GIORNALE - Aristeo Construction



GIORNALE - Aristeo Construction
A Construction Journal by Aristeo
JUNE 2015
Joe Aristeo accepting the Ford World Excellence Award with Ford executives
Hau Thai-Tang, Group Vice President, Global Purchasing and Mark Fields,
President and CEO
Aristeo and Stenco are honored to be recognized for these coveted awards!
Aristeo has been honored and recognized for our commitment
to excellence, quality, and safety! We have won three very
prestigious awards this year and our minority business affiliate,
Stenco Construction, has been recognized for its outstanding safety
At this year’s Michigan Minority Procurement Conference, Aristeo
accepted the 2015 Corporate ONE Award from the Michigan Minority
Supplier Development Council (MMSDC). This award honors the
corporations that take a leadership role in supplier diversity by
achieving 5% or more direct spend with MBE’s, and also actively
participate in the MMSDC’s key initiatives throughout the year. This
marks the sixth time that Aristeo has received this award in the last
eight years.
Aristeo has won the Gold World Excellence Award from Ford Motor
Company, honoring our North American Construction Commodity
Management efforts. Now in its 17th year, the World Excellence
Awards recognize suppliers who exceed company expectations and
distinguish themselves from their peers by achieving the highest
levels of global excellence in quality, cost, and delivery performance.
The awards are divided into two categories, Silver for the top 10% of
global suppliers, and Gold for the top 5% of global suppliers. Aristeo
has won the Silver award twice in the company’s history (2006 and
2013), but this is the first year we have won the Gold.
Ford has thousands of suppliers across the world, and it is truly an
honor to be named in the top 5% of global suppliers. This is the
result of the hard work of not only our dedicated Ford teams, but
of the entire company as a whole. We are extremely proud of this
distinction, and look forward to a continued successful partnership
with Ford Motor Company.
In an ongoing effort to promote safety in the construction industry,
the AGC of Michigan presented the 2014 Michigan Outstanding
Safety Performance Awards to its construction company members
during the annual chapter meeting in Detroit. These awards
recognize the firms that are among the industry’s leaders in
protecting their employees.
Aristeo Construction was awarded the General Contractor Division
V Silver Award, Aristeo Installation was awarded the Specialty
Contractor Division III Gold Award, and our minority business
affiliate, Stenco Construction, received the Specialty Contractor
Division I Gold Award! Awards are broken into two categories,
General Contractor and Specialty Contractor, which are divided into
divisions based on total work hours. The award has three levels of
achievement—the Gold signifies an injury rate of zero and a Silver
signifies an injury rate less than one.
June 2015 | Aristeo Giornale MOBIS TECHNICAL CENTER
Courtesy of NORR, LLC (Detroit, MI) - Project A/E
The Aristeo team recently began construction on the new Mobis
Technical Center in Plymouth, Michigan. This $7M facility for Mobis,
a subsidiary of Hyundai, will help further the goal of merging multiple
facilities into one single showcase where development teams can
better collaborate and clients can experience the Hyundai/Mobis way
of design integration.
The new 100,000 SF single story high bay building will house
up to 450 engineers and have multiple research lab spaces. The
demolition phase included complete removal of all walls, atriums,
and mechanical and electrical systems back to the steel and precast
frame. Hyundai corporate standards require a new two story lobby
and meeting rooms with high end finishes, along with glass wall
offices and collaboration areas. A workout area, locker rooms,
and new cafeteria are also part of the renovation. Our team will
add windows to existing precast walls and install new HVAC, fire
protection, fire alarm, and electrical power/IT systems.
Since some of the Mobis associates are currently working in buildings
with expiring leases, the pressure is on to get the new office areas
ready within a compressed schedule. Phase II includes additional
labs and a new mezzanine office in the development areas. During
phase III, we will upgrade the site to accommodate the new building
population, which includes a new main lobby entrance.
We have previously completed other projects at the Hyundai Ann
Arbor facility, including the Environmental Test Chamber Addition
and the Test Cell Renovation project, and are honored to be part
of this important facility that will help expand the research and
development presence of Hyundai/Mobis in the area.
| Built on Trust Courtesy of NORR, LLC (Detroit, MI) - Project A/E
Aristeo Giornale | June 2015
For over 15 years, Aristeo has been exhibiting at the Michigan Minority
Procurement Conference, Michigan’s top Minority Business Enterprise
event. This year’s event took place in Detroit, Michigan, on May 5-7 at
the Cobo Center. As a Ford and General Motors supplier, Aristeo also
attended the Ford Motor Company Supplier Diversity Development
CEO Breakfast and General Motors annual supplier IMPACT meetings.
The procurement conference is a great opportunity to enhance current
relationships and develop new ones with MBE construction suppliers
and subcontractors.
2015 Michigan Minority Procurement Conference
Aristeo once again supported the American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE) Bid Day Simulation Event, volunteering to be
an underwriter and contributing to the ASPE/NAWIC scholarship fund. The event, which was held on April 9, focuses on introducing
construction management and engineering students from local colleges and universities to the excitement and challenges of a typical bid
day in a hard dollar bid scenario. We are pleased to support the ASPE, which offers scholarships for students in construction management
programs that show an interest in construction cost estimating. A special thank you to Susan Gollon for her continued commitment and
support of the ASPE!
