July 8, 2014
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Total local donations top $30,000 since 2006
Messer Construction Co. and its Knoxville employees recently donated over $4,600 to local arts organizations through its annual Support the Arts campaign. Since 2006, the campaign has generated more than $30,000 in local arts support.
“In addition to hiring locally, supporting area businesses, raising our families in Knoxville and contributing to the regional tax base, Messer strives to be a good corporate citizen,” Messer Senior Project Executive John Blum said. “By supporting the arts we are investing in the long-term economic and cultural success of the community and making Knoxville a city where people want to put down roots.”
The company’s annual Support the Arts campaign invites employees to donate to selected organizations in the Knoxville area. Every dollar pledged by a Messer employee is matched at 50 percent by the company. In 2014, the campaign supported the East Tennessee Historical Society, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Tennessee Theatre.
“Messer is dedicated to supporting our employees and the activities that enrich their lives,” Messer Senior Vice President Allen Begley said. “Knoxville has a rich and vibrant arts community, and we are proud to do our part to support its continued success.”
Messer’s commitment to giving back is extensive and goes well beyond the arts. The employee-owned company has invested nearly $415,000 in the community through grants and donations since locating in Knoxville in 2004.
About Messer Construction Co.
Messer Construction Co. is a construction manager and general contractor providing leadership for complex commercial building projects. An employee-owned company, Messer builds better lives for its customers, communities and each other, and delivers value through quality construction and client experiences. Founded in 1932, Messer’s footprint has grown to nine regional offices located across the Midwest and Southeast. The company is consistently ranked among the country’s 100 largest contractors by Engineering News-Record, and in fiscal 2013, Messer put in place more than $830 million in commercial construction. Messer now stands as one of the nation’s leading health care and higher education builders, and also boasts extensive, award-winning work in the life sciences and industrial market segments. Messer employees live where they work, resulting in the company’s sustained commitment to building better communities. That commitment has remained paramount throughout Messer’s growth, and it is achieved annually through the company’s own foundation and through the time, service and dollars invested by its employee-owners in community organizations and causes.