Phillips & Jordan (P&J) has come a long way from our home in the mountains of North Carolina. Our markets and service offerings have grown and shifted, and we’ve established ourselves as a national contractor with regional offices across the country. In the middle of this growth, it’s easy for employees and clients to see only their market’s accomplishments, but there are so many aspects to P&J! As we start 2019, we want to take an opportunity to pause and celebrate accomplishments of 2018 by bringing together highlights from all of our service markets. A lot is changing at P&J, and we’re excited to share our vision for the future and to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to quality construction. To showcase our work, we’ve produced this first edition of Tracks: Moving Forward, which will become an annual reflection on what we’ve done in the past year and where we’re going next. From finishing massive reservoir projects to offering exciting new services in the Power Delivery Market, P&J is making big moves.
W.T. “Teddy” Phillips Jr. CEO
Emily Torgerson Vice President, Strategic Communications Wren Haney Brand Supervisor Addie Allen Marketing & Communications Supervisor Peyton Riley Copywriter
Kayley McCreary Graphic Designer Lora Ahrens Administrative Assistant
We designed this publication in honor of the hard work and the dedication our employees bring to their roles every day. They are tremendously valued and essential to Phillips & Jordan’s operations, and Tracks is designed to showcase their accomplishments in the past year. This publication is an opportunity to examine the impact of these accomplishments on Phillips & Jordan and the communities that we are in, because each employee’s work contributes to our overall success and the promise of our future. We pride ourselves on our commitment to care. As a “People First” company, we exist to support a safe and secure work home. We care for our employees. We care for our clients. We care for the environments and communities our work ultimately serves. In fact, the steady growth of our business is a direct result of our integrity. 2018 proved to be a momentous year for the Phillips & Jordan family. We broke ground on the site of our new headquarters. We continued our long-standing relationship with TVA as we finished the final part of the Recovery Project; we completed the first significant new water supply reservoir in Texas’ Lower Colorado River basin in decades; we began an important transmission line project that will ultimately address Florida’s southeast regional power needs through 2030; and we came to the aid of communities in the Southeast following a devastating hurricane season. Because of the hard work of our extended Phillips & Jordan family, we’re able to keep the country and its resources moving. We thank them and those who work with us for all that they do.
Avis A. Phillips Shareholder & Chairman of the Board
On The Cover
Table of Contents
About Phillips & Jordan
Celebrating 10 Years in Power Delivery Power Delivery’s Legacy Continues with Foundation Drilling
i Powe Deliver
Cleaning up Energy From Coal Ash Remediation to New Solar Fields, P&J Is a Proven Solution for Utilities
Clearing the Field P&J Knocks It out of the Park with Major League Project
Water on the Horizon As Water Needs ( and Levels) Rise, P&J is Building Big
Make (Right of) Way P&J Tackles Tough Terrain to Build a Right-of-Way in South Florida
A View from Above In the Path of Fires, P&J Helps Make Right-of-Ways Safer
Safety: Proud of Our Record but Never Satisfied
Who We Are
Construction Heavy Civil
What We Value
What We Do
Industrial & Commercial
A Proven Innovator. A Proven Leader. A Proven Solution.
i Powe Deliver
Power Delivery’s Legacy Continues with Foundation Drilling
Our Power Delivery Group is celebrating 10 years! While P&J has been working on substations and right-of- way (ROW) construction for decades, the formation of our Power Delivery Group marked a shift in the way we approach this work. Under market lead Morgan Pierce’s management, we restructured our resources to bring all of our vast employee knowledge and expertise under one group. Centralizing our Power Delivery Group has allowed us to build out our ROW construction services and grow P&J into the national ROW contractor we are today. With offices coordinating across the country, we can tailor each division of the Power DeliveryGroup to the specific needs of local regions and clients, while never losing sight of the big picture. Our group shares experienced personnel, specialized equipment, and unique perspectives, so we’re ready for anything and always growing.
