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Where is Joseph Rodes Now?

Where is Joseph Rodes Now?

In the summer of 2021, Ancon Construction signed on and hired Joseph Rodes, a student from Goshen Community Schools. Here’s an update on how he is doing today:

 

Joseph is loving his career choice with Ancon Construction. He is currently in the second semester of the company’s ABC apprenticeship program, enjoying the hands-on training and safety certifications it offers.

He said, “I’ve really enjoyed the program, it has been great. It provides in-depth information that I need for my job and also offers certification in heavy equipment and safety, which helps me be better prepared and understand the equipment and materials used on job sites.” 

In the future, Joseph plans simultaneously earn his associate’s degree offered through the ABC program while maintaining his position at Ancon. He can choose to complete the program during or after his apprenticeship. He believes the most valuable asset he’s gained so far is learning how to be a leader and communicate more effectively with his colleagues. Ancon also offers excellent benefits such as 401k, paid mileage, and reimbursement for education and safety programs.

Joseph encourages students to explore their interests in trades and take classes provided through their school that interest them. He’s grateful for the opportunities Ancon has given him and we will continue to follow his journey.

 

“Order In the Court” Building Indiana Business Construction Edition Article

“Order In the Court” Building Indiana Business Construction Edition Article

Elkhart County Courthouse Project

The Elkhart County Courthouse project was a construction feature in the Building Indiana Business magazine.

Click the link below and head to page 38 to read the article. Ancon is mentioned on page 40 as the General Trades Coordinator, Site Superintendent.

Click here to read the article.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Ancon Construction:

Ancon Construction is a commercial in-house design-build contractor offering a full range of services, including planning, site selection, development, architectural design, rezoning, code compliance, construction, remodeling, and maintenance. Based in Goshen, Indiana, Ancon is a 100% employee-owned company and a regional leader in commercial design-build that has defined architecture and construction in the Michiana community since 1975.
2022 – Years of Service Awards

2022 – Years of Service Awards

Pictured here is over 87 years of experience!

At Ancon Construction, our employees are driven by a deep love and passion for their work. This passion not only benefits our clients and community but also helps us to foster a culture of growth and development at Ancon Construction. In this picture, you can see the wealth of knowledge and expertise represented by our employees – a total of over 87 years of experience.

 

 

Lucas 

15-YEAR SERVICE AWARD RECOGNITION

At Ancon Construction, we take pride in all of our employee-owners and love celebrating years of service milestones. Meet Lucas. He’s been an employee-owner with Ancon for 15 years.

“Ancon is a great company to work for. It’s full of great people. I take care of Ancon, and Ancon takes care of me. I enjoy coming to work every day,” shares Lucas.

We value your contributions to Ancon Construction, Lucas. Thank you for 15 years of service & dedication!

 

Cindy 

15-YEAR SERVICE AWARD RECOGNITION

“Cindy often makes the first impression of Ancon as she greets and welcomes clients and visitors, both in-person and on the phone,” said Doug VonGunten, President of Ancon Construction. “She does a great job representing Ancon in this role. She also keeps the office organized and running smoothly. Thank you, Cindy, for your 15 years of service.“

“I am grateful for all Ancon has done for me. Thank you for the 15-Year Service Award! I have always been thankful for the journey that brought me to Ancon and the Ancon family,” shares Cindy.

We value your contributions, Cindy. Thank you for 15 years of service & dedication – and warm greetings with a smile!

Drew 

15-YEAR SERVICE AWARD RECOGNITION

Meet Employee-Owner, Drew. Drew was in Goshen High School’s Trade Program when he was recruited by an Ancon Construction employee and hired as a first-year carpenter apprentice. Soon after, Ancon enrolled Drew in a four-year apprenticeship program where he received his Associate Degree and journeyman’s card for carpentry. For the next three years, he was a carpenter in Ancon’s Building Service Department – a department that does smaller new construction projects, along with renovation and repairs for commercial businesses. Soon Drew was promoted to lead carpenter and a few years later, to superintendent. In the fall of 2019, he became a project manager, followed by a promotion to department director two years later.

“I knew that college wasn’t for me. Throughout the fifteen years I have been with Ancon, I have enjoyed meeting new people, clients and the simple fact that I can point out numerous projects we have built throughout the area. I’m looking forward to the years ahead!” One of his favorite projects as a superintendent was Potawatomi zoo’s main entrance build, where the project’s challenges motivated him.

Thank you for 15 years of service, dedication, and growth, Drew. We are thankful to have you on our team!

 

Don

25-YEAR SERVICE AWARD RECOGNITION

Meet Don, Ancon Construction’s Director of Operations and Safety Director, who has been with the company for over 25 years!

“When I first joined the company, I was looking for direction in my career. I had tried a few different jobs but hadn’t found my passion yet. That’s when I discovered that I enjoyed working with my hands and decided to give construction a try. 

The team at Ancon was welcoming and supportive, and the good wages and opportunities for advancement kept me motivated. I started out as a trash picker in 1997 and never could have imagined that I would rise through the ranks to become the Director of Operations. It just shows that with hard work and determination, anyone can achieve their goals,” he shares.

“As the Director of Operations and Safety Director, Don has one of the most challenging positions at Ancon. He is exceptional in this role, providing strong advocacy for our field employee-owners and an accessible bridge between the field staff and the office staff. We celebrate and thank you for your 25 years of service,“ shares Doug VonGunten, President of Ancon Construction.

