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Celebrating a Remarkable Journey!

February 21, 2019

At Lee Company, part of our mission is “to create a workplace where our employees can thrive.” We’re honored and strengthened by the many employees who make Lee Company their professional home – often for decades! We want you to know the dedicated pros making a difference for all the customers and communities we serve. Periodically, we’ll highlight team members as they reach milestone career marks. Thanks and congrats to these 2019 achievers!

20 Years

Robert “Cowboy” Davenport

Sheet Metal Foreman, Special Projects

Robert’s journey with Lee Company began back in 1999, when he hired on as a sheet metal mechanic with Special Projects. Since then, he has traveled throughout the South as a superintendent and lead mechanic, supervising and working on many challenging projects. Even as a foreman, he takes a hands-on, boots-on approach to every assignment and leads by example. A proponent of continual learning, Robert encourages colleagues to attend Lee Company University and thrive.

“Always do the job like it is being done at your own house. Integrity is a key value to have. Decisions are all about principle. Like the people you work with. Lee Company has been exceptionally good to me and I’ve been good to them.”

Decades of Dedication

February 20, 2019

At Lee Company, part of our mission is “to create a workplace where our employees can thrive.” We’re honored and strengthened by the many employees who make Lee Company their professional home – often for decades! We want you to know the dedicated pros making a difference for all the customers and communities we serve. Periodically, we’ll highlight team members as they reach milestone career marks. Thanks and congrats to these 2019 achievers!

20 Years

Dylan Walford

Foreman, Fab Shop

Dylan joined the Lee Company team on Jan. 27, 1999, as a sheet metal helper, just one month after his high school graduation. Our team quickly realized that he was talented and hard-working, never afraid of a challenge. With a devotion to learning as much as he can, Dylan earned his certification in piping. He now serves as a shop foreman, assisting the Fab Shop supervisor. Dylan is respected as a knowledgeable and helpful resource, and a man with tremendous integrity.

“I got where I am today by keeping my nose down and working hard. I want to be remembered as a valuable, hard-working employee.”

“Ring the Bell” at Morningside of Franklin

February 18, 2019

Today we “Ring the Bell” for our longtime customers at Morningside of Franklin. Morningside is a senior living community located in Cool Springs, about one mile from our former Franklin headquarters.

Our Home Services team has served the Morningside community for over 20 years! Not only do we take care of their homes, many of our service technicians have developed personal relationships with the residents and are often requested by name.

Many residents refer us to their neighbors and as a result, Lee Company has over 300 loyal Morningside customers! The friendly folks at Morningside truly enjoy their Lee Company experience and they look forward to the service visits from our technicians.

So, thank you to the residents of Morningside and thank you to all of the Lee Company employees who take care of them!

4 Tips to Keep Your Refrigerator Running Smoothly

December 05, 2018

If you notice anything worrisome as you’re maintaining your refrigerator, give us a call. Lee Company offers expert home appliance maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair services.

You open the fridge to start prepping for your holiday dinner and the turkey is lukewarm. The fridge has gone out and everything inside has spoiled.

This is a nightmare that no homeowner wants to experience, so we’re here to help with four tips to keep your refrigerator running more efficiently to save you money and help prevent a breakdown.

  1. Wipe down the door gaskets.

Use warm water and just a touch of mild dish soap as this will to prevent damaging the gasket. If you’ve noticed condensation on the outside of your fridge, it may mean you have a leaky gasket. Check for cracks or worn spots as you’re cleaning.

  1. Vacuum your condenser coils.

Depending on your refrigerator model, the coils will be located either in the back or underneath the unit. Unplug the fridge as you’re vacuuming to be safe. If you have pets, you may notice buildup on the coils, especially if the coils are under the fridge. Too much hair and dirt buildup will prevent the condenser coils from cooling properly, causing your unit to work harder than it needs to.

  1. Check your temperature gauges and set them in the middle.

This one is easy. Check the temperature gauges inside your refrigerator and freezer to make sure they’re set correctly. Sometimes a warm fridge is caused by nothing more than a dial accidentally being hit. Gauges should be close to the middle to keep things at the proper temperature and prevent your fridge from working overtime.

  1. Check freezer vents to make sure they’re unobstructed.

It’s best to keep freezers only about three-quarters full to allow air to fully circulate. So if you’ve been cramming your freezer, you may want to make some room. If you spot crumbs or food ties inside any of the vents, get them out before they get sucked into the evaporator fan.

