EMJ Construction to Build New H-E-B Store in Kerrville, Texas

EMJ Construction is excited to partner with H-E-B, one of the most iconic brands in the Lonestar State, in its plans to build a new store on Main St. in Kerrville, Texas.

EMJ Construction is excited to partner with H-E-B, one of the most iconic brands in the Lonestar State, in its plans to build a new store on Main St. in Kerrville, Texas. This project comes on the heels of a successful completion of one of its newest stores in Hudson Oaks, Texas, which was also built by EMJ Construction.

While H-E-B Hudson Oaks exemplified commitment to North Texas, this new store in Kerrville demonstrates H-E-B’s commitment to the community where it all began. To pay homage to the company’s roots, part of the design element will include a decorative facade that resembles the retailer’s original store, which was located in the 800 block of Main St. and opened in 1905 as C.C. Butt Grocery Store. The Curbside logo on the store will include a Model T, which is a nod to the early days of H-E-B grocery delivery.

Along with a nod to the past, the new store, at 106,000 square feet, will also include new features such as the inclusion of True Texas BBQ, H-E-B’s lauded barbecue restaurant that was recently named best barbecue chain in Texas by Texas Monthly and a top barbecue chain in the nation by Thrillist. The gas station will also add gas pumps as well as include diesel fuel and a car wash.

“H-E-B is known for its innovation and community service, with deep roots in Texas communities,” said George Heath, Vice President, EMJ Construction. “As a company that strives to deliver unique value to our clients, partners, and colleagues, EMJ is honored to help achieve their vision for this new store that reflects just that.”

Site construction is already underway, and the new store is expected to open late 2020. The existing 79,000-square-foot Kerrville H-E-B on Main St., which opened in 1984, will close upon the opening of the new store.

To read more about this exciting project, please visit the H-E-B Newsroom.


EMJ Corporation Sponsors The Power of Pink Luncheon and Fashion Show

This month EMJ Corporation sponsored the annual Power of Pink Luncheon and Fashion Show, benefiting the Breast Health Center at Decatur Morgan Hospital in Decatur, Alabama.

In its 10 years of existence, the Power of Pink events have raised more than $700K to provide free or reduced mammograms for the underserved and underinsured in the community, stereotactic biopsy equipment, ICAD equipment, node machine, and educational resources for patients.

Recently, the hospital completely renovated the Breast Health Center and purchased a 3D Mammography machine, the first in Decatur and Morgan Counties. Due to high demand, funds raised from this year’s events will help purchase additional equipment.

While the total amount raised at this year’s event isn’t finalized, it is estimated to be more than $60K. EMJ Corporation is proud to be a small part of the event and to support this life-saving work. To see more about the benefit, visit The Decatur Daily.

The Power of the Pink Luncheon and Fashion Show.


EMJ Corporation President and CEO Burt Odom attends the Power of Pink Luncheon and Fashion Show.

The Beach Company Breaks Ground on the Massive River Rock Development

Chattanooga Times Free Press Staff photo by Tim Barber/ Following Monday’s groundbreaking, Beach Company of Charleston, (SC) President John Darby, center, stands with partner Marc Leder, left, and Beach Company Development Manager Alan McMahon and talks about the new River Rock development that will take over the downtown block of land they stand on for a large condo project located between 3rd and 4th Streets.


The Beach Company recently broke ground on a massive mixed-use project in Chattanooga. EMJ Construction will serve as the general contractor. The Chattanooga Times Free Press covered the ground breaking. Here is an excerpt of its report:

A Charleston, South Carolina, developer of downtown condos, apartments and retail stores across the South will soon bring one of the biggest new mixed-use projects to Chattanooga’s downtown.

On a former Unum surface parking lot just a couple of blocks from the Walnut Street Bridge, the Beach Company announced today it will soon start construction on a 3.5-acre complex of 151 apartments, a dozen condominiums and 16,000 square feet of commercial space built around a 300-space parking facility just north of Unum’s corporate headquarters.

“We’ve invested all across the Southeast, but not in Chattanooga until now and we’re really excited to be here,” John Darby, the third generation CEO of the Beach Co., said today during a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new River Rock project. “There’s a lot about Chattanooga that reminds me of my hometown (Charleston), including that both cities are now in the top 10 list by Conde’ Nast of the best small cities to visit.”

Beach Company Development Manager Alan McMahon said the developers hope to have the first apartments ready to rent by the end of 2020 and the entire complex, which will include a half dozen buildings from three to five stories in height, completed by 2021.

