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June 9, 2015
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Total local donations nearly $35,000 since 2006
Today, Messer Construction Co. and its Knoxville employees donated more than $4,300 to local organizations through its annual Support the Arts campaign. Since 2006, the company’s efforts have generated nearly $35,000 for cultural enrichment.
“Messer strives to be a good corporate citizen in the communities where we work and raise our families,” said John Blum, senior project executive for Messer. “In addition to contributing to the regional tax base, we are investing in long-term economic and cultural success of the community by supporting the arts. We want to help attract residents and businesses to Knoxville, and we know a rich culture helps accomplish that mission.”
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 2015, the campaign supported the East Tennessee Historical Society, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Tennessee Theatre.
“It is important to Messer to support our employees and the arts community that they enjoy,” Messer Senior Vice President Allen Begley said. “Knoxville has so many cultural organizations that bring music, history and art to our city, and we are delighted to do our part to support their continued success.”
Messer’s commitment to local giving extends well beyond the arts. The employee-owned company has invested nearly $535,000 in the local 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 this year rose to No. 58, after putting in place more than $1.03 billion in commercial construction in 2014.The company is consistently ranked among the country’s 100 largest contractors by Engineering News-Record, and in fiscal 2014, Messer put in place $1.03 billion 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.