Ben VanderWert joins MCL Construction as the Director of Talent Acquisition. Ben's primary focus is to identify and hire the best and brightest to join the MCL Construction family.
"MCL has a long history in the community and has been growing at a great manageable rate," said VanderWert. "The relationships they have built with the community and organizations across eastern Nebraska and western Iowa are long-lasting. My goal is to apply that approach to attracting and retaining great talent and for MCL to be seen as a premier employer in the community."
VanderWert spent several years recruiting in the technology and IT fields. He understands what it takes to identify top talent in a competitive industry and how having the right employees help organizations grow and thrive long-term.
"Having the right people that will make a positive impact on the organization and do right by the customers is vital in long-term success within any organization. Finding the person to do the job is one thing. Finding the person that can do the job and fit within the organization with the team and culturally is what we are looking for in the people we hire at MCL Construction," said VanderWert.
MCL Construction has grown substantially in the past five years, approaching 200 employees.
"We want to keep growing," added MCL Construction Senior Vice President Tony Fucinaro. "Ben will play a significant role as we continue to expand our geographical footprint and provide our relationship-based building model to clients who are looking for a partner to solve their building problems."
MCL Construction recently moved into its new corporate headquarters located at 14558 Portal Circle in La Vista, Nebraska. The building has made a big impression on VanderWert and he believes it will make his job a lot easier.
"Having a new and welcoming facility will undoubtedly help in attracting people. In my opinion, it is all about the opportunity and culture of the organization. But having a place to work where there is proper/enhanced technology, collaboration spaces, and an open environment will help in growth and retention."
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MCL Construction breaks ground on a new headquarters complex; the project is scheduled to be complete in the Spring of 2020.
"It's time," said MCL Construction President Bob Carlisle. "I could see this coming about three years ago but it's not just our growth that is behind this new home for MCL, we want to hire and retain the best employees in the construction industry."
MCL's new home will be just south of Giles Road on 145th Street in La Vista, Nebraska. In time there will be two buildings on the complex, starting with a 32,000 square foot office building and a planned future expansion of a 20,000 square foot shop with loading docks and a drive-through loading area.
"This is going to put on display just how aggressive and how innovative of a company we are and what we are capable of," said MCL Senior Vice President Tony Fucinaro. "These buildings will allow us to show the services and capabilities we have, not just to our clients, but our building and design partners."
Examples would be spaces dedicated to virtual and augmented reality, and collaboration labs that improve communication during design and provide a unique preconstruction and building experience.
"What I am excited for are the spaces we have dedicated to training," said Fucinaro. "We will have dedicated instructional spaces that can hold up to 80 of our employees at one time."
Training that will lead to an engaged and educated workforce that serves as the catalyst for growth into the future. That includes expanding MCL's geographical footprint.
"Look at the real estate we are sitting on, it gives us room to grow," said Carlisle. “We are not locked in the day we move in."
MCL currently has 160 employees and continues to hire the best and brightest from inside and outside the construction industry.
The new home will be MCL's third in its 32-year history.
About MCL Construction:
MCL Construction is an Omaha, Nebraska, based Construction Manager and General Contractor. Founded in 1987, it builds relationships with business partners by using construction expertise with innovative building strategies to provide a collaborative, smarter building experience.