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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 ill Noffke is living proof that 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 oversees 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. « W 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.” Disaster Relief The firm’s capabilities include building bridges, installing utilities and earthmoving. « In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, TL Wallace Construction launched its own disaster response division. This division specializes in quick responses when communities in its region need help recovering from natural and manmade catastrophes. After Katrina, TL Wallace was called upon to clear highways and 172 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - November/December 2012
Construction Law
Best Practices
Hurricane Sandy
Marketing Strategies
Holcim (US) Inc.
Tampa Tank Inc./Florida Structural Steel
Rockwell Group
IVM Construction Inc.
Millennium Partners – Millennium Place
Paradigm Cos.
W.G. Yates Construction
Regalia Beach Developers LLC – Regalia
Marlyn Development and S.L. Nusbaum Realty – Heritage Forest Apartments
Chas Roberts Air Conditioning
Bellini Williams Island
Beal|Derkenne Construction – The Hub
Cedar Siding Inc.
Nibbi Bros. – Hunters View Phase 1
EllisDon Corp. – Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care
Turner Construction – Martin Army Community Hospital
U.S. General Services Administration/VCC – FBI Field Building
The Hayner Hoyt Corp.
Paric Corp.
Rotondo Weirich Enterprises Inc.
Advocate Christ Medical Center and Pepper Construction – Outpatient Pavilion expansion
Shawnee Mission Medical Center – United Excel – Birth Center
National Lutheran Communities & Services – The Village at Rockville/ARCH Consultants Ltd.
Harold O'Shea Builders – Springfield Clinic First North
Dewberry/Okland Construction – Western Regional Medical Center Addition
Kohler Ronan LLC
Graber Post Buildings Inc.
Tooz Construction Inc.
Bombardier Learjet – Facility Expansion
Rock Gaming LLC – Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati
Demar Plumbing Corp.
Metrolina Greenhouse
Rommel Cos.
W.G. Tomko Incorporated Contractors
Continental Contractors
Reliable Contracting Co. Inc.
Graham Construction and Engineering – Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade
J.R. Filanc Construction Co. Inc.
Pulice Construction Inc. – I-10 Prince Road
Ames-Granite – US 36
Tomar Construction
E.E. Cruz/Tully – Bronx-Whitestone Bridge Queens approach
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
CARCON Industries and STL Engineering
Last Look

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