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REEDER Celebrates 27th Anniversary

27th Anniversary Notable Events and People in 1994

Johnny Carson, O.J. Simpson, Kurt Cobane, Exxon Valdez, MLB canceled because of the strike, John Candy, Harry Nilsson, Jackie O., Richard Nixon, Kurt Cobain, Henry Mancini, Burt Lancaster

A Look Back at 27 Years

The painted image of an old historic library in Hillsboro, Texas can be seen in the mural in our office foyer. It was the first construction project for Reeder General Contractors, Inc. This year marks our 27th anniversary since that first project in early 1994. I put the proposal together with a yellow legal pad and a calculator. We did not own a computer, and the only sub-contractor bid I received was for the electrical work. Our bonding limit was $170,000…so I bid the job at $169,000. The man who painted the mural, John Stout, reproduced the historic balusters and handrails by making rubber molds. We experimented with different mix designs which included adding dye to match the existing 90-year-old color. I mixed the mortar, removed and replaced about 13 of the balusters and handrail because I didn’t trust the local mason. They are still there.

We installed an elevator. Twelve laborers spent 10 days demolishing about an 8-foot by 8-foot, 2-foot-thick, 90-year-old concrete floor for the opening. The jack hole was drilled below grade in the basement with a portable hydraulic auger. We hit ground water and after we set the casing, I pumped water out into the street for four months before we could install the elevator – 24 hours a day for four months at 5 GPM amounts to about 864,000 gallons. No permits, citations or citizen complaints.

The project was an historic remodel, so we had to match and duplicate everything. I built the 4-inch thick wood doors in my barn. I had a carpenter helper help me frame, sheetrock and install doors, door hardware, cabinets and the like. I drove from Weatherford to Hillsboro for the 6 months it took me to do the job. Deb and I were the only employees, so we did everything. I don’t recall ever having an OAC (Owner, Architect, Contractor) meeting, but the architects would visit the project occasionally. I did all of the punch and make-ready work myself. The close of our documents consisted of a roofing and elevator warranty, and the AIA consent of surety. When the job was complete, I towed the office trailer back myself…I was on my way.

That year our gross income was about $200 thousand. I officed out of our home. Last year our gross income was about $82 million; and most of you have seen where I now office. In these 27 years we have been the beneficiaries of great working partnerships, loyal employees and generous friendships. My career begins and ends at Reeder General Contractors, Inc. Deb and I would not have it any other way. Neither of us take it for granted and can only express our gratitude to everyone who is a part, and thankfulness of being Americans. Our freedoms and liberties allowed us to build this company. It is true that life is not fair, however it is more fair in America than it is anywhere else. One thing I have learned also, is that the work goes on. We will always face challenges and setbacks…disappointments and loss; but that is what makes success and winning so much more valuable.

I believe the future is what we make it. Our collective goal should be to build that future with our continued passion, creativity, generosity, dedication and faith in one another. If we can do that…we can do anything.

Cheers,

Wes Reeder

REEDER Helps Fill Empty Plates

94,870…that’s the number of people in southwest Fort Worth who received food through Neighborhood Needs in 2020. That’s a lot of groceries!

Discovered through the Tarrant Area Food Bank volunteer calendar, the REEDER team donated time to sort and stock food pantry items. Neighborhood Needs has been serving food and providing clothing free of charge to seven zip codes in Southwest Fort Worth since 1995.

They distribute twice a week and provide a food truck stocked with over 17,000 pounds of goods on the second Saturday of every month. In addition, they support the local schools and apartments across from our facility with food and clothing for the students.

All clothing provided is donated by the local community and distributed free of charge. These clothes help support those with basic needs, job interviews, and school clothes for children.

Interested in volunteering at Neighborhood Needs? Sign up on TAFB’s website, here.

REEDER Gives Back To Three Local Charities This Christmas

REEDER’s philosophy on philanthropy and personal giving has always been quite discreet. We have been truly blessed, and with those blessings come responsibilities to our neighbors who are less fortunate. This year, we decided to redirect the funds we would have spent on our Christmas party, which we canceled due to COVID precautions, and donate to three local charities.

Donations included seven bikes with helmets and gear to Casa Hope for Children, which advocates for the best interest of abused and neglected children in the court system through trained community volunteers’ services; a number of toys to Manna House, which serves local families in need; and a monetary donation to the KLTY Christmas Wish, in which 100% of all funds raised are given back to the Dallas/Fort Worth Community.

2020 has certainly been a year to remember. Wishing you and your family good health, safety, peace, and joy in 2021! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at REEDER!

REEDER Sponsors FWHCC Annual Clay Shoot

Thank you to the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for hosting their annual clay shoot. It was a beautiful day to be outdoors and enjoy a test of shotgun skills.

REEDER is proud to have been a Bronze-level sponsor of the clay shoot which benefits the non-profit initiatives of the Chamber. We are also proud of the REEDER Raiders shooting team, taking home 2nd Place in the tournament. The Chamber introduced COVID-19 safety practices with food and beverage service, and an optional in-person or virtual awards ceremony.

The Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Annual Clay Shoot gives shooters from all industries an opportunity to network and make connections, while having fun outside of the office. As always, we thank the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber for their hospitality!

REEDER Volunteers at Ben Hogan Classic for Soldiers

2020 Ben Hogan Classic Presented by the Air Power Foundation

It was a perfect day to celebrate our freedoms as 200 soldiers attended the annual Ben Hogan Classic at Fort Hood on June 26, 2020. With an active military population of more than 36,000, registration filled up in less than 24 hours. The REEDER team was excited to be a sponsor as well as volunteer at this Fort Hood favorite event. The enthusiasm of our team was summed up by Wes Reeder:

“The Ben Hogan Classic is one of my favorite events because it benefits soldiers. They sacrifice so much to protect our freedoms and golf is such a great way for them to enjoy a day that’s all about them.”

Soldiers not only enjoyed a round of golf but were treated to breakfast tacos, a Bloody Mary bar, pizza, lots of Ben Hogan swag, giveaways, and more. Take a look at some of the highlights from the event!

About Ben Hogan Foundation: The Ben Hogan Foundation funds charities and programs that reflect Ben Hogan’s core values: qualities like self-determination, courage, a competitive spirit, integrity and hard work. It supports his passions: golf and its influence on young people, education, and the well-being of children.

Give Me Shelter | Art Auction & Fundraiser

#GiveMeShelter With Special Guest, Pat Green!

Join us as we raise funds to help build a shelter for Bochy’s Place a safe home for women rescued from sexual exploitation and trafficking. They break the cycle of exploitation by leading them into a new normal, empowering them to build the character and integrity to stay there.

MORE EVENT DETAILS:
Goal: Raise money to help build a shelter for human trafficking victims here in DFW.
Attire: Dressy Casual
Food/Drink: Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres & Beer/Wine
Time: Doors open at 6:00pm. Auction starts at 7:00pm.
Location: Galleywinter Gallery, 3525 Lovell Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Parking: Complimentary Valet
Auction Items: Paintings and sculptures from Pat Green and other artists.

Can’t attend? Donate here and choose, Give Me Shelter.

Have a question? Contact marketing@reedergeneral.com.

ABOUT BOCHY’S PLACE: Bochy’s Place is a subsidiary to Sparkle Living, Inc. (a non-profit 501C3 Texas Corporation) A safe house focused on rebuilding the lives of women who have been rescued from sex trafficking and exploitation. Our mission is to provide a Christ-centered, nurturing family environment to enhance women emotionally, physically and spiritually according to God’s design.