Tuesday, January 31, 2012

ENR Midwest's Top 20 Under 40 | ENR: Engineering News Record | McGraw-Hill Construction

Schultz and Summers Engineering & Surveying is proud to announce that Bob Summers was selected by ENR to be on their 20 under 40 list.

Here is the story below!

Bob talking with a client

ENR Midwest's Top 20 Under 40 | ENR: Engineering News Record | McGraw-Hill Construction

Schultz and Summers Engineering & Surveying December Employee of the Month Ed Roll

Ed Roll Paying tunes

POPLAR BLUFF, MO- Schultz and Summers Engineering is pleased to announce the January employee of the month was Ed Roll from the Poplar Bluff office.  Owner Bob Summers said, “Ed has been a solid performer in our company for a long time.  He is a top performer who saves our customers time and money.”

Ed will be celebrating his 8th anniversary with SSE in September.  As party chief of a survey crew he is responsible for going out to the job site and marking the appropriate lines while gathering all the necessary data for the engineers to design a project with.  Summers added, “Ed is a big reason so many businesses in Southeast Missouri call us for their surveying and engineering needs.  He does things right the first time.  He makes less trips to the field and gets more done while he is there than most surveyors.  His accurate work not only saves time but it also makes our design work easier and precise.”

Ed lives in Puxico, Missouri.  Before joining SSE he worked at Gates Rubber Company in Poplar Bluff.   SSE Survey department manager Grady Robinett said, “Having Ed as a party chief makes my job alot easier.  I can send him out on any job and never worry if he can handle it.  He is smart, experienced and always gets the job done!”

Ed is an accomplished musician and plays lead guitar, bass guitar, and keyboards in a local rock and roll band.  When asked what he liked best about working at SSE he said, “I love the outdoors.  I started my career as a surveyor before working at Gates, but I found I missed the outdoors and surveying.  There is nothing like surveying a roadway, power line or commercial site.  It’s fun to survey a tract of barren land and then see something useful built on it all based on the surveying we did before anything was built.”   

In honor of Ed being awarded January employee of the month SSE will donate $100 on his behalf to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.  St. Louis Shriners hospital delivers the highest quality of care to children with a host of orthopedic and neuromusculoskeletal disorders and diseases.  Ed has several family members who were Shriners and wanted to support their efforts to help children.   

“Ed has worked on some very important projects in Missouri.  He staked Highways 67, 13, and 5, as well as major power lines across Southern Missouri for Show-Me-Power.  He is an experienced surveyor and we are very fortunate to have him on the SSE team,” concluded owner Stan Schultz.

Sunday, January 29, 2012


Chaffee water plant before upgrades began

CHAFFEE, MO-  The City of Chaffee Missouri has announced that Schultz and Summers Engineering has been chosen as the engineer to design a $6,250,000 upgrade of their water treatment plant, as well as complete replacement of all waterlines throughout the City, and a new radio-read water meters for all 1,200+ customers.  Mayor Steve Loucks said, “Schultz and Summers is the most experienced engineering firm in southeast Missouri for these kinds of projects.  They helped us pass our bond proposal and work with the funding agencies to obtain funding.  We are very pleased to have them on board.”

Bob Summers
The USDA issued the Letter of Conditions to Chaffee in March 2011. Construction should begin in the spring of 2012 with a projected completion for the summer of 2013.  SSE Owner Bob Summers added, “In addition to the new water treatment plant, we will be installing new controls and rehabilitating a large water tank.  Also, replacing all of the waterlines and adding the radio-read water meters for the 1,200+ residents will provide customers with improved drinking water and lower operating costs for the City.”

Last November, Chaffee voters passed a $12 million dollar bond issue to make improvements to the City’s water and wastewater systems.  The water upgrades are the first phase of the planned improvements.  

Schultz and Summers Engineering is a Missouri based Civil Engineering Company with offices in Poplar Bluff, Branson, Lake Ozark and New Orleans. They have provided drinking water and sewer services to over 47 communities in Missouri.  To date, they have helped those communities obtain over $90,000,000 in public funding.  They have set up several large state of the art USACE validated testing labs along the Mississippi River and are one of the select companies that have been approved for Blanket Purchase Agreement with the USACE.  They have also provided surveying services to a variety of clients from utilities, MoDOT, USACE, cities, corporations, small business, and individuals. SSE is a HubZone certified company and can be found at www.schultzandsummers.com or http://schultzandsummers.blogspot.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/schultzandsummers

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Lake Economic Council names top businesses of 2011 - lakeexpo.com: Business

SSE Named 2011 Business Partner of the Year

Brian Meisel, Stan Schultz, Jim Fisher, Bob Summers, and Trisha Creach

Lake Economic Council names top businesses of 2011 - lakeexpo.com: Business: The Lake of the Ozarks Regional Economic Development Council announced the winners of the 2011 awards at the annual meeting
Thursday, Jan. 19,…

Monday, January 16, 2012

ENR-Midwest Names Bob Summers one
of the Region's Top 20 Under 40 Engineers

POPLAR BLUFF, MO- Schultz and Summers Engineering principal Bob Summers has been selected as one of the top 20 under 40 rising stars by Engineering News Record (ENR) - Midwest. ENR Midwest is the foremost publication on all facets of the development, design and construction marketplace in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and eastern Missouri. They provide news, features and information about the people building the infrastructure projects in the Midwest. “Being selected by ENR for this list is a real honor.  I love my profession and work hard to design projects that improve the lives of the citizens in Missouri, but I never expected to get something like this.  It’s very humbling,” said Summers.     

