Community Involvement

Love Helps – and So Does Gerry!

December 01, 2016

Congratulations to Gerry Vance, Executive Vice President of Lee Company and the 2016 recipient of the Edwin C. Rodgers, Jr. Heart of Distinction Award from Love Helps®, inc.

Love Helps is a special organization to Gerry and our Lee Company family. The non-profit strives to “educate and affirm children toward responsible behavior” with a focus on positive character development, diverse programming and community involvement.

And, of course, love.

“Love Helps works in Nashville’s public schools to have a positive impact on children and help set them on the road to success in life,” Gerry says. “It’s been an honor for me to work with this wonderful organization over the past 21 years, and I am truly humbled by this recognition. I encourage everyone to learn more about Love Helps – and help!”

Gerry was recognized at the organization’s Holiday Luncheon Dec. 1, with family, friends and colleagues applauding this well-deserved honor.

Lee Company EVP Gerry Vance recognized for volunteer efforts

For Gerry, and all of us at Lee Company, community involvement is at the heart of what we do – it’s woven into the fabric of our company. Thanks to our volunteer work in the communities we serve, we have the joy of seeing how much difference one person, or one company, can make. In this holiday season, there are so many ways to help – from financial donations to gifts of time and talent. Get involved and discover: Love Helps.

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Music to Our Ears – Bonnaroo 2016

October 21, 2016

  • 2016 Merit and Excellence Awards from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
  • Client: Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
  • Category: Mechanical Commercial/Institutional Under $2 million


Congratulations to the Lee Company team who worked on the Bonaroo Music and Arts Festival project! Their outstanding work has been recognized by the Greater Tennessee Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) with a Merit Award in the Mechanical Commercial/Institutional under $2 million division. The project also received an Award of Excellence from the North Alabama Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).

If you’ve ever attended the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, you know it’s a fantastic event, covering four days and attracting more than 80,000 attendees from all over the world. You also know that there have never been any permanent restrooms for those 80,000 people.

Superfly, the production house for the festival, wanted to build two permanent restroom facilities before the 2016 festival kicked off. General contractor Boyce Ballard reached out to Lee Company in February 2016 to see if it was even possible to do the HVAC and plumbing by June.

Lee Company made it happen, with a combined effort that included our pre-construction, fabrication, engineering and operations teams. When all was said and done, the new bathrooms were ready for the festival and opened to “standing ovations” from fans, musicians and the media! No wonder this entire Lee Company team is flushed with success.

Success is Sweet – Maplehurst Bakeries

October 21, 2016


  • 2016 Eagle and Excellence Awards from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
  • Client: Maplehurst Bakeries
  • Category: Mechanical Industrial $2 – 10 million


Congratulations and thanks to our team on the Maplehurst Bakeries project, recently honored by the Greater Tennessee Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) with an Eagle Award in the Mechanical Industrial $2 – $10 million category. The project also received an Award of Excellence from the North Alabama Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).

Maplehurst Bakeries, established in 1967, produces frozen bakery goods that are sold in grocery stores, supermarkets and other retail outlets throughout North America. As the business grew, the company decided to expand operations with a new manufacturing facility in Lebanon, TN.

With demands high and the schedule tight, Stellar – the general contractor – clearly needed a well-seasoned team of professionals on the job. Having worked with Lee Company before, Stellar asked us to handle the ductwork and equipment associated with the HVAC system, along with some of the plumbing.

The partnership was a recipe for success. Despite delays, scheduling issues and weather challenges, Lee Company, Stellar and Maplehurst worked together to find solutions and keep everything moving. With 11,714 field hours worked, Lee Company had zero recordable accidents and the new facility was ready for Maplehurst to begin baking test products by the March 2016 deadline. Now, Stellar is talking with us about the next project – an expansion of this facility. Sweet!

We Hit the Mark

September 14, 2016

Together, we did it! With our wonderful title sponsors and supporters, Lee Company raised more than $20,000 at the recent Justice Shoot – the August clay shoot, held to benefit Justice Mercy International (JMI).

The money raised helps JMI provide essential assistance to children in Moldova, a former Soviet republic in Eastern Europe.

“The Justice Shoot that Lee Company puts together every year to benefit JMI is one of our favorite days of the year,” says Mary Katharine Hunt, JMI Executive Director. “It’s a great day of fun and team-building that also raises significant money to help protect vulnerable children from trafficking in the country of Moldova. Thank you, Lee Company, for making justice personal!”

Helping children in Moldova illustrates our belief that community is not defined by geography; our community goes far beyond county and state lines. We are blessed to be able to support this organization. And we couldn’t do it without you! Thanks to everyone involved.

Our special thanks and gratitude to the 2016 Justice Shoot title sponsors: Care Supply; Ed’s Supply; Ferguson; J. Smith Lanier; Kenny Pipe & Supply; Layton Construction; Mechanical Resource Group; Pinnacle Financial Partners; Solomon Builders; Sunbelt Rentals; Trane; and Trillium Construction.

Lee Company Justice Mercy International


Bill Lee is presented volunteer honor by the YMCA

July 12, 2016

Bill Lee, chairman of our company, is a longtime volunteer with the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, having joined the YMCA’s board of directors in 2008. According to the Y, Bill has been “a true champion for positive youth development in our community.”

