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MEMBER NEWS TDIndustries, Inc. Celebrates 70 Years BY CATHERINE BEZMAN, AGC HOUSTON Since its inception in 1946 as an automotive store in downtown Dallas, TDIndustries, Inc., has fostered an environment that encourages continuous, aggressive improvement and growth based on a servant leadership philosophy. Jack Lowe, Sr., the company founder, played an integral part in desegregating the Dallas school system in the early 1960s. Understanding that "diversity among us is our greatest strength and critical" for the company's success, TDIndustries maintains diversity as one of its mission statement's basic values. Some of TDIndustries' milestones include partnering with Trammel Crow in 1948 on its first design-build project; offering an employee ownership by payroll deduction in 1952; adopting a servant-leadership philosophy in 1972; becoming a charter member of the Lean Construction Institute in 1991; leading the industry with 3D BIM Virtual Construction in 2006; and being named one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" by Fortune magazine for the 17th consecutive year in 2014. The employee-owned mechanical construction and facility service firm has grown to represent six markets, including its Houston office which opened in 1980. Graham Moore, President of the Houston division, recently spoke to AGC Houston about his career and the company's meteoric rise since relocating from Houston to Dallas in 1990. A native Texan, Moore received a bachelor's of science degree in industrial arts from Texas A&M University and holds air 28 conditioning and plumbing licenses in Texas and several other states. The former AGC Houston Board of Directors' member currently serves on the Government Affairs Committee and is an ardent supporter of the chapter. Moore joined the company in 1979 in Dallas and came through the project management ranks. "I built our first engineering team in Dallas and for a period of time, ran our shops," he recalled. In 1980, the company opened an office in Houston, but by the mid-1980s, the economy went from boom to bust as an estimated 90 percent of the oil and gas companies went belly up. "The '80s were pretty rough times in Houston; in 1990 our president asked me if I would come down and see if we needed to close the Houston office," Moore said. After a 10-year period of being in the Bayou City, Moore had the daunting task of determining if the office could turn around and make a profit among such a harsh business environment. "I moved down here with a couple of good partners," he said. "In a short amount of time, we took a $10 million dollar losingmoney business down to a $4 million dollar break-even business, and we have steadily grown it back ever since. This year, we'll do about $110 million dollars in business from work in the greater Houston area." What's the company's secret to growing the business locally along with its workforce? "From a corporate perspective, we have a huge commitment to continue an aggressive improvement of all our staff with a lot of training at every level," Moore stated proudly. "Because we don't just build things-we also service and maintain them-we hope that the emphasis on our people as well as our services have helped to build a loyal customer base. The focus of TDIndustries is to provide career opportunities and to do so, you have to exceed your customers' expectations. The only way to do that is for us to continuously and aggressively improve. When your customers are happy and you are constantly getting better, a general result of that is that you make money." One of the key aspects of the company's growth has been to focus on its employees; close to 90 percent of the people who works for TDIndustries own a part of the business. In Houston, more than half of the employees have been with the firm over five years. Added Moore: "Those three pieces, by the way, happen to be our mission statement: long-term goals-we do not seize short-term benefits to the detriment of our long-term mission; continuous‚ intense, people-development efforts‚ including substantial training budgets; and investment in tools‚ equipment and facilities that enable us to better accomplish our mission of providing outstanding career opportunities by exceeding customer expectations. "When you take those three pieces and stay focused on them, generally, they spin off into a positive result," Moore said. "A good customer pointed out to me years ago that we were probably 10 years ahead [of our competition] and 3D drafting, which we call BIM today. We had no idea that people perceived that we were that far ahead of the industry-we were just trying to constantly improve. "We all benefit when our industry gets better," he continued. "We have very few secrets. We hold numerous training classes, which are attended by competitors. We believe that even when our competitors get better, we all benefit because we do fewer 'dumb' things." Another factor Moore and TDIndustries believe in is getting involved with AGC Cornerstone

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Cornerstone - Fall 2016

From the Chairman of the Board, Bill Scott, III
From the President/CEO, Jerry Nevlud
Remembering Andrew Charles Robertson
A Success Story: Linbeck Tackles Restrictive Site Constraints at CityCentre Five
More than 14,600 Construction Workers Participate in Safety Stand-Down Demonstrations
Texas Facilities Commission Presents “Golden Opportunities” for Commercial Construction Industry
AGC Houston Members Win Outstanding Construction Awards at TBB Convention
AGC Houston Members Recognized at Texas Building Branch 2016 Convention
Midyear Safety Meeting and Networking Breakfast Recognizes Excellence in Safety
AGC Houston Members Garner Safety Awards
AGC/AIA Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Scholarships
TDIndustries Celebrates 70 Years
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
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Cornerstone - Fall 2016 - From the Chairman of the Board, Bill Scott, III
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Cornerstone - Fall 2016 - From the President/CEO, Jerry Nevlud
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Cornerstone - Fall 2016 - Remembering Andrew Charles Robertson
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Cornerstone - Fall 2016 - More than 14,600 Construction Workers Participate in Safety Stand-Down Demonstrations
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Cornerstone - Fall 2016 - Texas Facilities Commission Presents “Golden Opportunities” for Commercial Construction Industry
Cornerstone - Fall 2016 - AGC Houston Members Win Outstanding Construction Awards at TBB Convention
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Cornerstone - Fall 2016 - AGC Houston Members Recognized at Texas Building Branch 2016 Convention
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Cornerstone - Fall 2016 - Midyear Safety Meeting and Networking Breakfast Recognizes Excellence in Safety
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Cornerstone - Fall 2016 - AGC Houston Members Garner Safety Awards
Cornerstone - Fall 2016 - AGC/AIA Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Scholarships
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Cornerstone - Fall 2016 - TDIndustries Celebrates 70 Years
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Cornerstone - Fall 2016 - Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
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