Faces of the Cam­paign

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is a sec­ond­gen­er­a­tion, fam­ily-owned con­struc­tion com­pany in Breese, Ill. and one of the 2018 Get to Know m.e. host spon­sors. This is the com­pany’s sec­ond year as a spon­sor of the cam­paign, formed to im­prove area res­i­dents’ qual­ity of life while also en­hanc­ing the im­age of the Metro-East as a great place to work, visit and call home. The com­pany be­gan in 1980 when Chuck Poet­tker, chair­man and CEO, built a home for a friend. The busi­ness then quickly grew and shifted to the com­mer­cial side of the in­dus­try. To­day, it is a lead­ing con­struc­tion com­pany and cer­ti­fied Vet­eran busi­ness in the Mid­west that pro­vides a full range of pro­fes­sional con­struc­tion ser­vices in­clud­ing con­struc­tion man­age­ment, gen­eral con­tract­ing and de­sign-build ser­vices. Chuck’s four chil­dren have joined him in the busi­ness, help­ing him build the com­pany that he en­vi­sioned over 38 years ago – a com­pany founded on re­spect, pro­fes­sion­al­ism, in­tegrity and ded­i­ca­tion to their clients’ needs and goals. Keith Poet­tker was re­cently ap­pointed pres­i­dent, Kevin Poet­tker is direc­tor of busi­ness de­vel­op­ment, Ryan Poet­tker is vice pres­i­dent pro­ject man­age­ment and Kim­berly Luitjo­han is vice pres­i­dent - fi­nance. The Poet­tker fam­ily, as well as many mem­bers of the staff, live in the Metro-East. Many work­ers have been at the com­pany for over twenty, and some over thirty years. The com­pany em­ploys a rich cadre of ed­u­cated and pas­sion­ate es­ti­ma­tors, sales and pro­ject man­agers, su­per­in­ten­dents, ad­min­is­tra­tive per­son­nel and sup­port staff who pro­vide pro­fes­sional, per­son­able ser­vice. “The work ethic here is stronger than in other ar­eas,” said Ryan. Nearly 95 per­cent of the busi­ness is com­posed of re­peat cus­tomers or re­fer­rals. “Our rep­u­ta­tion for pro­vid­ing hon­est, great ser­vice has helped us grow pri­mar­ily through re­peat busi­ness. Trust is huge in busi­ness,” said Kevin. While the com­pany’s orig­i­nal ser­vice area was the St. Louis met­ro­pol­i­tan area, it quickly grew to a re­gional scale. Poet­tker Con­struc­tion is cur­rently li­censed in 25 states. The team has built mul­ti­ple fa­cil­i­ties for some of the most value-con­scious or­ga­ni­za­tions in the Mid­west, in­clud­ing: Ameren, Hop­si­tal Sis­ters Health Sys­tem (HSHS) Med­i­cal Group, South­ern Illi­nois Univer­sity Ed­wardsville, Con­ti­nen­tal Tire, Me­nards, Wal­mart Stores ,Inc. and the U.S. Army Corps of En­gi­neers. They have con­structed more than 25 K-12 schools through­out South­ern Illi­nois and com­pleted more than 30 pro­jects at the lo­cal Hos­pi­tal Sis­ters Health Sys­tem (HSHS) fa­cil­i­ties. Poet­tker Con­struc­tion has been suc­cess­ful for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons, one be­ing that they work across mul­ti­ple dis­ci­plines. One of their unique ser­vices is self-per­form work, where they em­ploy car­pen­ters and la­bor­ers for con­crete and car­pen­try ser­vices rather than out­sourc­ing this work. Few gen­eral con­struc­tion con­trac­tors of­fer this ser­vice. Self-per­form­ing work makes it eas­ier to sched­ule job­site man­power and carry out each pro­ject ef­fi­ciently. Poet­tker Con­struc­tion is a proud sup­porter of our lo­cal hos­pi­tals, schools, re­li­gious in­sti­tu­tions and other non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions. They give back to the com­mu­nity through fundrais­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and phil­an­thropic ef­forts. Some ex­am­ples in­clude:

• Since 2014, Poet­tker Con­struc­tion and its busi­ness part­ners have do­nated $80,000 to Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters of South­west­ern Illi­nois through pro­ceeds raised from our an­nual golf clas­sic.

• In 2017, Poet­tker Con­struc­tion hosted the safety merit badge clinic for the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica, Greater St. Louis Area Coun­cil. Twenty- five Boy Scouts from South­ern Illi­nois and the St. Louis area par­tic­i­pated in the in­ter­ac­tive dis­cus­sion and guided pro­ject tour il­lus­trat­ing key safety tech­niques.

• To ac­com­pany their an­nual Christ­mas party, Poet­tker Con­struc­tion em­ploy­ees do­nate toys that are dis­trib­uted to fam­i­lies in need through­out our com­mu­nity. In 2018, Poet­tker Con­struc­tion will show­case its qual­ity crafts­man­ship and abil­ity by con­struct­ing its own cor­po­rate head­quar­ters in Breese. The new 39,400 sq. ft. of­fice and 12,000 sq. ft. ware­house will be lo­cated south of their cur­rent build­ings.

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