The life-changing power of Bill’s involvement was clear at the YMCA’s recent awards ceremony, when 16-year-old Adam Smith presented Bill, his mentor, with the organization’s highest volunteer honor: the Order of the Red Triangle.

“If I hadn’t met Bill, I probably wouldn’t be thinking about my future today,” Adam said. “I would be going to a low-performance school, I might not be in sports, and I probably would be in a lot of trouble. Bill brings out the light in people that others may not see. He brought out the light in me.”

Accepting the award, Bill told the crowd that he’s the one who has learned – from Adam.

“As volunteers, we really become the recipients not only of awards, but of life-changing experiences,” Bill said. “The difficulties and lack of choices and the dangers that lie for a young man like Adam have been completely made aware to me, and that has changed my desire to not only impact one kid’s life, but makes me want to impact a lot of kids’ lives.”

One by one, we can all make a difference. Watch the video of Adam and Bill here – the few minutes will truly brighten your day. Then, take the next step! Share the Lee Company tradition. Get involved.

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Imagine Life Better

July 07, 2016

Lee Company has launched a terrific new series of five commercials that started airing on June 2016.

In each 30-second spot, we highlight a different aspect of our great company, everything from our proud history to our innovative solutions. Viewers will see why Lee Company is such a great place to work, the many ways we give back to our community, and how we turn a service call into a “call to serve”.

The new marketing campaign is designed around a theme of “Imagine Life Better,” and the timing couldn’t be better. With our great team of people and industry-leading technology, Lee Company is well-prepared to exceed expectations in all areas.

Our goal is to create a brighter future, enabling our colleagues and customers to truly Imagine Life Better.

Thank you!







June 17, 2016


What an exciting year for Nashville! We kicked off 2016 with the NHL All Star Game and now, we are celebrating summer with THUNDER ON THE CUMBERLAND! Formula 1 Powerboat Racing in the heart of our city!

What do these events have in common? It’s the first time Nashville hosts them and Lee Company is proud to join the excitement as a major sponsor.

So, if you are looking for something extraordinary to do with dad this weekend, or just want to witness powerful engines go from 0-100 mph in 6 seconds, make sure to join us by the river.

ABOUT THE EVENT: It’s NASCAR on water…there will be loud thunder on the Cumberland! Music. Food. Excitement…and lots of fast racing

WHEN: Saturday, June 18 AND Sunday, June 19. Gates open at 11:30 AM (schedule)

WHERE: Riverfront Park on Lower Broadway


LEARN MORE: Watch this video!


Golf tournament raises $50,850 for Special Olympics!

June 15, 2016


THANK YOU! We want to express our gratitude to all the sponsors, partners, friends and employees that made our 2016 Special Olympics of Williamson County Golf Tournament a reality.

Mike Fisher

It is always amazing to see a community come together to support a beautiful organization, all while having a great time. Last year we were able to raise $45,000 which helped athletes participate in football, bowling, basketball, swimming, golfing and power-lifting activities at the local and state level. The funds raised also allowed the Special Olympics of Williamson County to outfit their winter game athletes with new fleece pullovers and goggles in addition to new swimsuits, towels and bags for the swimming program.

This year we were able to raise $50,850! We are beyond excited and cannot wait to hear updates from the Special Olympics of Williamson County and their athletes. We know these much needed funds will help advance their programs and have a positive impact on all the athletes.

Being an active member of our local community is one of our priorities and we highly encourage you to get involved with a local organization.

We would love to thank our title sponsors:

  1. Purity Dairy
  2. RLH Agency
  3. Pinnacle Bank
  4. MRG
  5. Layton Construction
  6. Nashville Predators
  7. Trane Company
  8. Sunbelt Rentals



A beautiful story of the Volunteer State

May 20, 2016

For some people, the “Volunteer State” is just another name for Tennessee. For Mary Catherine Strobel, it was the perfect description of home. This amazing woman survived incredible hardships; helped family, friends and strangers; and established a tradition of giving to those in need.

Knowing her story, we consider it a huge honor that Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee nominated Lee Company for the 2016 Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards. Thank you! We were humbled to be one of three finalists in the corporate volunteerism category.

2016 Stroble Awards Lee Company

Congratulations to all the nominees, finalists and winners. The awards ceremony on April 21 was an amazing event. The inspirational stories we heard made it clear that everyone there was a winner. And it was wonderful to see how volunteers of all ages and backgrounds roll up their sleeves and devote their talents and time to serve others, even people they may never meet.

The Lee Company team considers this recognition a great honor for us, and a tribute to you. Our nomination salutes the heartfelt efforts of all our employees and customers. Thank you for supporting our Vans4Cans campaign year after year, and helping us feed the hungry.

We encourage you to take Mary Catherine Strobel’s heritage to heart. Find a volunteer program you love, and get involved in the community!

Three times is a charm!

May 05, 2016


Congratulations to Bill Lee, our Chairman. For the third year in a row, Bill has been honored as a Williamson County Impact Award winner – a prestigious honor presented by the Nashville Business Journal. The Impact Awards honor leaders, community supporters, business owners and developers who are leading the charge for improvements and economic development for Williamson County.

This year’s win comes with a bonus: Bill is being inducted into the Impact Awards Hall of Fame, an honor reserved to nominees who take home the award for three consecutive years.

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