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Grae-Con of Steubenville

A successful construction management philosophy for 50 years

February 23, 2010
By MARK LAW, Staff Writer

STEUBENVILLE - Grae-Con of Steubenville has plans to expand its geographical area of service in 2010.

Grae-Con has had the same construction management philosophy for the past 50 years under the leadership of the Gribben family.

Robert A. Gribben III, Grae-Con vice president, said his grandfather was in the construction business for more than 50 years, and his father, Robert Gribben Jr., started Grae-Con in 1987. Robert Gribben Jr. is still involved with the company today.

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Grae-Con of Steubenville has been providing quality construction services since 1987. One of the company’s recent projects was the Medical Pavilion at Trinity Medical Center West shown here. Grae-Con also completed the Steubenville parks project at Belleview and Jim Wood parks in the fall.

The company has offices in Steubenville and Marietta, employing upward of 200 craft workers and office personnel. Annual revenue for the past couple years has been around $50 million.

Robert Gribben III said getting the most value for a construction dollar goes beyond building. He said Grae-Con has brought together construction experts with the combined management experience of more than 750 years, and that makes each project a success.

"The Grae-Con team has developed a systematic approach that focuses on the client to develop a collaborative style that allows the owner to make informed decisions. Grae-Con is proud to be a community construction/development company that builds and develops places people worship, work, learn and play through the Ohio, West Virginia and beyond," Gribben said.

Grae-Con most recently completed a $4 million Steubenville parks project at Belleview and Jim Wood parks. The project included renovated ball fields, six new tennis courts, roller hockey rink, gazebo and picnic shelters, playground and new restrooms as well as a new walking trail and a splash park at Jim Wood.

The company also built the Medical Pavilion at Trinity Medical Center West and the addition to the Tony Teramana Cancer Center at Trinity.

Grae-Con has been doing elements of the upgrade projects at the W.H. Sammis Plant and the Cardinal Plant.

Grae-Con is more than just a full-service general contractor and construction manager.

"We take services beyond the building," Gribben said.

Grae-Con offers design-build, build to lease and build to suit. Gribben said the customer knows the exact cost of a project before building starts with the design-build services, Gribben said.

The company also constructs steel structures manufactured by Butler Builders, the largest manufacturer of pre-engineered steel buildings in the country.

Gribben said Grae-Con has been named Butler Builders contractor of the year.

He noted Grae-Con also prides itself on its safe working environment. He said part of the company's mission statement is that the company provides a safe and enjoyable work environment.

"Safety is a team effort. Every member of the project, from the president to the laborer, must work together to keep each other safe. Many people believe 'safety comes first,' but, at Grae-Con, we believe it's 'safety always,'" Gribben said.

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