Miller Bros. Construction has a long-standing history with building America. For more than 70 years, the company has been actively working to improve their communities through workforce development activities and construction projects. Based in Archbold, Ohio, Miller Bros. Construction is in its third generation of Miller family leadership. The company’s commitment to workforce development is one of the primary reasons Miller Bros. Construction has been a staunch supporter of the I Build America movement.
The Future of Construction Relies on Workforce Development
“The issue of workforce development comes down to more than what impacts our company,” said Dave Lersch, Vice President of Administration Operations. “We see this as an issue that impacts the entire industry, and we need to take a holistic view of where construction is going in the future.”
This future-centric perspective drives many of Miller Bros. Construction’s initiatives. The company offers co-op and training programs, and they are consistently engaging individuals who want to explore careers in construction through recruitment efforts and career fairs. The company’s website offers resources for parents, teachers, students, and other educators. From blog articles (available through I Build America – Ohio), links to construction-related apps and games, printable coloring sheets, and videos, Miller Bros. Construction is working hard to make it easy for people of all backgrounds and interests to learn more about careers in construction.
A Common Language for the Construction Industry
“We want there to be a common language for the construction industry,” Lersch said. “I Build America and I Build America – Ohio are helping to do that.”
Lersch specifically notes the importance of promoting the common language of one thing that nearly all individuals who work in construction share: pride.
“Everyone in this industry shares the same sense of pride in the work that we do, and that is a very powerful tool.”
Lersch sees that pride surface at different workforce development events, especially when existing employees get to demonstrate to their children and family members the different projects they’ve completed with Miller Bros. Construction. Lersch and the Miller Bros. Construction company wants to ensure that they continue to foster that work pride by creating a great working environment and offering opportunities for employees to talk about the work they do at school and community events.
“If we can look beyond our own doors to the power of this pride in our work and our industry, that’s when we can really make a difference.”