Powers & Sons Among “Best Places to Work in Indiana” for 2022

For the second consecutive year, Powers & Sons Construction Indianapolis was recognized by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce as one of 125 Hoosier businesses named to its annual “Best Places to Work in Indiana” list for 2022. The company was also recognized by the chamber on its 2021 list. Businesses are selected based on feedback collected from employee surveys and reports compiled by the Workforce Research Group.

From golf outings to chili cook-offs, office game days, recognitions of birthdays and service anniversaries, departmental dinners at local restaurants, and free snacks and drinks in the company kitchen, Powers & Sons employees say they value the company’s culture.

According to Indiana Chamber Chief Executive Officer Kevin Brinegar, this effort not only recognizes outstanding employers around the state but it encourages other companies to realize the importance of evaluating their own workplaces.

“It is clear that a positive work environment that makes employees more engaged in their jobs and the company, which is what every employer wants and can greatly aid in employee retention, is something on the minds of many businesses right now.”

Honorees are divided into four groups: small, medium, large, and major companies. Powers & Sons is among 53 companies listed with the small business group, which is the largest of the four categories.

Representatives from the companies recognized in 2022 are invited to an awards event that will be held in Indianapolis on May 12.

New West Perry Library Celebrates with July 17 Grand Opening

Powers & Sons joined our partners at Schmidt Associates for the Saturday, July 17 grand opening of the new 25,000 SF West Perry Library. The newest branch of the Indianapolis Public Library welcomed a full house of Perry Township residents throughout the day.

Library officials including Peggy Wehr, Curtis Bigsbee, and Jackie Nytes spoke, offering opening remarks for hundreds of visitors. Township, city-county, education, and other local officials were on hand to mark the occasion, as was Powers & Sons’ Indianapolis President Mamon Powers, III and Senior Project Manager & Registered Architect Russell Lewis. Lewis offered remarks at the podium, noting the importance of libraries for lifelong learning, describing the library as a southside Indianapolis public gem.

The facility will serve a growing, diverse community with a range of materials, programs, and services. Located at 6650 South Harding, the celebration began at 10 a.m. with self-guided scavenger hunts, refreshments, live music, kids’ crafts, animal balloons, and a Silly Safaris’ Meet and Greet for children, all hosted by the library. Rowdie from the Indianapolis Indians made an appearance and the Burmese American Community Institute (BACI) gave a musical performance.





#FamilyBusinessHeros: Loyola University Feature

Powers & Sons Construction is excited to announce that we were nominated by our partners at BMO Harris Bank and selected as one of 12 family-owned businesses in a new Loyola University Family Business Center “Celebrating Family Business Heros” campaign co-sponsored by Katten.

The Powers family share how they continue to lead a successful construction business, keeping work on track and field crews safe, during challenging times like the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thanks to advance planning and having the right people and the right systems in place, our team was positioned to pivot and embrace a virtual business environment. We stand strong and stable, strengthened by a legacy of over 50 years in business but firmly focused on a 21st-century future.

More importantly, when the communities in which we live and work experience challenging times like a global pandemic, Powers & Sons remains steadfast in our core beliefs, values, and convictions to lift as we climb.

Watch the YouTube video: Powers & Sons Construction 2021 #FamilyBusinessHeros.

Powers & Sons named a 2021 Half Century Business by IEDC

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) recognized Powers & Sons Construction on June 16 with a Half Century Business Award. Powers & Sons is one of over 100 Indiana companies and organizations who received the award in 2021.

Nominees must be in continuous operation for at least 50 consecutive years and demonstrate a commitment to community service. In addition, nominees must continue to be in the same type of business as when they were founded and be headquartered in Indiana.

Over the award’s 30-year history, more than 1,160 Hoosier businesses have been recognized. Businesses recognized represent a cross-section of retail, corporate, manufacturing, services, and other enterprises. Typically, recipients participate in an award ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse but that did not happen this year due to COVID-19.