Our specialized Foundations Group, P&J:FDN is focused on providing the same industry-leading safety standards and quality civil construction services that clients have come to expect from P&J, with a more complete, turnkey solution for transmission line projects. P&J:FDN works closely with the main Power Delivery Group to create custom access plans that support foundation crew access, material delivery, and intra-project move arounds. This synergy promotes efficiency and cost reduction because everyone on the project is working under the same supervision from the beginning. With foundations, the P&J Power Delivery Group continues to streamline scheduling and promote the safety and production values P&J is known for on even larger projects. It’s been a great 10 years for P&J's Power DeliveryGroup, andwe’re looking forward to seeingwhere the next 10 take us. One thing’s for sure—we’ll always be looking for ways to improve our services offerings and keep moving forward.
The next logical step for the Power Delivery Group’s growth was foundation drilling and construction.
Pictured previously: Balm Solar Site Preparation
From Coal Ash Remediation to New Solar Fields, P&J Is a Proven Solution for Utilities
P&J’s Power Generation Group is committed to keeping our communities running, and we have been doing just that since our founder cleared his first Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) site in the 1950s. Since those early days, we have built decades of experience developing new utility sites, upgrading current facilities, and closing coal combustion residual (CCR) ponds. We are proud of the relationships we have built and nurtured with large regulated utilities over the years, including TVA, who is still one of our largest clients. Work around power plants is sensitive, and P&J has a proven track record handling these projects delicately and with the utmost respect for surrounding communities and the environment. As power companies upgrade their CCR disposal procedures to keep up with technology and changing regulations, it is imperative that the people doing the work understand the material and the best and safest way to handle it. P&J’s people have safely remediated dozens of CCR sites, and our experience makes us uniquely qualified to handle a variety of projects.
“Our relationships with TVA and other regulated utilities are built on P&J’s consistent and reliable response to both routine maintenance and upgrades and emergency cleanup. We know the best management practices for these sites, and we are on top of regulations and compliance for all of our clients,” says Max Morton, Sr. Vice President of the Power Generation Group. As the energy market is changing, P&J is also working on the forefront of renewable fuel opportunities. Our Power Generation Group performs site preparation for wind farms and solar fields. In 2018 P&J began preparing multiple solar sites in Florida, as part of Tampa Electric Company’s (TECO’s) 600 megawatt expansion of their solar power capacity. The same heavy civil engineering skills that we’ve perfected on CCR and landfill sites can also protect delicate solar equipment from the elements, and we’re proud to continue our long-standing relationships with regulated utilities like TECO as they explore new ways to provide quality energy solutions to their clients.
Max Morton Sr. Vice President 865-392-3001 email@example.com
We know the best management practices for these sites, and we’re on top of regulations and compliance for all of our clients
Cap and pond closure Marshall FGD Gypsum Landfill
Industrial & Commercial
Pictured previously and throughout: Atlanta Braves Spring Training Facility
P&J Knocks It out of the Park with Major League Project P&J’s Industrial & Commercial Group, as a subcontractor for Tandem/Barton Malow, took on a massive project for the Atlanta Braves, its first in the athletic niche. With this project, P&J’s Industrial & Commercial Group demonstrated capabilities to a new client base and opened the door to new types of projects for the company.
Troy Watral, P&J’s area manager in charge of the project, managed many moving parts to ensure our work was completed in time for the big game. Watral explains that we’ve accomplished what, with design changes, amounts to two years of work in one year and a few months. We were able to achieve this by remaining flexible, adapting to the environment, and creating solutions to the challenges. Our flagship office in Zephyrhills has been an integral part of this project. With local personnel, equipment, a full maintenance shop, and strong ties in the state, we have the perfect foundation for growth throughout the state of Florida. P&J’s Industrial & Commercial Group is ideally situated to serve Florida and the rest of the Southeast, and we are continuing to build upon the strong reputation that P&J has built over the years.
