Weitz Announces In-House Design Services and New Office

The Weitz Company, a full-service construction firm, is excited to enhance their service offerings with in-house design engineering and the opening of a new design-build office in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area. Weitz will deliver innovative design and construction services for new and existing clients to meet industry and service needs.

“This is a byproduct of our continuing growth,” said Len Martling, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Weitz Company. “Our new in-house design team—led by Minnesota-based engineering and process experts—will better enable us to meet our clients’ needs and respond to increased market demand. We look forward to continuing to grow our presence in the marketplace.”

With its expanded services underway, Weitz will provide mechanical engineering for process solutions; modular construction integrated with its fabrication capabilities; and will diversify into slipform concrete design and construction. The design expertise aligns with industry markets such as Agriculture, Food & Beverage, Manufacturing, and Heavy Industrial.

Weitz design engineering team will be led by Gerald (Gerry) Leukam, 39-year industry veteran, serving as Director of Business Development. Gerry will be supported by Kevin Grittner, P.E., Engineering Manager with solid experience in structural engineering and project management, and Alexander (Alex) Westlind, P.E., Mechanical Engineering Manager with process design experience.

“Our Minnesota-based team of industry professionals is excited to bring their expertise and over 60 years of combined experience to enhance the industrial and commercial services of Weitz.” Leukam said.

Weitz Honored with the Patriotic Award by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

Des Moines, Iowa, USA, January 14, 2014 – The Weitz Company was honored with a Patriot Award by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, in recognition of outstanding patriotic support of its employee, Suzanne Higgins, Military Veteran and Weitz Industrial Human Resources Assistant, whose spouse serves in the Iowa National Guard and Reserve.

According to Dick Rue, Iowa ESGR State Chair, “The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employee, who like their spouse have answered their nation’s call to serve.” Amy Williams, Human Resources Director, was nominated for being highly supportive of Suzanne Higgins and spouse deployed in Afghanistan, as she cared for her children as a single parent.

Weitz employees in the Des Moines office accommodated Suzanne needs and coordinated a “Red, White, and Blue” day to support Ms. Higgins’ husband safe return home to his family. “Weitz has been instrumental in helping me make sure that my family is taken care of and have the time off that I need to take care of things through this deployment. They have also made me feel like I have a second family here at work. I can’t say enough good things about this company. I’m so happy that I made the move. I committed Weitz to hire more veterans and started to attend the Veterans career fairs,” said Suzanne Higgins.

“There are many stories throughout our company that show how we respect people, and it’s those stories that make Weitz a special place to work. I am proud for Weitz to be recognized for all of our hard work,” said Amy Williams.

Weitz Assists Seminole Ridge Construction Academy with Habitat for Humanity Project

The hammers will come to rest on the morning of Tuesday, November 12th as the Seminole Ridge Construction Academy students push their completed Habitat for Humanity House #2 out of their shop to awaiting tractors and trailers for the move to the property in Lake Worth. This is notification of this exciting event and an invitation for you to come see some of the action that concludes another successful house build by this very impressive, well run, academy program.
Beginning at 7:30 AM on the 12th, the crane will set up at the shop door of the Academy and soon after begin hoisting the house components onto trailers. The lifting and loading process is expected to last until approximately 2:30 PM. By that time, seven trailers will have been loaded with 4 completed house modules and 6 roof sections, all dried in and ready to cap off the house the next day.
Beginning at 6 AM on the 13th, the first two trailers containing two house modules will pull out of the school and head down Seminole Pratt Whitney Road on their way to the property located at 130 South E Street in Lake Worth (map attached). The crane will be set up early on the 13th and have a module set onto the foundation by 8 AM. Throughout the morning and into early afternoon, successive trucks and trailers will head from the school to the site where they will be systematically off loaded and put in their permanent place.
By 5 PM on the 13th, it is hoped and anticipated that the modules will be permanently placed, the roof sections will be fastened to the modules, and all will be dried in, forming a completed house.
There have been many mentor volunteers who have assisted the academy teacher, Mr. Terkovich, in this venture and they are mentioned on the project’s website ( However, an extra special shout-out needs to be extended to the Weitz Company (a contractor who has built some nice buildings for the District) for pulling together, with short notice, the crane, rigging, and moving operation (Hunter Crane Company and Kauff’s Transportation Company). A month ago, it was discovered that the company who was going to move the house had closed its doors, leaving the program scrambling to find a way to get the house to the site in Lake Worth. When Jon Tori from Weitz was asked if he could help out, he and his staff jumped on the opportunity and came to the rescue by assembling a professional, pro bono team who will conduct the move on November 12th and 13th.

WholeLife Companies Forges Strategic Alliance with The Weitz Company

WholeLife Companies, a developer of a trademarked concept in luxury rental living communities, has announced the finalizing of a strategic alliance with The Weitz Company for the construction of WholeLife’s communities nationwide.

WholeLife communities are lease-based communities that respond not only to the documented requirements and desires of today’s active and demanding adults, but satisfy a need unfulfilled by any other residential product. The Weitz Company will serve as general contractor and provide general construction services during a nationwide roll-out of WholeLife’s Traditions communities.

The WholeLife Traditions community consists of 100 to 150 single-level residences, from 1500 to 2000 square feet, with the look and feel of fine traditional houses appropriate to the surrounding community. Landscaping, sidewalks, and streetlights complete the look and feel of a traditional American neighborhood. Each community includes an expansive and functional WholeLife Club as a focal point for neighborhood life, containing space for gatherings and events, a state of the art fitness center, pool, game room and community services such as the concierge. Everything is included in monthly rental fees.

“We couldn’t be more pleased than to partner with The Weitz Company in the growth and construction of our communities,” said John B. Lowery, Founder and CEO of the WholeLife Companies. “Their nationwide experience and passion for quality is a perfect fit for us and the growing demand of our lease-based communities.”

WholeLife is currently developing three Traditions communities, in Chattanooga, TN, Cibolo Canyon (San Antonio), TX, and The Woodlands (Houston) TX. Ground breaking has already begun in Chattanooga, with the remaining two projects to begin by the first quarter of 2014. In addition, WholeLife has identified additional locations for further communities, including an additional location in Houston, TX, as well as Austin and Dallas, TX; Atlanta, GA; Branson, MO; and Pigeon Forge, TN.

Sneak Preview – Iowa Fertilizer Plant Webcam

Exciting growth is ahead for the Industrial product line of The Weitz Company. Click here to watch the latest construction activity on the new Iowa Fertilizer Plant in Wever, Iowa. Also, we invite you to check out our latest statement of qualifications to view our specific areas of industrial expertise.

The Weitz Company has a team of project management and construction professionals dedicated exclusively to the development and construction of industrial projects. We have enjoyed many long-term relationships among our industrial clients. Contact our industrial team today to learn more about creating a mutually beneficial relationship for your project.