Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors kicks off the new year by celebrating its 50th anniversary this week. The company has launched a new website (hill-wilkinson.com) and is commemorating the milestone all year long with special client and employee events.
“When looking back over the span of a half century and seeing how much has changed in the world, it’s nice to take note of what has stayed the same,” said Paul Driscoll, CEO of Hill & Wilkinson. “Our core beliefs, values and philosophies remain as strong as they were when we first began the company. The importance of doing what you say you will do and building strong connections with our partners will always be pillars of our business. We continue to create a fun work environment and a place that feels like family. These values were the foundation of the company and have remained hallmarks of our culture.”
The firm was founded in 1968 by Luther Hill who was known for his strict standards of quality and safety and dedication to learning. Greg Wilkinson and Fritz McKinstry carried on Hill’s legacy when they bought the company in 1985. Now, Driscoll and the next generation of leaders are propelling the firm into the future with a commitment to retaining the culture and principles that have been central to the company’s success.
In the 50 years since the company began, it has grown the business exponentially to revenues of $450 million. Known for its continually expanding diversity, the company has pursued a variety of markets including healthcare, education and special projects, which make up about 25 percent of its annual revenue. Longtime clients include Southwest Airlines, Peterbilt Motors Company, Encore Wire, Alcon Labs, The University of Texas System and Park Place Dealerships.
Park Place chairman and CEO, Ken Schnitzer, had this to say about the relationship, “For the past decade, Park Place Dealerships and Hill & Wilkinson have worked together to produce numerous successful projects. Hill & Wilkinson’s knowledge of the market and their willingness to stand behind their work are just a few of the reasons they have been such a great partner. We congratulate Hill & Wilkinson on their 50th anniversary and wish them many more years of success.”
During Hill & Wilkinson’s anniversary year, the company will show its appreciation for 50 years of prosperous business by giving back to charitable organizations through a program called “50 Acts of Kindness.” Every Hill & Wilkinson employee will commit to completing 50 acts of kindness throughout the year with activities like volunteering, supply drives, community projects, care packages, donations and a variety of other opportunities. Partnering charitable organizations include Vogel Alcove, Carry the Load, The American Fallen Soldiers Project, Ronald McDonald House, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the North Texas Food Bank and the American Heart Association, among many others.
The company will also host a 50th Family Fiesta this April for all employees, their spouses and children. With a Cinco de Mayo theme, kids will be treated to bounce houses, obstacle courses and other carnival activities, while adults will enjoy a Mexican buffet, raffles and the unveiling of a much-anticipated gift of appreciation.