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50 Years of Shiel Sexton

1962

Corporate Milestone

1962

Shiel Sexton was established on April 1st in Indianapolis. At the time, the company focused on residential and apartment construction.

1967

Corporate Milestone

1967

S&S Company is renamed Shiel Sexton. The offices were located at 16th and Capitol in Indianapolis.

1971

Corporate Milestone

1971

Dick Shiel and Tim Sexton expand their efforts to the commercial construction industry.

1972

Corporate Milestone

1972

Shiel Sexton was incorporated in the state of Indiana.

1974

1974 1974

Corporate Milestone

1974

Marsh Supermarkets, Sunbeam and Bio Dynamics projects began this year, and proved to be some of the company's longest running clients with over 30 years of repeat business so far.

1978

Corporate Milestone and Culture

1978

In the fall of 1978, Dick Shiel’s son, Andy, joined the group, bringing the team total to five employees. Andy was the only office employee at the time. Andy’s first project was a Village Pantry store. The Shiel Sexton company car was an El Camino.

1979

Corporate Milestone

1979

The company moved from downtown Indianapolis to Castleton, IN, on the north side of Indianapolis. Shiel Sexton brought in $2.6 million in revenue.

1983

Corporate Milestone

1983

Andy Shiel became partner in the firm, and Shiel Sexton was up to $3 million in revenue. This year also marks the completion of Shiel Sexton's first historic renovation, The Century Building.

1985

Corporate Milestone

1985

The company was now billing $7 million annually. The employee count was 53 which would more than double in the next five years.

1986

Culture

1986

The Shiel Sexton softball team wins the Midwest Softball Complex championship with a record of 10-0.

1988

Corporate Milestone

1988

Shiel Sexton began work on Conner Prairie, an interactive history park, in Fishers, IN.

Culture

1988

While working on the St. Pius Catholic School renovation and addition, a few “bag phones” (the early ancestor to cell phones) are purchased for Shiel Sexton employees.

1989

Corporate Milestone

1989

Shiel Sexton completed Deer Creek Music Center (now known as Klipsch Music Center) in Noblesville, IN, for Sunshine Promotions. Indiana gospel singer, Sandy Patti, was the headliner when it opened on May 20th.

Corporate Milestone

1989

Dick Shiel retired and Andy Shiel became President.

Culture

1989

All Shiel Sexton project managers shared one office computer: an IBM 6150 RT. It was located in a general common space and Project Managers typically used it to create schedules and basic spreadsheets.

1990

Clients

1990

Shiel Sexton completes construction on the multi-phased 600-acre business park, Castle Creek, which totaled six office buildings and 490,000 sf.

Culture

1990

Shiel Sexton distributes pagers as a communication device.

Culture

1990

Shiel Sexton is comprised of 120 employees, in just five years that number will double. Out of the 62 people in Operations in 1990, 15 of those people are still with Shiel Sexton today.

1991

Culture

1991

Shiel Sexton employees begin the long-standing tradition of ringing the Salvation Army bell at the holidays.

Corporate Milestone

1991

Shiel Sexton finishes construction of its first manufacturing facility, Libby Owens Ford, an automobile glass tempering plant.

Culture

1991

Hard hats are now mandatory at all Shiel Sexton jobsites at all times.

1992

Corporate Milestone

1992

Shiel Sexton complete its first project at the Eli Lilly & Company corporate campus in Indianapolis.

Corporate Milestone

1992

With the construction of the Olin Biological Sciences building at DePauw University, Shiel Sexton embarks on a long-standing relationship with the university. Over the next 20 years, Shiel Sexton will complete 20 projects on the Greencastle, IN, campus.

Corporate Milestone

1992

Shiel Sexton completes its first project for ITT Technical Institute, a private college system that offers technology-oriented programs. With programs located in over 35 states, Shiel Sexton followed this client nationally for over a decade.

1993

Corporate Milestone

1993

Shiel Sexton completes the Great Lakes Chemical headquarters in Lafayette, IN.

1994

Corporate Milestone

1994

Polaris Amphitheatre was completed for Sunshine Promotions in Columbus, OH.

