Archive for December, 2015

Lee Company takes the Proper approach

December 17, 2015


There are times when every square foot of space is critical. Our recent engineering and construction project for Proper Polymer in Pulaski, Tennessee, was definitely one of those times.

Lee Company Proper PolymerBrindley Construction chose Lee Company for this retrofit, knowing we could precisely design HVAC, process cooling and compressed air systems to fit and function in Proper Polymer’s re-purposed building. Every bit of available manufacturing space needed to be utilized. By working around new bridge crane supports, a large electrical distribution busway and material conveying systems, Lee Company was able to meet the strict criteria for clearance and access around production machines.

Along with the tight space, we faced a tight timeline. Given the highly aggressive schedule to fulfill commitments to suppliers, the entire construction team had to work very closely. Cooperation ruled the day. We completed work on the 44,000 square foot building safely, with no accidents and ahead of schedule. Now, that’s the Proper approach!

When the weather outside is frightful…

December 17, 2015


When Brindley Construction in Pulaski, Tenn., chose Lee Company to do the design/build work on the Magneti Marelli project, we didn’t count on one of the wettest winters in recent history. Downpours delayed erection of the building – a 62,000 square foot addition to the manufacturing facility.

Lee Company Magneti MarelliFortunately, we were able to accelerate the schedule. We carefully coordinated aerial lifting for the roof-mounted HVAC equipment and utilized prefabrication for process piping, compressed air piping and HVAC ductwork. The prefab work saved time by allowing us to install assemblies, rather than the relying on more traditional – and time consuming – piece-by-piece construction methods on site.

Even with perfect weather, complex projects like this often come with complications. In this case, the expansion was directly adjacent to an active manufacturing zone within the plant. Lee Company coordinated connections to existing utilities without interrupting production or compromising quality.

With the project completed on time, we’re proud to echo the feedback from Brindley: “Hats off to the team!”

What does “CEO” really mean?

December 09, 2015


Here at Lee Company, “CEO” could stand for Congrats, Exceptional Owner! We’re delighted to announce that the Nashville Business Journal has named Bill Lee as one of the Most Admired CEOs of 2015.

Bill Lee NBJ Most Admired CEO

“I’m truly honored to be included among such outstanding leaders,” says Bill. “I want to thank all the Lee Company employees for the work they do that makes me look good!”

Bill says the best decision he ever made as CEO was “to focus on creating a culture rather than a company. We at Lee Company enjoy an environment where people can be purposeful, while meaningful work is the standard.”

Under Bill’s purposeful leadership, Lee Company has seen tremendous growth – our team now includes more than 950 professionals, all dedicated to working for you and giving back to the communities we serve.

“At Lee Company, we succeed by changing people’s lives for the better,” Bill says. “Through our charitable fund, we have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars and thousands of hours of employee time.”

As a testament to the power of this approach, Lee Company has also been honored as one of Tennessee’s top 5 Best Companies to Work for and received the 2015 Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethical Commerce.

Bill is a graduate of Auburn University and has worked at Lee Company for more than 30 years. Congrats to all the Most Admired CEOs!

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