Ellis Construction named ‘2020 Employer of Excellence’

Metro Wire Staff

Ellis Construction has received the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (NCWWDB) 2020 Employer of Excellence Award.

Ellis Construction has partnered with NCWWDB on a Wisconsin Fast Forward Grant, helped design NCWWDB’s first pre-apprenticeship training program, and has been “instrumental” in bridging youth-to-adult apprenticeships in the region, according to the organization.

Andrew Halverson, co-owner and executive vice president of Ellis, the company has always prioritized its employees as “our greatest strength and asset.”

“The NCWWDB has given us so many tools and opportunities for partnerships to build our team, grow skillset, and invest in higher wages and quality, all while building our region,” Halverson said in an email statement. “We’ve had the chance to be assertive and get into high schools and find youth apprentices, who we have been able to successfully transition now into adult apprenticeships here at Ellis.”

Halverson said investing in youth people, and promoting the opportunity that construction provides for careers, has been a key workforce strategy for Ellis.

“Our goal is to be the safest and best construction company to work for in Central and Northern Wisconsin and this award validates so many of our efforts,” he said. “We can’t thank the NCWWDB enough for the honor of this award.” 

Stevens Point-based Ellis Construction has been a recognized name in construction services in Central and Northern Wisconsin for over 87 years. Ellis provides construction management, general contracting, design-assist, and design-build services in the manufacturing, healthcare, and general commercial construction markets.

NCWWDB celebrates local employers who have supported and utilized workforce programs and resources, built its skilled workforce through transformation and innovation, and embraced collaborative community and sector workforce strategies to help build the regional economy. The organization serves Adams, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Portage, Vilas, and Wood counties.