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Rudolph/Libbe Companies has been named Corporate Citizen of 2013 by the Wood County Economic Development Commission. The award was presented at the Wood County Economic Development Commission’s annual dinner on March 20.
"We are honored to receive this recognition from Wood County, where Rudolph/Libbe was founded in 1955," said Bill Rudolph, chairman of Rudolph/Libbe Companies. "There are numerous terrific companies based in Wood County, many of which are our customers. We greatly appreciate the support they have given us by allowing us to help them with their facility and process needs throughout our nearly 60 years in business."
In the last 20 years alone, the Rudolph/Libbe Companies, which includes Rudolph/Libbe Inc. and GEM Inc., has completed more than 500 projects in Wood County.
In 2012, GEM Inc. ranked 82nd among Engineering News Record's Top 100 Specialty Contractors. The national rankings are based on 2011 revenue. In 2011, GEM reported revenue exceeding $168 million. It is the only northwest Ohio contractor to be ranked among the top 100 on ENR’s list of specialty contractors. The Rudolph/Libbe Companies (which includes GEM Inc.) is one of the region's largest contractors employing 1,000-1,500 construction trades through offices in Lima, Toledo, Cleveland, and Walbridge, Ohio; and Plymouth, Michigan.
That means, in nearly two years, no one has missed work due to a safety-related incident. We're proud of our associates, and we're committed to keeping them safe with the best training and equipment in the industry. But the key to our success is every GEM associate's commitment to working safely. Thank you and congratulations to our associates!
The Rudolph/Libbe Companies (which include GEM Inc./GEM Energy) has
founded two scholarships through the Associated General Contractors of
Ohio Education Foundation Inc. for students planning careers in
The Gary Haas and Fritz Rudolph Honorary Scholarship will benefit students majoring in construction management or architecture at Bowling Green State University.
The Rudolph/Libbe and GEM Inc./Gary Haas Honorary Scholarship will be awarded to students majoring in construction, architecture or engineering at The University of Toledo or Bowling Green State University. Gary Haas, vice president of contracts administration, will retire December 31, after nearly 43 years at Rudolph/Libbe Inc.
"These two scholarships honor Gary for his hard work and many years of service," said Bill Rudolph, chairman of the Rudolph/Libbe Companies. "We greatly appreciate Gary's commitment, character and significant contribution to our success."
For both scholarships, bonus points will be awarded to students who have demonstrated service to their communities. Founded in 1955 by the late Fritz Rudolph, Rudolph/Libbe Inc. and GEM Inc, are the largest employers of construction trades in northwest Ohio.
GEM and Rudolph/Libbe have been honored with a Silver 2011 World Excellence Award from Ford Motor Company – the only Ohio firms and the only construction companies among the 62 suppliers recognized.
The awards recognize Ford’s top performing global suppliers for outstanding quality, on-time delivery, innovative and sustainable solutions, cost competitiveness, corporate responsibility, customer satisfaction, continuous improvement and overall business relationships.
GEM Inc., of Walbridge, OH, and Capstone Turbine Corporation, of Los Angeles, have received the prestigious 2011 NOVA Award from the Construction Innovation Forum (CIF) for MicroTurbine technology at Syracuse University's green data center – one of the most energy-efficient data centers in the world. GEM Inc.'s subsidiary, BHP Energy, and Capstone received the award for the Hybrid Uninterruptible Power Source (UPS) MicroTurbine system first used at the Syracuse University Green Data Center. The mission-critical new technology improves reliability and reduces energy cost and magnitude. The Capstone Hybrid UPS system anchors a larger integrated power system designed by GEM Inc.
The Capstone Hybrid UPS will be installed next at The University of Toledo. GEM Inc. is designing and building a power system for the University of Toledo's Green Data Center, which shares fundamental attributes of the Syracuse system.
GEM Inc., The University of Toledo and the Ohio Third Frontier are partnering to develop a new power system that will drastically reduce power consumption and increase electric reliability at the campus data center.
The University of Toledo project will be the second Green Data Center in the nation and the first in Ohio. The new power system will reduce by 50 percent the amount of fossil fuel needed to power the University’s data center. GEM Inc. will begin construction this fall and will complete the project in late 2012.
Earlier this year, GEM Energy Management was awarded a $1 million hybrid loan by the Ohio Third Frontier to design, implement and commercialize the advanced gas turbine-based power system.
The University of Toledo will use the technologies and packaging techniques that GEM Inc. designed and implemented for the world-class power system at Syracuse University’s Green Data Center in conjunction with IBM in 2010. Capstone Turbine Corporation will provide the Hybrid UPS MicroTurbines previously used by GEM Inc. for the Syracuse University Green Data Center. Thermax USA will provide a specially engineered and highly efficient chilled water module. Read the full story here.
GEM Inc. has installed a 100-kilowatt wind turbine at the Toledo Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee in Rossford. The 37-meter-high tower and wind turbine will provide a training tool for JATC students, as well as supplemental power for the JATC.
The turbine is already showing energy-saving results. "We just received our first electric bill since the tower and wind turbine were commissioned, and the bill is one-third less than the previous one," said Dave Wellington, JATC Training Director.
The turbine installation is partially grant-funded. The Department of Labor "Ohio Grows" has commissioned WBGU to film a documentary which will be presented to Congress. The JATC is one of only four construction training centers nationwide with IBEW wind turbine certification.
Two JATC graduates, now employed by GEM Inc., of Walbridge, Ohio, installed the wind turbine and performed electrical work.
The National Maintenance Agreement Policy Committee Gave the Awards For:
Officials at BP-Husky Refining LLC, compliment the GEM team:
"Congratulations on your NMAPC award! GEM's safety performance at Toledo is outstanding. Not only is GEM's performance outstanding, but your involvement in all aspects of safety at the refinery is super. "Your leadership in safety by example is much appreciated. Thank you for joining our journey toward zero incidents and injuries every day at the refinery."
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