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ties. Her values system is uncompromising in selecting and keeping
construction professionals of the highest integrity and character
within the industry.
After graduating from university, she was stationed in several
U.S. locations as her husband served in the U.S. Navy's submarine
service. During that time, Pattillo worked for a construction management company and a road construction company in Charleston, S.C.
In addition, she holds an MBA from The Citadel, a general
contractor's license in six states, is certified as a LEED accredited
professional and is an alumni of Leadership Georgia.
Under her guidance, Pattillo Construction enjoys an exceptionally
strong management team with a combined 17 decades of construction experience. She also gives back to the community by serving as
the chairperson on the board of a private school in Atlanta focused
on gifted students, and is involved in Girl Scouts of America along
with several charitable foundations.
Bree Pattillo praises her team at Pattillo Construction, which
strives to recruit and retain the best in the business. "The people are
what make it successful," she declares.
Currently, the company has a diversified mix of industry professionals with more than 30 years in the industry, along with experienced military veterans, master degree graduates in construction,
engineering degree graduates and university level interns.
But the company continues to keep its employees' skills sharp.
It provides ongoing training in areas such as safety, green building,
subcontractor contracts, insurance, start-up and closeout procedures,
the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit program,
project scheduling, and the operation of forklifts and man lifts.
Pattillo Construction also rewards its staff with scholarship opportunities for employees and their children, as well as liberal vacation
and health benefits, with employer contributions. Additionally, the
company provides flexible schedules to allow for a work/life balance
when needed.
The firm also values its relationships with subcontractors. "Partnership-relationships with subcontractors are nurtured to keep [them as]
strong providers in the industry," Pattillo Construction says.

"We had to raise a roof on one facility to get some equipment in,"
Wartner recalls. "We want to be their provider for whatever they do
in the future."
Pattillo Construction focuses on keeping its employees safe, Bree
Pattillo says. "This is a family business, and I want to keep my employees safe at all times. This is their family away from home, but at
the end of each day we want every employee to return home to their
own family safely," she declares.
Part of this focus includes employing a full-time safety manager
who works directly with the company's chosen third-party safety
company and superintendents, Wartner says. "Our superintendents are all OSHA-trained," he adds. "We're constantly monitoring
safety in the field with routine visits and continual training as
well." The company's superintendents also conduct daily inspections to the project sites, he adds.
Pattillo Construction recently moved to a new, 12,000-square-foot
headquarters in Atlanta. "We did the build-out ourselves," Bree Pattillo says, noting that the company also completed the interior work.
Pattillo predicts more, steady growth for her family's company. "I
see us focusing on what we're really good at, which is manufacturing," she says. "We can build any building and expand from there."
"What we want to be known for is helping bring manufacturing
jobs back to the good old U.S.A.," Wartner adds. "We would like to see
the U.S.A. where it used to be: heavy in manufacturing and jobs, and
exporting goods overseas to other countries around the globe."

Road to Recovery
The dedication of Pattillo Construction's staff proved to be essential during the recent recession. "It was a scary time," Bree Pattillo
recalls, noting that her employees rallied together to help pull
the company through.
Fortunately, Pattillo Construction is seeing its markets recover, Wartner says. "The automotive, food processing, distribution and aerospace
industries along with second-tier suppliers are building up slightly," he
says, noting that these markets fit well in the company's niche, which
consists of facilities that range from 100,000 to 350,000 square feet.
The company also builds distribution warehouses. "But as we move
into the future, we're going to be doing more manufacturing facilities
and see more upgrades to existing facilities," Wartner predicts.
As its clients' industries change, "They're either adding lines for
manufacturing or they're changing lines," he says, noting that this
often means the addition of new equipment for its clients.

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