Construction Today 2018 - Volume 16, Issue 3 - 103
Columbia, Mo.-based GME is
a division of Columbia Safety
Eyes on Expansion
Messer joined GME in 2012 after working in the transportation
industry. "I came aboard to help with business development and
logistics," he recalls.
He is proud of how GME has maintained a family atmosphere
despite its growth over the years. "When you're here, you feel
like you're working with your best friends," he says.
But more growth is in the cards for GME, which will include
more investments in expansion. "It's not a marathon or a sprint,"
Messer notes. "It's both."
The company plans to move into new locations, which will
help GME better meet the needs of its customers. "Speed to
market is everything," Messer explains. "We work with contractors that need everything yesterday."
Today, the company has locations in Columbia and Atlanta,
but wants to establish a presence that allows it to be faster "all
over the country," he says. "We're trying to get ourselves to where
we're one to two days [from] anywhere."
GME also plans to add new technologies while maintaining the
same culture "where people want to continue to work hard and collaborate," Messer asserts. "We enjoy where we are, but we think and
talk more about what we could do better and where we're headed."
GME makes charitable contributions through the nonprofit
Columbia Foundation. "Almost every one of our employees contributes weekly to the non-profit," Messer says. The organization
contributes to charities that benefit children. "We raise tens of
thousands of dollars in employee contributions each year from
weekly payroll deductions," he says.
The company also supports Great Circle, a group that helps
children who are victims of neglect, abuse and drug abuse. "We've
helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for that organization," he says. "We want to be good stewards of the community."
3M Personal Safety Division At 3M, we believe the right science
applied the right way touches people worldwide. Every day, we're
generating breakthroughs that make your lives better, easier and
more complete. That's not to say it's easy. Since 1902, the formula for
our success has been the same as today: innovation plus perseverance-in our products, our people and our brand.
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