About Ancon Construction:

Ancon Construction is a commercial in-house design-build contractor offering a full range of services, including planning, site selection, development, architectural design, rezoning, code compliance, construction, remodeling, and maintenance. Based in Goshen, Indiana, Ancon is a 100% employee-owned company and a regional leader in commercial design-build that has defined architecture and construction in the Michiana community since 1975.
The Goshen Apartment Complex Has Officially Been Named

The Goshen Apartment Complex Has Officially Been Named

The Goshen Apartment project across from Goshen Junior High School has officially been named.

Drum roll, please… The apartment project across the street from the Goshen Junior High School has officially been named!

The Goshen News Newspaper shared an image with the official name announcement on Thursday, January 5. Click here to see the article:
https://www.goshennews.com/news/copperleaf-going-up/image_7cd62e7c-8c86-11ed-939c-2767dc8ab193.html

Per Goshen News publication on January 5, 2023:
Ancon Construction Co. workers continue to construct a new apartment complex near the intersection of Ind. 119 and South Indiana Avenue in Goshen, Wednesday, Jan. 4. The name of the complex will be Copperleaf Cove. There will be five buildings with a total of 60 apartments and is expected to be completed by June 2023.

Joseph Weiser | The Goshen News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Ancon Construction:

Ancon Construction is a commercial in-house design-build contractor offering a full range of services, including planning, site selection, development, architectural design, rezoning, code compliance, construction, remodeling, and maintenance. Based in Goshen, Indiana, Ancon is a 100% employee-owned company and a regional leader in commercial design-build that has defined architecture and construction in the Michiana community since 1975.
Ancon Construction Welcomes A New Project Manager

Ancon Construction Welcomes A New Project Manager

Project Manager, Brian Adkins, joins the Ancon Construction team.

Goshen, Ind., TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2022 – Ancon Construction is happy to announce and welcome Brian Adkins to their Project Management team. Brian joins the Ancon team with many years of experience and returns home to the Elkhart area after spending 17 years in Colorado.

“I am excited to join the Team at Ancon Construction! After nearly 28 years in the Concrete Construction Industry, with 17 great years of building in the western and southern U.S., I look forward to bringing my talents to the General Contracting arena. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity Doug VonGunten, and the Ancon team has provided me. My wife, Crystal, and I are thrilled with the ‘full circle’ we have completed in our return home to the Elkhart area with our three amazing children, allowing us to have all attended and graduated from the same school system (Concord). I look forward to continuing an already rewarding career with a first-class organization that truly stands out among the competition,” shared Brian.

Brian attended Purdue University with studies in Organizational Leadership and Supervision. In his spare time, Brian enjoys skiing and traveling with his family, home renovation projects, coaching/teaching baseball, fishing, and recreational softball.

Ancon Construction President Doug VonGunten shares, “We welcome Brian and his family back to the Michiana area and to Ancon. Brian brings more than 25 years of experience in the construction industry in many different capacities. His experience and skills will be a great addition to our team, and we are excited about his future. With an all-around great skillset, we believe he will be a great fit and long-term, high performer for Ancon.”

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Amy Self, Ancon Construction’s Marketing Manager, at aself@anconconstruction.com or (574) 533-9561.

 

About Ancon Construction:

Ancon Construction is a commercial in-house design-build contractor offering a full range of services, including planning, site selection, development, architectural design, rezoning, code compliance, construction, remodeling, and maintenance. Based in Goshen, Indiana, Ancon is a 100% employee-owned company and a regional leader in commercial design-build that has defined architecture and construction in the Michiana community since 1975.

Ancon Construction shares Construction Award with Shady Creek Winery

Ancon Construction shares Construction Award with Shady Creek Winery

(L to R) James Schwartz, Julie Schwartz, Jenna Schwartz, JT Schwartz, and Jennifer Schwartz owners of Shady Creek Winery; Matt VanSoest Designer, Chris Morrical Project Manager, Bryan Baer Designer and Ben King Architect from Ancon Construction.

Ancon Construction Shares Construction Award with Shady Creek Winery

Ancon Construction’s architectural team and project manager met with the owners of Shady Creek Winery last week to share the Associated Builders and Contractors of Indiana/Kentucky (ABC) Excellence in Construction Award. The award recognizes the winery’s recently completed renovation, building expansion, and site development projects.

“With such a unique construction project, we needed the right partner to bring our vision to life. Ancon’s entire team provided clear direction, attention to detail, and dedication to our project. Together, we established a gorgeous wine destination in the heart of Northwest Indiana to share with wine lovers for years to come,” said JT Schwartz, President of Shady Creek Winery.

Matt VanSoest shared, “The Shady Creek Winery project was a thrilling and rewarding project for the Ancon team. The multi-year endeavor achieved a highly detailed building, intricate interiors, and strong connections to the immediate landscape. Working with the Owner and producing a project which focuses so strongly on guest user experience was a great opportunity to further our understanding of how places and spaces impact people.”

 

About ABC of Indiana/Kentucky, Excellence in Construction (EIC) Award:

Associated Builders and Contractors of Indiana/Kentucky (ABC) seek to recognize the outstanding projects built by its members every year with their Excellence in Construction Awards. Such recognition builds greater awareness in local communities of the quality of work produced by Merit Shop contractors and their employees.

Furthermore, the Excellence in Construction competition represents the quality of the companies in the association. ABC’s Award of Excellence in Construction honors the skill and creativity of the entire team – contractor, owner, architect, and engineer – responsible for an outstanding project. The award recipients excel in innovation, quality, communication, and safety.

Click here to learn more about this project.

 

About Ancon Construction:

Ancon Construction is a commercial in-house design-build contractor offering a full range of services, including planning, site selection, development, architectural design, rezoning, code compliance, construction, remodeling, and maintenance. Based in Goshen, Indiana, Ancon is a 100% employee-owned company and a regional leader in commercial design-build that has defined architecture and construction in the Michiana community since 1975.