2020 Year in Review
After 75 years in business, Morrison-Maierle continued on its path of integrity, commitment, respect, and excellence to help build better communities. Despite facing new challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, our employee-owners found ways to continue providing exceptional client service and support for each other and our communities.
In addition to celebrating our 75th anniversary, the projects, people, and events below provide a brief look at 2020.
Our Next Vision
In 2013, we gathered as a company to create a path using our Core Values to achieve our Core Purpose. The result of this gathering was Vision 2020, our seven-year plan that guided us to the employee-owner culture we have today. We used Vision 2020 as a jumping off point to create our next five-year strategic plan that we will use to continue to build and grow.
Expansion into Central Oregon
Since 1996, we’ve been working in the Central Oregon area, focusing primarily on the engineering work needed at the Redmond Airport. However, in 2020, we expanded our services to include mechanical, structural, and electrical engineering as well as fire protection and ICT services. Meet our team in Bend.
Excellence is one of our four Core Values at Morrison-Maierle. From client service to deliverables, excellence is the goal of every project team’s approach to their work. While not every project gets public recognition, there were several project teams in 2020 that were selected among their peers for engineering excellence in Montana and Wyoming.
Additionally, Morrison-Maierle Systems, our technology subsidiary, earned a spot on the prestigious Channel Futures MSP 501 list for managed services providers (MSP). Systems is one of only 27 MSP from the western United States and they are the sole provider in Montana.
- Morrison-Maierle receives five engineering excellence awards
- North Sheridan Interchange Project Claims WES Top Honor
- Morrison-Maierle Systems Receives Elite Industry Award
From “Day 1,” employees are owners of Morrison-Maierle. Employee-ownership gives us opportunities to contribute to the growth and prosperity of each other and our offices. One of these opportunities unfolded in 2020 with the creation of our new Employee Ownership Committee (EOC). And, we also congratulated several others for their years of service as vested employees.
Since 1945, Morrison-Maierle has focused on ways to improve our neighborhoods, non-profits, and schools in the communities where we work and play. In 2020, we’re thankful that we were able to continue this support in a variety of ways.
Five senior employee-owners were promoted to leadership roles in 2020. Senior Water-Wastewater Engineer Jeff Ashley left his position as the Helena Office’s Water-Wastewater Market Group Leader and was named as the new Helena Operations Manager. Eric Blanksma was promoted into Jeff’s former Market Group Office Leader (MGOL) role. In our Natural Resources Market Group, Luke Carlson and Matt Barnes were named as MGOLs in Kalispell and Helena respectively. Jeff Kraft, Senior Electrical Engineer, was named as the Billings Office’s Buildings Market Group MGOL, a new leadership position in that office.
- Nancy Cormier retirement spurs employee-owner promotions in the Helena Water-Wastewater Market Group
- Matt Barnes, Eric Blanksma, and Luke Carlson Promoted to Market Group Office Leaders
- Jeff Kraft Promoted to Leadership Role
Morrison-Maierle’s Health and Safety Program took a giant step forward in 2020 through the hire of a full-time Health and Safety Administrator, Doug Ardary, and the creation of the company’s first Health and Safety Policy Statement and Long-Term Goal for Health and Safety.