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Member Feature: Joey Metzloff, PM with Williams Brothers Construction

12-17-2012

 

Joey Metzloff has been a Project Manager with Williams Brothers Construction, Inc. (WBCI) since 2002, just after he graduated with a degree in Construction Management from Bradley University. Joey is from Atlanta, Georgia where he spent his high school summers working construction. He enjoyed the work and knew that’s what he wanted to do for a career. Bradley caught his eye and to Peoria, Illinois he moved.

Although Joey didn’t have construction or trade skills program in his high school, he thinks the High School Work-Based Learning program TRICON does (in partnership with PERFECT and the building trades) is valuable to the union construction industry due to the ability to be an early influencer. “. . . for those kids interested in the trades, you can influence them at an early age and steer them. It helps union membership.” Since Georgia is a right-to-work state, there is a lack of union presence and therefore lack of presence in the education system. 

Joey believes being a union contractor has helped achieve quality construction and expand business for WBCI. “When you are bidding jobs in Chicago or in Champaign, you know you are working with the building trades which helps us know our costs. There’s less risk and you know you are getting quality work.” WBCI is a “hard bid” contractor; lowest bid gets the job. The power of knowing personnel costs during the bidding process is a powerful tool. Joey also believes its what has helped WBCI extend its reach across the state. “ . . we know what we are paying, we know we are getting quality workers so we are able to broaden our region because of the unions.”

Good labor-management relations is important to market share, too. TRICON serves the industry well. Joey’s opinion is that labor-management relations between contractors and the trades improves economic development because of better communication and quick support for an incoming project.

Joey and his wife Kim live in Washington, IL with their 10-month old daughter, Amelia. Their home, built in 1924, is registered with the Washington Historical Society. It’s restoration is a special project for the whole family. The home has even been featured in the Peoria Journal Star.

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