Caleb is an inspiring example of someone who has worked their way to the top. Throughout his AEC journey, Caleb continues to demonstrate admirable values in the form of strong leadership, hard work, and resilience.
His first job included hands-on labor for an architectural sheet metal fabrication company. He also received mechanical experience working with CNC machinery doing maintenance repairs, swapping out parts, and ensuring the equipment ran smoothly.
In 2012, he was hired at Precision Precast Erectors (PPE), where he joined the Local 14 Ironworkers Apprenticeship Program and became a journeyman steelworker.
Caleb continued to add to his skill set by learning how to successfully manage projects and people. In 2015, he realized the importance of technology in construction and developed PPE’s IT initiative. The firm started adopting various construction software, and Caleb oversaw the use of these programs for various projects.
Because of his accomplishments, Caleb was promoted to a General Superintendent position, and then to Operations Manager a year later. Today, his responsibilities include project planning and scheduling, as well as collaborating with GCs, clients, and suppliers to ensure that projects are all completed on time and within budget.
Caleb also demonstrated strong, and much-needed leadership skills amidst the pandemic. He implemented various procedures that enabled teams to work remotely with minimal disruption. And for those who had to come into the office, they were able to do so safely, thanks to Caleb’s guidance.
Fast forward to 2021, and PPE continues to thrive—with many thanks to Caleb’s meaningful contributions.
“Caleb’s work ethic is noticed by all employees, and they recognize that Caleb values their time. He truly leads with a servant’s heart.”
Everyone has values. We don’t talk about what we value much, in a philosophical sense, but today we’re going to dive deep.
First what are values? The Cambridge Dictionary defines them as, “the principles that help you to decide what is right and wrong, and how to act in various situations. (https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/values)
I believe that having values in common can transform a loose group of people working together into a highly integrated powerful team. Purpose driven seems to be the new hotness in business. But the truth is that purpose has always driven business. So what do WE value? What informs our purpose?
- Faith and Family
In this post I’ll share a bit of my beliefs on the value I call Faith.
First, I’ve deliberately put Faith and Family at the top of the list. My faith informs my life. While this wording sounds odd to many, I’ve deliberately chosen it. My faith drives all the other values on the list. I believe I have a solemn duty to my God, my country, my family, my employees, and the communities we work in. When I must decide what is “right and wrong” I can turn to my faith for guidance.
While not everyone agrees with (or lives up to) the principles taught by the Catholic Church, a thorough study of Her teachings shows a deep love for God and our fellow human beings. This love when perfectly lived, even extends into the workplace. The “conditions of the working class” have been a subject of thought and guidance by the popes since the beginning of the industrial revolution. The current social unrest, upheavals, and rioting are in part the result of a failure to love our fellow human beings as God loves them. I believe each person is created in the image and likeness of God, so I should treat them with respect and true charity. I believe that God created the world for the benefit of those created in his image and likeness, I believe I should work towards a more balanced distribution of wealth and material goods. This fits perfectly with our business model as a union contractor.
Being a union contractor helps PPE pay true living wages. The thrifty among our employees are able to save and buy a house, pay for their kids college tuition, invest substantially in their retirement funds, and get the health care they need. The gap between CEO salary and employee pay remains narrower than in large corporations. These things all contribute to employees who are engaged at a higher level.
In all these ways and many more my faith directs the choices I make in our company. Not all the choices are perfect, or the best because I am not perfect. Yet I work each day to live my faith and I strive to come closer to a perfect love of God and my neighbor each day. This brings me to Family, the closest neighbors of all.
I believe we have a responsibility to protect and care for our families. We strive to create a work space where family needs can be met, family vacations taken, and family time can be celebrated. We understand our industry can be hard on family life and we try to ease this burden through scheduling and time off, as much as possible. We try to get to know the families of our workers at Summerfest and we celebrate spouses and significant others at our Christmas Leadership Party. Success, to me, means leaving the people around us better off than when they started working for us.
Come back soon and we’ll tackle more of the values that make us AWESOME!!!
Have a great day. Be Safe and Stay Strong!
Kudos to the crew in Coos Bay!
Over the past month a PPE crew led by Jean-Luc LaVe took on installing the precast and gym girders in at the new Marshfield Junior High School Addition. The team installed over 150 precast walls, dealing with a tight site and challenging logistics. The guys located issues before installation and aided in correcting the issues.
Shout out to the crew:
- Jean-Luc LaVe
- Jason Merz
- Craig Rogers
- Jordan Hammand
- Lewis Grant
- Justin Salling
- and… Toad!
Grouting and pathcing by:
- Chuck Ecret
Also, special thanks to Mark Alcott for driving our shuttle truck and to Jim Atwood pulling the levers for Ness Campbell Crane.
The first phase of the job presented many challenges. We look forward to the next phase where we will be installing Arcus panels. This project is going to be a great addition to the school and the community.
September 09, 2020
Precision Precast Erectors, LLC.
Attn: Mr. Denny LaVe
1096 Innovation Way
Post Falls, ID 83854
Dear Mr. LaVe,
On behalf of Idaho Commerce, we want to congratulate you and your entire team at Precision Precast Erectors, LLC.
for being recognized as one of the 2020 Inc. 5000 fastest growing private firms in America. This national recognition
and the incredible growth you have created in your company is proof of your creativity, innovation, passion, and determination.
At Idaho Commerce, our mission is to help support and grow our state’s economy. We know that government does not create
jobs – business leaders like you create jobs. We are grateful for the tremendous contribution businesses like Precision
Precast Erectors, LLC. make to our economy. Please let my team or me know if there is any way we can support you and
Again, congratulations on being honored among the fastest growing private firms in America. And thank you for your
commitment to our community and for making Idaho your home. We wish you continued success.
Director, Idaho Commerce
We’re honored to have been chosen as one of Inc. Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America for 2020
We ranked #100 in Construction, #13 in Idaho, and #1943 overall. Great work team!
Today we set the last beam for zone 30 at the Legacy Emanuel West Expansion.
Another awesome project for Team PPE and Local Ironworkers 29!
Today we set the last CLT panel at the Adidas East Village Expansion project!
We’re honored to have been chosen as one of Inc. Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America for 2019
We ranked #153 in Construction, #17 in Idaho, and #2800 overall. Great work team!