eddie Williams, Director of Marketing at 804.523.8795.

ACI Sets Precedent Regarding Diversity

Harnessing the Power of People with Different Backgrounds

For many companies, diversity is a buzzword that has become too hard to ignore. From Silicon Valley and the world’s largest tech companies to smaller heavy industry players, employees and the community alike are demanding statistics on a company’s makeup, and, if a company doesn’t measure up on diversity, change.

But Atlantic Constructors doesn’t think diversity is enough.

“Diversity by itself is just a mix of differences, but true inclusion is making the mix work,” said Terrence Kerner, President of ACI. “If we learn to harness the power of people with different backgrounds and experiences, it makes us more innovative.”

With over 700 employees, the leading service and construction provider for commercial and industrial markets knows that it’s the people that set the company apart in the industry.

Bill Cooper, ACI’s Director of Diversity Strategies, shared this after working with the company for a few months: “ACI builds not by counting people, but by making people count.

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Atlantic Constructors, Inc. is a full service industrial and commercial contractor headquartered in Richmond, VA (Chesterfield County) with satellite offices in Newport News, Roanoke, and Hampton Roads, VA. Our highly skilled team of over 600 employees serves customers throughout the mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit www.acibuilds.com.

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Helping Out in Puerto Rico

Transporting goods from a church in Suffolk, VA to an island more than 1,000 miles off the U.S. coast has proven to be incredibly difficult. Jonathan Gonzalez is an ACI employee at our Suffolk location and a Puerto Rico native with many family members residing on the island. After Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, Jonathan waited several days without hearing if his family was okay. Finally, he got word from a radio station that his family had survived. Like many other Puerto Ricans in the wake of the storm, he decided he would make the trip to the island himself to bring supplies to his family and community.

ACI employees at the Suffolk location collected more than $300 to help Jonathan buy supplies. With this contribution, Jonathan was able to bring 1,000 pounds of food, water and water purification systems, cases of baby wipes for bathing, electronics, flashlights, batteries, battery chargers, extension cords, and a satellite phone to establish communication. ACI also purchased black bins that helped transport the supplies easily. Upon arrival, Jonathan received law enforcement escorts and help from the mayor to disperse his goods as efficiently as possible.

With a little help from ACI, Jonathan was able to provide much-needed relief for 10 days. There is no doubt it takes a certain kind of team to support a fellow employee in this way. We would like to thank everyone who contributed to Jonathan’s journey and his efforts in assisting the people of Puerto Rico.

He shared images of the overwhelming damage and devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Click the links below for more.

View Pics and Video of Jonathan in Puerto Rico

See How You Can Continue to Help Puerto Rico

 

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Atlantic Constructors, Inc. is a full service industrial and commercial contractor headquartered in Richmond, VA (Chesterfield County) with satellite offices in Newport News, Roanoke, and Hampton Roads, VA. Our highly skilled team of over 600 employees serves customers throughout the mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit www.acibuilds.com.

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ACI to Hold Huge Hiring Event

Event Features On-the-Spot Hiring and Sign-on Bonuses*

 

Don’t miss out on the ACI Hiring Event on Tuesday, October 3 from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm at ACI’s Main Office.

Call 804.523.8792 or email hr@acibuilds.com for more information.

 

> Click to download a flier with all the details of the event!

*Bonuses for specified positions only. See flier for details.

 

 

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Atlantic Constructors, Inc. is a full service industrial and commercial contractor headquartered in Richmond, VA (Chesterfield County) with satellite offices in Newport News, Roanoke, and Hampton Roads, VA. Our highly skilled team of over 550 employees serves customers throughout the mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit www.acibuilds.com.

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ACI Cuts the Cord

ACI Makes Major Investment in Safety and Efficiency

In order to meet new OSHA regulations for silica dust exposure, Atlantic Constructors, Inc. (ACI) partnered with Milwaukee Tools to provide, among several other new tools, the Milwaukee HAMMERVAC™ Dedicated Dust Extractor which connects directly to and is powered by the M18 FUEL™ 1” SDS Plus Rotary Hammer. This design allows for a very compact HAMMERVAC™ and rotary hammer combination to fit in the most confined work spaces, utilizing the same replaceable certified HEPA filter as other HAMMERVACS™, which filter 99.97% of all particles greater than 0.3µm.

 

Evan Shriver, ACI’s Executive Vice President for Construction Operations believes this initiative to be another clear indication of ACI’s dedication to providing something extraordinary to our clients. “These new tools represent a major, $100,000+ investment which will not only ensure ACI meets or exceeds OSHA requirements, but will also provide more efficient layout while increasing safety, quality and productivity for our workers and our customers.”

 

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Atlantic Constructors, Inc. is a full service industrial and commercial contractor headquartered in Richmond, VA (Chesterfield County) with satellite offices in Newport News, Roanoke, and Hampton Roads, VA. Our highly skilled team of over 550 employees serves customers throughout the mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit www.acibuilds.com.