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Civil | TL WALLACE CONSTRUCTION INC. Respect and Success TL Wallace says its field employees stay with the company because they are treated with respect. TL WALLACE MAINTAINS ITS REPUTATION BY RETAINING QUALITY EMPLOYEES. BY BRIAN SALGADO -CENT ill Noffke is living proof that TH when a company treats its employees well, its retention rates tend to hover close to 100 percent. Not only has Noffke served as the vice president of TL Wallace Construction Inc.’s heavy civil division for 24 years, but he overFO CUS sees numerous employees who have turned down overtures from rival construction companies throughout the state of Mississippi to stay with TL Wallace. “I’ve been here 24 years and it has been a great place to work where I’ve been treated with respect,” he says. “That’s why so many of the people have been with us for so long. All of our field [employees] get job offers a lot, but they stayed with us because of that.” TL Wallace came to be when Tommy Wallace purchased the company from his employer – Dixie Paving Co. – in 1974. He renamed the company Wallace Construction Co. before it adopted its current moniker in 1975 as it expanded into Alabama. Today, TL Wallace Construction has the capabilities to deliver buildings, bridges, highways and public works projects throughout Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama and Florida. This summer, the company was acquired by brothers Jim and Tom Duff, owners of truck-tire dealer Southern Tire Mart, wood chip hauler Forest Products Transports, KLLM Transports and other companies. Noffke’s heavy civil division delivers bridges, marine/pile driving and concrete work for TL Wallace Construction. Typical projects range between $20 million and $30 million, and the division’s largest jobs cost $47 million to deliver. U « W R SO AL With vast capabilities, TL Wallace can self-perform about 90 percent of any project it wins. « Quality Staff Although there are many contractors throughout Mississippi, Noffke believes the strength of its work force separates TL Wallace Construction from the competition. That is something that stems from the average tenure of its employees, which Noffke says averages 25 years. “Most of our foremen have been here longer than I have,” Noffke says. “We have knowledgeable people that take pride in their work and are not sloppy.” It also helps that TL Wallace Construction is a multifaceted company with multiple capabilities. Noffke says it can self-perform about 90 percent of the work on any project it wins, no matter what the job. “We build bridges, move dirt, install utilities and are now in a groundbreaking area called ‘slurry seal’ [a combination of cement, asphalt emulsion and densely graded stone],” Noffke says. “For a lot of site work projects, we can pretty much be one-and-done with them.” The firm’s capabilities include building bridges, installing utilities and earthmoving. « Disaster Relief In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, TL Wallace Construction launched its own disaster response division. This division specializes in 96 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - September/October 2012
Construction Law
Green Construction
Best Practices
Lighting Technology
HDC Development Cos.
NorthPoint Development
Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank – Moffett Towers
Demar Plumbing Corp.
Howard S. Wright – Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center
Rommel Cos.
NOW Specialties Inc.
NOW Specialties Inc.
Sioux Chief Manufacturing Co.
Victor International
Starwood Land Ventures
LaValley Building Supply
Congress Construction
McCormack Baron Salazar Inc.
Related California – The Village at Santa Monica
Ricco Construction
Taisei Construction Corp.
WPM Construction
WPM Construction – WR Sage West Apartments
Flagger Force
Miami International Airport – North Terminal improvements
Graham Construction and Engineering – Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade
Hydrema US Inc.
CARCON Industries
Dennis’ 7 Dees
G.W. Peoples Contracting Co. Inc.
International Airport Development Co. Ltd. – Argyle International Airport
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
Morrison Hershfield – Newfoundland
APEX Block Corp.
Teqton Inc. U.S.
Dakota Transload
Empyrean Services
West Side Tractor Sales Co.
U.S. General Services Administration/VCC – FBI field building
Kohler Ronan LLC
Turner Construction – Martin Army Community Hospital
Last Look

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