Walbridge

Detroit, Michigan
Contact Information: 

David Robson
313-215-8375

Founded in 1916 privately held Walbridge is widely considered one of the nations top industrial engineering and construction solutions providers and the clear leader in the Automotive, Manufacturing and Aluminum sectors.

Walbridge offers the Aluminum industry a true bill of turnkey services from feasibility and planning to design and construction right through to full facilities management and decommissioning. 

Builders first our clients appreciate the fact that not only can Walbridge manage a project we also have the capabilities of self performing our own process equipment installation and civil construction. This expertise has proven to be invaluable as our teams look to reduce our clients capital project cost's through value engineering as well increase field performance during constructability reviews.

With sales in excess of $1.4B annually, Walbridge is large enough to serve you but small enough to care; today we have more than 13 offices and are well represented in the U.S, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and UAE to service your project needs.

Our Story 

Walbridge was forged in Detroit in 1916 by two men who understood that a company can make a difference when values take the lead. Trust. Integrity. Honesty. Character. Doing what is right. These words form the foundation of a company still operating 98 years after George Walbridge and Albert Aldinger created it.

Walbridge got its start building some of America’s earliest automobile factories and has grown to become one of America’s largest privately owned construction companies. The company has expertise in several market segments, including: Airports and Aviation, Aluminum, Automotive, Commercial, Education, Government, Healthcare, Industrial Process, Manufacturing, and Water/Wastewater. We’re an industry pace-setter in the development of new ideas and methods for quality construction, staying safe, enhancing sustainability, lowering cost and maximizing long-term project value. 

In the mid-1970s, Walbridge was a constructor based in the Midwest with annual revenue of approximately $50 million. In 2012, the company registered revenue of $1.3 billion.

Delivering world-class quality to customers has been integral to Walbridge’s success. Much of that dates back to 1998 when Walbridge became the first construction company in North America to register under ISO-9001 standards.

Safety continues to be our top core value.  Walbridge has more than 50 full-time professionals dedicated to preventing job site incidents and promoting safety awareness. We continue to set the bar high for industry-wide safety standards with practices such as: a) all employees and subcontractors are required to participate in the Management and Unions Serving Together (MUST) safety program, which mandates drug screening; b) we do not allow employees or anyone at a construction site to talk on a mobile phone or text-message unless they are in a designated safe zone; and c) we address potential hazards three times per day during on-site safety huddles where employees are encouraged to raise any safety related issues.

Walbridge was honored in 2009 as one of the safest construction firms in America with the AGC National Willis Construction Safety Excellence Award. Our EMR for 2014 is 0.54; the industry average EMR is approximately 1.0.

Our proprietary GreenWISE℠ program measurably reduces environmental impact during construction by instituting 18 recycling and conservation practices.

Our LeadersEDGE program was established in part to encourage and nurture innovation among emerging leaders at Walbridge. Considerable focus is placed on building a baseline understanding of the fundamentals of our business among a cross-functional group of employees, generally those with less than 10 years of work experience.

Next, we gather a collection of managers, supervisors, estimators and accountants with experience ranging from 10 to 20 years. They study higher level business and leadership concepts, and, as a group, tackle a high-level leadership concern or challenge faced by Walbridge. 

Recently, Walbridge announced an exciting new step in its effort to remain an innovation leader in the construction industry with creation of the Walbridge Innovation and Improvement Leadership (WIIL) initiative. It’s an enhancement of efforts made by employees and company leaders in recent years to improve lean operations and sustainable practices. 

Interns from colleges across the country are recruited each year into the intensive Walbridge Internship Program. Interns are given real-world, hands-on work experience in construction management, safety, accounting, information technology, and marketing. The work ignites in some of them a passion for our business. Some begin to see a career path in construction. Top interns are then invited to join our team full-time upon graduation. Some of Walbridge’s highest-ranking leaders started with us as interns. 

We have a history of adventure. Our culture is one of responding to crisis and managing risks others wouldn’t touch. We are Walbridge. And what we build stands for something.

For more information, go to www.walbridge.com and www.builtforgood.com.

News

December 6, 2017
Aluminum Demand Totals 26.4 Billion Pounds in U.S. & Canada; 28 Percent Satisfied by Imports