CULTURE

 

  • Strong work ethic

    Granger employees don’t just work hard in order to get a return. They work hard because they believe in hard work as an ethic and value. Our employees know and appreciate that hard work produces character in them, excellence in their product, and satisfaction for those who benefit from their work.

  • intuitive and curious

    Granger employees are lifelong learners with a passion for creativity and imagination. Always observant, they invest time in listening and building trust with others, while continuing to seek knowledge and new paths to success. By challenging conventional approaches and embracing new ideas, Granger employees ensure they are continually on the cutting edge of delivering unique value to our customers.

  • discerning listener

    Granger employees aim to be active and attentive listeners, ensuring that projects are completed beyond our customers’ expectations through focused and collaborative effort. Realizing the importance of effective communication, our employees value the contributions of others and proactively seek out alternate viewpoints and perspectives in order to maximize understanding.

  • enjoys life and work

    Granger employees recognize that happiness and positivity are intentional. They approach life with a sense of optimism and seek a work-life balance that benefits their overall well-being. Our employees know that gratitude is an essential ingredient for happiness and take time to foster a sense of recognition and pride in others whenever possible.

  • humble

    Granger employees are team players who are invested in collaborative success — for our teams and our partners. They learn from their mistakes and are quick to credit others. Selfless and patient, Granger employees lead by example and define success collectively rather than individually.

The Granger Team

Our team is strong. Granger team members are leaders, collaborators and listeners willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that projects are completed to the total satisfaction of all stakeholders. Our staff has experience addressing complicated challenges on a wide variety of projects, forging lasting relationships and leading to repeat customers.

Alton Granger

Granger Construction is overseen by Chairman Alton Granger, who has been with the company since its start in 1959. Al has a degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University, and is a Registered Professional Engineer. Al spends much of his time with his wife, Jan, at their cottage on Gun Lake, where they met over 70 years ago, and at their Florida condo. Al firmly believes in abiding by the Golden Rule in both life and business, treating people as he wants to be treated.

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Alton Granger / Chairman

Glenn Granger

Glenn officially joined Granger Construction in 1990 as a third generation family member, and is now the President/CEO. He graduated from Alma College with a Bachelor of Science in Physics, has a Master’s of Engineering from the University of Utah, and has a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Glenn also has Dale Carnegie Sales Training and is LEED Accredited. Aside from running his business, Glenn is an avid volunteer and leader for the community. He also enjoys the adrenaline rush of going downhill skiing and wakeboarding, as well as spending time with his family.

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Glenn Granger / President/CEO

Dennis Carignan

Dennis Carignan joined the Granger team in 1998 and is currently an Executive Vice President. He has a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Michigan State University, a Masters in Business administration from the University of Michigan and is accredited as an AGC Associate Constructor. Building and remodeling are passions of his, things he does frequently at home and at his cottage. In his free time, Dennis enjoys being active in the outdoors with his wife and two children.

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Dennis Carignan / Executive Vice President

Tim VanAntwerp

Tim VanAntwerp joined Granger in 2000 and currently works as Vice President of Sales. Tim also focuses on Lean operations, risk management, and higher education project support. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University, and a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University. Tim is a licensed engineer, licensed attorney, and serves on the Professional Advisory Board for Michigan State University’s Civil Engineering College. Tim enjoys backpacking and fly fishing as well as working together with his wife on their highest priority project—being great parents for their two children.

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Tim VanAntwerp / Vice President of Sales/Business Development

Chris Duprey

Chris joined Granger in 2013 and now serves as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Chris provides overall financial oversight for the business, as well as managing banking, surety, and risk management relationships. Prior to arriving at Granger, Chris was a Tax Manager within the construction industry practice at UHY Advisors, a public accounting firm in metro Detroit. Chris has registered status as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Michigan, and has earned his designation as a Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP). Chris has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s degree in Professional Accountancy from Walsh College.

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Chris Duprey / Vice President/Chief Financial Officer

Ben Schneider

Ben Schneider has been a part of the Granger team since 1996, and currently is a Vice President and the Industrial Market Segment Leader. He has a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Eastern Michigan University, and is a member of the Building Enclosure Council of Detroit, as well as the Washtenaw Contractors Association. When he’s not at work, Ben stays busy with his large family of six sons and three daughters.

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Ben Schneider / Vice President

Glenn Simon

Glenn Simon joined Granger in 1995 and is a Vice President of the company, as well as a Project Executive. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction Management, and has completed the Dale Carnegie Leadership Course, the Dow Leadership Program and the Eli Broad College of Business Building Winning Teams Executive Development Program. Glenn has served in advisory roles, such as President of the Board of the Lansing Builders Exchange and a Member of the Michigan State University School of Planning, Construction, & Design Industry Advisory Board. Outside work, Glenn enjoys spending time with his wife, their five grown children and their families. He also volunteers at their church as a Commentator/Lector, a Building Committee member and a fundraising committee member, and he and his wife are both marriage preparation program facilitators.

