Archive for November, 2015

Lee Company Announces Key Leadership Change

November 20, 2015

 

Lee Company, a regional leader in facilities solutions and home services, today announced the retirement of Chief Financial Officer Roy Osborne and the welcoming of Rob Ivy as Lee Company’s new financial leader.

(Nashville, Tenn. – November 18, 2015) – Lee Company, a regional leader in facilities solutions and home services, today announced the retirement of Chief Financial Officer Roy Osborne and the welcoming of Rob Ivy as Lee Company’s new financial leader.

Osborne joined Lee Company as CFO 10 years ago and, according to Lee Company President Richard Perko, quickly demonstrated his value on the firm’s Executive Team.

“Roy came to Lee Company during a very difficult season,” Perko said. “From day one, he has been a beacon for our culture of integrity. Roy has led us from our toughest years through the best decade in our company’s history.”

“My 10 years here have really gone by quickly – and I mean that in a good way,” Osborne said.  “At Lee Company, I have been blessed to work with outstanding people, as I have been at every stage of my working career. In that regard, God has been very good to me. Now, I am looking forward to the next season of my life, and to seeing what Lee Company will achieve and become with Rob as its new CFO.”

Ivy comes to Lee Company after serving as CFO of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee since November  2010. A certified public accountant, Ivy holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting from Mississippi State University.

“In finding our next CFO, we knew we had big shoes to fill,” said Perko, “especially in finding someone who fit our culture while also having the key skills and competencies we need for the future. We believe we have definitely found these attributes in Rob Ivy and we are very excited about all that he brings to this great team.”

“It’s so rare in today’s business environment to find an organization like Lee Company – a growing, forward thinking company that values its employees, holds true to its core values and operates with integrity,” said Ivy. “I’m excited about becoming a part of that culture and contributing to Lee Company’s future  success.”

About Lee Company

Lee Company, a $150 million comprehensive facilities solutions and home services company with over 850 employees, was founded by Leon Lee in 1944. The company’s home services include: heating and air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, home security, home improvements, window replacement and appliance repair. Lee Company also offers facilities services and solutions for companies and organizations in the government, institutional, commercial, health care and industrial areas. Among its many recognitions, Lee Company was recently honored by the Associated General Contractors of America with the 2015 Subcontractor of the Year award in the $10 million+ category.

Perfection is hard to beat

November 13, 2015

You are working with the best!  The Greater Tennessee Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the North Alabama Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) honored Lee Company with five Excellence in Construction awards. Best of all, in North Alabama we were recognized for a perfect safety score on each project.

A panel of construction experts selects the award winners, based on project safety records and the scope of the project, taking into consideration innovation, quality control, scheduling, value provided and the contractor’s ability to overcome special obstacles and extenuating circumstances.

Congratulations to the clients and Lee Company team involved in these award-winning projects:

2015 ABC Excellence in Construction Awards – Greater Tennessee and North Alabama Chapters

First Tennessee Park Nashville

First Tennessee Park

Mechanical Commercial/Industrial $2 – $10 million

Eagle Award

United Record Pressing

Mechanical Industrial Under $2 million

Eagle Award

Hilton Downtown Nashville

Mechanical Commercial Under $2 million

Eagle Award

Belmont University Dining and Academic Center

Mechanical Commercial/Institutional $2 – 10 million

Merit Award

Shiroki

Mechanical Industrial Under $2 million

Merit Award

The real honor is serving you

We truly enjoy and appreciate these awards and all they stand for, and we’re incredibly proud of our team. At the same time, we always remember that the real honor is serving you! We’re committed to providing an unsurpassed level of ethical commerce, customer satisfaction and community service. That’s our definition of excellence!

Get your home winter ready!

November 13, 2015

Fall weather in Tennessee brings some of the brightest, crisp days followed by below freezing temperatures when the sun goes down.  It’s important to protect your home during these cold nights.  Here are a few tips on how to get your home ready for sub-freezing nights:

below-freezing-temp-guage

Windows and Doors

Check the weather-stripping around your windows and doors for cracks or damage that can let heat escape from you home.  If you have wooden window frames, check for signs of rot or decay.  Pay attention to areas of your home where you feel a draft, you may need to add some extra caulking or consider getting your windows inspected by a professional.

Protect your plants

Freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on your garden.  Bring plants indoors if at all possible when temperatures plummet.  Cover other outdoor plants with sheets or blankets to hold in heat from the soil to protect your plants from damage.  Be sure to uncover your plants when temperatures rise above freezing in the morning.

Plumbing

Now is the time to inspect your plumbing for leaks and start prepping for those hard winter freezes.  Finding leaks and getting them repaired now can save you a lot of trouble down the road when temperatures can stay below freezing for days.  Be sure to wrap any pipes that are exposed to the elements with extra insulation to help protect against frozen pipes that can burst.

Gutters

If you’re like most of us, you don’t spend much time thinking about the gutters on your home, but Fall is the time to keep an eye on them.  Leaves and debris fill gutters this time of year and add unwanted weight to your home’s eaves and block proper water flow when it rains.  This blocked water can freeze and add even more weight to your gutters which can lead to roof damage.

