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Announcing Retirement and New President

Announcing Retirement and New President

Goshen, Indiana, February 22nd, 2021 — Ancon Construction’s board of directors proudly announces Doug VonGunten as its new President. VonGunten has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry, including in leadership positions in the past. He succeeds John Place, retiring after 26 years with Ancon.

“Doug will be an exceptional President at Ancon, by continuing the things that have set our company apart and by leading the organization to achieve even more success,” said John Place, President and Board Chair. “Doug’s personality and perseverance will serve him well in his new role, and I am looking forward to working with him for the next six months during the transition period.”

Before being named President, VonGunten started with Ancon in July 2006 as a Project Manager. He has most recently served as Senior Project Manager and Corporate Secretary on the Ancon Board of Directors. Doug is a lifelong resident of Middlebury with his wife, Jolene, and children, Jack, Garrett, and Molly. Aside from his work at Ancon, Doug finds many ways to serve and give back to the community. He is a member and Past President of Goshen Noon Kiwanis, serves on the Apprenticeship Committee for the local chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors apprenticeship program, and is an active member of his church Walnut Hill Mennonite in Goshen. Doug is also President of the Board of Directors for Ryan’s Place, a not-for-profit organization that provides grief support to children, teens, and families who have experienced the death of a family member or loved one.

VonGunten holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration, emphasizing management and marketing, from Manchester College, North Manchester, Indiana.

“It is a privilege to lead the Ancon team of employee-owners, and I’m excited about the challenge. The employee-owners make Ancon a great place to work, and I look forward to a very bright future together. Thank you to Andy Frech, the founder of Ancon, for his vision of Ancon 46 years ago, and to John Place, who has carried on that legacy.”  

After 26 years with Ancon and the last 12 years as President, John Place is retiring. John plans to spend his retirement enjoying traveling, skiing, and continued involvement in various community organizations. He will also still be involved in key projects at Ancon and will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board.

“My 26 years at Ancon have been a blessing to my family and me. I have numerous relationships with Ancon employees, subcontractors, and clients that I will treasure as I move into a different phase of my life. I’m proud of the many successes that the Ancon team has enjoyed and look forward to seeing the company continue to grow. I was fortunate enough to have a career that not only challenged me but gave me a great deal of satisfaction. When I drive down almost any road in the area, there are usually several Ancon buildings that I had a part in constructing.”

VonGunten will assume the role of President in August. Please join the Board of Directors in congratulating John Place on his retirement and Doug VonGunten on his new role as President.

For more information or to schedule interviews, contact Marissa Odom, Director of Marketing, at marissa@anconconstruction.com or (574) 238.8772

Introducing the new 105,000 Sq. Ft. Goodwill Gary, Indiana Campus

Introducing the new 105,000 Sq. Ft. Goodwill Gary, Indiana Campus

After breaking ground about two years ago, Goodwill Industries dedicated its new 105,000 square-foot campus in Gary, Indiana bringing 100 jobs. We are the proud builder of the new facility, an Excel charter school, a career center, and an outlet store.

Goodwill Industries searched a long time to find the right location for the first-ever Outlet store in the area. Get ready bargain shoppers; the outlet store is different from a traditional one. Items are brought in from other stores that did not sell and will be sold by the pound. You heard that right by the POUND! A unique concept and bargain shopping experience.

Not only is the new facility housing a unique bargain shopping experience, but it also has an Excel charter school, a free high-school for adults eighteen and older. The charter school is for adults seeking their high school diploma. There is on-site childcare for adults with children while they are in classes.

The career center provides free training to individuals to work on resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills, and job search opportunities.

The new facility brought jobs, compassion, education, and a great bargain shopping experience!

Ready to start your next project?  Contact us HERE and let’s start your project…together!

Drive-Thru, Carry-Out and Curbside Pick-Up

Drive-Thru, Carry-Out and Curbside Pick-Up

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

As restaurants navigate the new reality of the Coronavirus, many consider alternative business models to continue serving customers, keep employees working, and a revenue stream. Some restaurants are offering carry-out, curbside to go, and delivery services. The enthusiasm for a drive-through concept gives people an additional protective barrier from other people.

