“Are you crazy?”

That’s the first thing my wife said to me when I told her I was going to interview for a job at Wells Concrete.  Her reaction wasn’t based on her understanding of the company; she had never heard of Wells Concrete.  Rather, it was based on what I was potentially walking away from; the top HR officer for a $4.5 billion, publicly traded enterprise with 10,000 employees, with a CEO, Board of Directors and an officer leadership team I had earned a great deal of respect from over the years.

This is one of the few times my wife was wrong when handicapping what was to become a major life decision for our family; I wasn’t crazy.  As I went through multiple interviews with the leadership team and built on my basic understanding of Wells Concrete through more thorough research, I was convinced this was the right move, and here’s why:

Reputation = 65 years of successfully providing high quality structural and architectural precast products to clients throughout the upper Midwest.

Growth = over the last 5 years both revenue and headcount have nearly doubled.

Financial Health = Balance sheet capable of funding future initiatives and opportunities.

Rewards = Compensation and career advancement opportunities tied to merit and results.

Entrepreneurial = Opportunistic approach to running the business whereby employees are empowered to make and own decisions that directly impact the business.

Mark Del Vecchio
Vice President – Human Resources, Health, and Safety

Precast – Did you know?

  • Next to water, concrete is the most widely used material in the world.
  • Concrete can be prestressed enabling it to span greater distances, support greater loads, increase durability, reduce the occurrence of cracks.
  • Prestress/precast construction is fast and durable. Buildings can be erected in any weather condition.
  • Prestress/Precast concrete by nature is fire proof, rot proof, and mildew resistant.
  • Concrete can be formed in any color, shape, size, texture. It can be designed to deflect or absorb sound which makes it an Acoustically Versatile building material.

Rick Girard, Sales

Project Management – how does it work?

Over the past year the Project Management portion of our company has taken on more and more from a project delivery standpoint.  Once Wells is awarded a project, the project manager is front and center to making the project run as smooth as it can.  Our Project Management team has overseen over 200 projects from start to finish with one year.

Our PMs help projects move through the shop drawing phase by coordinating all RFI’s and design questions with the design team and the Wells team along with project scheduling with the General Contractors.  The project schedule starts with our shop drawings being submitted on time and getting into production on time to meet the overall project schedule for installation and completion. Once we’ve completed installation and submitted the necessary documents our Project Managers close out the successful project with our clients.

Ben Ahneman, Vice President-Project Management

Precast and Architectural Acoustic Properties

AltusGroup, a partnership of 21 innovation-focused North American precasters, has published a technical brief explaining the acoustic performance of CarbonCast High Performance Insulated Wall Panels and how they can be used to reduce the amount of outside sound reaching the receiver.

The brief discusses the Sound Transmission Class (STC) rating system, which correlates with better performance of sound insulation. Precast concrete, specifically CarbonCast technology, is designed to close noise gaps and create an impenetrable barrier for outside noise, increasing STC ratings.

The two-page PDF highlights the formation of noise gaps. CarbonCast walls can be produced in large widths and full height modules with caulking and insulation at the joints, lowering the possibility of leaks or flanking as compared to steel or wood structures that might have multiple joints and connections.

These panels are designed to deliver comfort with very little sound transmitted through the walls, providing an interior free of exterior noise. And the lack of cold spots provides a more comfortable environment.  They are energy efficient and lighter in weight. They use less concrete and more insulating foam to reduce energy use and lighten panels – and deliver superior insulation values for enhanced thermal efficiency.  The panels are code compliant. They’ve received an evaluation report (ESR#2953) from ICCEvaluation Service (ICC-ES)

INSULATED precast wall panel – like no other

No other wall system performs like a precast INSULATED wall panel.

Board insulation is sandwiched between two layers of concrete creating a fully insulated edge-to-edge structural and architectural wall system. Stainless pins or carbon fiber ties connect the interior load-bearing layer to the exterior architectural face layer. Varying insulation thicknesses and insulation types provides R-values from 12 to 35.

Additionally, the concrete layers have the ability to absorb, store and slowly release energy. This reduces the demand for heating and cooling during peak hours and provides a more stable and comfortable environment.

Spay foaming and caulking of the wall panel to wall panel joints bridges the insulation creating a seamless, monolithic barrier against air penetration.

Bob Geil, Sales