Commander shows appreciation for Olmsted workers at ceremony

Published June 29, 2015
On June 1 at the Army Corps of Engineers Olmsted, Illinois, Dam Construction Project, nearly 20 contractors—craftsmen and craftswomen from Joint Venture WGA/AECOM, the contractor for the massive project—received awards for superior work on one of the nation’s USACE “Mega Projects.”

Currently, more than 500 craftsmen and craftswomen are working at the site which is near the hub of the inland waterways on the Ohio River. 

Awardees were cited for their service in procurement, safety, warehouse operations and quality control, for example. USACE Louisville District Commander Col. Christoper Beck handed out the honors and certificates of appreciation expressing that the work between the Corps and the contractor employees is an enduring partnership. “These men and women made 2014 a banner year for the project. You worked many long hours and worked hard. Nothing happens unless you are there,” he said.

The project is in full swing as the low water season has begun. The second tainter gate of the dam is scheduled to arrive in June as of press time.

Contractor Project Staff Award Winners
Bobby Garduno, Labor General Foreman
Stewart Rendleman, Ironworker General Foreman
John Hubbs, Warehouseman
Chris ‘Radar’ Carl, Casting Yard Clerk
Judith Nichols, Procurement
Rob Hobson, Safety
Denny Alvey, Quality Control
Jeff Foster, Strand Jack Operator Foreman
Jason Lanier, Ironworker Foreman
Steve Ferrell, Assistant Superintendent 

Contractor Survey Team Award Winners
Tom Goodwin
Alfred Neihoff
Don ‘Woody’ Woodward
Ron Newton
Andy Julian
Jimmy Cain
TJ Flores
Kevin Russell
Erica Elfs
Sam Small