What’s exciting for P&J is that professional athletics facilities are a new potential opportunity within the Industrial & Commercial Group. This project isn’t just a big deal for us—the Atlanta Braves will play their last preseason game in March 2019 in this new stadium. The job, which began in October 2017, is located in North Port, Florida, and consists of a baseball stadium, two major league practice fields, four minor league practice fields, two Fungo fields, one agility field, and multiple pitching mounds and practice tunnels. This immense project set on a 100-acre site is to be completed in time for the spring training games in 2019.
“When P&J ventured into new territory building a baseball stadium, we demonstrated how nimble and
flexible we are by adapting existing skills and drawing on previous experience in a new way,” says P&J Industrial & Commercial market lead, Dudley Orr. “This is promising for P&J, particularly given this high-profile client. Successful completion of this job with a satisfied client presents new opportunities for similar projects in Florida and around the country.” Manufacturing, athletics, and infrastructure projects are all investing in the state, as well as other parts of the Southeast. With a second office in Charleston, South Carolina, P&J’s Industrial & Commercial Group is perfectly positioned to support growth throughout the region and the country. As a company, we have always pursued new opportunities, adapting our wide range of skills to changing industries, and working high-profile projects like this further establishes us in the Florida market and represents our ability to apply our rich experience and skills in new ways.
We have the perfect foundation for growth throughout the state of Florida
Dudley Orr Vice President 865-688-8324 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured previously: Arbuckle Reservoir Arbuckle Reservoir, specialized soil cement placer
As Water Needs (and Levels) Rise, P&J is Building Big
P&J’s history is anchored in water resources work – we’re at home on those big dam projects, and we’re starting to see more of them! As market lead Gerry Arvidson explains, “Over the past couple of decades, new construction in water resources has slowed, but as communities start to recognize an expanded need they are looking to new opportunities to build reservoirs and shore up existing structures.” P&J's Water Resources Group is in the thick of this infrastructure development, and in the past year we’ve both wrapped up major projects and broken ground on new efforts. In 2018, we completed three years of constructionat theArbuckleReservoir inLaneCity, Texas, and our quality work at Arbuckle led to P&J starting the Lower Bois d’Arc Reservoir in Honey Grove, Texas. This part of Texas hadn’t seen a major dam project since Ray Roberts Lake in the 1980s, which P&J also built, so we’re watching this new era of development closely. These P&J projects will add much needed water supply to their rapidly expanding populations, supporting growth and quality of life in the regions. Working on such significant projects has required us to think strategically and creatively. At Arbuckle, P&J laid soil cement and carved it into steps to serve as wave
protection for when the reservoir is filled. The steps break up wave action, prevent large waves from building up, and protect against erosion, which is standard in reservoirs where riprap is not readily available. To save crews valuable time constructing these steps, P&J tailored a more efficient assembly line, allowing crews to place and shape soil cement continuously, without having to pause to move and restage equipment. Project superintendent Dirk Peacock explains that P&J placed soil cement steps with a specialized placer, which allowed thematerial to be laid along the stepwhilemoving the machine, with no stop and start. Cat 740 ejector trucks hauled material from two on-site batch plants to the placement, and soil cement was ejected from each truck to a loader, which charged a traveling hopper with an auger that transferred material to the inclined placer belt. This belt constantly followed the placer to keep soil cement moving at all times. A bulldozer followed behind the placer to rough grade the step surface, and a skidsteer followed behind with a custom-built, 45-degree-angle vibrating blade to fine grade and achieve
initial compaction on the step face. At their peak, Peacock says crews were able to lay an average of 2 miles of 8” deep step per night shift.