“The Beach Company is a visionary developer and this work will have a lasting impact on Chattanooga,” said Chas Torrence, EVP, EMJ Construction. “We’re proud to be a part of this important work in our hometown.”

Read the entire article: Work on one of the biggest mixed-use projects in Chattanooga’s downtown to begin soon near Unum.


Chattanooga Times Free Press Staff photo by Tim Barber / Hamilton County Commissioner David Sharpe, right, stands with a line of officials at Monday’s groundbreaking for the new River Rock development between 3rd and 4th Streets. From right are Sharpe, Marianne Chaney, Erskine Oglesby, Jr., David Beard, Kim White, Darryl Reyna, Marc Leder, John Darby, J.C. Darby, Alan McMahon, Tim Bowman, Tyler Cooper, Dan Doyle, Mayor Andy Burke and Mayor Jim Coppinger.


EMJ Construction and Signal Energy Attend the Auburn University Career Fair

EMJ Construction and Signal Energy are attending the Building Science Fall Career Fair at Auburn University. The fair is on Wednesday, October 16, and is  sponsored by the College of Architecture, Design and Construction Building Science.

EMJ Construction and Signal Energy are attending the Building Science Fall Career Fair at Auburn University. The fair is on Wednesday, October 16, and is  sponsored by the College of Architecture, Design and Construction Building Science.

This year’s expo includes two events over the span of two days. The Career Fair will be at the Harbert Family Recruiting Center at Jordan-Hare Stadium from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Interview Day will take place the following morning on Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Signal Energy will be at table #23 and EMJ Construction will be at table #24. Stop by to learn about your new career!

Signal Energy Creates Subsidiary to Serve the Distributed Generation Energy Market

Signal Energy has created a new subsidiary called Signal Energy DG to serve the distributed generation energy market.

Distributed generation power is generated by energy sources like solar panels or wind turbines to create electricity near where it will be consumed. This type of energy may be a source of power for commercial and industrial users or aggregated and residential customers. In many cases distributed generation helps users achieve net-zero energy consumption, or to create excess energy to sell back into the larger power grid.

“We are excited to launch Signal Energy DG,” said Greg Pawson, President, Signal Energy. “As a leading EPC in the utility-scale solar industry, this move will diversify our business into a market where our core competencies fit extremely well and allow us to offer an additional service to an expanding set of customers.”

While Signal Energy has primarily focused on larger utility-scale projects in the past, this move establishes a new market segment in the renewable energy sector. Signal Energy DG has already secured a pipeline of solar projects, many of which start construction this year.

The project pipeline, as well as the staff of approximately 40 professionals, comes through acquisition from Exyte Energy, Inc. the subsidiary of Exyte, a global leader in the design, engineering and delivery of facilities for high-tech industries.

“Once we met the team at Exyte Energy, Inc. we knew that they were a great fit for Signal’s culture and already embodied our values,” said Pawson. “Everyone at Signal is excited to have this great group as part of the Signal team.”

Solar Power World has recognized Signal Energy as a leading solar EPC contractor for seven consecutive years. In 2018 the company launched Signal Energy Australia and is currently constructing utility-scale solar and wind projects across the US and Australia.

“The distributed generation market continues to grow and we anticipate that trend will continue,” said Pawson. “As companies seek to offset power costs and meet internal renewable energy targets, we expect to see the expansion of projects across the spectrum from traditional utilities to industrial customers. It’s a thrilling time to be in the renewable energy industry and Signal Energy DG is in a perfect position to be an industry leader.”

Signal Energy, headquartered in Chattanooga, Tenn., is a leading full-service design/build contractor providing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for utility-scale renewable energy projects. Signal Energy is the renewable energy subsidiary of EMJ Corporation. For more information, visit www.signalenergy.com.

Signal Energy to Build Five Solar Projects in Texas and California

Signal Energy, the Chattanooga-based leading contractor in the renewable energy industry, is partnering with Intersect Power to perform the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) activities for five new solar projects in California and Texas. These solar plants will produce enough energy to power nearly 357,000 homes annually.

Signal Energy has been working with Intersect Power over the past 18 months to design the massive projects. Construction on the sites is slated to begin in 2020.

“Our relationship with the members of Intersect Power is built on many years of trust, collaboration and successful execution. The Intersect team has once again demonstrated that they are an innovative leader in the development and financial structuring of renewable energy projects,” said Greg Pawson, president of Signal Energy. “We are extremely proud to be chosen as its preferred EPC partner. Intersect Power brought us into their development process very early as a true partner, which provided the opportunity to jointly create the best solution for each project, resulting in the greatest value for the entire team.”

