Melissa Lewis comes to Berghammer with 4+ years of experience as a project coordinator. Previous, she held positions at Fiduciary Real Estate Development and most recently Tim O’Brien Homes. Melissa enjoys the fast paced environment of commercial construction and is excited to join the Berghammer team.
April 1, 2018
Berghammer Construction retained the Norwegian-based design firm of Fjerde+Månedens+Dumme Grafikk to conduct a study of American construction company branding and develop a Berghammer corporate visual identity for the 21st century. “We felt it a good idea to tap the design sensibility of the Scandinavians,” said Jim Parks, Principal and President of Berghammer. Kevin White, Principal and Executive Vice President of Berghammer added, “Our marketing manager got a “Poang Chair” from IKEA, and we thought, hey, these folks know their stuff. They put us in touch with the Norwegian-based Fjerde+Månedens+Dumme Grafikk.” (www.fmdgrafikk.com)
Baard Dumme, founder of the award-winning creative firm, was intrigued by the opportunity to work with Berghammer. “Construction is a new thing for us, but we gladly accepted the opportunity and challenge. The prospect of a trans-Atlantic project was exciting. Fjerde+Månedens+Dumme Grafikk is best-known in Europe for our packaging design and branding sensibility, recently winning praise for our “whimsical” labeling for canned Surströmming.”
“However, it wasn’t the smoothest process,” said White. “We hit a linguistic road-bump in the translation of the Berghammer name.”
Anna Fjerde, Creative Director of FMDG, explained: “Totally my bad. At first, I didn’t realize that ‘Berghammer’ was a founder’s surname, and quickly ran a bit too far down the conceptual path based on our understanding of ‘Berg’ and ‘Hammer.’ It was all actually quite funny. We were about to start over, but Berghammer management decided to just go with it.”
Månedens was responsible for the final iteration of the Berhammer BERG HAMMER logo. “We all wanted it to be clear and memorable”, said Månedens, “You should just glance at a logo and intuitively KNOW the name. I think we accomplished that.”
It was an interesting twist that the same English-Norwegian translation quirks in interpreting Berg Hammer from Berghammer revealed that Fjerde+Månedens+Dumme translates to “Fourth Month Fool.”
We are pleased to announce the addition of Eric Pappas to our team as Project Engineer of Special Projects. Eric joins us with a background in construction management and law enforcement. He is a graduate of UW – Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Eric is getting married this fall, enjoys snowboarding, and is a huge Wisconsin sports fan! We are excited to have Eric as a part of our team!
Norco Manufacturing Corp.
126,000 SF manufacturing facility with 10,000 SF of office
The Norco Manufacturing Corp. facility is located in the new DeBack Farms Business Park development near Highway K and Interstate 94 in Caledonia, Wisconsin. Norco, which manufactures airplane hangar and industrial door systems, is the first company to commit to the new, six-parcel DeBack Farms Business Park.
Berghammer Construction is pleased to announce Garrett Lenz has joined the firm as Assistant Project Manager. Garrett is a 2013 graduate of Marquette University with a degree in Civil Engineering. He brings seven years of experience, most recently as Project Engineer with Walsh Construction. Garrett resides in Milwaukee with his wife, Kit, and their dog, JW. In his free time, Garrett is the Business Director for the Freedom Area Community Theatre, in Freedom, Wisconsin.
As a proud sponsor, Berghammer will be exhibiting at the Wisconsin Council of Religious & Independent Schools (WCRIS) Conference, held at the Country Springs/Ingleside Hotel in Waukesha on February 9th. WCRIS supports the unique missions of member schools through advocacy, education and partnerships. Be sure to stop by and say “hello” to Kim DeWitt, VP Business Development, and Dan Landbo, Marketing Communications Manager.
Berghammer is pleased to announce five inductees into our Associates Program. The Associates Program was established to provide another level of recognition for two groups of people: key, long-term employees that positively impact our business, and potential future shareholders.
Key Long-Term Employees
- Tammy Krenz, Director of Project Administration
- Wendy Phalin, Director of Accounting
- John Pszonak, V.P. Construction
- Chris Rozof, Director of Estimating
Potential Future Shareholder
- Dan Zess, Senior Superintendent