Message from the Presidents
Well here we are again heading into a New Year. How true the old adage, “The older you get the faster time goes by.”
It seems like just yesterday we were ushering in 2018.
There have been a lot of changes over the past year at Schuler-Haas and they are having a positive impact and creating opportunities for growth heading into 2019.
The year started off slow and it seemed almost impossible to get a job, which was frustrating and stressful for many. Around June things started to turn around and we started being successful with our bids and also started some solar work that had been on hold for over a year.
The Strategic Planning Initiative was rolled out company wide with very positive feedback from everyone. With Dan Jr’s departure this has taken somewhat of a step back but many of you on your own have moved forward in very positive ways with some of the outlined processes, so thank you for that.
Starting in January, Jim Frank will be taking on the role of moving this plan forward, so you will be hearing from him soon. As we have stated before, this will be a collaborative process and will require us to work together in determining best practices at Schuler-Haas. It will be important to be open and honest with each other while also respecting differences of opinions. We all have constructive ideas that will be important in making us the Patriots and not the Browns, (Even though the Browns are doing much better this year).
Since July we have been working to integrate the Binghamton and Ithaca offices into one coordinated operation. This will help us be more efficient and effective as we estimate, project manage, and administrate most of the work from the Binghamton office. We will be keeping our building in the Ithaca office as we still need an operations center there. Jeremy Frederici has taken over the role of managing the day to day operations and Joe DiFrancisco will have executive oversight of the area. This will allow Jim Frank to dedicate his time fully towards the Strategic Planning Initiative, so please welcome him in this new role.
We have seen significant growth in the Corning office with Dan Yonts managing the operations there. This office has seen our client base grown and opened new opportunities for Schuler-Haas. We have added staff and office space to support the expansion and see continued growth opportunities in the region moving into 2019.
The Rochester office has secured a nice backlog of work and is in the final stages of completing almost 15MW of solar work which has put us in a good position moving into the new year.
We would also like to congratulate Paul and Tara McLaughlin on their new baby girl, Harper Ann, 7lb 9oz 19.25 inches born on December 16th. Mom, baby, and even Paul are doing very well. A wonderful gift at Christmas.
In closing, Ed and I would like to thank everyone for their dedicating and commitment to Schuler-Haas and we wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Dan & Ed
Safety “Thanks” & Contacts
The overall company safety record continues to improve thanks to all involved. It includes everyone in the field that has bought into the culture that Dan and I try to convey. We thank everyone for paying attention to our entire safety environment which is an everyday task. All of you operate in a very dangerous profession that requires daily awareness in a fast-paced and ever-changing job site.
It has been a pleasure working with our company safety team and I am glad to welcome our newest safety team member in Bill Cecchini. Bill will be covering the Corning market and we are lucky to have him on board.
Dan and I are extremely proud of our safety record and something we both pay close attention to. We can’t do it alone and it is professionals like Bill that help guide all of us through the work day.
This is a good time to update everyone on our safety staff with contact names, phone numbers, and emails. Please DO NOT be afraid to contact ANY of these individuals with your safety concerns, questions, ideas, and input. Your input only makes us better.
Nick Getty: Lawley Insurance
NGetty@LawleyInsurance.com } Buffalo, Rochester, Corning
Jim Waterman: Occuptional Safety Consultants
JWaterman@workriskfree.com } Rochester
Bill Cecchini: Schuler-Haas Electric Corp.
CorningSafety@Schuler-Haas.com } Southern Tier
Ray Fitzpatrick: Oryx Insurance
RFitzpatrick@Oryxinsurance.com } Southern Tier
REMINDER: CHECK TESTING DATES ON ALL HIGH VOLTAGE GLOVES & SUITS
Rochester Charity Mission
The House of Mercy is a homeless and advocacy center in Rochester that operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week. They provide a wide range of valuable services to more than 4,000 people a month. Some of these services include:
- Cooked meals
- Groceries for 350+ families,
- Life skills classes & support groups
- Goods such as clothing, furniture, appliances, bedding, & personal care items
- Rides to medical appointments, job interviews, and more!
- Advocacy services and referrals to help people get health care, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, veterans and social security benefits.
This year the Rochester office was able to band together and donate over $600 worth of items including socks, gloves, hats, toys, and food. See the final haul below!
Should anyone have an interest in getting involved with or donating to this shelter in the future, more information can be found at: www.houseofmercyrochester.org
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you” – John Bunyan
Upcoming & Awarded Projects
- SUNY Brockport Generator Replacements
- Strong Museum of Play Phase 1
- Rochester Regional Health- Various projects at RGH, Newark, and Sodus Hospital
- Tomkins Ithaca Airport Expansion- Phase 1
- Cornell North Campus Utility Improvements
- Cornell Statler Hotel Ballroom & Kitchen Renovation
- Cargill Salt Mine- Mine Shaft 4
- Corning Inc. C Building Renovation
- St. James Hospital – Hornell, NY
- Genesee Valley School
- Scio Central School
- NYSEG Fire Alarm Projects-Binghamton Area
- Owego Waste Water Treatment Plant