Catawba Raw Water Reservoir Northfork Spillway and Embankment Arbuckle Reservoir Detail
In the Southeast, P&J’s Water Resources Group is also embedded in the Carolinas. We’ve been working on construction at Catawba Raw Water Reservoir & Pump Station in Van Wyck, South Carolina, for two years and are in the process of wrapping up the project. This expanded reservoir and new pump station will provide one billion gallons of additional raw water storage to address drought concerns in the future. Catawba Raw Water has led to our next project at the North Fork Dam in Asheville, North Carolina, where we are improving seismic stability and constructing a new auxiliary spillway to make the dam more resilient in the face of storm events. Expansion and refurbishment of existing water resources infrastructure is just as important as new construction, especially as communities encounter changing flood patterns. Our crews had some experience with that this year—Catawba, Arbuckle, and North Fork were all hit by hurricanes during construction. Thanks to our familiarity with mitigating natural disasters, we were prepared to overcome the obstacles of flooding and provide solutions to keep the projects moving forward while protecting the existing construction. Arvidson is looking to continue building big in water resources. His team is preparing for expansion in the market as communities look to supply water to larger populations and to withstand more severe and frequent weather events. These projects show not just those skills but also creativity, ingenuity, a commitment to environmentalism, and significant experience.
Gerry Arvidson Sr. Vice President 865-392-3081 email@example.com
Pictured previously and throughout: Corbett-Sugar-Quarry ROW
P&J Tackles Tough Terrain to Build Right-of-Way in South Florida
Florida Power and Light’s (FPL) Corbett-Sugar-Quarry Transmission Line (CSQ) is the largest project on record for P&J’s Power Delivery Group and in P&J’s history. As one of the nation’s largest ROW and access contractors, this division of P&J specializes in ROW clearing and access road construction, mat supply and placement in environmentally sensitive areas, installation and maintenance of erosion and sediment control measures, and stormwater pollution prevention plan compliance. Our vast experience with ROW and civil services spans the country, and we’ve performed electrical substation site development, installation of substation physical protection walls and gates, and removal of trees/brush that pose a hazard to electrical infrastructure. P&J market lead, Morgan Pierce, anticipates the positive impact it will have on South Florida’s electrical reliability, and the growth it will bring to our organization. Managing a project this size has required our crews to meticulously structure the schedule around our scope of work and that of our contractors to ensure seamless collaboration. We’ve organized more than one million tons of truck-hauled imported material while
managing coexisting civil and environmental work, and because we understand foundation work, we’ve been able to coordinate effectively with the unique requirements of the massive drills. Throughout these concurrent scopes, our crews ensure P&J’s work is performed safely. Pierce notes that the project’s sheer complexity and magnitude is compounded by the challenge of its location in the environmentally sensitive area of the Florida Everglades. P&J has stringently adhered to environmental stewardship and permitting concerns as heavily-protected wetlands surround the project work. Because of this, the terrain has brought some unusual working conditions. Crew members are working in waist- high water with amphibious equipment and developing specialized techniques and solutions to address the challenging conditions. Structural support fabric had to be placed along the 50 miles of ROW, 15 of which rests in the everglades, and as project manager Scotty Orr explains, “We created a procedure for sewing wide fabric widths of structural support geotextile both in and out of the
P&J customized a deliberate delivery system of more than one million tons of material
water. This meant two sewing machines going at once, one heavy-duty commercial machine for dry land and a smaller battery-operated machine for in the water.” To avoid creating on-site safety hazards and dangers with trucks hauling aggregate, P&J has taken much of the fabric sewing off site and tightly scheduled the on- site laydown. Pieces of fabric are laid side-by-side, sewn together, and thenwrappedup into a roll to be transported to the ROW on a front-end loader. Crews can then pull the material along the ROW to place it and sew it to the previous roll. The geotextile will support the structural foundation of the ROW, and the overlapping fabric at the seams and extra width also provide an additional best management practice to further protect this sensitive environment during construction. Including the sewn fabric, P&J has customized a deliberate delivery system of more than one million tons of material efficiently and safely. With this nationally recognized project for FPL, P&J is reinforcing our reputation as a company that solves complex problems on a large scale and as a major national power contractor. Our Power Delivery Group is looking forward to taking on bigger jobs and expanding our service offerings so we can meet all of our ROW construction needs.
