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    Thomas & Marker Construction Company

    October 2017

    Please join us in congratulating Randy Marker and his team at Thomas & Marker Construction Company as October's Logan County Chamber Business & Entrepreneur of the Month

    We are sure that founders, Bob Thomas and Harold Marker, are delighted to see that Thomas & Marker Construction has evolved into the entrepreneurial, progressive and vibrant organization that it is today; focused on client service, associate development and investment in the local community. Originally founded in 1956, Thomas & Marker developed a strong reputation for fair business dealings, the ability to complete highly technical and complex projects, and a quality staff of honest and hardworking associates. Over sixty years later, that legacy persists, as the fundamental values upon which the company was established remain consistent to this day.

    Thomas & Marker continues to build on its strengths, completing a wide range of projects as diverse in complexity as they are in contract value. Now with two full-service offices in Bellefontaine and Columbus, Thomas & Marker provides construction services which are focused on the healthcare, education, industrial, civic, zoological and religious markets. Randy Marker provides the vision and leadership for the organization, supported by Pat Ellis and their dedicated leadership team. With three generations of the Marker family providing leadership and guidance, Thomas & Marker has an eye to the future, informed by the integrity of its past. They are well positioned for future growth and success because of their deliberate focus on developing the younger generations and their passionate belief in creating genuine relationships with their clients and industry partners. Randy shares, "experienced estimating, strong project management, and an exceptional field staff, coupled with a keen focus on our clients' needs, provides us the opportunity for lasting growth and successful operations. That's where we focus our energies each and every day."

    Their portfolio of recently completed local projects include: Mad River Mountain's Ski Lodge, NEX's Warehouses located on S.R. 47 W., NEX's East Liberty Expansion, TRC's New Welcome Center, and multiple projects for Honda R&D. They are currently on-site working to complete NetGain's office renovations, Mary Rutan Hospital's New Health Center and TRC's Wind Tunnel foundations.

    Their contribution to Logan County is substantial, but their work is not limited to the boundaries of this county. They have been or are currently under contract for major projects in Columbus, Springfield, Marysville, Kenton, Lorain, Bluffton, Tiffin, Ada, and have made multiple improvements to senior living facilities throughout Ohio and Michigan.

    When asked to share about their marketing strategies, they had this to say, "We don’t spend a lot of money on marketing and advertisements. We knock our client's socks off and they spread the word! For over 60 years, we have built a great reputation in the industry for being clientfocused and relationship-driven. We are competitive with pricing in public and private bidding, and our clients trust that we are looking out for their best interests, instead of our own. It makes marketing easy." They believe that their reputation for client satisfaction is a result of completing projects on time and within budget, and doing it all with the highest standard of quality and safety as the norm, not the exception. By taking an extremely collaborative and relationship-oriented approach, and with a depth of technical knowledge and experience, Thomas & Marker methodically discovers what it takes to deliver what each client wants. Randy puts it this way, "Our primary goal is for the client to be happy with our relationship, how we performed, and most importantly, with their project!"

    Many companies may say it, but the leaders at Thomas & Marker truly believe that their associates are THE key to their success. They spend a lot of time and energy on developing and empowering their associates by providing opportunities for their professional growth. Alison Marker, third generation family member and part of the leadership team, shares "that’s what we're all about - providing the right environment and opportunities for our associates to be challenged every day, feel supported and cared about, and have a career they are proud of." She also notes that teamwork and collaboration are essentials in their culture - everyone helps each other reach their common goals. "If someone is only looking out for themselves, they won't fit here. We focus on team and organizational success, not on individual success."

    In 2017, they received the following awards: Ohio Valley Associated Builders and Contractors – Eagle Award, Ohio Valley Associated Builders and Contractors - Merit Award, Ohio Valley Associated Builders and Contractors – STEP Gold Level Safety Award, Union County Safety Council Award and in 2016 the Conway Center for Family Business: Milestone Award.

    When asked if they had one interesting fact they wanted people to be aware of, they shared this about the construction industry: “the construction industry is facing a major talent shortage in both the trades and engineers/construction management professionals. There are great opportunities in this industry to earn a great salary, find a career that is challenging and rewarding, move up the career ladder, and be able to provide for your family. If you’re unsure about exploring a career in construction, ask someone who works for us about what their experience has been!”

    Thomas & Marker had it’s start-up in Logan County, but they remain in Logan County because “it has always and continues to offer some of the best talent of skilled trade associates needed to staff our projects.” They support the Chamber because they feel that the Chamber keeps them connected with their area colleagues and provides a forum for business support. They believe strongly in the Chamber’s mission and are proud to support it through their membership.

    We thank the team at Thomas & Marker Construction Company for the 37 years of Chamber membership and their 61 years of service and commitment to Logan County!

    Thomas & Marker Construction Company
    2084 U.S. 68 S.
    Bellefontaine, OH 43311
    (937) 599-2160