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Meet Our Interns

Meet Our Interns

Ancon Construction has established a great relationship with Purdue University and its Center for Career Opportunities (CCO). Purdue has a world-renowned BCM (Building Construction Management) and BCE (Building Construction Engineering) program.

We hired two interns for the summer through Purdue University, Josuel Sanchez and Neil Terrell. Both will be spending time in the field with superintendents and in the office with project managers, business development, and our design team. They will learn how each department works as a team to help deliver our client’s vision and make it a reality.

Josuel Sanchez is a graduate of Goshen High School and will be a senior at Purdue University-Lafayette this fall. His goal is to become a superintendent. At Goshen High School, Josuel earned his 3-year Varsity Letters in football and track. He set a school record in the 300-meter hurdles. As a Purdue University Running Club member, Josuel set club records in the 60-, 110-, and 400-meter hurdles and the 4×100 and 4×400 meter relays. Josuel enjoys working out, playing video games, sports, spending time with friends, and grilling outside.

Neil Terrell is a graduate of Elkhart Memorial High School and will be a sophomore at Purdue University, West Lafayette, studying Construction Engineering and Management. Neil completed several college classes while in high school and completed sophomore-level courses this past year. Neil enjoys running, traveling, biking, and two recent interests in his leisure time: sporting clays and golf.


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 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.


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!

Goddard School Project Video Update.

Goddard School Project Video Update.


June 28, 2019

Granger, IN-Ancon Construction, Premier Design-Build Construction Firm, is making huge progress on the first Goddard School location to come to our region.  Despite the record amount of rainfall, and daily rain days, our project has went from stick frames to eye popping color and timber elements in a hurry.

The red color was selected by the owner to make his building stand out along SR 23 just east of Heritage Square in Granger, IN.  The Owner worked with our in-house design team to accomplish the look and stay on budget.  The timbers give the location some added accents and provide a welcoming feeling as you approach the property.

“This is the first commercial project along this stretch of open land and is setting the tone for future development along this corridor.  This project has set a high standard in terms of design, materials and color selection” commented Ryan Kring, VP|Business Development.

The location has already received a large number of phone calls and is currently accepting applications for a variety of childcare roles.

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

Ancon Announces New Division SPARK!

Ancon Announces New Division SPARK!

June 26, 2019

Goshen | South Bend-Indiana- Ancon Construction is proud to announce Spark, our new mobile welding division.

Spark is a team of highly skilled certified welders.  Our mobile teams can work in a variety of locations. Whether your project is long term or a quick service based need, Spark is here for you. Our team at Spark is mobile, experienced and ready to be a partner to help you complete your next project.

Industries Served:  Manufacturing, Industrial, Commercial, Process, RV, Marine, Equipment, Retail, Restaurants, Sign Industry, Outdoor Advertising (Billboard) Industry, Medical, Healthcare, Infrastructure, Municipal, Institutional, Custom.

Services Offered:  MIG, Manual, Portable Welding Emergency Onsite Welding, Insurance Claims, Mobile Welding Units, Plasma Cutting, Oxy Acetylene Cutting and Heating, Plant Maintenance Services, Structural Fabrication, Small Project Contract Work.  Serving northern Indiana and southern Michigan.

“Today’s announcement of our new onsite/mobile welding division Spark is exciting for Ancon Construction.  Spark provides additional services that our clients have been asking searching for.  We noticed two trends or service gaps in our region.  The first is, as a company that has over 80% repeat customers our clients make changes to their buildings or have emergencies where a service based welding team could be a valuable resource for them.  Second, our region as a whole has a large manufacturing base.  These manufacturers are constantly changing and updating their floor space and bringing in new equipment.  As a result, quick temporary welding is a strong need.  We feel Spark will fill these gaps.   As a company we have become more than just a construction company.  By having in-house architects we provide true Design-Build services for our clients.  Our ABS (Ancon Building Services) division focuses on small projects and maintenance services.  Our Pre-Construction team provides site selection and site feasibility consulting services.  By creating Spark we are able to add a whole new set of services and are excited to bring this new division online.”-Ryan Kring VP|Business Development

To learn more about Spark, and the services offered, visit .