“Deep partnerships with the most innovative, reliable and collaborative suppliers gives us confidence that these power plants will reliably perform at the top end of expectations and maximize the financial returns to long-term equity investors and asset owners,” said Sheldon Kimber, CEO and cofounder of Intersect Power.

This large portfolio of projects has a combined capacity of more than 1.7 gigawatts (GW)DC. Signal Energy will install more than 3.7 million solar modules over an area totaling roughly 15 square miles across five projects in two states. The cumulative output of the five solar plants will power the equivalent of nearly 357,000 homes and result in approximately 2.75 million tons of avoided CO2 emissions per year. Plans for the solar plants include:

  • A project in Borden County, Texas, located northeast of Midland. The plant will have an installed capacity of 425 megawatts (MW) and is scheduled to begin construction in February 2020.
  • A project in Culberson County, Texas, located east of El Paso. The plant will have an installed capacity of 375 MW and is scheduled to begin construction in March 2020.
  • A second project in Culberson County. The plant will have an installed capacity of 250 MW each year and is scheduled to begin construction in June 2020.
  • A project in Riverside County, Calif., southeast of Los Angeles. The plant will have an installed capacity of 350 MW and is scheduled to begin construction in June 2020.
  • A second project in Riverside County. The plant will have an installed capacity of 300 MW and is scheduled to begin construction in October 2020.


“Working on this portfolio of projects has certainly been a remarkable experience,” said Karl Schadlich, Preconstruction Manager of Signal Energy overseeing the projects. “This portfolio will be one of the largest ever contracted in the United States. We are fortunate to have an enthusiastic customer that encourages us to bring creative solutions to the table while maintaining a highly efficient and collaborative relationship. Our teams integrate well with one another, and it’s truly exciting to witness our partnership and these projects come to life.”

Signal Energy has extensive experience constructing renewables projects in Texas and California and has been recognized by Solar Power World as a leading solar EPC for seven consecutive years. In 2018 the company opened an office in Australia, where it is constructing two solar projects, including the Darlington Point Solar Farm, a 333 MW solar plant in New South Wales, and the Finley Solar Farm, a 175 MW power plant in the township of Finley.

To read more about this gigawatt-scale EPC effort, click here.

Shaw Create Center Wins Fast Company’s Innovation By Design Award


The Shaw Create Center has been selected as the most innovative workplace design in Fast Company’s Annual Innovation By Design competition, which honors the best design in business, from products to buildings to UX.

The vision of Shaw Industries Group, Inc., is to create a better future, for its customers, company, people and communities. In 2017, Shaw opened the doors to its Create Centre in Cartersville, Ga. The 67,000-square-foot facility represents the company’s commitment to think differently and invest in growth and cutting-edge developments.

As Shaw Chairman and CEO Vance Bell noted in announcing the Centre’s opening,“Innovation doesn’t just happen. It’s a process of consistently and intentionally reaching beyond what we’ve done before. The Create Centre is an exciting and stimulating new work environment that was designed to foster collaboration, cross-pollination of ideas across teams and departments, and greater engagement with our customers as we focus even more keenly on customer experience.”

Designed by architecture firm, Gensler, and built by EMJ Construction, the unique design offers ample natural light, a variety of public and private areas to support different thinking styles, and elements to benefit employees’ wellbeing. The contemporary, clean environment promotes creativity and collaboration and serves as home to Shaw’s commercial marketing, design and innovation teams.

The Centre also encompasses an eco-friendly design to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification standards. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certification is granted to new construction deemed environmentally healthy and sustainable.

“The Create Centre will provide the ideal setting for our talented team members to create, dream, collaborate and solve challenges,” noted Brenda Knowles, Vice President of Marketing, Shaw Commercial Division, in announcing the Centre’s opening. “It’s a space where our customer obsession can come to life. Similar to the approach we take in developing our flooring products, this space is where form and function, beauty and performance come together.”

By promoting innovation and creativity for employees, recruiting new generations of talent, and raising the bar in the industry, the Create Centre is setting the stage for the future of Shaw Industries Group.

This year Forbes received more than 4,300 entries and the winners and honorees represent the best work from the best of the best. Read more about Fast Company’s most innovative workplace design of 2019 award.


EMJ Construction Awarded Two Construction Projects in El Paso

EMJ Construction has been awarded two projects in El Paso, Texas, the Jefferson/Silva High School Additions and Renovations and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – El Paso Montverde, bringing EMJ’s project total to 33 for the area.