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Glenn Simon / Vice President

Rob Train

Rob Train joined Granger in 2001 and currently serves as Vice President of Operations. Rob has a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Michigan State University, and has completed the Dale Carnegie Leadership Program. He holds a great number of accreditations, and has his General Contractors License in various areas across the United States, as well as his State of Michigan Builders License. Rob is a LEED Green Associate as well as a member of the American Society of Professional Estimators. Rob and his wife live in Sheridan, Michigan and have three children.

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Rob Train / Vice President of Operations

Darryl Massa

Darryl Massa joined Granger in 1989, and served for many years as the Executive Vice President of Operations. Transitioning to a coaching role, he now focusses on helping train the next generation of Granger leadership in his role as Project Executive. Darryl graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Michigan. He adds responsible leadership, promotion of positive team attitudes across the organization and consistently exceeds the expectations of our customers. When he isn’t working, Darryl enjoys playing golf with the company of his wife and three adult daughters.

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Darryl Massa / Project Executive

Jon Upton

Jon Upton joined the Granger team in 1993, and is the Healthcare Market Segment Leader. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University, and has completed the Dale Carnegie Leadership Course. Jon is also certified by the American Society for Healthcare Engineering. In his free time, Jon enjoys outdoor activities of all kinds—particularly hunting, fishing and boating.

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Jon Upton / Project Executive

Brad Hesche

As a Project Director and the Regional Director for West Michigan, Brad is recognized by customers and fellow team members as a person who gets things done – a natural leader. A Ferris State University graduate in Construction Management, Brad has been involved in the construction industry since 1997, joining Granger Construction in 2005. His work experience focuses on effectively managing Healthcare and Higher Education projects.

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Brad Hesche / Regional Director - West Michigan

Jason Woehrle

Jason Woehrle joined the Granger team in 2017 as Regional Director for the Columbus, Ohio office. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University. Jason’s volunteer work with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Charity Newsies, and Columbus Public Schools earned him a “Forty Under 40” award from Columbus Business First in 2016. Jason resides in Columbus with his wife and three children.

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Jason Woehrle / Regional Director - Ohio

Chuck Barnes

Chuck has been with Granger since June of 1997 and has extensive knowledge of the construction industry. His areas of expertise include contract administration, estimating, scheduling, bid preparation and supervision of on-site crews. He is particularly effective in gaining understanding of design intent and has established great working relationships with design professionals. Chuck’s positive attitude and attention to detail make him a valuable member of our team.

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Chuck Barnes / Senior Project Manager

Matt Bort

Matt has been working in the construction industry since 1981 and joined Granger in 1996. He is known for his strong problem-solving abilities, reliability, versatility and positive professional attitude. He believes in a dynamic team chemistry and that anything can be accomplished with cohesive team effort on the project. His leadership experience has been developed on projects in the Higher Education, K-12, Corporate and Healthcare markets. He leads teams to perform at a high level with the Owner’s and overall project’s interest in mind at all times.

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Matt Bort / Senior Project Manager

Matt Bozung

Matt joined Granger in 2015 as Director of Human Resources. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master’s in Business Administration, and is passionate about enabling organizations to succeed through their people. Outside of work, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids. He is also an avid runner.

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Matt Bozung / Director of Human Resources

Todd Butler

Todd started working for Granger Construction as a college intern in 2009 and was hired full time in 2010 following his graduation from Ferris State University. He currently serves as a Senior Project Manager, as well as the Public Sector and Corrections Market Segment Leader. Todd’s attention to detail and dedication to the success of an overall project pays dividends surpassing our clients’ expectations. Todd is relentless in his pursuit of perfecting the fundamental elements of every construction project such as time, cost, quality, safety and communication in an effort to better meet the needs and expectations of every client. Todd and his family live in Pentwater, Michigan.

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Todd Butler / Senior Project Manager

Kate Capeneka

Kate graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. While she was a student, Kate interned with Granger Construction for three years and she quickly gained diverse experience with complex projects on busy university and corporate campuses. Since being hired as a project engineer, she has served on the U-M G.G. Brown Laboratory Renovations and the Fortune 100 Automotive Corporation Enterprise Data Center 1 projects, where she has garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews from our clients.

