Case Studies

Hurckman Mechanical Industries Inc.

Serving Wisconsin for over 60 years

Hurckman Mechanical Industries Inc. (HMI) comes from a long and diverse history of varied construction services. Originally founded in 1953 as Hurckman Metal & Roofing, the business has also operated as Hurckman Metal Incorporated before taking on its current name. In 1983, the business acquired Lindsey Plumbing and Heating Company. Now, the team offers plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), fire suppression, piping, insulation, fabrication and refrigeration services to commercial and industrial clients throughout Wisconsin and the surrounding states.

Today, Brad Hurckman operates the family business as president. “I am the third-generation operator of the company,” he elaborates. “My grandfather, Franklin Hurckman, founded the business in 1953. My father, John Hurckman, took over in 1972. I joined the business in 1990 and took over as president in 2005.” Prior to that, Brad had worked for 10 years in the mechanical construction sector.

Brad carries on a tradition of honest business, started by his grandfather more than half a century ago. More than ever the company’s process or experience, the team’s attitude sets HMI apart from other contractors. Each of the company’s 220 staff members takes personal responsibility for a job well done and a satisfied customer.

Premier performance

HMI offers a full-service solution for building owners and general contractors. From start to finish, clients can count on the team’s diverse capabilities including preconstruction design and planning services, value engineering and project management. For commercial clients, the company performs HVAC, plumbing and mechanical system construction and retrofit services. In the industrial sector, clients can count on HMI’s capabilities for HVAC, piping, ductwork, sheet metal fabrication, plumbing, industrial ventilation and food-grade stainless steel fabrication.

As far as the construction aspect goes, HMI performs everything in-house. The large team performs metal fabrication for ducts and pipes in the shop. Brad explains that the company’s largest investment is in its fabricating facilities. To maximize its investments, the business has built strong relationships with suppliers and strategic partners that offer consistent quality and competitive pricing.

The list of HMI’s clients is large and diverse. Recent work includes the Foth Corporate Office, Outagamie Administration Building, Lambeau Field SEZ and FVTC Jones Culinary Arts, only to name a few.

While the larger projects stand out more in HMI’s portfolio, the smaller work counts too, especially in terms of volume and revenue. “We offer 24/7/365 service,” Brad explains. “Our customers can call us any time to report a problem and we still respond.” He knows that often, his customers count on their mechanical and HVAC systems to stay in business. Customer satisfaction is a priority, which means service calls are answered and responded to promptly.

Staying ahead

Throughout the recession, HMI kept finances well managed and took advantage of the downturn to restructure a little. “We diversified,” Brad explains. “We reached out into new markets. Now, we are continuing with that. We have been doing a lot more bulk building and more industrial than we did before the downturn.” By keeping the business in motion, the team was able to float through relatively unscathed.

Part of that stability, of course, comes from HMI’s reputation in the industry. Clients know the company name as a dependable resource for mechanical construction services. The team operates with integrity. To top it off, HMI has a leading safety program and low incident rate.

The company’s safety program emphasizes individual responsibility for a safe work environment. The goal on each project is not only a mechanical and financial success, but to make sure that HMI team members, strategic partners and customers get home safe at the end of the day. To reinforce the program, employees receive regular safety training, abiding by Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards and adhering to guidelines set by local, regional and national associations and agencies. The company is affiliated with the National Safety Council, the  Mechanical Contractors Association of Wisconsin and the Associated General Contractors of America, among others.

With a strong foundation, dedicated employees and a large network of support, HMI is in a pattern of growth. “We take great pride in our employees, many of whom have worked with us through the generations,” Brad explains. “In the coming years, they will help us move forward, drawing in new projects and building on our industrial workforce. The construction industry is picking up and I think we will see accelerated growth in our industry as infrastructure ages out.” Hurckman Mechanical Industries Inc. is ready to grow with the market.

Published on: November 7, 2014

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