Signs your refrigerator could use some love

If you notice any of the following issues with your fridge, it might be time to call an appliance repair expert.

  • Won’t stay cold or takes a long time to cool down
  • Runs continuously
  • Not running at all (is it plugged in?)
  • Ice build-up in your freezer
  • Puddle underneath your refrigerator
  • Runs loudly or makes banging sounds
  • Condensation on the outside

Call our appliance repair professionals

If you notice anything worrisome as you’re maintaining your refrigerator, give us a call. Lee Company offers expert home appliance maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair services. You can depend on us for on-time arrivals and on-the-spot repair quotes from highly trained, certified, friendly technicians. We’re here to help with all your major appliances including refrigerators, microwaves, dishwashers, ovens, freezers, dryers, and washing machines. Schedule your appointment today so you’re ready for the holidays!

2018 Vans4Cans Food Drive Results are Here: We Did It!

November 16, 2018

2018 Vans4Cans Food Drive drop off at Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee

We have officially wrapped up this year’s Vans4Cans food drive and couldn’t be more excited. We want to thank everyone who contributed to this incredible success from the bottom of our hearts.

We delivered the food collected during our Vans4Cans campaign to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, Food Bank of North Alabama, and Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland. Thanks to our employees, our customers, and our partners, Lee Company raised 80,084 pounds of food surpassing our 70,000 pounds goal!

The entire Lee Company team pulled together and had a blast creating opportunities to bring in food and raise funds. From our Home Services technicians to our office teams, everyone did their part to keep the drive energized. We had bake sales, soup sales, and even decorated co-worker’s desks with flamingos as part of our in-house fundraising efforts. We are already looking forward to Vans4Cans 2019!

What do the campaign results mean?

Because of you, a mother won’t stand before an empty pantry, with no idea of what to do.
Because of you, a father won’t have to say, “No,” when his child asks for dinner.
Because of you, a family will sit down at the dinner table, bow their heads, and give thanks for food. 

Every day we are thankful for the opportunity to serve our communities. Today, we thank you for helping us make a difference through Vans4Cans.

The Middle Half 2018

November 13, 2018

Lee Company at The Middle Half 2018 in Murfreesboro

It was another great year for the Murfreesboro Half Marathon, fondly known in the community as “The Middle Half.” Our team of Lee Company volunteers handed out Gatorade and water at the last water station on the course, cheering on participants for the final stretch of the race. We also had another group of volunteers stationed at the finish line handing out co-branded race wraps (buffs) to the over 2,000 finishers! There was a great buzz of energy in the air, and we were excited to cheer for the participants.

We love working with all the wonderful race coordinators, including Deborah Roberts who coordinates the many water stations on the course.

“Lee Company has done a fantastic job over the past 4 years of providing the volunteers needed to sponsor one of our vital water stations. I could not have done my job without their leadership and I look forward to working with them in the years to come!” commented Deborah.

Four years of sponsoring this race and we look forward to supporting it and continuing to work with Race Director, Melissa Miller, for years to come.

“Lee Company’s sponsorship of the Murfreesboro Half Marathon has made a big contribution to the support for our runners over the years” said Miller. “The addition of the custom Lee Company sponsored race wraps (buffs) were a huge success with the participants this year. Lee Company’s support for the race, as well as their focus on supporting and improving our local community is very much appreciated.”

Supporting the communities we serve is at the heart of what we do. Watch for us in 2019 at the Murfreesboro Half Marathon, we’ll be there cheering everyone on!

Congrats! You Chose a Winner

November 05, 2018

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) chapters in Greater Tennessee and North Alabama have announced their 2018 Excellence in Construction winners – and Lee Company took home 17 awards

Thank you for choosing Lee Company, and congratulations!

You clearly know how to choose a winner. The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) chapters in Greater Tennessee and North Alabama have announced their 2018 Excellence in Construction winners – and Lee Company took home 17 awards!

Winners are chosen by a panel of construction experts, based on project scope and safety records. The panel considers innovation, quality control, scheduling, value provided and the contractor’s ability to overcome special obstacles and extenuating circumstances.

Basically, exactly what you consider when choosing a contractor.

As a Lee Company customer, you share in our success. We appreciate the trust you put in us. And we applaud all the Lee Company professionals whose dedication and great work contributed to our 2018 ABC honors.

