Leach Painting Company
- Written by: Tom Faunce
- Produced by: Chuck McKenna
- Estimated reading time: 3 mins
Since its establishment in 2003, Leach Painting Company has provided quality drywall taping, finishing, wallcovering and painting services to the Midwest. Located in Fenton, Missouri, Leach Painting is heavily involved in the commercial sector, working with numerous general contractors on tenant build-outs, renovations and new construction. As a union company, Leach Painting employs anywhere from 30 to 40 quality union trained painters at any given time.
Leach Painting is owned by Mark Borgmann, Tony Fischer and Brian Borgmann. The three partners bring extensive knowledge of the trade and the industry to the company. When Borgman, president and majority owner, graduated from Southwest Missouri State University with bachelor’s degree in accounting, he began his career as an estimator for a local painting contractor. For the next eight years Borgmann learned the ins and outs of the trade and in 2003 he and a coworker started Leach Painting.
An experienced team
Tony Fischer, treasurer, was trained by IUPT District Council 58 and worked in the field for 15 years as a journeyman painter. Fischer has spent the last 16 years estimating and running crews in the field. Brian Borgmann, vice president, graduated from Rankin Technical College. Brian’s mechanical background has been essential to his current position as has spent the last 12 years as the safety coordinator and warehouse director for Leach Painting. Brian works directly with project managers on jobsite setups and provides safe working conditions for painters in the field. With a combination of backgrounds and experience, Leach Painting provides an edge few companies have. “Our quality and attention to detail is unmatched by anyone else in the business,” says Borgmann.
While Leach Painting performs jobs throughout the state of Missouri, the company will occasionally travel out of state at the request of their clients. “A majority of our work is in Missouri but we do have a few clients that we will travel with,” Borgmann explains.
As a union contractor, Leach Painting has 30 to 40 trained painters on staff and a backlog of work booked months in advance. With the country’s economy bouncing back, Borgmann is optimistic about the future. “There is definitely an uptick in the way things are going,” he says. “Things have been getting better the past three to five years and I am optimistic that 2015 is going to be a good year.”
With the workload expected to increase for Leach Painting, Borgmann’s only concern is possessing enough manpower to perform the work. “When the slow times hit a lot of people got out of the trades,” Borgmann explains. “Manpower is an issue that all companies in the construction industry have been concerned with. To help us with this issue, we have made hiring apprentices a priority. With this approach, we are ensuring we have qualified employees for many years to come and investing in our future. I think this will be our model for the next several years.” Leach Painting’s apprentices go through a three-year training program that is jointly run by the Contractors and IUPAT District Council 58.
Working in the construction industry presents new and different challenges every day. Unique jobsites and projects are often the spark that can create a passion for the industry. These aspects are what motivate the owners of Leach Painting. “It’s something new every day,” says Borgmann. “Getting to see your work for years after it’s completed is a very rewarding aspect of the job.”
As the company progresses into the future, Leach Painting Company will continue to exhibit excellence as a full-service painting company.
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