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UNI Construction Management Tour

We were honored to have the University of Northern Iowa Construction Management class come tour our jobsite. As a company we believe in growing leadership for the future and some of the best of the future came out from UNI to view our program and learn more outside of the classroom. It was a honor to host them on our site and we look forward to see where all of their talent leads.


Community Rodeo Ticket Giveaway

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH, CINCH RODEO SHOOTOUT NIGHT

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH, RODEO w/ JAKE MCVEY ON THE MAIN STAGE

Baxter Construction is proud to again sponsor the community action rodeo ticket giveaway. We truly hope you enjoy this year’s Tri-State Rodeo! As we gear up for the 71st annual Fort Madison Tri-State Rodeo we will again be hosting a special promotion giving away performance tickets specifically to those families in need. Each family member will get a ticket and a voucher. The tickets will be available for pickup at the Eichacker Community Action Center of Southeast Iowa located at: 3233 Avenue O, Fort Madison Iowa, 52627; their hours of operation are 8:00am to 4:30pm.

“The goal of this promotion is to support our community and allow some families in need the opportunity to spend a fun-filled night at one of Fort Madison’s largest events! We are excited to work again with the Fort Madison Tri-State Rodeo, Holy Trinity Catholic School, and Community Action in assisting us with allowing this promotion to happen. ENJOY THE RODEO!” – Tony Baxter

 


Employee of the Quarter!

“I am so proud to have a partner like Dennis in our organization and I believe the entire company will agree that Dennis’ smile and positive attitude brighten up even the worst days.” -Tony Baxter, President

Dennis Faivre is a vital part of what makes Baxter Construction Company so successful. As the Manager of Preconstruction he is the key component to successfully planning, coordinating, and controlling a project from its inception to completion. Dennis works closely with the owner and the design team to ensure that projects are on the right path to an efficient and quality finished product. He was nominated and chosen for this award for many reasons including his unrelenting positive attitude, his kind and helping manner, his immense ability to effectively manage many projects at one time, his intelligence and his hard working and infallible personality. Dennis represents much of what Baxter Construction’s core values are made of and his dedication and loyalty is not easily matched.

Dennis graduated from Bradley University in 2009 with a Bachelors degree in Construction Management and joined Baxter Construction soon thereafter; first as a Project Administrator/Engineer then quickly moving up the ranks to the Manager of Preconstruction at the Des Moines office location. “When I had first met Dennis and learned he was a Bradley University graduate I knew right from the start he would be one of the ‘Best of the Best’ as Bradley is where my father Frank also graduated from”, stated Tony Baxter “Dennis has more than proven to truly be among the ‘Best of the Best’ you just do not get more solid than him”. As a member of Baxter Construction’s Leadership Team Dennis’ honest and upfront comments, concerns, and views are highly sought after. “No matter how much you put on his table you can always count on the honestly and accuracy of his work. I have so much trust in Dennis and confidence in what he tells me, he is very rare. I know that everyday he serves the best interest of the company and has my back always.”

Because of his dedication, vision and great work the company is kept moving forward in the right direction. Dennis characterizes Baxter’s mission and vision through his team work, positive approach, and leadership by his actions and examples. Baxter Construction is incredibly proud to call Dennis Faivre ‘Employee of the Quarter’ and we truly cannot put into words the amount of appreciation for all that he does!

 


11th Annual GIVE Foundation Charity Tournament

  Baxter Construction Company is proud to again sponsor and partake in the 11th annual GIVE Foundation Charity Golf Tournament in Riverside, Iowa. “GIVE is a charity very dear to me as my own Father, a veteran of the Korean War, and I have spent priceless time together on the greens”, stated Tony Baxter. “The GIVE foundation operates with a higher purpose and that purpose is surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment to the success of the program. Great things have happened and continue to happen for the positive impact of our Veterans through GIVE and we are honored to be a part of that.”

 

Funded entirely by donations GIVE, Golf for Injured Veterans Everywhere, is a program and partnership of the Iowa VA Healthcare System of Iowa City, member professionals of the Iowa PGA Section, and the host Riverside Casino & Golf Resort. GIVE has served more than 500 men and women veterans, spanning service from World War II through Afghanistan; through a specialize golf curriculum that has formed a bond among families and both PGA Professionals alike. The focus of the program is to support and improve the lives of all veterans receiving rehabilitative care within the state of Iowa. To learn more about this charity or to donate please visit: http://giveforveterans.com 


Employee of the Quarter!

“Trustworthy, loyal, and dependable…words more often used in our Father’s generations to describe a man, but these are the words that first come to mind when I think of Bert Gould” –Michael Baxter

Robert Gould has been a Field Superintendent with Baxter Construction Company for over 20 years and he truly is an exemplary employee that defines our company’s mission, vision, and culture. He began his career with the company in 1996 working under both Frank and Tony Baxter. “Bert stopped by looking for work and I hired him that day, I knew right away that he was an honest man”, stated Frank Baxter, “He was always on time and his happy personality, dedication, and loyalty always meant so much to me, he has become a great friend. He first started as a concrete worker and I quickly moved him up to foreman. We are so blessed he stopped by that day, we are so lucky to have him”. As an adaptive employee Bert has grown along with the company; travelling nationally without hesitation from jobsite to jobsite to complete whatever needs done. Bert “always has your back” and his quality workmanship, good morale, and positive life outlook set him apart from the rest.

