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Ellis Construction Announces Succession Plan

By Portage County Business Council

Ellis Construction today announced a succession plan and new shareholders, which will solidify leadership of the Company for many years to come.  After over 45 years with Ellis Construction as an executive and co-owner, Jim Anderson will transition to the role of Chairman of the Board of Ellis Construction; transferring percentages of ownership in the company to several new shareholders.

As part of this transition, Erik C. Carlson will assume the role of President of Ellis Construction, continuing an 85 year history of Carlson family involvement in the leadership of Ellis.  Additionally, Andrew J. Halverson, Patrick H. Pierce, Timothy D. Kreft, Brandon J. Kohls and Stephen D. Chizzo will take on new roles as shareholders of Ellis Construction with Carlson and Anderson.  Halverson will serve as Executive Vice President, Pierce will become Director of Project Management, Kreft will serve as General Superintendent, Kohls will serve as Director of Estimating, and Chizzo will take on the role of Director of Architectural Services.

According to Jim Anderson, Chairman of Ellis Construction, “This transition is one we can all be proud of.  It continues so many great traditions of craftsmanship and client commitment, while solidifying the future of this great company with a variety of core skillsets.”  “When my father and Helge Carlson started this company during the height of the great depression, hard work and dedication were at the core of their success.”  Anderson added.  “It is excellent to see that all of those traits are alive and well in the new generation of ownership we announce today.”  Anderson said.

According to Erik Carlson, President of Ellis Construction, “It is a true honor for me to carry on the legacy of my family and that of my father and grandfather of service to our customers and to those who place their trust in Ellis.  Leaving landmarks of pride through the buildings we have built across Central and Northern Wisconsin, is a hallmark of Ellis that will now continue well into the future with our strong new team at the helm.”  Carlson added.

Ellis Construction has been a recognized name in construction services in Central and Northern Wisconsin for 85 years. Ellis provides construction management, general contracting, design assist and design-build services; in the healthcare, manufacturing, educational and general commercial industries.