BMWC Constructors, Inc. Relocates to a Larger Facility in Portland
BMWC Constructors, Inc. (BMWC) is proud to announce the relocation and expansion of its Portland, OR office location. To service a growing list of Pipe Fabrication and Clean Room clients, BMWC’s new facility is now located at 4488 NW Yeon Ave., Portland, OR 97210.
BMWC’s expanded fabrication services are highlighted below. BMWC also has offices and fabrication shops in Chandler, Arizona and Kent, Washington.
Fabrication Shop Highlights:
- More than 18,000 sq. ft. general fab area
- Weld procedures qualified for most applications
- Latest manuals in ASME B31.1 and B31.3
- Separate shops for dissimilar alloy fabrication, hanger fabrication and storage
- Computer Aided Design (CAD) system for detailing, material control and billing
- In-shop computer tracking system to report status. Includes: Detailing, approvals, releases, weld-out, inspection and shipping of individual spools
Clean Room Highlights:
- Over 2,800 sq. ft. clean fab area
- 1,200 sq. ft. clean room class 100 with class 10 work stations
- Custom fabrication for specialty gas, chemical and waste applications
- AMI Orbital Welders, capable of welding all sizes of high purity stainless steel tubing and pipe
- High purity infrared machines that produce the highest quality fusion welds
For more information about the facility, contact J.J. Burke at 503.240.2692.
BMWC Group, Inc. Works 5.5 Million Man-Hours with Zero (0) Lost Time Injuries
BMWC Group, Inc. (BMWC) is proud to announce the achievement of working over 5.5 million man-hours in 2012 with Zero (0) Lost Time Injuries or Illnesses. According to President and CEO Brian Acton, “This milestone is the combined result of more than 2000 men and women across the country in every craft that we employ supporting our safety vision and working together for one common goal. They should all be congratulated on their teamwork and dedication to this company-wide achievement.”
BMWC Safety Director Clay West points out that the key to attaining this goal is the company’s dedication to their “Safety for Life” culture. “It has been the driving factor to our success as we’ve grown, and it continues to be the bond that links all our craftspeople and their families together with each of our regional offices all the way to the top of the organization,” West says.
Finch Constructors and BMW Constructors, Inc. complete Mentor Protege Partnership with the Indiana Construction Roundtable
The following is a recent press release from the Indiana Construction Roundtable that indicates our level of commitment to supporting minority businesses in our surrounding communities. BMW Project Manager John Menke is a mentor for the program.
The Indiana Construction Roundtable (ICR) is pleased to announce that the partnership between BMW Constructors and Finch Constructors has completed the Mentor Protégé Program.
The Mentor‐Protégé program is a part of the ICR’s larger Diversity Initiative and aims to help emerging businesses enter into and thrive in the construction industry. These partnerships are comprised of an established firm who provides the emerging business with the guidance they need to navigate the difficult first years of business. Rather than focusing on short term fixes which can create the mere illusion of progress, the plan emphasizes building sustainable business models for its participants. The ICR Mentor Protégé Program currently has twelve participating partnerships, which include women, minority and veteran owned businesses.
Natalie Brooks of Finch Constructors has made the most of her meetings with John Menke of BMW Constructors. “John has helped our business tremendously. John and I plan to continue our relationship long after our partnership ends with ICR,” said Brooks.
The partners were recognized for their commitment to the program at a quarterly training session held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Basketball legend and Pacers announcer Quinn Buckner opened the program with welcoming remarks and a message to those diverse businesses participating in the program. “Set your goals and don’t give up,” noted Bucker. “Be persistent and always keep your goals in sight.”
For more information on becoming a mentor or a protégé, please visit indianaconstruction.org
BMW Constructors, Inc. awarded third place in SMACNA's National Safety Award Contest for Lowest Injury/Illness Rate
The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA) presented BMW Constructors the third place National Safety Excellence Award for Lowest Injury/Illness rate in the over 500,000 man-hour category. SMACNA is an international association of union contractors with 103 chapters. The SMACNA Safety Excellence Award Program is annual and allows SMACNA to track the safety hisotry of the industry and recognize members for outstanding safety performance.
