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May 28, 2015
New Road Commission facility 'shows who we are'

RIPLEY - The Houghton County Road Commission showed off its new facility during an open house Wednesday afternoon.

The new 14,400-square-foot building was completed April 15. The process began two years ago after a late snow collapsed the road commission's millworks, which was being used for cold storage.

The shop moved into the new building about seven to eight weeks ago, said county Engineer kevin Harju. Office staff moved over two weeks ago, after coordinating phone and computer systems, and finding a time "where we can get everyone together at one time and have mass chaos for a day," he said.

Harju said the open house was held to show the public the new building and how nice it turned out.

"Instead of the local community questioning a road project or why we had snow pushed in our driveway, we're showing them where we are, who we are, " he said. "And this is a building that was essentially built at zero net cost to the taxpayers between the insurance claim and when we sell our old office building."

The shop area itself is larger and taller, with better lighting and air quality, due to a faster air exchange, Harju said.

At the old shop, workers didn't have enough room to make repairs to their sanders indoors, forcing them to go out even in the worst of winter, Harju said. That's not a problem in the new space.

"Mechanics are saying they wish they had a shop like this 30 years ago, " he said. "It just makes it night and day coming into work to come to such a bright, well-put-together shop. "

Other road commissions have been impressed with the new building. Marquette County may build a facility with a similar layout later this year, Harju said.

The cost of the new facility was $1,468,603.03. Of that, the insurance claim on the millworks facility covered $985,964.87.

Moyle Construction handled both the demolition of the old millworks and the new building.

"We really appreciate that Kevin and his team put their trust in us to keep the project with a local business," said Andrew Kemper, project manager for Moyle Construction. "Every trade hour on the project was performed by the local craftsmen."

People touring the new building said they were impressed.

"It's a really nice facility," said Brady Schaefer, a surveyor for Bacco Construction. "The new shop, with the overhead, everything's so big. The offices are nice.

December 2014
Upper Peninsula Contractor Receives Excellence in Construction Award

From Upper Peninsula Business Today

HOUGHTON - At the annual Excellence in Construction Awards program recently held in Grand Rapids...

Read entire article from Upper Peninsula Business Today

December 3, 2014
Road commission forced to do more with less

From ABC 10 News

A year later and people in the Western U.P. are still talking about the historic winter that dumped hundreds of inches of snow on the Copper Country. And an early start to the winter means an early start to planning for the removal of the snow.

The Houghton County Road Commission was one of the hardest hit in the U.P. in terms of their budget, a $500,000 deficit to be exact.

Houghton County Engineer Kevin Harju said even if the budget does fall in the red, it doesn’t change the game plan when snow is on the ground. “It is our obligation to make the roads safe for the motoring public so if need be, we have to spend all our resources in the winter and then figure out what we can do in the summer with the remaining resources we have left,” he said.

He adds that the staff at the Road Commission has decreased by 20% since 2006 and many of the other road commissions across the U.P. are forced to do more with less. A new maintenance facility that is currently being constructed is one of the long overdue upgrades the road commission is getting.

However, most of the money for that is coming from an insurance policy from the old facility.

Harju said the biggest issue is with the snow plows themselves.

“We have old equipment which when you have that heavy wet snow, we had a lot of break downs. Our average one-way snow plow that people see driving down the road is either late 70’s, early 80’s so they’re old and tired plows and the revenues aren’t sufficient to replace them at this time,” he said.

The battle in Lansing continues over where funding for roads would come from, a debate that has dragged on for almost a year. Many municipalities are hopeful a solution comes soon because they sure could use the help.

“If that new senate bill goes through, in four years time, it would increase our revenue by an additional two million which would enable us to repair and replace equipment and do some more work with the townships on paving local roads,” Harju said.

However, despite all the issues and difficulties, when snow needs to be plowed, you can rest assure that the plows will be out there to make it easier for everyone to get home safe.

Read entire article from ABC 10 News

November 20, 2014
Moyle Construction adapts to projects all across the U.P.

From Upper Michigans Source.com | by Blair Caldwell

It all started when Thomas Moyle had his first project constructing the sidewalks for the Copper Country Mall.

He and his wife, Denise then opened up what is known as Moyle Construction in Houghton.

"I guess we're a pretty diversified builder here in the Upper Peninsula," said project manager Andrew Kemper. "We have to capability to be able to do everything. Not only construct a project, but also design it and see it right through."

Moyle Construction does a wide range of projects across the U.P. and employs about 60 people. They have worked on retail buildings, big box stores, schools, churches and even the healthcare field.

"When you live in the U.P., you've got to focus on different projects different markets," said Barry Givens, Vice President of Engineering and Design. "We're able to adapt to that, to whatever's driving the market. That's what sets us apart."

Moyle Construction believes that places like UP Health System Portage choose them for their construction projects because they offer something unique.

