Schaus-Vorhies Companies

SUSTAINABILITY . VALUE . COMMITMENT

contracting business. They called it Schaus-Vorhies Contracting, Inc. and their ambition was to develop a general commercial construction company.

Over the years, the business evolved into other areas, and eventually they developed into other related sectors of the construction business including metal building supply and erection, commercial construction, customized industrial fabrication, construction structural steel manufacturing, metal finishing for manufacturers and assemblers, and metal cleaning for industrial manufacturing.

They’ve consistently grown and today they have over 75 employees, doing construction work and other manufacturing "value added" services. They are continually adding business units to meet the demand of the changing times and modern needs.

In 2008, they decided to take the company to a new level – not just to grow, but to form a foundation that emphasizes a set of values that defines their culture:

Safety first, Honesty and Integrity, Reliability, Nurturing Personal Growth, and Respect for Everyone!

They also wanted to put a spotlight on how to run their business in the future that has important implications for their customers and for the community, the first one being “sustainability.”

The construction industry has taken big strides in the past decade or longer toward becoming more vigilant about the impact it has on the environment.

SVC is stepping up their efforts to comply with the guidelines that have been established by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating Systems™, the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. SVC completed a LEEDS certified project in 2007. It is their plan to have more of their staff become LEEDS certified, and apply those principles in every project they undertake.

That’s only part of it, though. When you hear sustainability, SVC is talking about more than the environment. It also means things like improving the quality of life in the community, and following ethical business practices that work for everyone associated with their company, inside and out.

The second area of evolution in the business is to emphasize “value” even more in the future. During the past couple of years, they’ve been working with all of their employees and some outside advisers to apply what’s known as “Lean Practices” on the projects they are awarded. Basically, it’s a method for making every step of the construction process as efficient as possible while maintaining a high quality. It’s a win-win for the company and the customer because it allows SVC to deliver the best possible product for the most affordable price. It also puts SVC in a position where they’re always looking for ways to improve their operations, bring fresh ideas to the business and improve their productivity.

They’re going to apply those principles in every one of the businesses associated with their company, and they have unified all of them under a single company name with a core brand identity that applies to everything they do.

Location: 
Fairfield, Iowa
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