Last Friday was a very big day for Williams Companies, which comes on the heels of an even bigger year. With the growth in our workforce, new jobs, and expanding list of civil construction projects in Bozeman, Billings, and beyond, it’s essential that our team feels connected and supported. So we kicked off our Friday with a gigantic meeting that brought together employees from all over Montana, and ended it with our annual holiday bash. There’s a lot to catch up on, so continue reading to learn about the most exciting updates from our 2019 Health and Safety Meeting — and, of course, how the Williams team gets down to party.
2019 Health and Safety Meeting
Our annual health and safety meeting brought together over 200 employees from across the state, a group that included technicians, engineers, managers, and administrators. This was an opportunity to brief our entire team on this year’s successful projects, updates to health insurance and human resources, safety protocol, and our company direction. Below are the updates we’re most excited about.
This Past Year’s Flagship Projects
This was a banner year for Williams Companies, from our massive mechanical and civil contract with the Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital to our ongoing construction on the new Bozeman High School, which will open in Fall 2020. None of these accomplishments would be possible without our remarkable project leaders; this year, two individuals stood out. We awarded our 2019 Leadership Awards to Darren Winchell (Williams Plumbing) for his superb work on the Bozeman Co-Op Expansion and to Austin Rosenbaum (Williams Civil) for his irreplaceable presence throughout the Malta Readiness Center project, the new home and training center for the Montana National Guard.
Our Incredible Team
Williams has experienced substantial growth in our workforce this past year, with 127 new members joining our team. Supporting this growth is our foundation of longstanding employees, who have dedicated their careers to upholding our core values of professionalism, individual responsibility, and teamwork. No one represents these values more than Larry Rak, who has been a valued and respected member of the Williams team for 30 years. Quin Williams, VP, was a just a toddler (!) when Larry joined the company. He presented Larry with a fitting award — a comically large wrench — and a hearty hug. As Quin said in front of all those present: Thank you, Larry.
2019 Holiday Party
The Williams holiday party was a community-wide collaboration.
We hosted the event at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds and local-favorite Chef’s Table served us dinner. Elle’s Belles, a Bozeman classic, provided the sweets. We also turned the party into an opportunity to collect donations for the Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter. The response was overwhelming: coworkers, friends, and family donated dog and cat food, toys, collars, and leashes to the cause. With local band Tsunami Funk bringing the music, our holiday party was a hit — for grownups and kids alike.
All in all, this was a very big Friday — and 2019 — for Williams Companies. With our continued growth and success, we expect many more big days to come.