Langston Construction Company is celebrating their 50th anniversary!
There is much in that half century to celebrate, say principals Evan Sowell and Jim Roberts. They know you don’t get to stay in business, much less be successful, for that long if you cut corners. Success requires honesty, work ethic, breadth of knowledge, and an ability to find creative solutions to difficult problems. Since 1969, Langston Construction has done just that. Starting out working on public works projects such as wastewater treatment facilities, the company has built an impressive and diverse portfolio of projects.
In fact, most of their work is repeat business.
“We are very proud of the fact that more than 90 percent of our projects are repeat business – some of our clients have been with us for 30 years or more,” Sowell said. “They trust us and know we are problem solvers. That means a great deal.”
The company has built a remarkable reputation for solving difficult problems. This, Sowell and Roberts believe, is due in large part to the sheer diversity of talent in the company. With 85 employees representing a wide variety of construction backgrounds and areas of expertise, Langston has been able to complete projects other companies could not.
“We take pride in providing solutions for complex issues an Owner or Designer may have.” Sowell said. “We (recently) took over a project from a larger, nationally known contractor that failed to complete the project – and we completed it under the deadline. When you solve a really difficult problem, well, there’s something to that.”
Langston has not only earned a reputation as a go-to for large, complex industrial projects but also as a leader in one of the most important aspects of the business: safety.
The company has earned many regional, state and national awards reflecting that commitment to safety, including the 2018 national Construction Safety Excellence Award First-Runner Up from the National Association of General Contractors, which recognizes those construction companies who excel at safety performance. The criteria involve close examination of a company’s commitment to safety and occupational health management and risk control. Judges consider management commitment, active employee participation, safety training, work site hazard identification and control, and safety program innovation.
“We have a very strong safety background,” Roberts said. “That is an integral part of our business and we are very proud of our great team and their achievements – all of our accomplishments are because of them.”