BMW Constructors featured as Construction Today's Industrial Construction Company Spotlight
Construction Today magazine featured BMW Constructors as its Industrial Construction Company Sportlight in the magazine's January issue. BMW's President and CEO, Brian Acton, was interviewed for the article, and he discussed what makes BMW different than other construction company, where the company began, where it is now and the direction the company will headed in the future. Acton gave insight to how BMW remains a strong company in a tough economy. He also explained Lean Construction, which is a tool BMW uses to help keep unnecessary costs down for both the owner and BMW.
Construction Today is based in Chicago, Illinois. The magazine services more than 82,000 readers across North America and covers important topics relating to all facets of the construction industry.
To read the complete article featuring BMW Constructors, please click here.
Construction Users Roundtable features BMW Constructors in the Summer 2011 Issue of The VOICE magazine
The Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) featured BMW Constructors as its Contractor Associate Member in the Summer 2011 Issue of "The VOICE" magazine. CURT was founded by, and is driven by, many of the largest and most successful construction owners in the United States to provide the industry a strong, singular voice to help owners effect positive, meaningful change and improvements. CURT is a not-for-profit organization whose primary purpose is to create competitive advantage for construction owners by making the industry safer, promoting overall cost effectiveness and productivity, and improving the way construction is planned, managed, justified and executed. As an Associate member of CURT, BMW Constructors receives recognition on CURT's printed material and website www.curt.org, attendance to all CURT meetings and discounts on CURT publications, training and meetings. CURT also holds a National Conference that members can attend each year. To read the complete article featuring BMW Constructors, please click here.
BMW Constructors volunteers work with "Rebuilding Together" to give back to the Indianapolis community
Indianapolis, IN, April 23, 2011 – When we look at our lives and the progress of the community in which we live, most of us realize how blessed we are. It is our neighbors that may not be as fortunate. As well, it has been said that “our growth as a community can only be fulfilled through giving back to those in need. Rebuilding Together Indianapolis strives to do just that.
The idea is simple…local volunteers from all walks of life, supported by both national and local business, building trades and government agencies mobilize on one day in April to repair and rehabilitate homes for those in need. Since Rebuilding Together Indianapolis was formed in 2000, more than 250 homes have been improved, helping families to stay warm, dry, safe and secure. Working together, the Rebuilding Together House Captain and the homeowner identify many needs for the home – painting, bathroom tile, exterior door replacements, adding a bathroom to the main floor, ceiling repairs, roof repairs, and yard beautification such as flowers, shrubs, and mulch. This year, BMW Constructors participated on Union Day – this day is reserved for the skilled union trades to come to the home to do the “heavy lifting” repairs and renovations. Then on the following Saturday, which is called Game Day looks for more than 500 volunteers to be active at more than 25 homes. These projects can and will be completed all on Game Day.
BMW believes in and supports volunteerism – giving back to those in our community that may be less fortunate. Rich Rhodes volunteered to lead BMW’s efforts as a House Captain and coordinated all projects that helped complete BMW's designated house. Additional information can be found at the Rebuilding Together Website at www.rebuildingtogetherindy.org
BMWC announces Mike Keller as new CFO
Indianapolis, IN, February 15, 2011 – Mike Keller has joined BMWC as the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining the company, Mike worked in the
homebuilding and land development industry for over 20 years as the CFO of the Estridge Companies, a Carmel, Indiana firm. His previous experience also includes work with PepsiCo and the CPA firm Harding,
Shymanski & Co. Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Evansville.
Company Announces Passing of Chairman Thomas E. O'Brien
Dated: January 19, 2011
It is with great sadness that BMW Constructors, Inc. announced the passing of its Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer, Tom O’Brien, after a long illness.
