Starting 4th Year in ABC Carpentry Apprentice Program

Starting 4th Year in ABC Carpentry Apprentice Program

Starting 4th Year in ABC Carpentry Apprentice Program

Trent, a dedicated carpentry apprentice at Ancon Construction, will soon be embarking on his fourth year in Associated Builders and Contractors of Indiana/Kentucky’s (ABC) Carpentry Apprenticeship Program this August. Reflecting on his experiences over the past three years in the program, he shared he values the diversity of construction tasks, from concrete work to framing, surpassing his expectations. 

“Whether it’s concrete or framing. I’ve learned more than I’d expected,” shared Trent.

Trent aspires to become a superintendent one day, but presently he is focused on continuous learning and professional growth. His journey with Ancon began with a job offer after he expressed his desire for hands-on work. 

Trent’s story is a perfect example of a true craftsman, always eager to grow and explore new things. “What I enjoy about Ancon Construction is the nonstop learning experience – whether it’s framing or measuring something to pouring concrete and learning how to form it. It’s something different every day.”

Don, Ancon Construction’s Director of Operations and Safety, had this to say about Trent: “Trent has been a great addition to the Ancon team! His dedication to the apprenticeship shows his eagerness to learn and grow his skill set. He is an example of what a person with little to no construction experience can achieve if they apply themselves.”

From Steel Laborer to Superintendent

From Steel Laborer to Superintendent

From Steel Laborer to Superintendent: Justin’s 24-Year Success Story at Ancon Construction

Justin joined Ancon Construction in March 1999, shortly after graduating from Penn High School. His introduction into the construction industry came through a friend who worked on Ancon’s steel crew at the time. Intrigued by the opportunity, he decided to give it a try, despite having no prior experience in construction.

Lloyd Yoder, a superintendent for the steel crew at that time, recognized Justin’s potential and hired him as a steel laborer. Initially, Justin’s responsibilities included tasks such as walking purlins and setting steel. As he gained experience and honed his skills, he progressed within the company. Llyod Yoder shared, “Justin was always willing to do whatever task needed to be done with a positive attitude. He always retained what worked and what didn’t work so well with the assortment of tasks.”

In 2011, Justin became a foreman and later advanced to the position of superintendent in 2014.

As a superintendent, Justin had the opportunity to take full responsibility for his first project, and it was a significant milestone in his career. The project was a warehouse addition for Indratech, and Justin managed it from the ground up. Working closely with Doug VonGunten, this experience left a profound impact on Justin and fueled his passion for construction.

Throughout his career at Ancon, Justin has had the opportunity to work on various memorable projects. Some noteworthy examples include the Ethos Science Center, the construction of Bethel Softball Field, the installation of a carousel at the Potawatomi Zoo, and even welding work at the South Bend Cubs’ performance center. He appreciates the unique challenges and diverse settings each project brings.

Justin emphasizes the importance of continuous learning and personal growth in the ever-evolving construction industry. With each job being different from the last, he strives to learn from previous experiences and apply those lessons to future projects. He finds fulfillment in seeing the construction process through to the end and enjoys the fact that every year brings new opportunities and new challenges.

When asked for advice to those starting a career in construction, Justin highlights the value of learning from those around you. He shared, “Start learning as much as you can. Learn from the guys around you. Learn about construction from the ground up. Work with the carpenters, concrete crew, steelwork, etc. Learn a bit of everything – this makes you more valuable to you and the company. If you can challenge yourself to do all of those things, you will have a better understanding of construction and you’ll be more valuable to the company because you can do anything at that point.”

Justin also appreciates Ancon Construction’s commitment to employee development and safety. He acknowledges the company’s support in providing opportunities for advancement and education. Whether it involves going to school or participating in training courses offered by organizations like ABC (Associated Builders and Contractors). “Ancon is here to help you advance and learn new things. They are willing to put that investment in you if you are willing to challenge yourself in doing it.”

Justin’s employment story at Ancon Construction is one of long-term commitment, personal growth, and a passion for construction. Over the span of 24 years, he has progressed from a steel laborer to a superintendent, taking on diverse projects and embracing the ever-changing nature of the industry.

Building a Career in Construction

Building a Career in Construction

Building a Career in Construction: Paul’s Journey at Ancon Construction


Paul, a 27-year-old construction enthusiast, found his calling at Ancon Construction, following in his brother’s footsteps. Initially working at a factory and feeling dissatisfied, Paul took the leap and joined Ancon’s carpentry crew. Little did he know that this decision would shape his future in unforeseen ways.

While attending college briefly, Paul realized that the traditional academic path was not for him. His passion lay in hands-on work and building things, which he had always enjoyed, even during his summer construction jobs. This innate talent and enthusiasm paved the way for his transition into construction as a full-time career.

Paul started his journey at Ancon as a carpenter, honing his skills and expanding his knowledge for the next three to four years. During slower periods, he willingly lent a hand on the concrete crew, relishing the variety and diversity of tasks. This flexibility showcased his adaptability and commitment to contributing in any way possible.

