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McAninch Corporation

mcaninch_logo_4clr.jpg The CEO of this nationally-recognized builder views 100 percent union membership among employees as a business advantage instead of an obstacle.

In Partnership With: IBT, IUOE, LIUNA, UA

CEO sees partnerships with unions as business advantage

At a Glance

McAninch Corporation is a nationally-recognized builder of highways, airports, power plants, residential developments, and shopping center complexes.  The company began its operations in 1967 and has earned a reputation as one of the most technically-advanced contractors in the country.

West Des Moines, IA



Union Employees
600 construction workers

Total Employees

Annual Revenues
$200 million

Midwest and North Carolina locations



McAninch Corporation has long recognized the value unions can add to their organization.  As a result, when the company began operating in Missouri in 2004, it immediately recognized the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 663 as the bargaining representative for the company’s laborers in that state.  Today, the construction company—known as one of the most technically-advanced builders of highways, airports, and residential and commercial developments across the nation—is 100 percent union.

The company’s commitment to workers’ rights comes straight from the top.  Says CEO and Chairman Dwayne McAninch, “Heavy equipment is expensive to operate and maintain, so a highly skilled labor force is vital to our success.  To recruit and retain the best people, we gladly pay higher than non-union wages.”

At McAninch, working with unions is an advantage, not an obstacle.  The company employs union workers from 29 locals in its labor markets because, “they do an excellent job of training, testing, and certifying their members,” states McAninch.  “We have high standards and so do they, so we fully support the unions.”

A dedicated staff conducts all training and education at each worksite, including new employee orientation.  Unions representing laborers and operating engineers collaborate with the company and the Iowa State Occupational Safety and Health Administration to offer an apprenticeship training program for all employees.  The training is covered under the collective bargaining agreement.  The employees then receive additional on-site training based on their specific job requirements.

Building on the belief that well-trained personnel are safer and more productive, the company provides incentives for employees’ training.  Reports Tony Kollasch, a McAninch pipelayer represented by LIUNA, “If we take safety classes over the winter, we get an extra quarter an hour.”

The results of the company’s investment can be measured in dollars and cents. McAninch’s workers’ compensation insurance rating is 21 percent below the industry norm.  The company’s lost workday rate due to injury or illness is even more impressive at 75 percent below the industry average.  “The McAninch Corporation has an uncompromising commitment to a best-in-class employment culture, not only because it improves profitability, but because it’s the right thing to do,” says McAninch.

Selection Criteria

> Free and fair choice to form a union

> Collaborating as equal partners with workers and their unions to craft innovative strategies on compensation, performance, and productivity to meet business goals and address challenges

> Creating new jobs and implementing
employee-retention strategies

> Providing sustainable wages or progressive increases and worker-friendly benefits

> Protecting workers’ safety and health

> Fostering diversity and inclusion in the workforce

> Offering training and professional
development opportunities

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