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  • Metro Walls Team Recognized at Safety Awards & Graduation

    Metro Walls was recently recognized at the 2024 Associated Builders and Contractors New Hampshire/Vermont Chapter’s (ABC NH/VT) Safety BBQ with three safety awards, which was held on June 6, 2024, at the ABC NH/VT Concord office. Metro Walls was honored to accept two awards in the Special Trade Contractor (SIC 17) category for over 400,000 Personnel Hours. These accolades include Third Place and Most Creative Safety Program. Receiving these awards underscore Metro Walls’ ongoing commitment to safety excellence and the outstanding team that drives our success in all aspects of our work. In addition, Metro Walls received the STEP Safety Management System Bronze Award, acknowledging our safety achievements and continuous efforts in developing and implementing a top-notch safety program. This initiative empowers our team to constantly strive for excellence by pinpointing areas for further improvement, building upon our already outstanding safety practices, and celebrating our strengths. This annual event also celebrates the participants of the Future Leaders in Construction (FLiC) program, among whom were two members of the Metro Walls team: Allison Bryant, People Operations, and Taylor Prime, Marketing Communications Manager. The eight-month FLiC program supports emerging leaders by assisting them with identifying and developing their leadership skills. Congratulations to all the recipients of the 2024 ABC NH/VT Safety Awards and all of the Future Leaders in Construction 2024 graduates!

  • Metro Walls Sponsors 16th Annual Battle of the Badges

    Metro Walls recently sponsored and attended the 2024 Dartmouth Health Children’s Battle of the Badges Hockey Championship, which took place on Sunday, March 10th at SNHU Arena in Manchester. Team Police, sponsored by Metro Walls, emerged victorious taking the 5-to-1 win over Team Fire for the 16th annual hockey championship to benefit Dartmouth Health Children’s and their pediatric healthcare programs and services. This is the fourth consecutive year that Metro Walls has been the presenting sponsor for Team Police and the eighth year sponsoring the annual fundraiser. “Dartmouth Health Children’s 16th annual Battle of the Badges hockey game was a huge success, raising $208,000 and counting, due to all the support that we received,” states Kelsey O’Brien, Associate Director of Development for Child Health Initiatives at Dartmouth Health Children’s. “In particular, we would like to thank our Team Police sponsor, Metro Walls. Over the years, Metro Walls has continued to sponsor Team Police and support Battle of the Badges, making a significant impact on Dartmouth Health Children’s pediatric patients and programs, as well as, playing a huge role in community engagement. Their support helps to provide important funding to some of our vital services like Child Life, Child Advocacy programs, Molly’s Place, and many more, and we are so grateful for their ongoing support.” In addition to sponsoring the event, the Metro Walls team had over 60 employees and their families in attendance to support this great cause. Proceeds from this year’s game exceeded $200,000, contributing to the sixteen-year event’s success, and raising over 3.3 million dollars for Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (CHaD). “Metro Walls is proud to support Dartmouth Health Children’s and the profound impact they have across the region,” said Bryan Hussey, President of Metro Walls. “The incredible work that they do to provide patients and their families the necessary support and expertise during challenging times makes a huge impact on so many lives, and we are honored to be able to support and contribute to their mission.” To learn more about Dartmouth Health Children’s and its mission, visit: https://childrens.dartmouth-health.org/

