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Emerging Technology | MALKO COMMUNICATION SERVICES LLC

"We consider every stakeholder involved
in the projects we work on to ensure we are
meeting expectations and working together
to deliver the expected result. We strongly
value our partnerships and align ourselves
with industry leaders."
Malko is often called upon to add, test
or update systems in buildings where it
has previously installed electrical systems.
"We get more work from return business
and word of mouth than through bidding
projects," Chmielewski says. "When I visit a
job and look at the electrical systems, I can
tell Malko did the work based on how every
detail was taken care of and how professional it looks."

National Expansion
In addition to client relationships, the
company also maintains close ties to
vendors, partners, and industry associations. One of Malko's preferred vendors
is Anritsu, a manufacturer of DAS testing
systems and software.
Malko's industry ties include membership in the National Electrical Contractors
Association (NECA) as well as the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
(IBEW) Local 134. Company Principal Steve
Diamond is a past president of the Chicago
chapter of NECA.
The company's connection to both organizations allows it to set its sights on projects
in new markets. "We're beginning a rollout
of national expansion through strategic
partnerships," Pedergnana says, noting the
company's first focus outside of the Chicago
area will be on the Las Vegas Strip.
"Through our association with the NECA
and the relationships we've developed, we
have access to a national network of electrical construction that we can use to grow
into other markets, with Nevada being the
first," he adds.

High Standards
Malko continues to leverage its relationships and industry knowledge on a steady
stream of projects. The company's recent
DAS projects include an installation at the
Illinois Tool Works campus in Glenview,
Ill. Illinois Tool Works in 2015 relocated its
operations to the Glenview facility.

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"There was an existing infrastructure
of an older building that did not promote
cellular connectivity," Pedergnana says. "We
solved that problem by installing a SOLiD
DAS system throughout the campus."
The company in November 2015 partnered with RF Connect and Crown Castle
International Corp to install a DAS and
multiple input/multiple output (MIMO)
technology system at the Hyatt Center at 71
South Wacker Drive in Chicago. The Hyatt
Center is a Class A office building owned by
developer Jones Lang LaSalle. "This is one of
the largest MIMO/DAS projects in the Chicagoland area," he adds. "After we substantially completed the project, we continued
to work with the building and its tenants to
maintain the system."
Malko's recent non-DAS projects include
installing new voice, data and security systems for an expansion of the Lake County
Courthouse in Waukegan, Ill. The project
began in May and is anticipated to last
about two years.
All of Malko's projects are performed
to the highest possible safety standards.
"We're a financially sound organization
that has been able to maintain a very low
experience modifier rate (EMR) of .63,"
Pedergnana says. "That's a result of our
dedication to safe working habits as well

as our involvement with OSHA and other
organizations, which extends from the
training our field personnel receives within our organization."
The company's ongoing safety training includes weekly toolbox talk sessions, training
and certifications. Malko's safety program
exceeds industry standards, he adds.

Committed to Grow
Malko's office and field staff is growing in
size to match the company's increase in
work. "We doubled our volume of sales
from last year," Chmielewski says. "Right
now we're building our team to handle that
expansion coming in 2017. We look for new
people and talent all the time."
Chmielewski, Pedergnana and the company's other principals and senior staff feel
the company will continue to grow not just
in staff or physical footprint, but also from a
technical standpoint.
"We are extremely flexible and committed to staying at the forefront of technology,
and we have done that throughout the
transition in the cellular world from 2G to
3G to 4G, and now the upcoming transition
to 5G technology," Pedergnana says. "This,
and our commitment to emerging technologies and converged solutions has helped
us stand above the rest of the industry."
All of the company's projects
are performed to the highest
possible safety standards.

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