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Interstates Receives a Safety Award and Project Award from ABC

FREMONT, NE — Interstates joined several other merit shop contractors in Grapevine, Texas, for the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Excellence in Construction Awards. The company received two of the highest level awards from ABC, the National Safety Excellence Pinnacle award and the National Excellence in Construction Pyramid award.
National Safety Excellence Pinnacle Award
The National Safety Excellence awards recognize construction companies that showcase an exemplary safety program and commitment to safety. The Pinnacle award is the highest level of honor for safety, awarded to a select group of ABC member companies. Interstates commends its leaders and teams that helped the company achieve this honor for the second year in a row.

“Interstates is creating the conditions for its people to do their job well in a safe, healthy, and mentally fit environment,” said 2021 ABC National Chair of the Board of Directors Steve Klessig, Vice President of Architecture and Engineering of Keller Inc. in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. “A culture of both safety and total human health cannot exist without leadership choosing daily to not to compromise on safety, and ABC commends this safety leader in our industry for modeling this belief in every action.”

The winners were selected from ABC member firms that achieved Diamond, Platinum, and Gold status in ABC’s STEP safety management system in 2020. During the selection process, contractors were judged on self-evaluation scores, lost workday case rates, total recordable incident rates, leading indicator use, process and program innovations, and video interviews conducted by members of ABC’s National Safety and Health Committee.

“We’re thrilled to receive this award," said Ian Seuser, Director of Safety at Interstates. "We can see the passion our team leaders and crew members have for safety, and they go the extra mile to achieve a zero-injury culture.”

From day one at Interstates, team members hear and learn about the company's safety culture. Interstates empowers leaders to coach their teams that every accident is preventable, no matter how small.

National Excellence in Construction Pyramid Award
The National Excellence in Construction awards celebrate the best in merit shop construction, honoring the most outstanding construction projects for 2020. Interstates' project in Fremont, Nebraska, with Costco Feed Mill, received the Pyramid award in the Specialty Contractor Electrical: Industrial $2-10 Million category.
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The EIC awards honor all construction team members, including the contractor, owner, architect, and engineer. A panel of industry experts judges each project on complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges overcome, completion time, workmanship, innovation, safety, and cost.

“For more than 30 years, ABC has honored award-winning construction projects like Costco Feed Mill because of the work by the team at Interstates exemplifies excellence in our industry," Klessig said. "This world-class construction project is a vital part of our economic engine, built safely, on time, and under budget, and it is an honor to congratulate Interstates for their commitment to setting the standard for excellence in construction.”

Interstates performed the electrical construction installation on the greenfield Costco Feed Mill, which was completed in the summer of 2019. Though a year of severe weather and historic flooding threatened to derail progress, a hard-working crew and a focus on planning led to a successful project outcome. Joel Cook, Superintendent at Interstates, attributes the project’s success to the teamwork among the crew.

“This project had exceptional leadership and team members that kept the work on schedule,” he said.

“I knew the crew had the skill and knowledge to complete the project," said Britton Hulme, Project Manager at Interstates. "Through the many challenges, they continued to deliver an excellent project, and it’s great to see it recognized.”

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This project was also awarded the Eagle Award and the Project of the Year award at the state level from the ABC Cornhusker Chapter in 2020.

Interstates meets the diverse electrical and automation needs of customers in industries such as value-added agriculture, renewable fuels, food and beverage, pet food, grain milling, and flour milling. Interstates works to provide integrated, seamless electrical solutions for its client's projects.

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