Business View Magazine | Volume 8, Issue 8

36 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE VOLUME 8, ISSUE 8 AT A GLANCE FLIPPO CONSTRUCTION COMPANY INC. WHAT: An employee-owned general and heavy construction business WHERE: Headquarters in Forestville, Maryland WEBSITE: ION COMPANY, INC. F lippo Construction Company is a well- regarded, employee-owned General Contractor and heavy construction business that has earned a great reputation for high quality service in the Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Baltimore MD areas. Founded in 1971 by B. Earl Flippo, the company has grown substantially from its initial two-crew operation that worked for C&P Telephone (now Verizon). The employees pride themselves on sticking to their motto and work ethic, which is based on delivering safe, productive, quality jobs. On January 1, 2000, the employees of the company purchased Flippo Construction from the founder. Today, the firm has a dedicated and talented team of 185 staff members. Earl Flippo’s rationale for selling the company to his employees is that he didn’t want to walk away without giving back to his loyal staff members, many of whom had been with the company since day one. “Long-term employees make up 45 percent of our workforce; these are people who have been with us for over 15 years,” says John Morgan, President and CEO of Flippo Construction. Maintaining long term relationships has been a common theme for the company over five decades in the construction business, not just with staff, but also amongst partners and customers. For instance, Pepco (Potomac Electric Power Company), a subsidiary of Exelon, has been a client of Flippo Construction Company for 50 years. Pepco is a public utility that supplies electric power to clientele in the District of Columbia and Maryland, serving approximately 894,000 customers. Flippo is proud to be a “Contractor of Choice” with Exelon. Over its 50 years of operation, Flippo has grown from working primarily on underground utility construction to more complex and difficult heavy-duty projects such as highways, bridges, and other utilities. The company currently has two operational divisions: contracts and service. The contract division handles heavy construction B U I L D I N G S T R O N G R E L A T I O N S H I P S