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.
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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.