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April 3, 2013

Looking Back on 2012: 100 Years to Remember

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PORTAGE, WI – General Engineering Company (GEC) celebrated its 100th anniversary throughout 2012 and continued to attain notable achievements throughout early 2013. GEC is proud to have celebrated these honored events with community members, friends, and clients and would like to take a moment to reflect on 2012 as we move toward another memorable 100 years.

In late 2011, General Engineering Company gave its website a whole new look and layout. GEC’s restructured website includes new features and tools that allow users to stay current with news, projects, events, and more. Following this change, GEC also incorporated a new logo to help welcome its 100 year milestone that would take effect in 2012.

Another opportunity presented itself late in 2011, the Portage Splash Pad project. Immediately, GEC stepped up to the project to partner with the City of Portage and local service organizations in the creation of the Splash Pad (sprinkler park). Over the years, General Engineering Company has left its mark throughout the City of Portage on projects such as early design work on the Portage Levee, the Portage School Administration Building, and the Stone Arch Bridge in Pauquette Park.  When it came time to the planning and development of the splash pad project, GEC acted quickly and proudly continues its tradition of giving back to Portage and supporting the community.

After rolling out a new logo and taking in the excitement of the splash pad project, it was time to celebrate. In the spring of 2012, GEC highlighted many significant projects and events of the company from the past 100 years during its Open House event held on May 8, 2012 at GEC’s Main Headquarters in Portage, WI. At the event, GEC displayed vintage framed photos of historic Portage projects and several other projects within communities that GEC has worked with over the century.

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In the late summer of 2012, Chris C. Olson, PE, formally joined General Engineering Company as its Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) Designer with an office located in La Crosse, WI. Olson had been a long-time consultant teaming with GEC over the past 10 years, providing MEP Design services throughout the Midwest region.

Most recently, GEC was honored by the Columbia County Economic Development Corporation as Columbia County’s 2012 Large Business of the Year. Then, in early 2013, General Engineering Company was presented with the 2012 Business Excellence Award by the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce for its behind-the-scenes work in the Portage Community on projects such as St. Mary’s Catholic School Renovation, the Splash Pad project, wastewater treatment facilities, and more.

Now, as General Engineering Company closes the door on its first 100 years, we reflect on our “100 years of tradition and innovation.” As history shows, General Engineering completed the Pardeeville Water Tower project during the mid-1930’s, designed the first single pedestal water spheroid tank for the Village of Coloma in 1940, planned inventive and original wastewater treatment facilities in the 1980’s, and accomplished pioneering work integrating rain gardens and stormwater management features in subdivisions in the 1990’s and 2000’s. As GEC now enters 2013 with newly added services and a new satellite office location, our commitment and promise to serve the best interest of our clients remains, as it has since 1912.

General Engineering Company provides its clients with a diverse selection of services, including Consulting Engineering, Structural Engineering, Surveying, Building Inspection, Building Design, Environmental Services, Zoning Administration, GIS Services, Cross-Connection Control, Grant Procurement & Administration, and Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Design Services. If you are in need of professional consulting or just need some direction and recommendations, give us a call at (608) 742-2169.