In-Depth Biz Profile: Manning Squires Hennig
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A Batavia-based construction firm is setting brick stone and concrete at educational facilities across the region. Manning Squires Hennig has carved a niche for itself in education related projects.
If you live, work or go to school in the Greater Rochester area, you have likely driven by or been inside a building that Manning Squires Hennig has helped construct.
"My father and Dick Manning were masons by trade and partnered and started the business in 1958," Company President Gary Squires said.
MSH now employs more than 150 skilled carpenters, masons, laborers, project managers and administrators.
The construction firm has helped build facilities at places like Eastview Mall, the Seneca Park Zoo, the Rundel Library, Eastman Theatre, Strong Museum, the Rochester City School District, and Kodak Park.
"It dove-tailed nicely with our skill set and the people that were available to us and anything with heavy concrete and masonry focus is something we have always sought out as a business," Squires added.
The last few years, the focus has been on bidding and winning projects at schools and colleges across the region.
The latest, a $33.5 million project at Alfred State College and a new two-level 22,000 square foot facility for NTID at RIT.
"Over the last few years we have been transforming ourselves from being probably the largest provider of masonry and concrete services in Upstate NY to being more of a full-service construction company," COO John Casey said.
MSH estimates that revenue from education-specific projects has grown 200 percent.
The CEO credit the firms success on skilled labor, construction quality and family-owned company values.
"The masons and carpenters and laborers that we have employed who have grown up with the company since the 70's and 80's, as we have grown as a company we have provided more opportunities for them and their skill sets have improved and we are trying to create more opportunities by growing the company." Squires said.
MSH sees even more opportunities for local growth.