Bob Summers
The Top 20 Under 40 Program received scores of nominations during a submission period extending from Nov. 1 to Dec. 8 but the final winners include 14 men and six women hailing from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin and Missouri.  The winners were chosen based on individual accomplishments along with their ability to demonstrate excellence and leadership in their professions. 

Bob and the other winners will be highlighted in the Jan. 30 edition of ENR Midwest.  SSE founder Stan Schultz added, “The judges could not have picked a better person to put on this list than Bob.  He is a true professional and I’m so happy to see him get the kind of recognition he deserves. He has been a real asset to our company and the communities we serve.” 
This year's Top 20 Under 40 include:

Sachin Anand, 39, Principal, dbHMS, Chicago
Zachary Borders, 33, Senior Urban Planner + Designer/Associate, HOK, Chicago
Brad Dannegger, 37, Vice President and Regional Manager, Arco/Murray National Construction Co., Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.
Katherine Darnstadt, 29, Principal, Latent Design, Chicago
Aash Desai, 33, Managing Principal, Helios Design Build, Chicago
Lisa Gomperts, 38, Principal, Schmidt Associates, Indianapolis
Tobias Heddinghaus, 39, Principal, Gray Design Group, St. Louis
John Lashenik, 37, Vice President, American Structurepoint, Indianapolis
Lira Luis, 38, Principal Architect, ALLL, Chicago
 Jeff Madden, 38, General Manager, Mortenson Construction, Madison, Wis.
Corrie Meyer, 34, Associate, Schmidt Associates, Indianapolis
Michael Rallo, Jr., 33, Senior Project Manager, Paric Corp., O'Fallon, Mo.
Peter Rumpf, 32, Integrated Construction Manager, Mortenson Construction, Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Beau Sanders, 31, Project Manager, GRAEF, Milwaukee
Amy Slattery, 33, Associate, BNIM, Kansas City, Mo.
Robert Summers, 34, Principal, Schultz and Summers Engineering, Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Chuck Taylor, 38, Director of Operations, Englewood Construction, Lemont, Ill.
Peter Todd, 34, Owner's Agent/Program Manager, The Boldt Co., Milwaukee
Brian Volpe, 37, Vice President, Thornton Tomasetti, Chicago
Megan Zack, 34, Director of Sustainability, Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, Chicago

The five Panelists who reviewed all the nominations include: James Arends, vice president and business development manager with Gilbane Building Co., Chicago; Fred L. Brandstrader, senior project manager with CB Richard Ellis, Chicago, and President of the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects; Ashley Z. Hand, associate with AECOM, Kansas City, Mo; Colin Rohlfing, Sustainable Design Director with HOK, Chicago; and Anna Stern, vice president with Tri-North Builders, Fitchburg, Wis.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The SBJ's New Awards Debut with 2012 Dynamic Dozen- SSE's Rodney Jetton won Top Local Sales and Marketing Executive

Here is a quick story the Springfield Business Journal ran on their upcoming awards banquet.  Our marketing director, Rod Jetton was picked  as the top local sales and marketing executive.  The SBJ story is below.
The SBJ's Top Local Marketing Executive Rodney Jetton

The 12 fastest-growing Ozarks companies for 2012 have been determined, and three individuals will be honored via a trio of new awards.

The Dynamic Dozen companies, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Burrito Concepts LLC, area franchisee for Qdoba Mexican Grill;
  • Citizens Memorial Healthcare;
  • Covington Holdings Inc., dba Ashley Furniture Home Store;
  • CoxHealth;
  • ECS, formerly Electronic Check Services;
  • Intuitive Web Solutions LLC;
  • Jack Henry & Associates Inc.;
  • S&H Farm Supply;
  • Springfield First Community Bank;
  • Penmac Staffing Services Inc.;
  • Red Monkey Foods; and
  • SRC Automotive, a division of SRC Holdings.
The three individual honors and recipients are:

  • Top Local Executive – Steven Brady, CEO and chairman of the board, Anderson Engineering Inc.;
  • Top Local Financial Executive – Mike Finch, associate general manager and chief financial officer, City Utilities; and
  • Top Local Sales and Marketing Executive – Rodney Jetton, marketing director, Schultz and Summers Engineering.

Dianna Parker, a business faculty member at Ozarks Technical Community College, verified the numbers in the Dynamic Dozen applications.