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Kate Capeneka / Continuous Improvement Facilitator

Ian Clutten

Ian joined Team Granger in 2006. Some of his impressive estimating skills were gained in the water where, as a member of MSU’s Varsity Swimming Team, he constantly had to gauge his distance from multiple upcoming challenges. Ian possesses over 10 years of intense pre-construction experience and history of managing projects in excess of $100 million. His great people and communication skills truly separate him from the crowd, combined with his understanding of Owner values and needs. Known for his sense of humor, enthusiasm and foresight, Ian is the person you want in your project’s “lane.”

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Ian Clutten / Director of Pre-Construction

Rich Corona

Rich has worked in the A/E and construction industry for over 25 years. He joined Granger in 2016 and leads a team of mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineers with pre-construction support that includes estimating and planning, facility assessments, energy audits, utility rebates, design, technical and code review, construction and commissioning of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and building HVAC control systems for facilities in various market segments. His experience includes all phases of design, from conceptual through functional testing and post occupancy evaluation, to ensure all facility systems  function as intended. He works to provide sustainable buildings that are energy efficient and promote a healthy and comfortable environment for building occupants. Rich and his team utilizes various building information modeling tools to assure successfully constructed projects for his clients.

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Rich Corona / Director of MEP

Andy Darland

Andy is a construction and engineering management professional with over 15 years of multifaceted industry experience. He is accomplished in building information modeling, data and facilities management, continuous improvement and trade coordination. He has worked with AEC professionals across the country developing standards, BIM execution plans, and most importantly utilizing virtual models throughout a project’s lifecycle, always making sure to utilize Lean concepts to lead change and streamline operational processes. He has interviewed, hired, trained and managed numerous engineering planners and BIM technicians.

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Andy Darland / Director of VDC

Sid Dotinga

Sid has been working in the construction industry since 1982 and joined Granger in 1994. He has an excellent understanding of what it takes to successfully complete a job to the owner’s satisfaction. Sid is experienced in all facets of construction including bid packaging, project management and field supervision. He also has unique experience with complex performance spaces. Sid is a thoughtful listener; his clients say he prioritizes their needs and acts with their best interests in mind. With Sid’s fine attention to detail he is a key leader, ensuring that jobs get done on time and turned over to an elated owner.

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Sid Dotinga / Senior Project Manager

Sean Gleason

Sean joined Granger in 2019 as Director of Information Technology. With his strong background in project management and information technology management, Sean leads his team in addressing the technology needs across two states, four main office locations, and hundreds of changing project sites. Sean ensures Granger stays abreast of the latest security and infrastructure tends while maintaining the safety and stability of current platforms.

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Sean Gleason / Director of Information Technology

Brian Goodman

Brian has served as a safety director and on-site safety manager on large construction sites since 2006. With extensive knowledge in steel erection, crane operation, cast-in place and pre-cast concrete, he strives to raise the safety consciousness of all workers on a project, guiding them through site-specific safety plans, pre-task analysis and crane action plans. Brian’s passion for safety drives his goal to help our teams deliver a safer work environment for all project employees and to protect all parties in and around our jobsites.

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Brian Goodman / Corporate Safety Director

Amanda Goodspeed

Amanda graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree and has completed the Dale Carnegie course. Since joining Granger in 2017, she has supported all Granger market segments throughout Southeast Michigan, concentrating on building trusted, lasting relationships with clients and industry partners. Amanda is currently a member of CREW Detroit, where she serves on the Programs Committee, focused on delivering premier events and networking opportunities to support and advance women across multiple fields. Outside work, Amanda enjoys traveling, scripting films and spending quality time with her favorite people.

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Amanda Goodspeed / Director of Business Development - Southeast Michigan

Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson joined Granger in 2018 and is the Commercial Market Segment Leader and Director of Business Development. He has a Bachelor of Science in Management from Oakland University and has LEED® AP BD+C accreditation for the U.S. Green Building Council. Jim and his wife live in Laketown Township, where Jim serves as an elected Parks Commissioner as well as on a Zoning Board of Appeals. Outside work, Jim enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters, hiking, cycling and going for motorcycle trips on his Harley. Jim also enjoys following the financial markets and investing.

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Jim Johnson / Director of Business Development - West Michigan

Mike Kissane

Mike has been with Granger since 1995. He has amassed considerable volume of healthcare construction-related experience which gives him a unique ability to anticipate and resolve the numerous challenges that arise on complex projects. Mike especially understands how critical it is to maintain the client’s day-to-day operations when working in an occupied and functional facility. His desire for perfection and precision with all project documents is a benefit to any project team. He is able to help the project stay on track without missing the minor details or losing sight of the overall goals.

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Mike Kissane / Senior Project Manager

Joanne Kulbacki

Joanne began working in the construction industry in 1999, gaining valuable hands-on experience in the healthcare, education and municipal government sectors. Since joining Granger in 2012, she has been an integral member of our team, completing over $500 million in challenging data center projects with time-sensitive deadlines. Joanne’s knowledge and expertise, combined with her ability to build credibility, establish rapport and maintain communication with stakeholders at multiple levels, make her an ideal team leader and manager.

