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Elzinga & Volkers logs nearly 2,000 new projects in 2015

Company also returns 17 percent of profits to community initiatives.

January 29, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Mike Novakoski said a community commitment program produced more than 300 hours of service from company employees. Photo by Michael Buck

The construction world was busy in West Michigan last year, and a recent report from one firm highlights some of its largest accomplishments.

Holland-based Elzinga & Volkers saw new hires, new projects and awards in 2015, as well as a committed focus to the community.

Last year, Elzinga & Volkers added 28 employees and contributed 17 percent of its new income to nonprofit organizations.

“As we move into a new year, we like taking a moment to reflect on the strengths and growth opportunities of our previous year,” said Mike Novakoski, president and CEO. “We are proud of our continued growth, but even more so in the development of our employees. Their drive for success has led to almost 2,000 new projects in 2015.”

The yearly review highlighted a 70 percent rate of repeat clients among its 2,000 projects in more than 24 states, Canada and Mexico. Among the projects were Mercy Health Saint Mary’s cafeteria, Nuvar East and Life Circles PACE.

Recognized as a National Best and Brightest Company to Work For, E&V’s report also mentioned there were three marriages and 10 babies born to employees last year.

The company also passed the 3,000-day mark of no lost time due to accident or injury, a statistic highlighted during its annual Safety Week, which saw 67 companies represented and 389 people trained.

The company also won seven awards and designations, including: Diamond Level, Safety Training and Evaluation Process; Excellence in Construction, Additions & Renovations $1-5M; Excellence in Construction, New Construction $1-5M; Runner-up, American Subcontractors Association of Michigan: Michigan Contractor of the Year; West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For; National & Elite Award, Best and Brightest Employee Education and Development; and 2015 Honoree, Corp! Magazine.

As the company focused on its employees, it also wanted to impact the community on a larger scale, so for its 70th anniversary last year, Elzinga & Volkers started its 70 Random Acts of Kindness program. Through the initiative, the firm provided services that totaled more than 300 hours and $27,000 donated to nonprofits, along with a larger 17 percent of profits donated by the company.

A supplement to the year in review report was provided to summarize the impact of those 70 Acts of Kindness:

  • $5,000 for a Christmas program that sponsored 12 families including 62 people.
  • $2,500 to Boys & Girls Club of Holland for bikes, helmets and locks.
  • $2,000 for tool belts and supplies for Taking Root Ministries.
  • $2,000 for high chairs and tents for Arbor Circle.
  • $2,000 for a Veterans Day Luncheon at Maple Creek.
  • $1,600 for patient care bags for Gilda’s Club care packages.

“While company growth is always a goal, we wouldn’t be where we are today without our community,” Novakoski said.

“2015 is a great example of how thankful we are to West Michigan, and we wanted to spend the year showing the members of our community just how special they are to the (Elzinga & Volkers) family.”

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