Lee Company’s award-winning projects include:

  • 505: Specialty Contractor > Mechanical (projects over $10 million)
  • Char: Specialty Contractor > Other Specialty Construction – Commercial > $700K – $1M
  • HCA-HealthPark: Specialty Contractor > Other Specialty Construction – Commercial > Over $5M
  • Heraeus: Specialty Contractor > Other Specialty Construction – Commercial > $300K – $700K
  • JM Smuckers: Specialty Contractor > Other Specialty Construction – Commercial > $700K – $1M
  • Maplehurst Frozen Dough: Specialty Contractor > Mechanical: Industrial > Under $2M
  • Summit Building: General Contractor > Commercial > Under $5M
  • U.S. Space and Rocket Center: Specialty Contractor > Other Specialty Construction – Commercial > Under $300
  • Vanderbilt University Barnard: Specialty Contractor > Mechanical: Commercial > Less than $2M
  • WeWork Nashville: Specialty Contractor > Mechanical: Commercial > $900K – $2M

 

Vanderbilt University Barnard Receives 2018 Merit Award

November 05, 2018

Vanderbilt University Barnard received the 2018 Merit Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors chapter.

Excellence in Construction: Vanderbilt University Barnard

At Lee Company, we stake our reputation on every project. We’re delighted to announce that our work on Vanderbilt University Barnard, a longtime prestigious institution in Nashville, has been honored with a 2018 Excellence in Construction award from the North Alabama Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Congratulations to the Lee Company pros who worked on the job!

Vanderbilt University Barnard received the 2018 Merit Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors chapter.

Lee Company scored an A+!

Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, just completed Vanderbilt Barnard residential college, a new facility with space for academic needs, along with housing for 340 students, apartments for a faculty member and residential area coordinator, a large dining area, and a huge kitchen. Given Lee Company’s roots in refrigeration, an area few tradesmen specialize in today, the team was called on to engineer and install the kitchen for Vanderbilt Barnard. With a strict timeline, the Lee Company team ensured that the “cool” kitchen was ready to go for incoming students in 2018.

 From zero to hero

The kitchen project was a blend; half engineering and half installation. Lee Company took the kitchen layout created by Dykes and designed the piping system around it. Each piece required cooling, and the refrigeration system had to be connected to the compressor rack in the basement.

The Lee Company team drew on years of refrigeration expertise – and today’s virtual construction technology – to design an efficient system and compressor rack. It’s no small job: The final rack was about 30-feet long and 10-feet high.

The final results? Delicious. With Lee Company innovation and expertise, Vanderbilt University was able to provide an incredible kitchen to its many students. Lee Company completed the work on time and on budget.

What’s on your menu? What project can we help you with? Call the award-winning team at Lee Company today!

P.S. Vanderbilt University Barnard was one of 10 Lee Company projects honored with a 2018 ABC award – and several of those projects received multiple awards! All together, Lee Company took home 17 ABC awards this year. That’s incredible. We greatly appreciate this industry recognition of our dedicated professionals and their work. Thanks to our team and clients. We couldn’t do it without you!

U.S. Space and Rocket Center Receives 2018 Eagle Award and 2018 Excellence Award

November 05, 2018

U.S. Space and Rocket Center received the 2018 Eagle Award from the Greater Tennessee Associated Builders and Contractors chapter and the 2018 Excellence Award from the North Alabama Associated Builders and Contractors Chapter

Excellence in Construction: U.S. Space and Rocket Center

U.S. Space and Rocket Center was an innovative project for Lee Company – and so much fun! Congratulations to the Lee Company pros who worked on this historical site in Huntsville, Alabama: U.S. Space and Rocket Center has been honored with Excellence in Construction awards from the Greater Tennessee and North Alabama chapters of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).

U.S. Space and Rocket Center received the 2018 Eagle Award from the Greater Tennessee Associated Builders and Contractors chapter and the 2018 Excellence Award from the North Alabama Associated Builders and Contractors Chapter.

It’s time for takeoff!

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC), in Huntsville, Alabama, is the largest spaceflight museum in the world. Its large rocket and space hardware collection is valued in the tens of millions of dollars. Most notable is the national historic landmark, Saturn V Moon Rocket, from the Smithsonian on display in the Davidson Center at USSRC. When leaking from underground piping threatened this and other exhibits with thousands of gallons of water a week, Lee Company launched into action. From start to finish, our team’s expertise and capabilities delivered a quality solution to protect a national landmark.

