January 30, 2013 at 03:00 AM EST
University Mechanical Contractors, Inc. Expands Shareholder Group
MUKILTEO, WA, January 30, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- University Mechanical Contractors, Inc. (UMC) announced today the expansion of the current ownership group. Pat Damitio, UMC VP of Operations; Bryan Eppler, UMC Director of Strategic Development; Kirk Baisch, UMC Safety Director; David Malone, P.E., UMC Project Executive; and Steve Brooks, P.E., UMC Special Projects Manager have purchased shares in UMC. They join existing shareholders Jerry Bush, UMC President & CEO and Doug Smith, VP & CFO as owners of the 93 year old mechanical contracting company.

"I am very excited to continue working with this team of industry leaders as business partners in addition to colleagues," says Jerry Bush, UMC President & CEO. "These five team members share our company's commitment to driving innovation in our industry, delivering complex solutions to clients with exceptional service, and taking care of our internal team."

Pat Damitio has been with UMC for over 20 years. During that time, he led UMC's Industrial Group and worked on numerous key projects, most notably Brightwater Treatment Plant, Seattle Steam Wood-Waste, and Nucor Steel. Bryan Eppler has been with UMC for over 16 years, and his experience encompasses both large industrial and plan/spec markets. Kirk Baisch oversees UMC's safety program and has been with UMC for 6 years. His previous positions with Kiewit and MA Mortenson have provided a diverse background of regional safety leadership. Kirk has also led UMC to several industry safety awards over the past couple of years. David Malone, P.E. has been with UMC for over 20 years. During that time he led the UMC Engineering Group, and in 2012 transitioned to project executive. David has worked on a number of high-profile projects for UMC including Federal Center South, Swedish Issaquah, and Overlake Hospital Surgery Expansion and Medical Office Tower. Steve Brooks, P.E. has been with UMC for nearly 15 years. His project design and management expertise within the technical, medical, and biotech markets has helped UMC retain its leadership in those in those areas. Steve is also an advisor for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and overseas research lab facility acquisition and development.

This expansion of ownership represents the largest addition of new shareholders since the Granston family sold UMC to seven employees in 1995, opening the company up to employee ownership.

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About University Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
University Mechanical Contractors, Inc. (UMC) is one of the largest and most experienced full-service mechanical contractors, and has operated continuously in the Puget Sound region of Washington since 1920. UMC specializes in addressing the needs of complex facilities with sensitive mechanical infrastructure. A leader in introducing innovative solutions to mechanical construction, UMC was one of the first companies to integrate BIM technologies and extensive pre-fabrication in order to decrease clashes, improve the speed of installations and reduce customer facility disruption during both construction and routine service projects. UMC offers a complete range of services designed to protect and enhance the investment of a client's facility by reducing energy and operational costs, improving tenant and employee productivity, promoting a sustainable building environment and being accountable for the ongoing facility systems' performance. UMC's clients include some of the most demanding building environments, including hospitals and life science research facilities, bio-tech, laboratories, data centers, industrial waste water, power and manufacturing facilities.

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