Morgan Pierce Sr. Vice President 919-388-4222 firstname.lastname@example.org
In the Path of Fires, P&J Helps Make Right-of-Ways Safer
Since our very first land clearing project in 1952, P&J has established itself as one of the premier hazardous tree removal companies in the country. We have responded to wildfires and large-magnitude wildfire fuels reduction projects for regulated utilities and government entities throughout the western U.S., in addition to hazardous tree/limb/stump removal programs for more than 150 disaster debris management projects throughout the country. Our work has largely focused on the state of California, beginning with bark beetle tree removal in the San Bernardino area. We've spent the last 15 years cultivating relationships with regulated utilities and state agencies in the area. Recently, we began working with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) on several different wildfire response projects and mitigation programs throughout California. P&J Vice President Eric Hedrick explains, “We started with hazardous tree removal around utility ROWs after the Butte Wildfire, and since then we have executed a series of contracts managing different types of vegetation around power lines throughout the state.”
We continued this work in 2018 in PG&E’s Accelerated Wildfire Risk Reduction (AWRR) program, which involved expanding the ROW of more than 17,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines through vegetation management and tree removal in high-risk areas to mitigate wildfire damage to power lines in 48 counties. P&J continues to provide these services under a new work order as the state of California rolls the scope into an ongoing routine maintenance program starting in 2019. Safety is the top priority on every P&J project, and tree removal is historically very dangerous work. Due to the challenging terrain and the fact that crews work near power lines, tree felling operations are precisely controlled using ropes and calculated notches and cuts to guide tree fall direction. The P&J project approach includes a stringent vetting process that helps identify experienced North American Training Solutions (NATS)-certified line clearance climbers who can work above power lines to clear limbs safely. Additionally, all employees who are onboarded to P&J projects participate in project orientation including P&J’s site-specific safety training and any additional trade-related safety training relevant to their role on the project. P&J’s robust safety program has ensured the understanding and execution of safe operations policies and procedures by more than 1,100 employees on the California wildfire work alone.
P&J’s 15 Year History of Disaster Response in California pg. 26
2003 Began a ten-year effort to manage diseased/dying trees for So Cal Edison
2008 Completed fuel reduction projects in Cleveland Natl. Forest, San Bernardino Natl. Forest, Angeles Natl. Forest
Pictured previously: A specialized climber removes limbs from a hazardous tree
Safety is the top priority on every P&J project, and tree removal is historically very dangerous work
As wildfire activity increases in the U.S., impacted states are taking action to improve their preparedness posture. P&J is proud to support important and challenging projects that help improve the resilience of communities at high risk for disasters, including wildfires, and in turn the safety and security of the residents of these communities. In addition to wildfire response and fuels reduction, P&J also provides slope stabilization to help prevent and clean up after rock/mud/landslides; disaster debris management following debris-generating disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and ice storms, and response/clean-up following environmental disasters such as oil and coal fly ash spills.
P&J seeks out projects that require innovative solutions and allow us
to put our deep bench of subcontractor, personnel, equipment, and financial resources to good use.
We are also seeking to expand our footprint in the western U.S. regulated utilities market by considering potential opportunities to support hydro-electric generation. Meanwhile, P&J’s Disaster Response Group looks forward to continuing important wildfire tree removal work while expanding our offerings to regulated utilities throughout the nation.
Dudley Orr Sr. Vice President 865-688-8324 email@example.com
2015 Began working with PG&E, starting with Butte Wildfire response
2016 Catastrophic Event Memorandum Account (CEMA) for PG&E
2018 Accelerated Wildfire Risk Reduction (AWRR) for PG&E
2019 Ongoing routine maintenance program for PG&E
SAFETY Proud of Our Record,
but Never Satisfied
Management’s commitment never rests.
Employees are involved at all levels.
