Superior Construction Co.

Indiana’s Superior Construction Co. places great emphasis on safety.

As northwest Indiana grew, so too did Superior Construction Co. The general contractor started in the 1930s by offering its services to a variety of markets, including commercial, heavy highway, petrochemical and municipal, the company says.

As the Gary, Ind., region expanded, Superior Construction built many of the city’s landmark structures, including Saint Mark’s Church, Lew Wallace High School and the Memorial Auditorium.

Decades later, Superior Construction remains a major player in northwest Indiana’s construction market and places a primary focus on safety to remain a leader. For example, every subcontractor, supplier and service company under contract with the general contractor is required to enforce a safety program equivalent to or more stringent than Superior Construction’s.

Additionally, the company strongly believes that team member responsibility for safety extends beyond the jobsite. The contractor’s “Safety Focused Lifestyle” manual outlines a variety of expectations for employees, including:

    • Report to work well rested and in good physical condition.
    • Use all safety devices and personal protective equipment, which may vary, but should always include a hard hat, safety glasses and reflective vest/clothing.
    • Share the responsibility for maintaining a clean, orderly and safe work area.
    • Immediately report unsafe conditions, situations or acts to a supervisor or safety coordinator.
    • Follow all safety signs, bulletins and instructions, while complying with all federal, state, local, private and company safety rules and procedures.
    • Be aware of each project’s chain of command as well as the general information for serious and minor accident procedures, hazard communications and emergency action plans.

Additionally, the company implemented a Good Catch program that encourages identifying and reporting unsafe behaviors, dangerous or hazardous conditions, near-miss incidents, equipment or process hazards and other potential hazards on the jobsite. Staff members who make a “Good Catch” receive recognition at the company’s next safety meeting, the company says.

Drivers of Success

Superior Construction’s success over the years has been driven by achievements in other industries. For example, when the automobile industry accelerated and sparked expansion in many other markets, Superior Construction benefited from the increased demand for energy and steel.

Companies such as Standard Oil, U.S. Steel and ArcelorMittal were the lifeblood of northwest Indiana’s economy and provided steady work for Superior Construction, which continues to play an important role in the construction and maintenance of global companies’ infrastructures, the company says. 

As the automobile and industrial markets continued to grow, the increased demand for expanding the nation’s transportation infrastructure provided another market for Superior Construction. The company built or reconstructed many overpass bridges, mainline bridges and interchanges on the I-80/94 section, known as the Borman Expressway, between I-65 and the Illinois state line. Over the years, the company has extended into other markets, such water treatment plants, marine work and design/build contracting, the company says.

Superior Construction also has worked in the bridge and heavy highway market with a track record for completing projects safely, on time and on budget. Most recently, Superior Construction completed construction of the I-80/94 and I-65 interchange as well as hundreds of major transportation projects in the region, the company says.

A Range of Services

Today, Superior Construction provides a range of construction services as a general contractor and joint-venture partner. Both the Indiana and Illinois departments of transportation have granted the company “unlimited pre-qualification” as an indication of their belief in the integrity of the company. 

The unlimited pre-qualification designation enables Superior Construction to compete for any job with no financial cap, the company says.

Superior Construction has provided regular maintenance, emergency turnarounds, reconstruction and new construction to many of the Midwest leaders in the industrial market since the mid-1900s. More than half-a-century later, the company understands that clients must maintain operations during most construction projects. Superior Construction’s decades of experience and success in working as a partner with clients continues to be one of its most valued attributes.

Superior Construction’s clients and industry peers understand that the company has built more than structures. Rather, the four-generation family business has forged a reputation that stands on principles of trust, honesty and service, the company says.

For example, its longest-standing client relationship dates back to the 1960s with Standard Oil. The partnership has allowed the company to maintain and improve the iconic Whiting Refinery, which ranks among the largest in the nation. The relationship reached a new level when British Petroleum (BP) purchased the Whiting Refinery and embarked on a multibillion-dollar plant expansion project, the company says.

BP’s focus on safety aligned well with its organizational focus on zero accidents. As a result, Superior Construction has worked more than 20 million hours inside the Whiting Refinery without a lost-time accident. 

This accomplishment was recognized nationally and has reinforced the company’s position as a reliable contractor for major expansions, rebuilds and complex turnarounds, the company says.

Superior Construction says it has endured economic volatility since 1938 by adapting and adjusting to every scope of contracting aside from its specialties. From commercial to municipal and from concept to completion, the company delivers high-quality projects safely and on schedule. 

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