Construction Today - September/October 2017 - 102
Civil | BRB CONTRACTORS INC.
BRB KNOWS THE NEEDS OF CLIENTS AND HAS EXPERIENCE TO KEEP PROJECTS MOVING. BY ALAN DORICH
here are many municipal utilities
contractors, but BRB Contractors
Inc. sets itself apart with an emphasis on values such as honesty
and integrity in its relations with others.
"[We] treat our vendors and subcontractors
like we like to be treated," Chairman of the
Board Mike Welch declares.
Based in Topeka, Kan., BRB specializes in
constructing water and wastewater treatment plants, and water, sewer and gas line
installations. Founders Barney Braymen
and Hank Meinking started the firm in 1959
as the Braymen-Meinking Co.
The two had experience from working for
another firm, but "very little money to put
into it," Welch says, noting that Braymen
and Meinking began by taking on small
municipal jobs. They took most profits and
reinvested them into their company, allowing it to grow.
After Meinking left the firm in 1970,
Braymen renamed it as BRB Contractors
Inc. Welch, who joined the firm as an
estimator in 1971, says it now has a staff of
200 employees and enjoyed sales last year
of $30 million.
BRB has a broad reach with its work. "We
work between the Rocky Mountains and
the Mississippi," Welch says, noting that
its customer base ranges from cities and
counties to private clients. "Once in a while,
we do industrial plants."
BRB Contractors Inc.
* 2016 ales: $30 million
* Headquarters: Topeka, Kan.
* Employees: 200
* Specia y: Municipal utilities
"We work between e Rocky
Mountains and e Mississippi."
- Mike Welch, chairman of e board
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work includes this ongoing project for the BNSF Railroad Diesel
Shop at the Hobson Yard in Lincoln, Neb. The work involves replacing
the concrete platforms for access to locomotive maintenance.
Its current work, President Mike Laird
notes, includes the final stages of testing on
a waterline project in North Platte, Neb. The
company constructed 27,000 feet of 36- and
48-inch pipe that will move water for the
Twin Flatt Natural Resources District.
"Nebraska is moving some water out
of previous irrigation wells back into the
river," he says. "It's basically resolving some
actions between the states where Nebraska
had to return water back to the waterways."
A Seasoned Staff
The experience of BRB's team helps it compete, Welch says. The company often has
competitors enter its market with less experience, "like vertical building contractors,"
he says. "They don't understand the time
elements or what we have to go through."
For example, BRB's clients usually need
contractors who can get the job done
without interfering with their operations,
which can involve treating wastewater or
pumping sewage. "They've got their work
cut out for them," Welch says.
"They want us to come in, get the job
done and get out of the way," he states. "We
have seasoned people that know how to
project-manage, engineer and keep the jobs
going. We're blessed in that regard."