The restaurant industry will see a new reality, post Coronavirus. What does it look like, and how can Ancon Construction be a resource? Restaurant concepts will invest in a drive-thru, pick-up window, and curbside delivery options. In addition to adding drive-thru windows, restaurant owners will need to be able to provide safe locations for curbside delivery and dedicated parking specific for partners such as Grubhub for delivery services. With the number of seats in restaurants restricted, these new options are opportunities to discover a new customer base and retain potential lost revenues.

Ancon Construction has been serving the restaurant industry for over 45 years. We can help you design and build your new delivery window and provide spatial planning for your curbside/delivery service. Every city has a different requirement for drive-thru windows and vehicle stacking. We can help make this process easy and maximize the footprint of your site.

Sources:

COVID-19 and the Rapid Evolution of the Restaurant Industry By:Robert Fiorito -May 13, 2020

Restaurant Business Model Changes in a Post COVID-19 World By: Toby Malbec, Managing Director of ConStrata Technology Consulting – 04/07/2020

Ready to start your next project?  Contact us HERE and let’s start your project…together!

The Excel Center- South Bend Open for Learning!

The Excel Center- South Bend Open for Learning!

School’s in session!  Goodwill Industries of Michiana and Ancon Construction are excited to announce the completion of a 25,000 sqft building project at The Excel Center – South Bend.  The project is a great example of “adaptive re-use” as it converts an old, vacant office into modern educational spaces.   The Excel Center – South Bend, which is operated by Goodwill LEADS, INC, provide adults the opportunity and support to earn a high school diploma and pursue post-secondary education while developing career paths that offer greater employment and career growth opportunities.  Approximately 300 students are enrolled!

Project Manager Doug VonGunten reflects on the challenges and rewarding outcome of the project. “The biggest challenge of the project was the aggressive schedule.  Several early delays, which were out of Ancon and the client’s control, condensed the construction schedule down to approximately 8 weeks from the original plan of 12-14 weeks.  The start of the school year could not be delayed and the project had to be ready for incoming students.  We mobilized the site on July 27th and we achieved certificate of occupancy on September 28th.  We had great cooperation and a hard working team by all the subcontractors involved and could not have completed the project on time without their commitment.”

For more information, please visit www.excelatgoodwill.org.

Building Project Continues at Inovateus Solar

Building Project Continues at Inovateus Solar

Work continues on a large renovation project at the Inovateus Solar campus.  Architect and General Contractor Ancon Construction estimate the project to be complete in late December.  The project involves the retrofit of warehouse space into a modern office suite which features private offices, open office, conference room, staff lounge, and 2-story atrium.  “A unique feature in the design is that each private office contains a large glass sliding door to allow day lighting into the core of the space,” adds Ancon Designer Matthew VanSoest.  Foreman Matthew Krause and Project Manager Todd Stone are overseeing the project.

Inovateus Solar is one of the country’s top providers of solar energy services. With the ability to offer customers a wide variety of solar energy products and services, Inovateus Solar has built a strong portfolio of customers ranging from fortune 500 companies to utilities, universities, municipalities and the federal government.

The Excel Center-South Bend Begins Project

The Excel Center-South Bend Begins Project

Goodwill Industries of Michiana and Ancon Construction are excited to announce that construction is underway at The Excel Center – South Bend.  The Excel Center – South Bend, which is operated by Goodwill LEADS, INC, will provide adults the opportunity and support to earn a high school diploma and pursue post-secondary education while developing career paths that offer greater employment and career growth opportunities.

The project, designed by MPA Architects and built by Ancon Construction, will be overseen by Project Manager Doug VonGunten and Field Superintendent Mike Crawford.  The renovation project consists of approximately 22,000 sqft and features numerous classrooms, large break room, lounges, offices, and drop-in center.  The project is estimated to be complete at the end of September.  According to the website www.excelatgoodwill.org, 260 students have already applied.

For more information, please visit www.excelatgoodwill.org.