EDWARDSVILLE — Donco, LLC has been named No. 8 among the Fast 50 — the St. Louis Business Journal’s ranking of the fastest-growing, privately-held companies that have experienced significant revenue growth in the past year.
These awards span all industries and sizes. To be considered for this list, companies must have had a three-year sales history with an increase in fiscal 2018 over fiscal 2017, revenue of more than $1 million in fiscal 2016 and be a locally-based independent, privately-held business, not a subsidiary division or franchise.
The company was recognized during an awards breakfast ceremony on Oct. 10 at the Forest Park Visitor’s Center in St. Louis. Donco, LLC Chairwoman and CEO, Candice Fowler, said she attributes the company’s growth and success to their dedicated employees.
“Over the years, we’ve diversified our services to become leaders in the utility and technology industries,” said Fowler. “We now have over 300 employees in five divisions and many of those employees have been with the company for years. That level of commitment helped us become one of the Top 10 Fast 50 companies with an extraordinary 163 percent revenue growth from 2016-2018.”
As the company celebrates this achievement, Fowler said she is also taking this opportunity to publicly unveil Donco’s new name, “Utilitra,” which the company will officially launch in 2020. Fowler said as the company has grown, she realized its old name no longer fit.
“Our success and growth had forced us to step back and evaluate a name that truly embodies our company goals,” said Fowler. “‘Utili’ is rooted in Italian and ‘Utiltra’ in Latin together means ‘useful tools.’ Utilitra emphasizes the company’s quest to always provide the highest, ultra-service, smart technology and efficient utility solutions. Regardless of name, the company strives to be a premier partner and leader, while maintaining their values of family, integrity and collaboration.”
We’ve recently made a big announcement, and as our partner we want you to be among the first to know. In early 2020, Donco and all of our divisions (Fowler Technology Services, Utility Design Services, Fowler Management Services) will become UTILITRA. Although the name may be changing, trust you can expect the same services, and same level of professionalism you have always been provided.
A year ago, we stepped back and took a comprehensive view of our company and all our divisions and realized that for further growth, we needed to unite our divisions, so we can better integrate our services. As we looked at our services, we recognized that if we really simplified it, we are a utility and technology solutions provider.
Utili in Italian translates to “useful” and Utila in Latin is “tools”. UTILITRA blends these words to emphasize our constant quest to provide ultra-smart technology and ultra-efficient utility solutions.
Regardless of name, we always strive to be your premier partner and leader in all that we do, while maintaining our values of family, integrity and collaboration.
We look forward to starting this next chapter, together.
ST. LOUIS — Robust growth in utility meter service and gas distribution construction is prompting Donco, LLC to build a new shop maintenance facility to more efficiently serve its customers.
Donco has tapped Contegra Construction Co. to build a 21,500-square-foot maintenance and office facility at Lake Front Parkway in Edwardsville. The building will emerge from the ground in September but already, specialized radiant heat flooring is being installed. Contegra is targeting an end of year completion for the building.
“As Donco and our customers continue to grow, so does our fleet of vehicles and specialized equipment,” said Candice Fowler, Donco president and owner. “This expansion will allow us to provide a wide array of services to minimize the total life-cycle cost of vehicles and equipment, while improving efficiency and reducing downtime for our workforce.” Donco’s service fleet consists of more than 200 vehicles. It serves customers in Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin.
A key feature of the maintenance facility is the 4,000 linear feet of hot water piping embedded in the floor of the maintenance zone to efficiently provide radiant heating. The pre-engineered metal structure building will feature insulated tilt-up panels and a metal roof. It will be accessed via 10 large overhead doors.
Donco’s fleet will be maintained in eight service bays equipped with engine diagnostics and drop hoses for venting exhaust. The building also features an infrared-heated wash bay. The building includes 3,000-square-feet of office space and a mezzanine storage area.
Donco has more than 300 employees in five divisions: metering and gas construction services, electrical design (Utility Design Services), information technology (Fowler Technology Services) and management services (Fowler Management Services). For more information about Donco, LLC go to https://donco.co/
Joining Contegra on the project are JF Electric, Icon Mechanical, Bergmann-Roscow Plumbing, Kane Fire Protection, Keller Construction, Federal Steel and VeeJay Cement Contracting.
Two major St. Louis publications recently recognized Edwardsville-based Donco, LLC on their lists of Top Places to Work. The St. Louis Business Journal released their Best Places to Work list earlier this year and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s list of 2019 Top Workplaces was released this week.
Donco, LLC Chairwoman and CEO, Candice Fowler, said the award highlights the company’s focus on community and employee engagement. “We’ve always strived to make our employees feel valued and like they are part of a cohesive team,” said Fowler. “We’re fortunate that quite a few of our members have been with us for decades. For a large company, maintaining that sense of family and a comfortable working environment was important to us, especially as we’ve continued to grow.”
Over 250 nominations were submitted for the St. Louis Business Journal’s Best Places to Work Awards and 150 companies made the cut as finalists. To enter, participating companies and their employees completed surveys which measured communication, management structure, benefits, teamwork and several other factors. Grouped by size, the companies were then ranked based on being employee-friendly workplaces.
