Infusing New Talent: How Fresh Voices and New Perspectives are Growing our Region

Fresh voices, new perspectives, and dynamic service offerings are shaping today’s evolving construction industry. For years, young professionals, women, and minorities were not typically involved in the trades, resulting in a lack of younger, skilled workers. Advances in technology and prefabrication techniques helped to somewhat fill this need, but as more diverse, young up-and-comers take on leadership roles, the positive impact is felt industry-wide.

Take Wells’ internal four-month, eight-session program, Wells University for example. We welcomed standouts within our organization, who have shown potential to experience the major facets from finance to marketing, sales to engineering, and drafting to project management in the field. Beyond our internal program, we see the next generation exemplifying leadership in action as a female Wells employee worked on the safety team alongside our partner Gilbane on one of the largest developments in Wells – Great Lakes history; the new world-class HARIBO manufacturing facility in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. Set on over 130 acres, Wells provided prefabrication for the manufacturing plant and warehouse for the company’s first North American manufacturing facility.

Bringing together people from different backgrounds opens our organization to exploring new ways of working. By fostering a collaborative nature, it not only helps us grow the next generation of leaders, but it also ensures visionary solutions continue to shape the future of our communities.

This article is originally published in MMAC Fall 2022 Milwaukee Commerce publication.