2020: Good News
This year has had more than its fair share of challenges for us, as it has for everyone. COVID-19 hit us hard and the unknows just kept growing every day. As an essential business, we had to quickly scramble to figure out a way to keep our jobs going while keeping our people safe. It brought a wave of innovation and teamwork that was unparalleled, and for that we’re thankful. The majority of our office staff was sent to work remotely, and jobsites received an influx of PPE and sanitizer. Jobsite meetings were moved outdoors, and suddenly Zoom became a regular word in our vocabulary.
This year has also had its fair share of good news though!
New Regional Office Opening
EBCO is proud to announce the opening of a new Bryan-College Station regional office. This new commercial office space is located in Bryan, TX and will officially open its doors in December. We’re excited to expand our presence in Aggieland! We’ve worked closely with the cities of both Bryan and College Station for over twenty years on various projects, and we’re proud to partner with them again.
“When the opportunity to expand our presence in the BCS area presented itself, we all felt like it was the next obvious step for EBCO,” said John Egger, president and CEO. “The move closer to Texas A&M University will help us to further expand our internship program, to leverage the diverse talent pool, to expand our professional network, as well as increase our ability to better serve the market. We’re really excited about the opportunities that this move will open up for us.”
“I’m really excited to get set up in the new office and to get involved in the community,” remarked Joel Doland, a project manager for EBCO who will be relocating to the new building. “I’ve always loved what a close-knit community it seems to be, and love that they have such strong traditions.”
Our headquarters will remain open in Cameron, TX which will continue to staff the majority of our office staff, including our Accounting department, Human Resources, and IT. As we look to the future, we look forward to building new relationships and forming long lasting teams in the Bryan-College Station area.
Safety Committee Brings Home New Safety Awards
Our safety committee, which is led by our safety director John Lott, CSM, recently brought home two new safety awards. The 2020 Safety Award of Excellence was awarded to us by the Central Texas Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, and the national 2020 Safety Management System STEP Diamond Award. The STEP award is in recognition of the company’s Diamond Level of achievement and its ongoing efforts in the development of a quality safety program for 2020. EBCO’s safety committee is a voluntary committee of superintendents and project managers responsible for establishing company safety goals and guidelines, reviewing accidents/incidents, and providing feedback on current policy and procedure. Each member volunteers for a period of one year, and then a new committee is formed. This year’s safety committee consists of Michael Young – Superintendent, Rachelle Farmer – Project Manager, Jermaine Gaspard – Project Engineer, and Justin Jones – Construction Manager. Congratulations to all of our teams on their contributions in keeping our company a safe place to work!!
Employee Recognition: Jill Stermer
We are so proud of our very own Jill Stermer for receiving the Lion’s Club Gold Spur Award in District 2-S3. The award was presented to Jill for her outstanding service in the district during 2019-2020. Congratulations, Jill! She has been an involved Lion’s Club member since 2014 and enjoys the service aspect of volunteering and receives a special sense of reward screening children who might be in need of eye exams. This service helps improve the vision of children that might otherwise be overlooked or go without corrective lenses. Jill has been specially certified to operate the machinery that detects potential problems in vision. Previously, Jill has also participated in a reading program for children who are struggling with reading comprehension. And speaking of Jill, this year she celebrated her 25th anniversary here at EBCO! We wouldn’t be where we are today without her. She’s seen EBCO grow and change over the years, and has worn many hats. Jill has never shied away from a challenge, and has played an important role in our success. If there is one word for Jill, it is dedicated. We appreciate you, Jill! Thank you for your years of service to EBCO and your community!