SCI’s Integrity and Conscientiousness in the Field Recognized by Customer

July 8, 2014

In this day and age “keeping up with the Joneses” can be an ugly, property …

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Shining the Spotlight on SCI’s Professional Talent in the Field: A Woman Foreman

March 21, 2014

If you think that being a mom and a grandmother is the true definition of …

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SCI Infrastructure Solutions.

We build everything above industry standards. Including our reputation.

Sorensen companies Inc. is a multi-disciplined contractor specializing in utility, communication, cellular wireless, electrical, pipeline, and roadway construction.

SCI’s Integrity and Conscientiousness in the Field Recognized by Customer

In this day and age “keeping up with the Joneses” can be an ugly, property damaging process.  Keeping the cities or neighborhood’s infrastructure current with community needs means we often have to damage property before it can restored.  That’s in the nature of our business and we understand homeowners aren’t very happy when they see us digging up their yards.

Here at SCI we strive to provide the best service despite the often necessary demolition.   Since it’s hard for the customer to see the good that’s on the horizon while we are digging up the flowers we go about our business by following our company’s proven  Core Values of “Safety, Quality, Integrity, Respect, and Team Work” (SQIRT).

Imagine how Chad Sorensen, our president, feels when he gets an email or a call from a homeowner-there is sometimes a little trepidation.  However, on July 2nd instead of a gulp it was a few tears.  Tears of pride that is….  The following is an email Chad received from Barbara Wissler.

“Mr. Sorensen,

I live on 2400 East, second house north-west off of 193.  I personally petitioned for a signal light for three or four years. I was elated to see all of your equipment and employees arrive!

The reason I am e-mailing you is concerning your employees. I have never experienced such a great group of men! They have been respectful, courteous, and accommodating! In as much as the equipment was in front of my home I took my garbage can across the street from my home.  I did not want to leave it in front of the neighbors and inconvenience them.  I went to retrieve it in a downpour of rain and your employees would not allow me to cross the street. One of the men retrieved it for me. He happened to look in the garbage can to make certain the garbage truck drivers had been able to empty it. It was still full and he ran it up the street so my garbage would not miss being emptied. Many thanks to him!

I had been without a mail box for a month, it was knocked down by a lawn care employee.  One evening my brother was attempting to replace it.  Digging out the old pole became a major problem as it had been buried quite deep.  My brother was struggling to get it out and I was very concerned as he has a bad heart.  All of your employees had left for the day with the exception of one man who was moving equipment.  He happened to notice my brother was having a difficult time, before heading home he stopped and helped us.  I must say to our surprise it only took him a couple of minutes due to his incredible strength.  He had to be tired after a full day of work but he went above and beyond to assist us.  We were grateful for his compassion.

They guide me out of my driveway in order for me to be protected from oncoming traffic.

If they make a mess they clean it up.  If they dig in my yard the replace it back to its original state.

These are only a couple of examples of their concern for those of us in the actual location of the construction.

Also, they are always working!  It isn’t one person working and three supervising!  They all work!  They are diligent, hard workers.

May I compliment you on extraordinary employees!  This construction has been a pleasant experience.  Your employees have exhibited professionalism yet remained thoughtful and concerned for our welfare.  I have truly appreciated their help and thoughtfulness!

When the work is completed and they are not in my midst anymore I will long remember SCI and the tremendous employees they have working for them!  A big thank you to all of them!

Sincerely,

Barbara Wissler”

It is with great pride that we say “Thank You” to the following employees and to all of SCI employees that exhibit this same work ethic and follow our Core Values:

Dominic M. Robert M. Sergio V. Cory L.
Michael K. Dustyn E. Daniel J. John K.
Doug P. Victor H. Troy M.

 

Shining the Spotlight on SCI’s Professional Talent in the Field: A Woman Foreman

Lynn FreestoneLynn FreestoneLynn Freestone Lynn FreestoneLynn FreestoneIf you think that being a mom and a grandmother is the true definition of a woman, think again!  Lynn (Lynette) Freestone gets down and dirty in the trenches right alongside her male coworkers.  She’s a mom, a grandmother, a U.S. Air Force veteran, and an SCI foreman with over 25 years of construction experience under her belt – And she wouldn’t have it any other way.

A foreman with SCI since 2010, she was raised in Gary, Indiana. Lynn is the oldest of six children.  With five siblings to help care for, she frequently looked for opportunities to get out of the house and hang out with her friends, most of whom lived on farms.  “Helping them with their chores was more fun than being cooped up in the house with all the kids at home and gave me the opportunity to work in the outdoors.”   With such a large family, the expense of college was out of the question, so, after high school she joined the U.S. Air Force so she could get away and experience life.

Lynn has three children, all in their twenties, and four grandchildren: two boys and two girls. She claims that her days of diaper duty and raising teenagers have enhanced her ability to work in construction.

Lynn is a “mother figure” to the guys out in the field and she is adamant about their safety. This construction “mother” is not a pushover though.  She’s earned a reputation of being so tough that new employees have quit because she made them work and carry their weight on the job site.  Larry Moody, her present Project Manager, recalls a new employee that was hired last winter.  He would come in begging for a job weekly as he had, “a mortgage and bills to pay”. He was finally given a job and sent out in the field with Lynn.  He started on a Monday and the next day he called and quit saying the work is too hard; Lynn made him dig all day. She knows what these guys are capable of because being a woman in the construction industry means she’s had to work twice as hard as her male counterparts just to be seen as an equal.  So when she sees a new laborer leaning against a shovel and watching others work, she’s prompt to tell them to “get to work”.  She would never expect anything from anyone that she’s not capable of doing herself.

Lynn has worked on some of SCI’s largest RUS or Rural Utility Services jobs.  One of which was up in Montana where she was put on a portion of the job that was highly visible to the customer.  It was hard work out in the middle of nowhere buts she did her job well and the project, as a whole, was a great success.

She developed her love for working in the outdoors as a child by tinkering around the shop with her uncle and working with her friends on their farms. Once, while on “light duty” due to an injury, she stayed in the office doing billing and she absolutely HATED it.

Lynn lives up to SCI’s standards in every way.  She epitomizes the following excerpt from our company’s vision:

“Our organization employs a self-accountable work force where talent is recognized and rewarded; real industry professionals that love to build shit.  We cultivate an environment where opinions are respected and valued for their contributions and differences”.Lynn Freestone

We Promise….

Brand Promise

 

 Our Brand promise is to bring Innovative job specific solutions to our customers and communities we work in. To fulfill our promise we will search for the best solution in each project and communicate our innovative approach to our customers. Our team will remain flexible to the changing conditions of each situation, and will remain dedicated to the understanding that it is our responsibility to provide the right solution for our customer and the community every time, no matter the cost.  We promise to do this in…..

 

…Any weather, Any terrain, ANY TIME