Jesco Inc.

The spirit of teamwork shines through every project JESCO Inc. completes for its clients. “Throughout each project, JESCO works closely with client's staff to construct the facility, but also strives to building a lasting relationship with the owner,” the Fulton, Miss.-based contractor says. “Our work is not complete until we are awarded with the client's next project.”

Many of the facilities completed by the company throughout its more than 70-year history are second or third jobs for the same owner, reflecting client satisfaction in its projects.

JESCO is able to build these relationships by acting as a single source for services across multiple sectors. “We have the capability to provide – under one contract and under one management source – all services from design through construction, process equipment installation, start-up and maintenance,” the company adds. “We have proven in-house capabilities which provide high-quality, economically feasible, on-time projects for our customers.”

The company believes in maintaining close communication with clients in part by providing multiple copies of monthly progress reports. These reports include an executive summary of the project status as well as photographs, itemized updates by discipline, cost reports, schedule updates and other information.

Wide Capabilities

Established in 1941, JESCO operates engineering, mechanical-electrical, industrial services, millwright/maintenance and steel fabrication divisions. In addition to its headquarters in Fulton, the company operates offices in Tupelo, Miss.; Montgomery, Ala.; and Memphis. JESCO is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Yates Companies, one of the nation's top-50 contractors according to Engineering News-Record.

The company completes roughly $200 million in projects in the Southeast each year, the bulk of which are industrial-related. JESCO's ownership, as well as its $300 million in bonding capacity, gives it the ability to take on any size of project, the company notes.

All of JESCO's projects are driven by an emphasis on safety led by the company's full-time safety directors and inspectors certified by the U.S. Department of Labor OSHA Training Institute. The company's in-house training program includes OSHA 30-hour classes as well as courses in first aid/CPR, fall protection, safe aerial work platform operation, safe scissor lift operation, confined space entry, hazardous communication, professional crane operator training, certified Level 1 riggers training and certified signal persons training. The company maintains a low experience modifier of 0.62, JESCO adds.

The company's safety program has earned it a number of industry honors include a National Safety Excellence Award and STEP Platinum Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors and a Gold Level Award from the Mississippi Associated Builders and Contractors.

Project Experience

JESCO recently applied its construction expertise to the Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex at Mississippi State University. The 88,000-square-foot facility, which opened in January 2013, includes a new weight room, locker room, training room and coaches' offices.

The company in 2012 also completed an office renovation project for the Retirement Systems of Alabama in Montgomery, Ala. The 12-story Dexter Avenue Building, designed in 1926 as a Scottish Rite Temple and previously used as a state judicial building, features a 50-foot-high structural steel glazed grand vestibule and four-story lobby. JESCO incorporated many aspects of the original building into the renovation including doors, stone benches and chandeliers.

Significant past projects include:

  • A 318,000-square-foot paper product distribution facility for Kimberly-Clark Corp.;
  • A continuous cast copper billet manufacturing facility for Mueller Industries;
  • A 215,000-square-foot corrugated container manufacturing facility and 40,000-square-foot roll stock storage expansion for Jefferson Smurfit Corp.;
  • More than 2 million total square feet of manufacturing, warehouse and distribution space for Lane Furniture industries in several locations;
  • An engine remanufacturing facility for Caterpillar;
  • A 235,000-square-foot cable manufacturing facility for Southwire that includes conventional building foundations, equipment foundations and pits, a pre-engineered metal structure with metal siding and roofing and a structural steel equipment tower;
  • A tire manufacturing and distribution facility for Cooper Tire and Rubber Co.; and
  • Two natural gas-fired Maerz alloying furnaces equipped with baghouses for Mueller Industries Inc.

Other notable customers include Advance Auto Parts, American Eurocopter, Ashley Furniture, Aurora Flight Sciences, Baldor Electric, BancorpSouth, Belk, Carquest, Cintas, Golden Poultry, Illinois Tool Works, LASCO, Norbord, North Mississippi Medical Center, PYA Monarch, Russell Corp., Saks and Tecumseh Products.

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