The Jefferson/Silva High School project includes the renovation of an existing 50,000-square-foot auxiliary gym, as well as the addition of a new three-story, 96,000-square-foot academic building, featuring a cafeteria, library, science labs and administration space. A 4,000-square-foot weight room and a softball complex with field event space will be also be added. This project is set to break ground in the fall of 2019.

The El Paso Montverde Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is a new 46,500-square-foot ground up construction on a 30-acre mixed-use development site. Features of the project will include a ten-screen theater with premium sound and approximately 1,000 luxury recliners as well as an attached full-service bar and restaurant. This project is also set to break ground this fall.

“This will be Alamo Drafthouse’s second location in El Paso, providing more entertainment opportunities for the community. EMJ is thrilled to be a part of Alamo Drafthouse’s expansion,” says Executive Vice President, William Mosher. “El Paso ISD is in the process of modernizing in order to provide more sustainability and a 21st Century Learning Environment throughout the district. We are honored to partner with them in that process.”

These projects come on the heels of EMJ Construction being awarded multiple projects in El Paso including:

  • EPT Town Center, a 188 unit multi-family residential project
  • EPT Montecillo Building 5B, an office building for EPT Land Communities, LP
  • Kinective Fitness Club, a state-of-the-art gym with high-end amenities featuring a rooftop track, day care center, café, and four unique boutique fitness studios with TechnoGym strength and cardio equipment


“We are proud to work in El Paso,” said Mosher. “The city presents a tremendous business environment and we are excited about supporting great clients as the area continues to grow and attract new businesses.”

How to SMASH DAYS when you don’t feel like it


EMJ’s core values are to be selfless, trustworthy, and gritty. These core values represent who we want to be.

But our industry is tough, and frankly, we can all use a little kick of motivation once in a while. We recently came across this video of former Navy SEAL Jocko Willink discussing just that and how to SMASH DAYS when you don’t feel like it.

Jocko provides a great reminder of why we sometimes just need to get up, get out of bed, and attack our day, even when we aren’t necessarily feeling it.

To us, this is the definition of gritty — being more  interested in doing what is right than what is easy.

EMJ Construction Begins Work on State-of-the-Art Administration Building for Nokian Tyres

Nokian Tyres has begun construction on a world-class administration building at its new factory in Dayton, Tennessee. Nokian Tyres is partnering with EMJ Construction to construct the facility, which is scheduled for completion in mid-2020.


Nokian Tyres has begun construction on a world-class administration building at its new factory in Dayton, Tennessee, its first production facility in North America.

Complete with meeting spaces, offices, a gym, garden and other premium amenities, the facility is intended to reinforce the Scandinavian company’s life-driven culture while providing everything its employees need to be successful.

“Our administration building is another example of our desire to be the employer of choice in Southeast Tennessee,” said Dayton Factory Operations Director Peter Chia. “In addition to taking care of our workers’ practical business needs, we want this facility to give them space to thrive.”

Nokian Tyres is partnering with EMJ Construction to construct the facility, which is scheduled for completion in mid-2020. Work on the adjacent production complex is largely complete; trial production began in early July, and commercial tire production remains on schedule for early next year.

The administration building’s interactive, open-concept office space will accommodate as many as 100 employees. The two-story, 26,500-square-foot facility will also feature:

  • A cafeteria that doubles as a large meeting space
  • Conference rooms • A first-aid room
  • A gym and locker rooms
  • A sauna, to honor the company’s Finnish roots


In line with Nokian Tyres’ passion for the environment, the company is building several green features at the factory. That includes a greenspace area outside the building, which features a garden between the parking lot and the building’s entrance complete with a pond, trees, park benches and a walking path. Patios will dot the exterior of the structure.

“As a Tennessee-based company we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Nokian Tyres,” said Chas Torrence, EVP, EMJ Construction. “Nokian Tyres is a best-in-class brand and manufacturer. We’re proud to partner with the company during its exciting growth and expansion in North America.”

“We are going above and beyond to provide our team members with a premium place to work,” said Nokian Tyres Construction Manager David Korda. “In my years of experience helping oversee industrial construction projects, this is among the most impressive facilities I have encountered.”

The Dayton Factory is a major element of Nokian Tyres’ ambitious growth strategy, through which the company aims to double North American sales by 2023. The facility will allow the company to make premium products tailored to the needs of North American consumers, expand its customer base, and strengthen its relationships with existing customers.

Once capacity reaches four million tires per year, the factory will employ as many as 400 people, from production operators to engineers, managers and specialists in several core business areas.

To learn more about Nokian Tyres’ Dayton Factory or to explore job opportunities there, visit www.NokianTires.com/DaytonFactory. For more information visit : www.nokiantires.com.