"Really what makes us successful is people that we have are so diverse in their skills, their talents, their abilities," said Kemper. "Ultimately we're able to bring those all together, really meet the needs of virtually any clientele that wants to build anything here around the up."

With people like this in their office, it's no surprise they won the Excellence in Construction Award for the state of Michigan, last week.

Ultimately, their goal is to best serve their employees, clients, and the up.

"We like what we do, we're successful at what we do, and we want to make our customers happy, and we want to keep our clients and staff happy as well," said Givens.

Read entire article from Upper Michigans Source

November 20, 2014
Moyle Construction - Enstrom Helicopter Plant Expansion

From Construction Today | by Jim Harris

Enstrom Helicopter Corp.‘s choice of general contractor to design and build an expansion to its manufacturing plant in Menominee, Mich., became clear after the company looked into the backgrounds of the frontrunners for the job. “The feedback Enstrom received during the prequalification process from our previous clients is what swayed them to hire us and weighed heavily in their decision,” says Tom Helminen, president of Moyle Construction USA, the contractor chosen in 2013 to lead the project.

Much of the positive feedback Enstrom received about Houghton, Mich.-based Moyle Construction’s work noted the skills and abilities of its project staff. “We’re a construction company, but we’re not just about computers, heavy equipment and steel – we’re about people,” Helminen says. “Our people are what make a project happen, and from top to bottom, we have a very good staff in all departments of our company.”

Moyle Construction’s experience with design/build and fast-track projects also figured into Enstrom’s decision. The contractor broke ground on the $8 million expansion project in May, with an anticipated completion in December 2013, Vice President of Engineering and Design Barry Givens says.

The contractor’s capabilities include in-house project management, design and trades capabilities, which allow it to supplement the work of its subcontractors. Moyle Construction’s portfolio includes retail, commercial, residential, educational, industrial and infrastructure projects.

“We’ve done many fast-track projects and design/build projects, so those are really our bread and butter,” Givens adds. “If there’s a project where time is of the essence and budget is critical, we’re able to excel.”

‘Great for the Community’

Moyle Construction is on track to complete the total 102,000-square-foot expansion project in time to meet its aggressive deadline. The expansion includes increasing the manufacturing plant’s overall footprint with a one-story, 78,000-square-foot addition that includes a 24,000-square-foot steel-framed mezzanine level, Project Manager Andrew Kemper says.

The expansion features a pre-engineered metal structure, a concrete floor and steel stud and drywall interior walls. The mezzanine will house engineering offices and training and break rooms.

When completed, the expansion will more than double Enstrom’s production capacity. The added space will include new paint, gel coat and sand blast booths for component parts as well as expanded manufacturing and flight testing areas. “This expansion will provide Enstrom several amenities that they’ve been going without, including HVAC improvements and high bay space including hoists and cranes,” Givens says.

“Moyle has been an outstanding company to work with, as we have weekly status meetings to keep us abreast of schedule and costs. We are 60 percent complete and costs and schedule remain on track to the forecast provided at the beginning of the project,” Enstrom President and CEO Jerry Mullins says. “We have actually moved into the first phase of the project and expect the remaining areas to be fully occupied by year end. Moyle has worked with us on a daily basis to minimize impacts to our production schedule while work continues.

“I am very pleased with their performance as our prime contractor and would highly recommend them to other businesses that need to maintain schedule while expanding their facility,” he adds.

Close Connections

Moyle Construction is maintaining a constant line of communication with Enstrom and its subcontractors. This includes electronic exchanges of CAD drawings and other project information.

“We’re in such a fast-track environment that we need to use technology to the fullest to make sure the project goes as smoothly as possible,” Givens says.

In addition to sharing information electronically, Moyle Construction’s field engineer and construction superintendent meet regularly with Enstrom to update them on the project budget and schedule.

Enstrom’s plant is located in an operating airport, making on-site safety a concern. Moyle Construction is addressing safety through a badging and security system as well as through daily meetings with Enstrom’s flight department. These meetings help the flight department route test flights and other activity taking place near the construction area. Safety is of prime importance to the owner and contractor and the project has had zero lost time hours to date, Kemper notes.

Regular communication is also maintained with subcontractors, who are playing a critical role in making sure the project remains on track. “From the very beginning when we started requesting bids and looking for team members, we emphasized that time and budget were critical,” Givens says. “All of our subs have brought ideas to the table about how to bring this project in on time and reduce our costs without compromising quality.”

Moyle Construction’s ability to establish close relationships with its subcontractors as well as with Enstrom and other stakeholders including regulatory officials has made the project successful. “We meshed with Enstrom very quickly,” he adds. “They understand how we work and are honest with us, just as we’re honest with them. Ultimately, the most important thing on any project is building trust and relationships.”

Read entire article from Construction Today

November 20, 2014
Moyle Construction adapts to projects all across the U.P.