1995

Corporate Milestone

1994

Shiel Sexton completes work on the FedEx Freight building at the Indianapolis Airport. This is the first project for FedEx, one of the company’s largest clients.

1996

Corporate Milestone

1996

Tim Sexton retires from Shiel Sexton.

Culture

1996

Shiel Sexton wins its first Metropolitan Indianapolis Coalition for Construction Safety “Crystal Eagle Award".

Corporate Milestone

1996

Annual revenue breaks $100 million.

1997

Corporate Milestone

1997

Shiel Sexton completed first project with ADESA Auto Auctions in Plainfield. Since then, SSC has completed work on over 30 sites nationwide.

Culture

1997

Shiel Sexton launches its first website in 1997. Over the next 15 years, it receives three major facelifts.

1999

Corporate Milestone

1999

The Emmis Communications World Headquarters is completed in the heart of downtown Indianapolis on Monument Circle.

2000

Culture

2000

Shiel Sexton relocates its headquarters to downtown Indianapolis. The company undergoes a marketing facelift and StructureMan is born.

Culture

2000

The year 2000 also brought us the filming of the first corporate safety video.

2001

Corporate Milestone

2001

The Butler University Fairbanks Center for Communication and Technology project was completed, beginning the company’s long-standing relationship with the Bulldogs.

Culture

2001

The company hosts its first ever Safety Fair on Christmas Eve.

2004

Culture

2004

Shiel Sexton launches Viewpoint, an integrated project management software system that integrates all accounting and operational costs into one program.

2005

Culture

2005

Shiel Sexton begins an impressive streak without an LTA - 2.7 million manhours without a single LTA (11/23/05 through 10/22/09).

2006

Corporate Milestone

2006

Shiel Sexton completes its first LEED certified project by the USGBC. Three buildings on the Southeast Regional Treatment Center campus, a mental health services facility in Madison, IN, receive the certification.

Corporate Milestone

2006

Shiel Sexton was hired to serve as Construction Manager on the $275 million Indiana Convention Center Phase V Expansion. The project included the demolition of the RCA Dome.

2007

Corporate Milestone

2007

The Charlotte, NC, office begins operations.

Corporate Milestone

2007 2007

Shiel Sexton begins construction on the Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts - utilizing full BIM capabilities for the first time.

Culture

2007

Realizing the impact green building will have on the future of construction, Shiel Sexton implements a training program for employees who wish to become LEED Accredited Professionals.

2008

Culture

2008

Shiel Sexton won the coveted General Contractor of the Year from the Indiana Subcontractors Association. Within five years, Shiel Sexton will win the award a total of three times.

Corporate Milestone

2008

Shiel Sexton travels to Kinsale, Ireland, to implement a Quality Control Program for Eli Lilly & Company. It is our first international project. Shiel Sexton also launches its company-wide quality initiative called “Leave Your Mark”, a program that promotes accountability at all levels for quality control.

2009

Corporate Milestone

2009

ABC films “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”. Shiel Sexton employees, especially the concrete division, donate many hours to the construction efforts.

Culture

2009

Shiel Sexton is voted the BEST PLACE to work in Indiana. The ranking is determined partly by employee surveys and a detailed audit of corporate culture.

Corporate Milestone

2009

Shiel Sexton reaches $315 million in billed revenue, representing $539 million in put-in-place construction.

2010

Corporate Milestone

2010

Mike Dilts and Brian Sullivan become Managing Partners of the firm.

2011

Corporate Milestone

2011 2011

Two monumental projects open in the same month for Shiel Sexton: The Indiana Convention Center Phase V Expansion (Indianapolis, IN) and the Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts (Carmel, IN).

Culture

2011

After 33 years of dedication to Shiel Sexton, Andy Shiel passes away in June. StructureMan is dedicated in his honor.

2012

Corporate Milestone

2012

Shiel Sexton initiates its Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP).

Corporate Milestone

2012

Shiel Sexton supports the Indianapolis Super Bowl, serving as: Host Committee member, Director of Super Bowl Village, Project Management of Super Bowl Village, Construction Manager of the NFC Practice Facility at the University of Indianapolis and Youth Education Town Center, etc.

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