58-Year-Old Electrical Construction Firm Builds Recruitment Efforts with New, Modern Office

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COLUMBUS, OH—July 30, 2018 — Hard work. Integrity. Family. These are a few of the words that you will see displayed in the main conference room in Mid-City Electric’s new Westerville office. It’s one of the first branding features visitors encounter when they enter the building. But aside from showcasing those traditional values that have been brand cornerstones since 1960, the rest of Mid-City’s new building design is anything but old-fashioned.

“The wall that shows our core values in that first meeting space represents who we are. My dad built this firm on traditional values like integrity and hard work. While the look of our building has changed with these new offices, our core belief of doing the right thing will always guide everything we do,” Brian Dew, Mid-City President, said.

Dew knows that to keep growing, they have to embrace change. A significant motivator for him to push change initiatives like this office relocation has been to continue to attract top talent in the industry, which is difficult for all contractors currently. According to Engineering News Record, almost 90% of 245 architecture, engineering, and construction companies surveyed claimed to be up against major talent and workforce shortages.

So when it came time to move, Mid-City knew it was an opportunity to offer more to potential employees. They worked with M + A Architects to determine how they could create something that would speak to today’s job seekers, as well as represent who they are and where they came from. Through resimerical design, which blends commercial function with residential features, M + A’s concept stresses an open floorplan. The space utilizes large, modern, exposed workstations and offices with glass partitions. Most workstations are sit-stand, which allow people to transition their desk to a height that best suits their style of working.

“We know that if people are happier at work and are more comfortable with their work space, they’ll reach their potential and perform well,” Ryan Dew, Mid-City’s Director of Human Resources, said.

Additionally, by including an open cafe and several training spaces, Mid-City’s office not only makes room for informal meetings and company events, but it offers collaboration areas where veteran employees can share knowledge with less experienced ones. They have also included a fitness room and showers designed to solve the challenge of work-life balance posed by the demands of the commercial construction industry too.

Mid-City took occupancy of their new office on June 1. The Eastwind drive building has 50% more space than their former Franklinton location, with substantial room for future expansion.

“Our team is really important to us. They are our greatest strength. We’re going to do everything we can to ensure their success, and to attract more individuals just like them,” Brian Dew said.

About Mid-City Electric

Mid-City Electric is an electrical construction company that provides electrical construction, teledata, and maintenance services to Columbus and its surrounding areas. Founded in 1960 by James F. Dew and Jack Kempton, and led by President Brian Dew, the family-owned business strives to be the electrical and teledata contractor of choice in Central Ohio. More information can be found at www.midcityelectric.com.

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