General Motors - Bedford Powertrain Plant
Facility Renovation and Building Addition
Location - Bedford, IN
Estimating Team - Chris Passeri, Graham Tidbury, Tony Foresta
Operations Team - Dan Sternberg, Pat McCarthy, Graham Lemons,
Tony Foresta, Mike Gieseking
General Motors - Warren Technical Center
RML Lab Renovation
Location - Warren, MI
Estimating Team - Jason Bedford, Graham Tidbury, Rami Harb
Operations Team - Anthony Haag, Andy Maness, Mike Potts
Ford - Livonia Transmission Plant
Case & Converter Line Installation
Location - Livonia, MI
Estimating Team - Ricky Hayes, Daryl Batkins
Operations Team - Daryl Batkins, Don Thurston
The University of Michigan
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Building Renovation
Location - Ann Arbor, MI
Estimating Team - Jason Bedford, Rami Harb
Operations Team - Anthony Haag, Andy Maness, Mark Klem
General Motors - Flint Assembly Plant
General Assembly Equipment Installation
Location - Flint, MI
Estimating Team - Ricky Hayes, Jim Landon
Operations Team - Jim Landon, Rob Zacharias, Brian Hurst,
Mark Blankenship, Justin Prescott
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June 2015 | Aristeo Giornale PRESIDENT’S CORNER
Instilling a “sense of community and good citizenship” throughout our employee base is one
of Aristeo’s corporate values. It’s important to ensure the communities in which we live and
work, whether here in Michigan or across the country, are improved by our presence. We
are fortunate enough to be in a position to give back to those around us, and I’m humbled
to see so many employees embrace this corporate value and get involved in charity work.
So far this year, we have hosted numerous company sponsored events that have helped
us give back. Through the United Way, our employees have been involved in volunteering
at Gleaners Food Bank in Detroit, helping put food on the table for those in need. A team
of over 20 employees and their families participated in the Walk Against MS in downtown
Detroit to help fight multiple sclerosis. A separate team of Kentucky and Tennessee based employees competed in the
Nashville Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, which benefits St. Jude Children’s Hospital. In addition, we have donated to dozens
of charities, sponsored numerous local children’s sport teams and organizations, and have collectively spent thousands of
hours of volunteer time aimed at helping those around us.
For as busy and demanding as this industry can be, and as much as we ask of them every day, I am proud that our
employees make the time to contribute to charitable pursuits. For those involved in our efforts, or involved in efforts
outside of those that Aristeo sponsors, thank you very much and keep up the good work! If you know of a charity or cause
needing support, please let us know and we would be happy to help.
Aristeo hosted our second annual Kid’s Day event on May 31 at the main office, and despite the rain, over 140 employees and their family
members attended the event! Aristeo kids and their parents were able to tour our 9 acre site, explore different types of construction
equipment, excavate sand, and run a compactor! They also got a chance to show off their creative side by painting and decorating their own
custom flower pot and entering our coloring competition. Children of all ages played in the sand box obstacle course, met Bob the Builder, and
ate lots of ice cream. We thank everyone for participating and making this event a huge success!
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Aristeo Giornale | June 2015
Aristeo is Now a Proud Partner of the
United Way!
Aristeo is pleased to announce our
corporate partnership with the United
Way of Southeastern Michigan! We are
excited for the opportunity to help create
a positive change and a better quality of
life for all residents of Greater Detroit.
On Friday, March 20, volunteers from
Aristeo worked with Gleaners Food Bank
in Detroit, MI, helping sort and repackage
donated food for families and individuals
in need.
Aristeo volunteers at Gleaners Food Bank, Detroit, MI
The Hunger Hero!
Supporting the Fight Against Multiple Sclerosis
On May 3, Aristeo employees and their family
members participated in the Walk MS event at
Comerica Park in Detroit, MI. Our team joined
over 2,500 other supporters on a two mile walk
through downtown to raise awareness and funds
to help find a cure for MS. Great job to everyone
who participated, and a special thank you to our
biggest fundraiser, Brian Batkins!
St. Jude’s Music City Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon
Several members of our project teams in the
Nashville, TN area recently competed in the St.
Jude’s Music City Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon.
We had five team members complete the race,
from which all fundraising proceeds go directly
to support the important work at St. Jude’s
Children’s Hospital.
The Aristeo team at the Walk MS event at Comerica Park, Detroit, MI.
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Four of our half marathon runners after crossing
the finish line!
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June 2015 | Aristeo Giornale INDUSTRY RANKINGS
Crain’s Detroit Business
Aristeo once again extended our year-over-year sales
growth in 2014 with annual sales of over $315M! We were
recently named as Crain’s Detroit Business’ number six
contractor, and ranked 203 (up from 268) in Engineering
News Record’s Top 400 Contractors list. Aristeo first
entered the ENR Top 400 list in 2007, and is now nearly
halfway to the top of the list. Our double-digit company
growth is due to unprecedented facility and process
equipment investments by our core automotive clients,
which helped bump ENR’s manufacturing sector business
volume to nearly $10B in 2014. Our efforts to diversify
into the energy and industrial markets also supported the
company’s sales growth. With a strong start to sales in
2015, and a respectable amount of work in process, we
look forward to additional growth this year!
ENR Top 400 Contractors
We are pleased to congratulate the following
employees on their service milestones:
Every year, thousands of workers become sick from exposure
to heat. Heat illnesses are preventable! Here are a few tips to prevent heat
related illness:
25 Years
Bill Litz
20 Years
5/2 Dave Curtis
5/19 Jim Scheloske
10 Years
6/30 Brett Athey
7/27 Susan Roberts
5 Years
5/19 Cayle Malloy
7/23 Andrew Wigman
Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you are not thirsty.
Rest in the shade to cool down.
Wear a hat and light-colored clothing.
Learn the signs of heat illness and what to do in an emergency.
Keep an eye on fellow coworkers.
“Easy does it” on your first days of work in the heat. Your body needs
to adjust to the heat.
Remember — Water, Rest, Shade.
Information retrieved from
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