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Commercial | ODOM CONSTRUCTION SYSTEMS

of Carpenters, and prospective hires are often trained by the union
before employment by Odom Construction.
"One of our core values is to engage with passion, and another is
to seek improvement continuously," Odom notes. "Those two things
are what fuel our employees' engagement. We don't have pep rallies,
but our company values really define the type of people that work
here. So they really stay engaged on their own."
The upsurge in construction during the last few years has resulted
in shortages of skilled tradespeople. General contractors sometimes
struggle to engage subcontracting firms like Odom Construction
Systems. "Everywhere we go, we see shortages of skilled labor,"
Odom reports.
At Odom, the workforce has grown steadily over the last few years
without significant fluctuation. "We've not had a workforce reduction
in a couple years, at least," Odom recalls. When the company needs to
expand its workforce, its managers have to work hard to do so.
"Employee recruitment is a challenge across the board - union or
non-union," Odom concedes. "Our belief is some of the things like
health insurance are an advantage on the union side, but hiring is a
challenge for everybody in just about every market."
As one of the companies that is being sought out by general
contractors, construction managers and owners, Odom Construction Systems selects the projects on which it works carefully and
identifies preferred customers, many of whom it has worked with
for years.

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services Odom provides, having employees
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Further Expansion
For the future, Odom foresees additional expansion within the states
in which the company now operates and perhaps into the mid-Atlantic region. "Our growth moving forward will be more strategic,
zeroing in on specific markets in our area," Odom says. "Any growth
outside of that territory would be in the mid-Atlantic or perhaps
Midwest, mostly just as requested by our clients, not something we
would do on our own."
He does not anticipate adding additional services to the company's offerings.
"Our growth is geographical and not vertical," Odom emphasizes. "We're trying to be the best in our market segment. By adding
services, we would dilute our ability to perform at a high level."
Odom Construction Systems has evolved from a plastering and
lathing company founded in 1883 by John Gilbert. The company
added painting and drywalling to its services when Hoyle Gilbert,
the grandson of the founder, took over the company in 1972.
Odom's father, Bill, joined Gilbert Plastering and Painting Co. as a
general manager in 1980 and purchased the company in 1984 when
Gilbert retired, renaming it Odom Construction Systems Inc. Billy
Odom and CFO Melinda Sands are now the primary owners of the
company, with Odom's father as president emeritus.
"One of our strengths in our company culture is that we have
successfully blended corporate systems and processes with family
values," Odom emphasizes. "That - combined with the strength
of exceptional employees who carry the ball and execute on the
day-to-day activities - results in outstanding performance. We're
not as impersonal as a large corporation, but we're also not boxed in
by family business constraints. We have an intentional, successful
blend in the middle of those two extremes.
"The best way to summarize our philosophy is that we provide
quality, cost-effective solutions and help clients to recognize the
value, safety and quality that we provide," Odom concludes.


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