P&J faces various hazards in our work, so we take maintaining an effective safety program seriously. To address rapidly evolving scopes of work and technology, P&J’s safety program is designed to be dynamic—we are constantly evaluating our work and tailoring our safe practices. Our programs, procedures, and initiatives are ever-changing to keep up with lessons learned, industry best practices, and new technologies throughout our organization. As our founder, Ted Sr., liked to say, “If you aren’t moving forward, you’re going backward,” so our president, Patrick McMullen, constantly challenges leaders in the organization to question the status quo and find ways to move forward with positive changes, both large and small. Our culture of constant communication and feedback is central to our safety program and its evolution. P&J communicates safety throughout the organization in a number of ways, and all together, these messages ensure safety is always a part of the conversation. No message is too small! From daily texts sent throughout the organization with reminders of safety considerations based on recent events, to hours spent in Vice President Closeouts where leadership peels away the layers of incident investigations to come away with action items, it all builds upon the foundation of our program. Lines of communication are always open.
P&J firmly believes that the more employee involvement we have in our safety program, the better the results. With that in mind, we encourage questions and discussion of safety concerns through peer review, safety committees, and planning meetings open to all levels of management. Our employees know there is no retribution for bringing up concerns on our job sites, rather, we reward those who raise their voice. Near Miss Reports, Good Catches, Stop Work Authority, and daily participation in the development of Job Safety Analysis all include employee involvement and feedback, so we can all work together to find solutions and protect each other on the job. Ultimately, our motto of “People First” drives our safety program. Everyone in this organization truly cares about each employee as an individual. When we’re making decisions, we always ask ourselves, “What is the right thing to do for our employees?” and work towards that end. Our FIToday program answers that question by addressing job related medical concerns and investing in our medical team’s involvement with personal employee health issues. If an employee isn’t feeling well, we want them to have access to immediate medical attention. We feel this is important, since many of our employees are working out of town away from their family and primary health care provider. This is just another way that we show employees we truly care about their overall safety and health. P&J always puts People First.
A Fearless Leader with a Compassionate Heart Always bold and fearless, Ted Phillips took his first contracting job in 1949 at the age of 17. He partnered with his cousin to perform a $495 land clearing contract for the Tennessee Valley Authority in Mississippi. Ted borrowed his dad’s car, loaded cross-cut saws and axes, picked up his partner and two other men, and headed down 450 miles of narrow, curvy, two-lane roads from the mountains of Robbinsville, North Carolina, to Philadelphia, Mississippi. The manual labor was hard, hot, and tiring, but, after expenses, they finished with a profit. Ted had no idea when he took on this little clearing job that it would become his life’s work, or that this work would eventually grow into one of the largest contractors of its kind in the country. Under Ted’s leadership, P&J expanded into one of the 200 largest contractors in the United States with annual revenues of one-half billion dollars and more than 1,200 employees. He led the daily operations of P&J until 2010 when he entrusted stewardship of the organization to his wife, Avis Phillips. He continued his service as Director and Chairman Emeritus until his death in 2018. Avis, an accomplished business leader and innovator in her own right, continues Ted’s legacy in her leadership of the formidable enterprise. As we begin our first year without our founder, we carry his pioneering spirit with us in all that we do. We will continue to seek out exciting new projects, not shy away from any challenge, and never be afraid to get our hands dirty. P&J has grown to span the country, but just like Ted, we will never forget our roots, and we remain committed to supporting the communities which have given us so much opportunity. W.T. Phillips, Sr.
Last year, P&J’s leadership recognized an opportunity to expand the scope of services currently offered by the company. In a bold move, the leadership team created Phillips Infrastructure Holdings, Inc. (PIH) as a parent company, reorganizing P&J and establishing several other subsidiaries – RowCon, National Fleet Services, and P&J Environmental Services. The creation of PIH, provides a foundation for continued growth, bringing our executive leadership and corporate services to one, centralized hub. With PIH running in the background, P&J can be more agile and flexible, pursuing more opportunities in all of our market sectors.
PIH provides the resources we need to perform high-quality work for our clients, while allowing us the freedom to operate as we always have – boldly, ambitiously, and confidently.
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