Born in Pittsburgh, PA and a graduate of West Virginia University, Tom began his career as Project
Engineer for the Dravo Corporation. In 1979, after being hired by BMW, Tom relocated to Indianapolis,
IN and began working for company founder, Jack Baker, in various management roles. He continued
progressing within BMW and was asked to move to Chicago/Northwest Indiana and become responsible
for a new office that would eventually become BMW’s largest location. Through this and other
successes, Tom continued to move up through the organization and returned to Indianapolis where he
was elected President, CEO and subsequently, Chairman’s position. During Tom’s tenure, the company
has experienced unprecedented growth and solidified its reputation in the industry for honesty,
integrity and customer value. Through Tom’s leadership, the company has expanded into several new
markets and regions, and today is commonly ranked as one of the largest construction companies in the
Prior to his illness, Tom had put in place a succession plan for the company’s next generation of
executive management. Pursuant to that plan, the company is also announcing the following at this
Jim Davis has been elected as the new Chairman of the Board, and Brian Acton will now also hold the
position of Chief Executive Officer, in addition to his current role as President. Both individuals have a
long history of success within the company and are committed to building upon the strong foundation
that Tom laid out for the future. Additionally, Mike Keller has been named the Chief Financial Officer.
Tom’s passion for BMW was unparalleled. We will miss not only his steadfast leadership and direction,
but most importantly, his presence as a colleague and friend to all of us.
BMW Constructors, Inc. elects Brian K. Acton President and Chief Operating Officer
Thomas E. O’Brien continues as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Indianapolis, IN, August 23, 2010 – BMW Constructors today announced that its Board of Directors has elected Brian K. Acton President and Chief Operating Officer of the company, reporting to Thomas E. O’Brien, who will continue as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. O’Brien noted that “Brian’s election is another step in the Company’s leadership succession plan. He has served our employees and customers across the company for over 25 years and is well prepared for this position of leadership.”
Mr. Acton joined the company in 1985 as a Project Engineer in its Munster, Indiana operations. He was promoted to Project Manager in 1990 and became responsible for supporting many of the company’s largest customers. In 1998, Mr. Acton and his family relocated to Seattle, Washington where he became President of the company’s sister company in the Pacific Northwest and launched the business’s entry into the semiconductor, biotechnology, and aerospace industries. In January 2009, he returned to Indianapolis as Executive Vice President, responsible for all construction operations across the company.
Mr. O’Brien continued, “Throughout Brian’s career he has demonstrated our corporate values and developed a full understanding of all aspects of our company. BMW Constructors has grown under his leadership, and I am confident that he will continue to strengthen our long tradition of excellence with our employees and customers as we continue the growth and success of our business model.”
Mr. Acton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering Management from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Construction and Engineering Department at Purdue University, and is a member of Young President’s Organization (YPO). Mr. Acton and his family will continue to reside in Indianapolis, IN.
United Way contribution recognition
BMW and Judy Piercinski recognized for United Way campaign
BMW Constructors, Inc. was recognized for the company's United Way contribution at the annual United Way picnic. BMW is a member of Division I, which encompasses the construction industry.
Judy Piercinski received the Employee Campaign Manager award for Division I. Paul Nicholls, who presented the award, spoke highly of BMW and its yearly contributions. He said the company continued to increase its donation despite the downturn of the economy. He acknowledged that BMW's previous Employee Campaign Manager also received the award and passing the award to Judy proves the company is continuing its generosity.
"Welding Journal" publishes article about BMW
Steven Disbrow and Chris Kramer write about BP's Modernization Project
The article highlights not only the modernization project taking place at the BP Whiting Refinery, but also what it takes for a company like BMW to do the work. Steven and Chris discuss the importance of safety, the demands of the work, quality considerations, and the benefits of modernizing the refinery. The article includes photos of the refinery and of the equipment that will be used to modernize the facility. For the complete article from the "Welding Journal" please click the link below.
BP Modernizes Whiting Refinery