  • Creating Sparks with our Community

    In a recent display of community support, Metro Walls collaborated with the Hollis Fire Department to boost their critical live fire training efforts, which took place last month in Hollis, New Hampshire. Through the generous donation of time and labor, Metro Walls contributed their drywall expertise to enhance the training environment for the local firefighters. After obtaining the practice facility, the Hollis Fire Department recognized a need to install ceilings throughout the 2,100 square-foot-house, which were previously removed due to an asbestos abatement. The ceilings installed by Metro Walls would not only allow for an improved safe and productive training opportunity but would help contain the fire within each room to facilitate multiple iterations of training scenarios for the crew to extinguish. North Point Construction, who donated the materials, is a long-standing partner of Metro Walls and shares the same commitment to community outreach and support. When in need of this essential material, labor, and expertise to keep this initiative moving forward, the Hollis Fire Department knew Metro Walls and North Point Construction would be equipped and willing to handle this unique opportunity. “Metro Walls’ gracious donation provided the Hollis Fire Department with a rare opportunity to train on an acquired structure that was set for demolition in our town,” stated Hollis Fire Department Fire Chief Robert Boggis. “The live fire training that this two-story structure gave us was a realistic simulation to help sharpen our skills and prepare us for when we are called to uncontrolled fires. Fire is one of the most destructive forces on earth. It takes a specially trained, and dedicated individual to try and contain it. Structures, like the one Metro Walls prepped for us, allow us to hone a large array of those special skills. This opportunity allowed us to create realistic simulations and enabled us to perform many of the skills needed to give upcoming leaders chances to manage the scene. These types of trainings are invaluable and cannot be simulated in a classroom environment.’ “At Metro Walls, we’re proud to lend a helping hand to our first responders, so teaming up with the Hollis Fire Department on these critical trainings was a no brainer,” declares Bryan Hussey, President of Metro Walls. “We have nothing but respect and appreciation for the work they do and the sacrifice they make to keep our communities safe. It’s truly gratifying to know that our small contribution allowed for these rare, realistic, and valuable training scenarios for their firefighters. Collaborations like these are a great reminder that working alongside community partners can make such a positive impact on our surrounding communities, and we are proud to have played a part of this important initiative.” Because these trainings don’t arise frequently, making the most out of each training iteration, and using it as an educational tool for new and veteran firefighters is essential to build confidence, knowledge, and experience that can translate into the real-world. This initiative is the embodiment of public and private organizations working together for the betterment of our community.

  • Metro Walls Becomes 100% Employee-Owned

    Metro Walls is proud to announce that effective January 1, 2021, it became a 100% employee-owned company. The existing shareholders sold 100% of their shares to the employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) allowing the company to stay independent and remain focused on its purpose and values. “This transition is extremely exciting for Metro Walls, and we are thrilled to offer this new benefit to our employees,” said President of Metro Walls, Bryan Hussey. “Becoming 100% employee-owned rewards our amazing team, keeps them invested and engaged, assists with attracting top talent and allows us to continue our growth and success well into the future. The transition to an ESOP fits our culture well, in which we want everyone to work together, succeed, and feel like part of a team. I think this is another reason people can be proud to work at Metro Walls.” The ESOP is a special retirement plan that buys and holds stock for the benefit of the employees. With this structure, employees will share in the success and future growth of the company as they earn shares over time while working at Metro Walls. Employee ownership through the ESOP will allow Metro Walls to continue to grow, serve its customers, and sustain its culture while offering its employees this unique added benefit in conjunction with their existing full-suite, inclusive benefits package. With this ESOP transition, there is also an exciting change in leadership. Mike Dion, the former Owner & President of Metro Walls, stepped away from the day-to-day operations and moved into the role of Chairman of Metro Walls’ Board of Directors. With that change, Bryan Hussey, former Executive Vice President and tenured 15-year Metro Walls employee, has been named the new President of Metro Walls. No other changes in management will take place. “We have built an amazing company with an incredible team over the last 20 years. Now, with this move to an ESOP, I’m so happy to be able to keep ownership within the company, give back to our employees, and have the freedom to shape our future,” said Mike Dion, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Metro Walls. “I have the utmost confidence in Bryan and our talented team to continue to do an outstanding job serving our customers and expanding upon the company’s success.” The ESOP announcement was made to Metro Walls employees at an all-company meeting on March 18th.

  • Metro Walls Joins YPG for 3rd Annual Charity Bowling Tournament

    Last night Metro Walls joined 21 teams made up of over 100 bowlers for the ABC Young Professionals Group's 3rd annual charity bowling tournament. Teams of 5 challenged fellow associate members munched on pizza and wings while competing for the coveted Best Dressed, Best Team, and Worst Team trophies. This year's tournament raised over $2,500 to benefit Granite United Way with an additional $500 raised in raffle ticket sales!