From Upper Michigans Source.com | by Blair Caldwell

It all started when Thomas Moyle had his first project constructing the sidewalks for the Copper Country Mall.

He and his wife, Denise then opened up what is known as Moyle Construction in Houghton.

"I guess we're a pretty diversified builder here in the Upper Peninsula," said project manager Andrew Kemper. "We have to capability to be able to do everything. Not only construct a project, but also design it and see it right through."

Moyle Construction does a wide range of projects across the U.P. and employs about 60 people. They have worked on retail buildings, big box stores, schools, churches and even the healthcare field.

"When you live in the U.P., you've got to focus on different projects different markets," said Barry Givens, Vice President of Engineering and Design. "We're able to adapt to that, to whatever's driving the market. That's what sets us apart."

Moyle Construction believes that places like UP Health System Portage choose them for their construction projects because they offer something unique.

"Really what makes us successful is people that we have are so diverse in their skills, their talents, their abilities," said Kemper. "Ultimately we're able to bring those all together, really meet the needs of virtually any clientele that wants to build anything here around the up."

With people like this in their office, it's no surprise they won the Excellence in Construction Award for the state of Michigan, last week.

Ultimately, their goal is to best serve their employees, clients, and the up.

"We like what we do, we're successful at what we do, and we want to make our customers happy, and we want to keep our clients and staff happy as well," said Givens.

Read entire article from Upper Michigans Source

November 12, 2014
Moyle receives industry award

From Mining Gazette | by Kurt Hauglie

HOUGHTON - Moyle Construction recently received an award from a state construction-interest group, and company representatives appreciate the acknowledgment of their efforts from their peers...

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November 6, 2014
Local contractor builds reputation

From Upper Michigans Source.com | by Vicky Crystal

HOUGHTON -- An Upper Michigan contractor has been honored by fellow construction companies across Michigan.

At the recent Excellence in Construction Awards held in Grand Rapids, Moyle Construction was given first place recognition for their work on the Enstrom Helicopter addition and renovation in Menominee. Moyle Construction designed and finished work on the facility in just nine months. In addition Enstrom was able to continue production while the $8 million project was being done.

Winning first place in the $5 to $10 million category on a state level means that Moyle is now eligible for the Associated Builders and Contractors national competition.

Moyle Construction is a Houghton based company. They have worked projects in Michigan and Wisconsin for more than 30 years.

Read entire article from Upper Michigans Source

November 6, 2014
Moyle Construction Receives Special Award

From The Keweenaw Report | by kreport

A local contractor has been recognized for their outstanding work on a construction project. Moyle Construction was awarded first place at the annual Excellence in Construction awards program recently held in Grand Rapids. The award was for Moyle’s work on the Enstrom Helicopter Corporation Addition and Renovation project in Menominee. The project received the top award in the category of renovations and additions projects in the $5 to $10 million dollar range. With the first place award Moyle Construction is now eligible for the Associated Builders and Contractors national competition. The national awards will be presented in March of 2015.

Read entire article from The Keweenaw Report

November 5, 2014
Upper Peninsula contractor receives Excellence in Construction award

From UP Matters.com | by Kylie Khan

At the annual Excellence in Construction Awards program recently held in Grand Rapids, Moyle Construction was awarded first place for the Enstrom Helicopter Corporation Addition and Renovation project in Menominee.

The project received the top award in the category of renovations and additions projects in the $5 to $10 million range.

The Excellence in Construction Awards program is designed to publicly recognize the quality and innovation of construction projects in Michigan. Moyle Construction was notified it was one of three finalists for the award and Moyle personnel were on hand for the ceremony to receive the first place award.

The award winning project consisted of 160,000 square feet of additions and renovations to the Enstrom Helicopter facility. Moyle Construction provided design-build services for the $8 million project which was required to facilitate Enstrom’s increased production goals. Design and construction was completed in an impressive nine month time frame and production at the facility was maintained throughout the project.

With the first place award Moyle Construction is now eligible for the Associated Builders and Contractors national competition. The national awards will be presented in March of 2015.

Moyle Construction is based in Houghton and has been serving Michigan and Wisconsin for over three decades. Services offered included general contracting, construction, management and design-building services.

Read entire article from UP Matters.com

November 3, 2014
The 2014 Excellence in Construction Awards were held on Monday, November 3rd at Keystone Community Church.

From ABC

See list of Winners.

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October 8, 2014
Jimmy Johns to open location in Escanaba

From UP Second Wave Media | Sam Eggleston

For those who have been wishing for Jimmy John's to make an appearance in Escanaba, your dreams are about to come true.

The sub shop, which has two locations in Marquette, will be opening up in the former Just Burgers and More location in front of K-Mart on U.S. 41. The building, which was vacated by the longtime local business in late September, will have renovations done by U.P. company Moyle Inc. Construction and will be operated by a franchisee.

No open date has been announced for the new location.

Read entire article from UP Second Wave Media