“Bert has been with me for over 20 years and has done it all without any question and while always looking out for my best interests”, said Tony Baxter, “No one will ever know how much a person like Bert means to a company until they are gone and we are never letting Bert go.” Bert Gould is also unique in that he is only one of 2 employees to have worked for 3 generations of Baxters. Michael Baxter recalls “From some of my earliest memories Bert was there, fixing my 8 year old footprints across a freshly poured slab on a jobsite…just as with everything he does for us today he had a smile on his face!”

An employee like Robert Gould is a rare find and we truly appreciate his years of service, his positive attitude in the face adversity, his unmistakable smile, and his solid Baxter Family core values. Baxter Construction is truly honored and proud to call Bert the ‘Employee of the Quarter’.

 

 


Employee of the Quarter!

George Rashid is one of the top Senior Project Engineers at Baxter Construction and works on some of the company’s largest projects across the United States. George was nominated and chosen for this award because of his loyalty, and perseverance to his project, his team, and his company. “His hard work ethic and dedication to the Baxter Construction Family is what sets up George’s future to become one of the best in our industry,” stated Tony Baxter, President of Baxter Construction. “Most recently he has helped lead a very successful and beautiful senior housing facility through adversity in Texas and he is quickly moving up the company ladder.”

George graduated from ITT Technical Institute with an Architectural Drafting and Construction Management degree in 2012. “When George First came to Baxter Construction he started with washing and detailing vehicles and equipment in high school. He then decided to attend college and earn a Construction Management degree. He worked for us every day he could while still taking his classes and we hired him on as a Project Engineer the day he graduated”, state Tony.

George exemplifies the company’s Mission through his leadership that creates apparent excitement amongst his team, his jobsite, and his company. His unmistakable energy matched with his unwavering reliability makes George Rashid a rare find and a true joy to work with. Baxter Construction is proud to call George Rashid its first ‘Employee of the Quarter’.


2017 DMACC Golf Invitational a Huge Success!

The 10th annual DMACC CEO Golf Invitational was a huge success and we are excited to announce it was their biggest year yet, a record breaking amount of $450,000.00 was raised for student scholarships! After being challenged by Baxter to meet a $400,000 goal the DMACC Foundation team pulled out all of the stops and reached it! Baxter donated an additional $25,000.00 to the DMACC Foundation for reaching their massive goal. As a company we are truly honored to be able to be a part of such a great program for the DMACC students. Congratulations and a big thank you to everyone involved!

Celebrating the success of the event are (from left) Dennis Albaugh and Tony Baxter, title sponsors, Sheri Avis Horner and Rob Denson, DMACC president.


2016 DMACC CEO Golf Invitational

Baxter Construction Company has participated in the DMACC CEO Golf Invitational for over 6 years now. This Golf Invitational supports the Des Moines Area Community College Foundation; which assists students in many ways such as scholarships, new instructional equipment, or to jump start new projects around the campus. However, this year’s 2016 Golf Invitational was a little different! There was a challenge at the end of last year’s event that if the DMACC Foundation could reach their $300,000.00 goal (a feat yet to be done) Baxter Construction would DOUBLE our contribution to them. Well, after an amazing day of golf on the beautiful Talons of Tuscany course and right in the middle of the post-round auction Mr. Rob Denson, President of DMACC, jumped up to announce that that foundation had reached their $300,000.00 goal!!!! A roar of applause later Tony Baxter stood up to present our doubled contribution to this amazing group.

Congratulations on reaching your goal DMACC Foundation,  we are so proud of your hard work and continued dedication!

Pictured above #1, #2 (left to right): Tony Baxter, President, Baxter Construction Company; Rob Denson, President, DMACC.

Pictured above #3 (left to right): Dennis Albaugh, Chairman, Albaugh LLC; Tony Baxter, President, Baxter Construction Company; Rob Denson, President, DMACC.


Rhythm City Casino Topping Out Celebration!

October 6th marked an exciting day for Baxter Construction and Rhythm City Casino! The structure has been topped out! As featured in the video below, the Topping Out Ceremonies took place at the Rhythm City Casino jobsite and we are all very honored to be apart of a project such as this. The facility will soon be enclosed and interior work will proceed aggressively through the winter months. Nearly 200 people work daily at the site and we expect that to more than double in the winter months….”get the Rhythm or get out of the way!”


Grand Opening of New Office Branch

Baxter Construction Company has reached many milestones throughout its 70 years of operation; but October 8th 2014 benchmarked a different scale of growth for the company with the addition of a new office in Des Moines Iowa. Baxter Construction held a Grand Opening ceremony that featured an open house and a ribbon cutting by The Honorable Governor Terry Branstand along with 3 of the 4 generations of the Baxter family; Frank Baxter, Tony Baxter, and Michael Baxter.

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