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Civil | THE RYAN CO. INC.
the port, they operated on generators that
produced carbon emissions.
"Instead of that, they now plug into a
power receptacle," Bradley says, noting that
more projects like this will be built at ports
across the country. "They'll have a lot more
coming down the way."
A Safety Culture
Ryan strongly focuses on keeping its
employees safe. Not only does it employ a
director of safety, but "he'll have a safety manager on these large utility sized
projects, and that person may have a staff
underneath him as well," Vice President of
Construction Jack Cowart says.
Safety directors are involved with the
projects and corporate discussions on a
daily basis. "We'll start off a lot of conversations, as well as general operations, with a
safety moment," Hargett says.
"The purpose of that is [to emphasize] this
is not just a field issue," he explains. "This is
under highest consideration and everybody
within the organization is obligated to put
safety under the highest importance."
Ryan also develops a unique safety plan
for its projects since each one "presents its
own safety challenges," he says. "Each employee does a site-specific orientation that
is derived through a safety plan that is done
on site with our subcontractors."
"We want everyone to make it home at
night," Bradley adds. "You have to have the
safety culture built into each individual to
Employees also are empowered to stop
work on projects if they see unsafe jobsite
conditions. "If I saw a truck being unloaded
unsafely, I have the authority to stop that
immediately," Hargett says. "A call would be
made to our head of safety and that would
be resolved immediately."
A Gratifying Environment
Because Ryan's work takes it across the
nation, it is essential that its associates work
well with each other across long distances.
For instance, Bradley is based in Massachusetts, Hargett is in Denver, and Cowart's
work takes him across the states.
"This is an environment where we're
operating under competitive bids," Hargett
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explains. "That requires a lot of coordination, from starting off on the development
side to the engineering to the project managers who will actually be delivering [the
project]. You have to have a good relationship with the people here.
"When you're going up against six other
companies, you had better be able to trust
the people around you to deliver."
Ryan has nurtured a high level of trust
internally and strong camaraderie that is
focused on seeing the success of the project.
"When you have that focus as a team, it's
great to see what the end product is," Hargett
says. "It's a very gratifying environment."
The company also maintains transparency throughout, Cowart says. "Everybody
in that office is informed of what we're
bidding," he explains, noting that the company also regularly shares project photos
among the team. "From the lowest person
in the office to the highest guy, everyone
knows what we're doing."
Ryan also owes its success to its vendors,
which include Nor-Cal Controls ES Inc. and
Trimark. Both companies, Cowart says, have
aided the company on utility projects with
"They facilitate the communication of
how much power you're producing at one
time," Hargett says. "[They also] control the
output as necessary for that utility. These
include SCADA controls and onsite as well
as remote monitoring."
Hargett is excited for the future of Ryan.
"We're making regular, sustained growth in
the public sector side," he says. "We're also
getting more involved in energy storage
and battery storage.
"That's very exciting for us," he says, noting that the company also will benefit from
its strong relationships with vendors such
as Schneider Electric and Canadian Solar.
"They will often bring you opportunities, so
it's a two-way street."
Nor-Cal's systems facilitate the
communication of how much
power is produced at one time.