Parker also served on a panel of independent judges that chose the honored executives. Other judges were Nancy Bass, vice president of human resources, Students in Free Enterprise Worldwide; Jerry Chin, computer information systems department head, Missouri State University; Dori Grinder, executive director, Ozark Chamber of Commerce; and Kelley Still, executive director of Drury University’s Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship.

Rankings for the Dynamic Dozen companies will be announced and the individuals will be honored at a March 1 reception and awards ceremony at Doubletree Hotel, 2431 N. Glenstone Ave. Tickets are $30 apiece and are available at SBJ.net/D12.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


The design includes a new well, waterlines, ground storage tank and
meter reading system that will cut operating costs by a third.  
Greg Batson from the USDA congratulates Mayor Pickett
ELLINGTON, MO – Residents in Ellington are now using the City’s new water production and distribution system.  Their old system was first designed in the 1950’s, but over the years, the City had used their limited budget to cobble together wells, waterlines and pumping stations just to get by.  The leaking and deteriorating system was having significant problems serving the City’s 450 homes and businesses.  Maintenance crews were constantly digging up city streets and residents’ yards to fix and replace old leaking waterlines.  Pump controls were worn out, and the water tower needed serious maintenance.   In 2008, the City asked Schultz and Summers Engineering (SSE) to evaluate any deficiencies with the system and help identify what funding was needed to make the necessary repairs.  SSE owner Bob Summers said, “The problems Ellington’s older system was experiencing are similar to what we have seen in other communities in Missouri.  We enjoy designing projects that provide communities safe and clean drinking water while keeping water rates low for residents.”
Everyone in front of the new plant and refurbished water tower.

After a careful review of all the troubles with the old system, SSE put together a design that would meet the needs of Ellington’s citizens not only today, but well into the future.  The city council took that design and presented it to the voters who passed a $3.5 million dollar bond issue with more than 80% approval.  .   Mayor Ben Pickett said, “Because the plan Schultz and Summers developed was a cost effective way to solve our water needs, voters overwhelmingly supported it.   He continued, “Bob Summers, and Marvin Nesbit came to our public meetings, explained the funding process and answered all the questions that the voters asked.  As a first term mayor, having someone like Bob, who had been through the process before and knew how everything worked, made my job much easier.” 

After the bond was successfully passed, a Preliminary Engineering Report (PER)was submitted by SSE to the Missouri Water and Wastewater Review Committee.  Included with the PER was a report by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources stating that Ellington’s existing wells had the potential for surface water contamination.  Phyllis Minner from USDA-Rural Development said, “Because of the chance of surface water getting into Ellington’s existing water supply, we felt that this was a perfect project for USDA to support.” 

Inside the treatment plant
By making sure all the required paperwork was filled out properly and turned into the USDA, SSE helped the City of Ellington secure a $1.6 million low interest loan with a 2.5% fixed interest rate for 35 years.  Owner Bob Summers added, ”Sometimes it is hard for a small town to afford hiring an engineer to get all the cost estimates and initial designs done before they have been awarded any grants.  Providing rural residents with clean drinking water is important to our company.  That’s why we take a chance and work at our own expense until our clients get their funding secured.”  

Ellington was also awarded a $1.25 million grant from the USDA which allowed them to move forward on completing the design and hiring a contractor to make the improvements.  The final project plans were completed in mid-2009 and submitted to both USDA-Rural Development and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  The plans were approved in January 2010 and Rural Development approved the bid advertisement    that took place in June 2010.  

Through the normal bidding process, KAJACS construction, Ozark Applicators, and Flynn Drilling were picked to construct the three contracts involved.  The new upgrades are projected to lower the cities operating costs by about a third.  Mayor Pickett added, “We had two old wells pumping water up to our water tower which was expensive.  Now we have one well at the water tower, which will save a significant amount of money over time.  The new well will produce up to 225,000 gallons of clean drinking water per day but will use less electricity, less chemicals and require fewer man-hours to operate. Since fixing all the leaks we have seen daily use decline from 230,000 gallons a day (GAD) to 109,000 GAD.”  The City estimates that they will lower operating costs by over $12,000 a year with the new system.  Additionally, the new well house includes a generator which will allow the water to be pumped even in a power outage from an ice storm.  The project also included the installation of a radio read meter system that will allow the meters to be read in 10 minutes instead of several days. 
The old water tank that served the city for many years

The new well house was brought on line in November of 2011 and a small ceremony was held at city hall.  Greg Batson from USDA-Rural Development presented Mayor Pickett with a plaque commemorating the start of the new system and several community leaders were on hand to witness the event.  Mayor Pickett concluded, “These upgrades are a huge milestone for our community and getting all this work done within budget is something we should take pride in.  Schultz and Summers played a huge part in making this happen.  They were there from the beginning and walked us through the whole process including public meetings, the bond election, then the application process, the bidding process, construction, testing and ending with supplying clean water.  Without Wayne Faries, Marvin Nesbit and Bob Summers we couldn’t have done it.” He added, “Not only will we lower the operational budget, but eliminating the effort we spent digging up yards and roads to fix leaks will save us money and provide our residents with a clean and dependable water supply for years to come!”