Need help with anything you’ve read here?  The Lee Company team of experts are here to help from providing plumbing safety inspections to replacing damaged windows and doors.  Give us a call for anything you need help with around the house.  Our team is ready 24/7 to serve you and your family!

Nashville and Franklin: 615-567-1000

Murfreesboro: 615-867-1000

Mount Juliet: 615-467-7000

North Alabama: 256-353-1000

Excellence in Construction – United Record Pressing

November 13, 2015

Lee Company has a winning record! Congratulations and thanks to our team on the United Record Pressing project, recently honored by the Greater Tennessee Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) with an Eagle Award in the Mechanical Industrial Under $2 million category.

The project began in September 2014, when Lee Company was chosen as the mechanical contractor to provide HVAC and a process utility system for the new United Record Pressing production facility. Working closely with the owner, we integrated systems and selected the most appropriate materials for a durable, reliable utility system. It was a comprehensive effort: Lee Company coordinated all layout, fabrication, installation, controls, insulation, start-up, and test and balance for all systems. Systems include all new piping for a 150 PSI steam boiler, compressed air, process cooling water, pumps, storage tanks and controls systems.

United Record Pressing

Maintaining an advantage

To help ensure that equipment, piping and utility connections were easy to access and maintain, Lee Company’s project management and site supervision worked closely with United Record Pressing’s maintenance and operations staff – one more way that the value of our work continues to benefit our customers.

Additionally, Lee Company was responsible for installing owner-furnished equipment. The close working relationship enabled the seamless execution of receiving, installing and connecting the equipment and led to a reliable, productive – and award-winning – utility system.

Is there a pressing facility issue Lee Company can help you with? Let us know!

P.S. United Record Pressing was one of five Lee Company projects honored with a 2015 ABC award. That’s outstanding. We greatly appreciate this industry recognition of our dedicated professionals. Thank you to our team and our clients. We couldn’t do it without you!

Excellence in Construction Awards – Shiroki

November 13, 2015

You may not be familiar with Shiroki-GA, LLC in Dalton, Georgia, but you definitely know the clients this OEM supplier serves – Toyota, Nissan, GM, Lear, Johnson Controls and many others.

In 2014, Shiroki called on Lee Company to restore its dust collector and associated equipment after a fire. Our team responded spectacularly, and their exemplary work was recently recognized by the Greater Tennessee Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) with a Merit Award in the Mechanical Industrial Under $2 million category.

Overall, Shiroki-GA needed Lee Company to restore its dust collection system to proper operation, add capacity for future production lines, and apply engineering controls to prevent future fires and potential explosions.

Shiroki - Dalton GA

No time to lose

Lee Company had 30 days to engineer, design, produce a BIM (3D model), and fabricate and deliver all ductwork to the jobsite in Dalton. Everything – 100% –  of the project was pre-fabricated at Lee Company’s manufacturing facility.

The majority of the onsite work, including demolition and recycling of the fire-damaged ducting and dust collection equipment and installation of the new equipment, was completed during the 2014 plant shutdown – 12 days around Christmas and New Year’s.

A big shout out to the team for their dedicated work during the holidays! Lee Company customers know they can count on us 24/7/365.

P.S. Shiroki-GA, LLC was one of five Lee Company projects honored with a 2015 ABC award. That’s outstanding. We greatly appreciate this industry recognition of our dedicated professionals. Thank you to our team and our clients. We couldn’t do it without you!

Excellence in Construction – Hilton Downtown

November 13, 2015

Uncompromising standards pay off. Just ask the Lee Company team who worked on renovations at the Hilton Downtown Nashville. Their incredible work just led to an Eagle Award in the Mechanical Commercial Under $2 million division from the Greater Tennessee Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).

The work involved was extensive. The first phase was designed to correct air quality issues. For the second phase, Lee Company worked with the Winter Group along with Power Management Engineering, replacing fan coil unit valves, line voltage thermostats, shower exhaust grilles and air balance for all 330 guest rooms; adding a new 50 ton make-up air unit with associated ductwork, two new 9,000 cfm air handlers, a new 80 ton chiller and piping; and repairing water leaks in the main mechanical room.

The upgrade continued with work on the existing indoor pool; all mechanical equipment and piping was abandoned and demoed. A new concierge lounge with a European fireplace was added, along with a new fitness center.

Hilton Downtown Nashville

Suite success

Most importantly, all this work had to be done without disturbing guests! After all, the Hilton Downtown Nashville is a great hotel, unwilling to compromise its quality and standards.

With Lee Company on the job, comprise wasn’t necessary. We accomplished the extensive upgrade with minimal disruption to guests and maximum efficiency. The complete renovation took approximately 18 months, with total down time at the hotel of a remarkable 3 days.

Thanks and congratulations to the Lee Company professionals who worked on this award-winning project! Contact us today to find out our how team can help you maintain your highest standards, along with your facilities!