  • "Hard Hat Heroes" Brings in Over $24,000 for The American Heart Association

    We are so happy to report that our team "Hard Hat Heroes" came in as the #1 fundraisers for the 2019 NH Heart Walk! With a give of over $24,000, we love knowing that we are helping kids live healthier lives across NH! Congratulations to Amber Jackson and Bryan Hussey who were two of the top individual fundraisers for this event!

  • Metro Walls Joins NH Construction Days as a Platinum Sponsor!

    Metro Walls was excited to be a Platinum Sponsor for the NH Construction Career Days job fair last month! Thanks to the NHCCD for hosting over 1,500 high school students from across the state! Over two days we were able to connect with kids interested in the trades and we had a blast! To see our job fair video, click here!

  • Morse High School in Bath Maine to Open in 2020

    The community of Bath, Maine has committed some serious resources into building a brand-new high school, slated to open in December of this year. Morse High School in Bath sits on a new location at 34 Wing Farm Parkway. Built for the students of Bath and seven other towns, this school will be well-equipped for many uses. Plans include a two-tiered auditorium, a state-of-the-art vocational school that will serve several towns, a cosmetology division, a culinary division with dining room, two gyms, and more! Harvey Construction has been awarded the contract for this project. Jim Klemarczyk, the Superintendent, says, “This job has had some challenges as they all do, but I’d consider this one a pretty smooth ride”. As previously reported, this land ended up coming with the burden of large clay mass. This unexpected snag came with a price tag of $500,000. Fortunately, funds were available for the unexpected and neither the budget or the construction start time was impacted. Klemarczyk says the biggest challenge to maintaining the timeline is having the labor needed to meet deadlines. He credits the talents and manpower of Metro Walls for keeping this job on track. “Everyone is just so busy in this industry and a lot of my challenges involve finding creative ways to work around other team’s packed work schedules. The team that I can always count on is Metro. Their guys are hard workers and they always deliver. In my forty years in this business, Metro Walls is the best drywall company I’ve worked with”, says Klemarczyk on how he stays on schedule. This project has been the largest for Metro Walls’ Maine division. Leading the charge from Portland is General Manager, Don Lessard. Lessard, a native of Maine, has been working in the industry for over thirty years. His responsibilities include client relations, project management and office administration. In addition to these, he spends a lot of his time visiting job sites throughout Maine and supporting his staff in the field. Metro Walls’ Maine Division has grown tremendously the past few years. Lessard is proud of the nearly sixty workers he manages in Maine. According to both Lessard and Klemarczyk, Metro provided some standout employees on the Morse School project. “Both Casey and Dana have proven we can handle any size project in Maine. Their hard work, skill level, and ingenuity has not gone unnoticed by Metro or Harvey Construction”, says Lessard. With leadership and collaboration from teams like Harvey Construction, Lavallee Brensinger Architects, and Crooker Construction, this school is sure to be gorgeous, on time and on budget. These students will be thrilled to call the Morse High School their new home for years to come.

  • Metro Walls Rallies Against Cancer

    Metro Walls would like to thank all who participated in this year’s annual “Rally for a Cause” motorcycle ride for charity that took place last Saturday. The weather was gorgeous and we had a great turnout for this event to benefit the American Cancer Society, Northeast. With the company’s match, we raised over $7,000 for this charity! We’d like to give a big thank you to the Manchester Police Department and the New Hampshire State Police who led the group from Manchester to Goffstown. A total of seven officers from both Manchester PD and the State of New Hampshire showed their support to this cause and led the way to a fantastic day of riding! The trip started at Metro Walls office in Manchester and ended at Brady’s American Grill in Peterborough. Riders from Metro Walls, Exterior Designs, Atlantic Prefab, and Patriot Building Systems all attended along with customers, vendors, friends, and family. “We selected the American Cancer Society, Northeast as this year’s beneficiary because they help patients battling cancer in the New Hampshire community. I look forward to this ride every year! It’s a way to celebrate common interests, have fun, and give back. There is no better way to spend a Saturday than riding a motorcycle to support a worthy cause,” said Colin Lane, General Superintendent of Metro Walls. Stay tuned for details on Metro’s next charity ride! For more information on how you can donate to the American Cancer Society, visit: https://www.cancer.org/

