Community Foundation(s): Willmar Area Award: 2018 WACF Community Builder Award Recipient
Construction has grown from modest beginnings in founder Carl Marcus’ Prinsburg
basement in 1956 to a nation-wide presence headquartered in Willmar without
losing sight of their core values. Taylor Marcus joined his father, Ross Marcus,
the current CEO, at the company in 2017 as the third generation of Marcus’
sharing the values, promise and legacy of who and what Marcus Construction is
and will continue to be.
locally they are mostly known for their Commercial Division, they also have an
Agricultural Division that takes them all over the country and into Canada.
With employees scattered throughout the United States, Marcus Construction
encourages its employees to be committed to their core values: Be ethically
uncompromising; respect those we work with and value their safety; deliver on
our commitment to service; embrace long-term relationships with business
partners and employees; be faithful stewards of what we’ve been given;
celebrate life and success.
way Marcus lives out their commitment to their core values is by supporting
organizations and programs that benefit the communities in which they live and
build. Some of those organizations include: local churches, schools, robotics
and athletic teams, KCEO, Servicemen and Women, Salvation Army, Rice Health
Foundation, Hope Pregnancy Center, Youth for Christ, Camp Maximum, Stingers
Baseball, Willmar’s Destination Playground and the Willmar Area Community
Foundation to name a few. Employee involvement in philanthropy is also
encouraged through their annual employee-driven gifting program. Each year
employees nominate organizations dear to their hearts and two are selected for
year-end financial gifts. This allows the Marcus employees to be actively
involved in the spirit of giving.
and their employees are dedicated to their community and they fully believe in
being both an active and charitable business member in the Willmar Lakes Area. Many
employees are coaches, volunteer firemen, active and former servicemen and
women, Sunday school teachers, active on a variety of boards, and volunteer
with different service organizations.
talk about ‘quality’ a lot in our office – quality construction, quality
service, quality products – but at the end of the day, none of that happens
without our quality people,” Ross says. “My dad has always said it, and now
running the business I see how true it is, but it’s the people that make Marcus
Construction what it is. They raise their hands to help, to serve, to
participate – whatever it may be – every chance that arises and I just really
appreciate our people. They are the ones who deserve this recognition.”
structures may be their specialty, but building community is thoroughly
ingrained into the culture of Marcus Construction.