P.S. The Hilton Downtown Nashville was one of five Lee Company projects honored with a 2015 ABC award. That’s outstanding. We greatly appreciate this industry recognition of our dedicated professionals. Thank you to our team and our clients. We couldn’t do it without you!

Excellence in Construction – First Tennessee Park

November 13, 2015

Congratulations to the Lee Company team who worked on the First Tennessee Park project! Their outstanding work was recently recognized by the Greater Tennessee Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) with an Eagle Award in the Mechanical Commercial/Industrial $2 – $10 million division.

As befitting an Eagle Award winner, this project was a soaring success. Sulphur Dell Ballpark is the original home of Nashville’s minor league baseball team, and was used for nearly 100 years – from 1870 through 1963. Building a new ballpark in this historic site was an important move for Nashville: Construction of First Tennessee Park was seen as a way to bring new life to the north side of the downtown area, an essential part of the city.

First Tennessee Park

The construction was completed within 12 months, in time for the 2015 Spring Opener. The completed 100,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility holds 10,000 baseball fans, with fixed seats and suites. The project is also designed to work as a multi-use facility, with an enhanced greenway, public green spaces, and the ability to accommodate a variety of city events.

Final score? Nashville won!

Construction colleagues, community leaders, the Nashville Sounds and local baseball fans agree with the ABC panel of experts: Lee Company hit this one out of the park. This state-of-the-art LEED Silver facility is a new point of pride for Nashville, a beautiful entertainment destination in the middle of an important historic site. Thanks to all involved!

P.S. First Tennessee Park was one of five Lee Company projects honored with a 2015 ABC award. That’s outstanding. We greatly appreciate this industry recognition of our dedicated professionals. Thank you to our team and our clients. We couldn’t do it without you!

Excellence in Construction – Belmont University

November 13, 2015

When you’re a top student on campus, you earn As. When you’re a top contractor on campus, you earn ABCs – an ABC award that is!

Congratulations to the Lee Company team who worked on the Belmont University Dining and Academic Center. The Greater Tennessee Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) recently honored their work with a Merit Award in the Mechanical Commercial/Institutional $2 – 10 million division.

The new four-story facility was designed to be a flagship building, home to the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business. It adds more than 134,000 square feet of mixed-use academic and dining space to Belmont’s growing campus.

Belmont Dining and Academic Center

Classrooms and faculty/staff offices on the first, third and fourth floors comprise approximately 70 percent of the building. The second-floor is dedicated to the kitchen and dining hall. The new dining hall provides seating for 1,000 people, a capacity that triples the current campus cafeteria. The new dining hall also offers an appealing outdoor patio facing into the beautiful Belmont campus.

And, to further accommodate campus expansion needs, the building sits atop a new parking garage that adds more than 1,000 parking spaces.

Don’t curb your enthusiasm

Belmont University wanted the Curb College project done in time for the class of 2015 and Lee Company delivered – on time and on budget. What can we do for you?

P.S. Belmont University Dining and Academic Center was one of five Lee Company projects honored with a 2015 ABC award. That’s outstanding. We greatly appreciate this industry recognition of our dedicated professionals. Thank you to our team and our clients. We couldn’t do it without you!

Is it time to add outdoor lighting to your home?

November 05, 2015

The time change may have given us an extra hour of sleep this past weekend, but it also marked the beginning of early sunsets.  For the next few months, most of us will be getting home just in time for daylight hours to come to an end.  Outdoor and landscape lighting can help you get the most out of your home during these extended nighttime hours, while also making your home a safe and inviting place to be for the upcoming holiday season.

Outdoor landscape lighting

Here are four great benefits you can expect from adding some extra light to your home:

Curb appeal

Homes that are well-lit when it’s dark outside stand out in a good way compared to darker homes.  Lights add that extra lived-in, welcoming feel that we all want our homes to have.  Also, you’ve worked hard to get you landscaping just how you like it, outdoor lighting can be designed to highlight what you love most about your home.

Functionality

With the days getting shorter this time of year, it’s harder to get the most out of your outdoor living spaces.  Adding some extra lighting can help extend the functional hours of your patio or back yard long after the sun goes down.

Home Security

Illuminated homes are less of a target for mischievous individuals.  It is harder for burglars and vandals to get near a well-lit home without being seen.  When installing outdoor and landscape lights, you should consider strategically brightening areas that could be appealing entry points to someone with bad intentions.

Personal and guest safety

Protect your friends, family, and even yourself from tripping and falling by shining some light on potential hazards.  When improperly lit, stairs and dips in the pavement can present a very real danger to visitors who aren’t familiar with your property.  Additional outdoor light can help you avoid unwanted accidents and injuries to you and those you love.

Just like no two families are the same, at Lee Company we recognize that no two homes are the same.  Call the experts at Lee Company to have a skilled technician personalize an outdoor and landscape lighting plan just for you!  Contact us by calling your local office or visit www.LeeCompany.com today!

Nashville and Franklin: 615-567-1000

Murfreesboro: 615-867-1000

Mount Juliet: 615-467-7000

North Alabama: 256-353-1000

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