SWEETSER CONSTRUCTION has been helping build Northwest Arkansas for more than 60 years. The business specializes in infrastructure work including building highways, bridges and roads, land clearing and grading, water and sewer, paving, and drainage work. Chances are you're familiar with the company's work if you've ever driven on parts of Don Tyson Parkway and Elm Springs Road in Springdale, or Razorback Road in Fayetteville.
The family-owned company was founded in 1955 by father-son team Jerry D. and Jack Sweetser. The pair specialized in commercial and residential construction. Current owner, Billy Sweetser, bought the company from his father, Jerry, in 2010. Today, Sweetser Construction is dedicated to providing quality infrastructure construction services to all of Northwest Arkansas. The company has won several awards for the quality of its work.
Sweetser Construction employs about 65 people in more than half a dozen different types of jobs. You'll find heavy equipment operators, concrete finishers, utility workers, dump truck drivers, diesel mechanics, estimators and even accountants among the many team members.
"We need field employees," Sweetser explains. "We often have trouble finding people with the skills to fill those positions." That's why the company will help new employees who are starting out learn what they need to know. "New employees can learn on the job for most positions," says Sweetser. The company also offers summer apprenticeship programs for field crew members who may still be in school.
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Some positions at Sweetser Construction require technical certifications. For example, a diesel mechanic needs to be certified in heavy equipment maintenance. Dump truck drivers
BUILDING THE ROAD
COMPETITIVE WAGES 401(K) RETIREMENT PLAN PAID VACATION SAFE WORKING ENVIRONMENTS
Founded: 1955 Owner: William G. Sweetser
HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATORS CONCRETE FINISHERS UTILITY WORKERS DUMP TRUCK DRIVERS HEAVY DIESEL MECHANICS ESTIMATORS ACCOUNTANTS
"The future is phenomenal in the construction business. There will always be job security in construction with ample opportunities to learn and excel to advanced positions."
DEPENDABLE PUNCTUAL ABLE TO FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS GREAT WORK ETHIC ABLE TO WORK WITH OTHERS
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need a Class B commercial driver's license and at least six months of construction work experience. You can earn certifications by taking classes at a technical school. But no matter what kind of job you have at Sweetser Construction you must be dependable, have a positive attitude, good work ethic and be able to follow instructions.
"Attendance, performance and attitude are everything," says Sweetser, who acknowledges construction work is not always easy. "You need to be able to handle working in extreme weather conditions. And you need to be ready to work when you're here." If you can meet those requirements, Sweetser says the hard work will pay off.
"We promote employees from within. Your commitment, strong work ethic, and ability to organize and perform your duties will be noticed. We have several employees who started out in the field and moved up to leadership positions."
Sweetser encourages more people to consider a career in construction. "The future is phenomenal in the construction business, " he says. "There will always be job security in construction with ample opportunities to learn and excel to advanced positions."
The team at Sweetser Construction receives regular performance reviews to learn what they're doing well, and how they can improve. In addition to its summer apprenticeship programs, the company provides additional education opportunities related to construction and safety.
The company recognizes team members' hard work with competitive wages that are paid weekly. Sweetser Construction also offers a 401(k) retirement savings plan, paid vacation after your first year and is committed to creating a safe work environment.
Sweetser Construction is always accepting application to join the team. Apply in person by visiting their office at 590 W. Poplar in Fayetteville. You can also learn more about the company by visiting them online at www.sweetserconstruction.com.