Construction and Human Resources

Construction firm adds to team

July 6, 2017
| By Pat Evans |
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Jared Gauss
Jared Gauss. Courtesy Owen-Ames-Kimball

A local construction firm has hired seven new employees.

Owen-Ames-Kimball, or O-A-K, said last week it added the group to its team: Bob Byrne, Kevin Hufnagel, Jennifer Kloosterhouse, Jared Gauss, Michael Schneidt, Garrett Smith and Gabe Raymer.

Bob Byrne

Byrne, a project manager, has more than 17 years of commercial construction experience, which is heavily weighted toward health care and industrial facility construction.

He has a degree in construction management from Ferris State University.

Kevin Hufnagel

Hufnagel, an estimator, has more than 25 years of estimating experience.

Hufnagel specializes in higher education facilities and health care renovations.

He holds a degree in construction management from Ferris State.

Jennifer Kloosterhouse

Kloosterhouse, a communications coordinator, has experience in employee recruitment and retention, event management and corporate communications.

She has a degree in advertising and public relations from Grand Valley State University.

Jared Gauss

Gauss, a project superintendent, has more than 19 years of construction leadership under his belt.

He is currently working on the renovation of Lakes Elementary in the Rockford Public Schools system.

He has a degree in business administration and accounting from Davenport University.

Michael Schneidt

Schneidt, a project superintendent, has five years of construction experience and certificates in density technology and aggregate testing.

He is a recent graduate of the Ferris State construction management program.

Garrett Smith

Smith, a project superintendent, graduated from the Ferris State construction management program this year.

He oversaw K-12 projects as an intern before joining O-A-K.

Gabe Raymer

Raymer, a project engineer, is a recent graduate of Ferris State’s construction management program.

He will work on a Portage Public Schools site to begin his employment.

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