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Indianapolis, IN – January 20, 2011 – Chuck Goodrich, Vice President of Gaylor, Inc. received the 2010 James J. Leonard Memorial Award presented by the Associated Builders and Contractors during their state board reception in January.
“I am surprised and humbled to be recognized by my colleagues for my contributions to the construction industry,” said Goodrich, who serves as Central Council Chair for the Indiana Region of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and serves on two committees for ABC on a national level.
“I firmly believe in the merit shop philosophy and look forward to helping lead the way for younger generations to become involved with construction both at work and in the community.” For several years, Goodrich has traveled with his church to third world countries to assist with building construction projects and he is an active member the Purdue University Construction Advisory Council.
The award is bestowed in honor of James J. Leonard, an ABC Chairman elect, who was killed in an automobile accident before he was able to assume his duties. The Leonard award is a defacto “Member of the Year” honor recognizing generous and tireless dedication to the chapter, the merit shop and free enterprise philosophies. A panel of former recipients selects one ABC member honoring him for meritorious service and outstanding leadership to the industry and the association.
Calvert, AL – December 6, 2010 – Gaylor powers up production for the world class $5 billion ThyssenKrupp integrated steel mill located on 3,500 acres just north of Mobile, Alabama. Acclaimed as one of the largest private industrial investments in the United States, Gaylor, a multi-faceted electrical contractor, has been charged with the role of constructing the electrical infrastructure and lighting systems as well as the Electrical equipment installation for four (4) Hot Dip Galvanizing Lines.
“Gaylor was hired for multiple tasks including the construction of the electrical utilities for the new Slab Yard where raw carbon steel slabs are unloaded and moved into furnaces, for processing,” explained Jeff Frazier, vice president and manager of Gaylor Jeffersonville.
Gaylor employed as many as 500 electricians on site during peak electrical construction for galvanizing process and continues to provide specialized services testing machinery and performing routine maintenance as TK ramps up operations in its Hot and Cold rolling mills.
“This is a fast-paced, high intensity job. We have a crew on location at all times and strictly adhere to site specific safety conditions,” said Frazier. “There are a lot of special equipment needs with a project of this caliber. Our electricians work on high lifts 100 feet off the ground.”
According to Frazier, Gaylor’s $40 million dollar installation package involves the electrical installation of High Voltage transformers and Substations, Process line equipment and Instrumentation. In addition, Gaylor’s project team was responsible for supplying general power and lighting throughout the 900,000 square foot facility. as well as working in tandem with other trades to detect and correct clashes of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.
The factory operates 24-hours per day, 365 days per year, and will eventually provide 2,700 jobs. The plant will manufacture and process carbon and stainless steel for high-value applications serving automotive, packaging, construction, electrical and utility industries, and will provide material for manufacturers of appliances, precision machinery and engineered products.
Purdue’s College of Technology honored Chuck Goodrich, Gaylor Vice president and Indianapolis branch manager, as a distinguished alumni.
“Our 2010 Distinguished Technology Alumni honorees have harnessed the power of their Purdue degrees for a positive impact on their professions,” said Dennis Depew, College of Technology dean. “They have used their educations to change how we do things today and improve the world for tomorrow.”
The product of a small town, Chuck Goodrich wasn’t sure he would be able to excel at Purdue, but with the guidance of Bob Kiger and others, excel he did, turning an internship at Gaylor Inc. into a full-time career. Starting as an engineering associate in 1996, Goodrich is now Gaylor’s vice president and branch manager for its Indianapolis operations.
His responsibilities include providing leadership, as well as budgeting, training, reviewing team projects, and community relations. His passion is coaching his teams to execute every project in a way that exceeds customer expectations and stays consistent with the core values of the organization. The advice and encouragement he has received from countless mentors, professors, friends, and family members are what he credits for his professional and personal successes.
Goodrich serves as Central Council Chair for the Indiana Region of Associated Building Contractors (ABC) and serves on two committees for ABC on a national level.
Spending time with his family is his primary focus away from the office. “Having such a strong family to support me has helped me in my success and perhaps, even more importantly, to know my success would be empty without them,” he says. He enjoys golf and cheering on his beloved Colts and Boilermakers. Active in his church, he hopes to make more time to serve on mission trips in the future.
Goodrich and his wife, Tricia, live in Noblesville. They have four children.
Gaylor, Inc. welcomes yesterday’s decision by the Supreme Court of Ohio in State ex rel. Gaylor, Inc. v. Goodenow in which the Court ordered the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, subject to contempt proceedings, to reinstate its bid on the Franklin County Animal Shelter project and determine whether its bid is the lowest and best. The Court also ordered Franklin County to award the electrical-systems contract to Gaylor upon determining its bid to be lowest and best.
The Commissioners admit that Gaylor’s bid is lower than other competitors by at least $100,000. The Construction Manager, Elford, has already completely qualified Gaylor to receive the contract using the criteria announced in the Commissioner’s own standards, according to the Franklin County’s Prosecutor’s Office.
“We are obviously quite happy the Supreme Court of Ohio stepped in and ordered Franklin County to fairly consider our bid,” said Paul Osland, Gaylor’s Chief Operating Officer. “We hope this decision will help maintain a positive business environment in Franklin County now that the Supreme Court has leveled the bidding playing field.”
“Considering that the commissioners have publicly stated the need to proceed without delay to begin construction on the project, we look forward to receiving this contract at the next meeting, which will be on Tuesday, May 4,” Mr. Osland said. “Our bid is the lowest by a wide margin and we have the approval of the construction manager. We see no reason why Franklin County will not follow his advice and award the contract to us.”
“We have successfully performed many contracts larger than this one throughout central Ohio,” Mr. Osland continued. “We look forward to the award of the contract, working with Franklin County and performing our duties on-time and on budget.”
Gaylor is a private electrical contracting company with an office in Dublin, Ohio. It has been in operation for more than twenty-five years, and its annual revenues are approximately $200 million per year. Over the years, Gaylor has successfully executed many electrical projects in central Ohio that were larger than the Animal Shelter’s $1.3 million contract, including the COTA Fields Avenue renovation project, which had a successful scope of electrical work of $2.5 million, OSU McCracken Power Plant which was $4.3 million, Children’s Hospital Parking Garage ($1.5 million), and OSU Psychology Building ($4 million).