It’s not rocket science, but the solution is out of this world

The first challenge? Overcoming the concerns of the Center owner regarding the proposed solution: 1,280 feet of Victaulic pipe mounted to hangers on stands 20 feet tall to clear the bay doors on the back of the Davidson Center. Huntsville is known as “Rocket City” for a reason and the owner was concerned hanging external pipes on the exhibit area would be an eyesore. External access was important, though, to prevent future leak issues.

Lee Company engaged its virtual construction team to create virtual drawings and a video of the completed project to the customer, all concerns were put at bay. And, with the facility manager’s approval, the team had to race against the clock to complete the work.

The next challenge? Time. It’s isn’t a luxury when working with a national landmark. Lee Company worked around peak times at the Center to limit disruptions to the visitor experience. To optimize project time, Lee Company’s fabrication shop built the stands and mounted hangers, which were shipped to the field and assembled on-site. Stands were comprised of 6-foot by 6-foot steel tubes which were 20 feet tall. Over 1,200 feet of Victaulic pipe was attached to the stands and set in place with lifts, 19 feet off the ground over the back-bay doors of the Davidson Center.

 The final results? Takeoff was not interrupted! With Lee Company innovation and expertise, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center continued business as normal, was repaired on time and on budget.

What project can we help you with? Call the award-winning team at Lee Company today!

P.S. U.S. Space and Rocket Center was one of 10 Lee Company projects honored with a 2018 ABC award – and several of those projects received multiple awards! All together, Lee Company took home 17 ABC awards this year. That’s incredible. We greatly appreciate this industry recognition of our dedicated professionals and their work. Thanks to our team and clients. We couldn’t do it without you!

WeWork Nashville Receives 2018 Eagle Award and 2018 Merit Award

November 05, 2018

WeWork Nashville received the 2018 Eagle Award from the Greater Tennessee Associated Builders and Contractors chapter and the 2018 Merit Award from the North Alabama Associated Builders and Contractors Chapter.

Excellence in Construction: WeWork Nashville

WeWork Nashville started as a very specific project for Lee Company – and we are grateful for how we achieved success! Congratulations to the Lee Company pros who worked on this office space building in downtown Nashville: WeWork Nashville has been honored with Excellence in Construction awards from the Greater Tennessee and North Alabama chapters of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).

WeWork Nashville received the 2018 Eagle Award from the Greater Tennessee Associated Builders and Contractors chapter and the 2018 Merit Award from the North Alabama Associated Builders and Contractors Chapter.

Were we up to the challenge?

When WeWork, a global provider of coworking space, wanted to renovate over 66,000 square feet of office space in downtown Nashville, Lee Company knew there would be challenges. Other tenants located in the building? One service elevator for all trades and deliveries? Hardwood floors installed, and walls roughed in before the ductwork arrived? Lee Company’s special projects team knew how to overcome these obstacles — and more — to meet WeWork’s timeline and budget. Working seven days a week, in double shifts each day, Lee Company went beyond the space, and expectations, to deliver insightful solutions with project management and field expertise.

Logistical challenges through the roof? Not a problem for this team.

Originally contracted to complete only the demolition piece of the space at One Nashville Place, Lee Company started ductwork installation for the project a month behind as the design and sourcing team customized specs, and $600,000 in change orders, to meet WeWork’s budget and timing parameters. Initially ductwork for the three floors was to be completed for each floor consecutively, but a shift in schedule required the on-site team to work two floors at a time. At times with up to 30 people on-site working double shifts, seven days a week, the breadth and depth of Lee Company’s talent and resources met the demand required by the project.

Renovating an existing space in an office building with other tenants requires extreme diligence. Working through drywalls was a drag on productivity — adding an additional 30 percent to the installation time.

The final results? A sigh of relief and an exciting success! With Lee Company innovation and expertise, WeWork was ready to open its doors to delighted customers, on time and on budget.

What project can we help you with? Call the award-winning team at Lee Company today!

P.S. WeWork Nashville was one of 10 Lee Company projects honored with a 2018 ABC award – and several of those projects received multiple awards! All together, Lee Company took home 17 ABC awards this year. That’s incredible. We greatly appreciate this industry recognition of our dedicated professionals and their work. Thanks to our team and clients. We couldn’t do it without you!

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