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Joanne Kulbacki / Senior Project Manager

Dave McAlvey

Dave has been with Granger since 1985 and excels in the areas of estimating, budgeting, contract administration and owner/designer communication and coordination. He has successfully managed projects across several market segments, including K-12, higher education, corrections, healthcare, industrial and corporate headquarters. Dave has a clear understanding of project requirements from the financial, administrative and field points of view. An effective leader, motivator, communicator and problem solver, he continually strives to seek the best solutions for our customers.

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Dave McAlvey / Senior Project Manager

Tom Owens

Tom has served as a building trades superintendent since 1994 and has been with Granger since 2000. He has been involved in the construction of all types of facilities and has a thorough understanding of the leadership needed for a timely, cost-effective project. Tom’s dependability, contagious enthusiasm and dedication to his work make him a valuable team leader. Tom is an effective communicator in coordinating trade contractors, is attentive to details and demands that safety and quality standards are strictly enforced. When you select Granger, you’ll learn quickly why Tom’s clients ask for him to return to their future projects.

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Tom Owens / General Superintendent

Beth Pellerito

Beth joined Granger in 2018 and leads our Marketing and Communication Department. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Central Michigan University and brings 18 years of award-winning design, marketing and communication experience from the higher education and automotive industries. When she’s not leading our team of talented creative professionals, Beth enjoys spending time with her two daughters and competing in triathlons with her husband.

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Beth Pellerito / Director of Marketing

Jerrod Pung

Jerrod began working in the construction industry in 2002, gaining valuable hands-on experience working for a plumbing contractor, builder and excavator prior to beginning his management career. Since joining Granger in 2010, Jerrod has become an integral member of our team by providing knowledge, expertise and attention to detail on an array of project types. His expertise has led to safe, well-coordinated and successful projects that are completed in a timely manner. Building upon his management expertise, Jerrod’s career focus shifted to pre-construction management and costing, where he quickly became one of Granger’s lead estimators. His ability to envision, sequence and build the project in his head, coupled with his knowledge of current market pricing, leads to extremely accurate costing and unique value engineering ideas. Now, as Director of Construction Services, Jerrod leads our self-perform teams while also supporting bids and all market segments with General Contracting opportunities.

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Jerrod Pung / Director of Construction Services

Paul Roller

Paul Roller joined the Granger team in 2000 and is the Higher Education Market Segment Leader. He holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan. Paul has completed the Dale Carnegie Leadership Program and is a LEED accredited professional. When not at work, Paul enjoys reading, attending sporting events, planning various home improvement projects and spending time with his wife and two children.

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Paul Roller / Senior Project Manager

Chris Sharlach

Chris has led Granger’s most challenging CM and IPD projects, which has given him keen insight into how his actions directly impact an Owner’s best interests. Chris has worked in the construction industry since 2000 on projects ranging from educational facilities to commercial office buildings. He is passionate about quality and finding value in every aspect of construction, planning, estimating and managing the big picture while still executing the details. Chris excels in estimating, scheduling, document coordination and supervision of on-site crews. He is also a great mentor to subcontractors in using new technology on our projects.

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Chris Sharlach / Senior Project Manager

Jeff Tuley

Jeff Tuley joined Granger in 1993 and is currently the K-12 Market Segment Leader. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Science and Management from Western Michigan University and is certified by the American Society for Healthcare Engineering. When he isn’t focused on construction, Jeff enjoys golfing and skiing as well as watching his sons’ sporting events.

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Jeff Tuley / Senior Project Manager

Grace Warmbir

Grace joined the Granger team in 2016, having worked in construction and associated industries since 2004. She holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in both Michigan and Illinois. Grace has demonstrated success in project management and pursuit leadership across a variety of industries, including Higher Education, Automotive, Municipal Water and Natural Gas Liquids, with additional experience in Power and Defense. Grace has a passion for operational excellence, the ability to adapt and deploy management tools to suit each unique situation and is a lifelong learner. In addition to her energetic and highly motivated contributions to our team, Grace enjoys spending time with her husband and three young kids, playing tennis and cooking.

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Grace Warmbir / Senior Project Manager

Community

As a family-owned company, Granger considers it a privilege to serve our communities. We aim to positively advance and affect the communities where we live and work with every project we undertake and by being an active participant and supporter of community events and initiatives.



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2020 Metro Detroit Best And Brightest Company

Lansing, Michigan – September 27, 2020 | Granger Construction Company has been named one of Metro Detroit’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® in 2020. The award is presented by the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® 2020 …

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