Shapiro & Duncan Sharpens Focus on Workforce to Maintain 2019 Strategic Direction

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Talent management will continue to drive company’s growth in providing advanced mechanical solutions for institutional and government customers in the Washington, D.C. metro area

Rockville, Md. — Shapiro & Duncan, the “Provider of Choice” for complex commercial, government and institutional design-build projects that require first-rate performance, work quality and customer service, today announced that a sharpened focus on talent management will continue to drive its strategic direction in 2019.

“The dominant trend in today’s construction industry is workforce – whoever has the best talent wins,” said Jerry Shapiro, President of Shapiro & Duncan. “That’s why our number one strategic priority this year is continuing to be smart and selective in hiring, training, educating and retaining people who are proud to live by our core values.”

For Shapiro & Duncan, the success formula has been and always will be about people and their performance. In traditional markets and growth markets, on projects that require high-tech or low-tech tools, and through good economic times and tough times, the company’s watchwords remain constant: “Our People Perform.”

“Heading into 2019, we have the largest backlog of work in our history and the margins are coming back,” said Mark Drury, Vice President of business development. “Our strong track records in healthcare, university work and data centers give us a strong footing in the marketplace. We have been able to hire many good people in recent years who have strengthened project management, our service department and special projects.”

As a result, said Drury, “Across the board, we are poised for continued purposeful growth. Our goal in 2019 is to continue a planned sustainable growth.”

According to Drury, Shapiro & Duncan’s main strategic objective in 2019 will continue to be talent management. The 2019 initiatives center around:

  • Strategic hiring, ongoing training and education, and designing a more frequent and continuous employee evaluation process.
  • Continued focus on the front end of projects to maximize opportunities for project success.
  • Continued investing in intelligence enhanced by putting the best minds together in the project planning stages.
  • Making the most of key front-end tools including the company’s leading-edge tools and technologies; 51,000-square-foot fabrication shop located in Landover, Md.; and best practices such as lean construction techniques.

Metrics are a key element of any strategic business plan. Shapiro & Duncan’s measurement focus in 2019, Drury said, “will be on evaluation of social media and marketing campaigns to verify that new employees coming through the door identify these as main attractors.”