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'We definitely try to be cutting-edge
with our procedures [and] equipment.'
build," Huismann recalls. "Then, we could
tear the building down. It was a good project to cut my teeth on."

Cutting-Edge
Lacy employs a staff of 56 and enjoyed
sales of $19 million last year. Although the
company is not the largest company in its
region, "We definitely try to be cutting-edge
with our procedures, our equipment and
how we approach the building business,"
Huismann says.
"We're just always trying to present the
most opportunities for our clients that
we can, whether that's new methods or
materials, or contracting methods or even
ownership methods," he says. "We've actually started doing design/build/lease where
we own buildings and lease them back to
clients to help them get in the insulated
concrete forming systems."
In terms of new methods, Lacy has
started using integral concrete forming
(ICF) systems as a basic building block.
"We've built four different structures with
that now," Huismann says. "That is a green
product that is sustainable and offers great
insulating value for the people who use it
for their buildings."

he says. "Sometimes, that requires a little
negotiating, and other times it's just a little
encouragement to maybe work a little faster.
"Ultimately, we're responsible for the
subcontractors' well-being," he says. "We've
got to make a project successful for them,
but ultimately, we have to please our
customers, and that requires some encouragement, and we'll make sure we encourage
our subcontractors to do that."

Growing with Lacy
Lacy strives to form long-term relationships
with its employees, Huismann says. "We
want to make it so they can enjoy the benefits of work, but also be able to take part
with their family, too, so they have time to
raise their children, or whatever stage in life
they might be at," he says.
These benefits also can include career experience. "We have some superintendents
that were able to grow with us," he says.
"They were able to take on challenges, new
risks and look at bigger projects. We [have
grown] as a team."

Its team includes his brother-in-law, Mel
Griess, who is its vice president of operations and its safety director. "He can train
our people on not only what OSHA requires,
but [other] practices that ensure our staff is
operating safely," Huismann says.
He also praises Accounting Manager Lori
Bendixen. "Lori has done well with keeping
up with accounting practices and principles, as well as software and its capabilities,
and staying current on those practices,"
Huismann says.
Superintendents Martin Evans and
Shannon Walker also have been key. "It's
because they work hard at knowing current
principles and practices in construction and
what it takes to be a good superintendent,"
Huismann says.
He adds that Lacy plans to continue developing relationships with clients, co-workers
and other industry professionals going
forward. "We'll continue to let them know
about our capabilities, how we pay attention to details and how we are a good team
builder," Huismann concludes.

company's projects also
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include an Archer Credit Union
location in Central City, Neb.

Sharing Responsibilities
Lacy self-performs much of its work, Huismann says. "It allows us to maintain our
projects on schedule, and it also helps us
to maintain the budgets because we have
control of ... the materials that are on those
projects," he says.
The company has strong relationships
with its subcontractors, he asserts. However, these partnerships require an important exchange between the two parties.
"We've got to put a contract together and
we rely on their expertise to do that work,"
he says. "On the other side of the coin, we
need to make sure that they do what they
say they'll do.
"We have to work together as a team,"

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