“I’m honored to recognize these dedicated, Hoosier business leaders who have created a lasting impact not only on their communities but to the state as a whole,” Gov. Holcomb said. “As we continue to attract new jobs and investment to Indiana, these well-established businesses will set the tone for a Hoosier economy dedicated to hard work, constant improvement and strong community roots. I’m confident these businesses will continue providing great service for the next 100 years and keep Indiana on the path to success for centuries to come.”

Powers & Sons Construction was incorporated in the State of Indiana in 1967. Headquartered in Northwestern Indiana, the company began as a builder of single-family homes but shifted its focus in the early 1980s to commercial construction. The family-owned firm celebrated its 50th anniversary (photos below) in 2017 with events in Chicago and Indianapolis.

Virtual Workforce Outreach Event: Thursday, July 1 at 10 a.m. CST

Are you ready to help us build a stronger and healthier neighborhood on Chicago’s south side? Learn more about possible job opportunities for the construction of Friend Health Center’s new headquarters and clinic in Woodlawn.

You are invited to a Zoom virtual outreach event on Thursday, July 1 at 10 a.m. CST. Please register in advance: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAlde-rpjMrGtaTLp0qN0c91HsWLPYTp2HN.

Mark your calendars and plan now to attend! Questions? Contact Dannielle Thomas at dthomas@powersandsons.com or 773.536.3100.

Download the event flyer here.




Powers recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business and the CAC

Women like Vice President Kelly Powers who work in the construction industry are breaking ground and barriers. Kelly is one of 65 professionals featured by Crain’s Chicago Business in April as “2021 Notable Women in Construction & Design.”

The women recognized this year are leaders in every aspect of the construction industry—including design, site selection, and project management and administration—with specialties in a range of construction sectors.  They represent a diverse cross-section of architects, engineers, subcontractors, general contractors, construction managers, and consultants.

To qualify for inclusion, honorees must be employed in a construction, architecture, engineering, or commercial design firm, have worked on significant projects during the past 18 months, and have striven to advance women in the field.

Click here for Crain’s complete 2021 list of the women recognized. Note that a subscription is required to access the individual profiles published for each honoree.

Also in 2021, Kelly was appointed to the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) Board of Trustees. Formerly known as the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the nonprofit group offers tours, exhibits, programs, and events that inspire visitors to discover why design matters. Established in 1966, CAC is the city’s leading organization devoted to celebrating architectural innovation.

New Reality Accelerates Need for Strength and Innovation

Mamon Powers, III, an eight-year member of the United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) board and president of the Indianapolis Office, is featured in the first article in a new blog series launched by UWCI last week.

Titled “A Board United: Meet Mamon Powers,” Mamon shares his thoughts on how a strong, inclusive company culture has helped Powers & Sons Construction stand the test of time. It also enabled us to pivot and be flexible in adjusting to the nation’s new reality when the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

Mamon discusses how business leaders had to act quickly to realign company resources, achieve its project goals, and guide their teams through uncertainty. He shares some of his key lessons learned about adapting to changing conditions in the construction industry.

Read the entire article.

Black Trailblazers in Engineering: Purdue University

CEO & Chairman of the Board Mamon Powers, Jr. was featured on a panel discussion titled the “Social Impact of Black Trailblazers in Engineering” hosted by Purdue University on February 24.

The Black Trailblazers in Engineering (BTE) event is part of a required four-day 2021 workshop for applicants seeking one of 25 seats in Purdue’s initial class of BTE Fellows. Applicants are Ph.D. and post-doctoral engineering students.

Mamon is a graduate of Purdue University’s School of Civil Engineering. He represents the second generation of the Powers family to have successful careers in the engineering, general contracting, and construction management industry. He was appointed to four terms as a member of the Purdue University Board of Trustees. He holds an honorary doctorate from Purdue in civil engineering and is recipient of the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award and the Civil Engineering Alumni Achievement Award.

The moderator and panelists were all Purdue University engineering graduates, faculty, and administrators. The goal of Purdue’s BTE program is to prepare future trailblazing faculty in engineering with a focus on preparing outstanding scholars who are also committed to increasing the success of Black engineers.