Powers & Sons among top NWI construction companies to receive honors

Chief Operating Officer and President Claude Powers was among several construction industry leaders recently recognized by the Construction Advancement Foundation (CAF) of Northwest Indiana (NWI) for quality outcomes and performance.

According to Building Indiana Business, all of 2020 honorees “clearly demonstrated an ability to consistently exceed national industry standards while establishing projects that will benefit NWI for many years.”

Dewey Pearman, CAF’s executive director, noted winners “demonstrated repeatedly they’re not content with mediocre.” Pearman added those recognized strive to be among the region’s best.

Powers & Sons Construction was honored with the Excellence in Professional Development award. The award focuses on companies that take a proactive role in improving the workforce quality through professional development education and training across all levels of the organization. 

A cornerstone of Powers & Sons’ company culture, employees are encouraged to pursue professional development, continued learning, and professional certification in their respective areas of expertise. 

Powers & Sons supports these efforts through memberships in professional groups including the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), and Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), among others. Employees are encouraged to take active roles in local chapters, such as the Indiana Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE) and ASCE’s Indiana section. 

“Like many industries, the construction field is constantly evolving. We want employees to not only be competent in their professions, but to excel in them. Our commitment to excellence and continued professional development helps ensure our team members have relevant, current knowledge and skills. It also ensures they are aware of new trends and changing directions in the industry,” explained Powers.

Claude Powers is actively engaged in local labor and workforce development initiatives. He is a member and past chair of CAF’s board of directors and serves as a trustee on the Indiana Carpenters Pension Fund and its Apprenticeship Board.