Spencer Moore, Kissick’s manager for the KCI roadway project, said the companies are working hand-in-hand at all levels of the organization. “From field crews to leadership, dealing with the client, accounting, and training, we are working together to show them what we’ve learned from years in the industry so they can take those best practices and integrate them into their organization,” Moore said.
Stephens and Axiom’s CEO, Dan Felder, meet regularly with Kissick’s leadership team. “We invite them to participate in insurance and bonding meetings, review HR practices and budgeting processes, and Pete (Browne, Kissick’s President) has introduced them to the unions to start building a relationship with them,” said Coby Crowl, Director of Business Development at Kissick.
The benefits are two-fold. “They know what we stand for, the level of quality we demand on our projects, the importance of adhering to schedules, and the value we place on safety, so working together creates a stronger team and a better project,” Crowl said.
Both Kissick and Axiom consider the program a success, not just for their organizations, but for the local construction community.
One of the greatest benefits to Axiom has been understanding Kissick’s safety culture and adopting it. “We’ve learned so much from them about the importance of safety, and really benefited from witnessing their process,” Stephens said.