Recognizing Paul’s potential, the team at Ancon encouraged him to grow further, and he eventually transitioned into the role of warehouse manager, and superintendent. These promotions not only demonstrated his colleagues’ trust and belief in him but also provided a unique opportunity to broaden his horizons and take on new responsibilities.

One of Paul’s most recent notable experiences was serving as the superintendent for the Goshen Apartments project, known as Copperleaf Cove. This venture offered him a wealth of insights into the complexities of construction management, including scheduling and overseeing a team of subcontractors. It was a valuable learning experience that exposed him to the behind-the-scenes operations of a project.

Throughout Paul’s 27 years with Ancon Construction, he has relished the supportive and collaborative work environment. He emphasizes the strong sense of camaraderie and teamwork within the company, which he believes is essential for personal and professional growth. Paul acknowledges that such an atmosphere is rare to find and cherishes the benefits that come with it.

Two projects have held a special place in Paul’s heart: The Red Panda project and the construction of a carousel at the Potawatomi Zoo. “The opportunity to build a carousel was a remarkable experience,” shares Paul. He delights in his grandkids’ excitement when they proudly exclaim, “Grandpa built this for me!” These projects not only showcase his craftsmanship but also provide him with lasting memories.

What keeps Paul motivated after all these years? He attributes it to the people he works with. Having had experiences in other places, he recognizes the rarity of finding individuals who are genuinely dedicated and passionate about their work. At Ancon, the employee-owners take pride in their craftsmanship, delivering high-quality results and fostering a positive work environment.

For those considering a career in construction, Paul offers valuable advice: “Pay attention to your elders and learn from experienced professionals. Being prepared and open to new challenges is crucial. Ancon Construction, a non-union company, values continuous learning and encourages employees to acquire new skills—a recipe for success in the industry.”

Paul’s journey at Ancon Construction serves as an inspiration to aspiring construction professionals. From his humble beginnings as a carpenter to his role as a warehouse manager, Paul’s story highlights the importance of seizing opportunities.

Ancon Construction Cultivates New Generation of Leaders in the Construction Industry

Ancon Construction Cultivates New Generation of Leaders in the Construction Industry

Ancon Construction Cultivates New Generation of Leaders in the Construction Industry


Ancon Construction is pleased to announce the addition of three talented individuals to our team as summer interns, cultivating the next generation of construction industry leaders. Alberto Sanchez, Logan Heller, and Ben Erichsen joined us to gain valuable hands-on experience in their respective fields. Additionally, Andrew Lockwood, a returning intern, will continue his work with us this summer, gaining valuable experience.

Alberto Sanchez and Ben Erichsen, both students at Purdue University majoring in Construction Management, bring a wealth of enthusiasm and dedication to their roles. Both will be actively involved in the field, working closely with our seasoned Superintendents at job sites throughout the summer.

Logan Heller, a Ball State University student majoring in Architecture, is thrilled to join our Architecture Team. This internship will give him exposure to diverse projects that will refine his skills and strengths.

Furthermore, we are delighted to welcome back Andrew Lockwood, who is entering his junior year at Purdue University, returning to us for his second-year summer internship at Ancon Construction. This summer, Andrew will continue working closely with our seasoned Superintendents on various job sites, applying his expertise and further developing his skills.

“We are excited to have Alberto, Ben, Logan, and Andrew join us as interns this summer,” expressed Doug VonGunten, President of Ancon Construction. “At Ancon Construction, we provide opportunities for emerging professionals to grow in the construction and architecture industries. Our internship program is designed to cultivate the next generation of leaders by fostering hands-on experiences, mentorship, and exposure to real-world projects.”

We warmly welcome Alberto Sanchez, Logan Heller, Ben Erichsen, and Andrew Lockwood as they embark on their career journeys with Ancon Construction. We are excited to witness their contributions to Ancon Construction this summer. Their dedication and passion for their fields align perfectly with our company’s vision, and we eagerly anticipate the contributions they will make to our projects and the construction industry as a whole.

Ancon Construction Celebrates 2023 Leadership Academy Graduates

Ancon Construction Celebrates 2023 Leadership Academy Graduates

Ancon Construction Celebrates 2023 Leadership Academy Graduates


Ancon Constructions is proud to share our two talented designers, Matt VanSoest and Bryan Baer, completed rigorous leadership academies this week and graduated. We are incredibly impressed with their dedication and hard work over the past nine months.

  • Matt had the opportunity to demonstrate his expertise and leadership skills by overseeing and mentoring teams who worked on initiatives improving the quality of life in Marshall County.
  • Bryan’s leadership team collaborated with Saving Grace Advocacy, a nonprofit organization in Elkhart. Their efforts will significantly impact the organization for years to come.

We are incredibly proud of their accomplishments. Congratulations to both of our designers on a job well done!