Donco, LLC ranked No. 13 out of 55 finalists in the midsize employer category on The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Top Workplaces 2019 list, which is based on the survey responses of more than 44,000 people. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture including alignment, execution and connection.
Donco, LLC was recently selected for the St. Louis Business Journal’s 2019 Best Places to Work list.
Over 250 nominations were submitted for the Best Places to Work Awards, and 85 companies made the cut as finalists. To enter, participating companies and their employees completed surveys which measured
communication, management structure, benefits, teamwork, and several other factors. Grouped by size, the
companies were then ranked based on being employee-friendly workplaces.
Donco, LLC Chairwoman and CEO, Candice Fowler, said the award highlights the company’s focus on
community and employee engagement. “We’ve always strived to make our employees feel valued and like
they are part of a cohesive team. We’re fortunate that quite a few of our members have been with us for
decades. For a fairly large company, maintaining that sense of family and a comfortable working environment was important to us, especially as we’ve continued to grow,” said Fowler.
Donco, LLC is a woman-owned firm serving Illinois and the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area. It also recently received a world-class certification from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and ranks No. 26 on the St. Louis Business Journal’s list of 50 fastest-growing private companies and 17 on the publication’s list of largest woman-owned businesses.
EDWARDSVILLE – Metro East utility design, information technology and meter services company, Donco LLC, is broadening its services to include gas construction.
The new division will focus on services such as gas pipeline construction, gas leak repair, design services and employee training. Donco LLC, Chairwoman and CEO, Candice Fowler, said the company decided to start the new division after realizing it was an area where local options and expertise were in short supply. They plan to provide more jobs for local contract workers and help keep construction dollars in the Metro East and St. Louis.
“We recognized that there are hardly any contractors in our immediate region offering gas construction services,” said Fowler. “We brought in a gas industry expert, Ed Scott, who worked to develop qualifications, best practices and training videos used by the American Gas Association (AGA) and Midwest Energy Association (MEA) today. Expanding our services to fill that gap made sense to us. Not only are we going to help businesses get more jobs done locally, our experts will also be able to ensure that best practices and safety standards are being met.”
Gas Operations Superintendent Ed Scott has spent 45 years working in the gas construction industry. Over that time, he has worked in every position from an entry level service laborer, journeyman, foreman and eventually administrator who trains others on gas construction safety practices. Scott will lead a team of other highly trained gas construction services professionals with a wide range of expertise.
“What makes our gas division so unique is that we offer turnkey solutions for large construction projects. Not only will we design and electronically map the project through Donco’s Utility Design Services company, we will also build it with well trained, local workers,” said Scott. “Companies will not only be able to spend less money transporting equipment and workers in from out of state, they’ll have the benefit of dealing with just one company for projects, rather than several.”
Donco, LLC recently received a world-class certification from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. WBENC is the largest national certifier of women-owned businesses in the United States and a leading advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs. The organization’s goal is to fuel economic growth globally by identifying, certifying and facilitating the development of women-owned businesses.WBENC certification validates that the business is at least 51 percent owned, controlled, operated and managed by a woman or women. Donco, LLC is a 100 percent woman-owned company.
To achieve WBENC certification, woman-owned businesses must complete a stringent documentation and site visit process. Out of the more than 12.3 million women-owned businesses in the United States, only 15 thousand are able to achieve WBENC certification. WBENC certification gives women-owned businesses the ability to compete for real-time business opportunities provided by WBENC corporate members and government agencies.
“This certification will give us a competitive advantage in developing new business opportunities throughout the country,” said Donco Chairwoman and CEO Candice Fowler. “Not only is our company woman-owned, three of our top executive leaders are also women. As a company that specializes in information technology, meter services, gas distribution construction and electrical design services, we are proud to excel in an industry typically dominated by men. We’re honored to receive this certification and are confident that it will help set our company apart in the future.”
Donco Electrical Construction, LLC has ranked #26 on the St. Louis Business Journal’s list of 50 fastest-growing private companies. Donco, a woman-owned NWBOC certified company, has seen tremendous revenue growth attributed to additional services the company offers. Donco’s diverse services include IT consulting, utility engineering, automated meter installation, fleet services, and specialized construction accounting. The company added 100 new employees and increased revenue 126% from 2017 to 2018, giving Donco its most successful and profitable year.
Candice Fowler, Chairman and CEO stated, “I am very proud to lead our growing, diverse organization. Our growth has been possible because of the hardworking, dedicated, and dynamic employees we have on our team. I also sincerely appreciate every relationship that we have built with customers old and new. I look forward to continued success for years to come.”
Donco, the only Edwardsville-based company to make the list, has over 300 employees in four divisions: Metering Services, Fowler Technology Services, Utility Design Services, and Fowler Management Services.
Donco recently opened a new headquarters location at 200 Lakefront Parkway in Edwardsville, Illinois. The 43,250 square foot facility was built to foster collaboration among all of Donco’s divisions: Meter Services, Utility Design Services, Folwer Technology Services, and Fowler Management Services. An open house is scheduled for Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. The Edwardsville community is welcome to attend.