  • Metro Walls Annual Field Party 2020

    Last month, we kicked off the holiday season with our annual holiday field party! Guests included field workers from Metro Walls, Exterior Designs, Atlantic Prefab and Patriot Building Systems. All enjoyed dinner, drinks and socializing at Murphy’s Taproom in Manchester.

  • Metro Walls Receives Two ABC Awards

    Metro Walls received two awards at the 2021 Associated Builders and Contractors New Hampshire/Vermont Chapter’s (ABC NH/VT) Excellence in Construction Awards reception held on October 14, 2021. Metro Walls received the Excellence Award in the Institutional/Public $5-$10 million category for their role in the construction and completion of Morse High School in Bath, Maine. Their exceptional craftsmanship, coordination, and creative use of efficient manpower contributed to the project being met on time and within budget. The 289,000-sf building, which will accommodate students from Bath and seven surrounding towns, includes a two-tiered auditorium, two gyms, and vocational school with cosmetology and culinary divisions. In addition, Metro Walls received the Merit Award in the Commercial $2-$5 million category for their role in The Orpheum Apartments project located in Dover, NH. This 157,000-sf, five-story building includes 130 apartment units, nearly 100 covered and surface parking spaces, a rooftop lounge and terrace, and panoramic views of downtown Dover. Among the high-end finishes, wooden ceilings were installed in the main entry showcasing the intricate acoustic work of Metro Walls’ ACT team. The Excellence in Construction Awards (EiC) honors contractors for their innovative, complex, and high-quality construction projects measured by a variety of criteria including safety, complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges overcome, cost, and completion time. The EiC awards honor all members of the construction team including contractor, owner, architect, and engineer, and the winning projects were selected by a panel of judges made up of industry experts. “We are excited to be chosen as the recipient of two distinguished ABC awards,” said EVP of Metro Walls, Bryan Hussey. “To be recognized by our industry peers for our team’s workmanship, collaboration, and dedication to the success of these projects is an honor and a recognition we are extremely proud of.” For more information about the Associated Builders and Contractors NH/VT Excellence in Construction Awards, please visit https://www.abcnhvt.org/Business-Development/Award-Programs/Excellence-in-Construction-Awards.

  • Metro Walls Relocates Manchester Headquarters

    Metro Walls recently announced the relocation of its Manchester headquarters. Located at 160 Bouchard Street in Manchester, NH, their new 18,000 square-foot office will allow for additional space as the company continues to grow. This new office will be home to all of Metro Walls’ New Hampshire project management, estimating, and administrative departments and will provide ample space for in-house field training, team collaboration, and future expansion. Mike Dion, President of Metro Walls said, “Having seen the company’s immense growth over the last decade, we were ready for this next chapter and I’m excited to see what the future holds. We now have the capacity to continue to grow our team, expand our service region, and build upon our already strong relationships with customers, partners, and the community.” When asked about the new office, Bryan Hussey, Executive Vice President at Metro Walls said, “This new, modern space is a testament to the hard work of our team over the years. Without them, none of this would be possible.” He went on to say, “There’s this unexplainable buzz around Metro, about the new office, and what’s in store for the future of Metro Walls. It’s all very exciting because, with this team and our new space, the possibilities are endless.” Metro Walls partnered with NorthPoint Construction Management out of Hudson, NH, for their design and construction management services on the renovation of their new headquarters. Prior to their move to Bouchard Street, Metro Walls’ headquarters was located on Hancock Street in Manchester, NH since its inception in 2004. With satellite offices in Portland, ME, and Westport, MA, Metro Walls looks forward to continuing to provide commercial framing, drywall, and acoustical ceiling services to customers across New England.

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