Gillis Gilkerson celebrates 30th anniversary with wide range of projects in 2013

December 16, 2013

Gillis Gilkerson, one of the region’s most trusted general contracting and construction management firms, has announced the completion of several projects during the second half of 2013, the year in which the company has also been celebrating its 30th anniversary.

“This has been a tremendously exciting and satisfying year for Gillis Gilkerson,” said Dwight Miller, president of the firm. “We have had the opportunity to complete work for a diverse group of clients, several of which are repeat customers. It has been a terrific way to mark our 30th anniversary, and we are looking forward to the continuation of the economic recovery in 2014.”

More than a dozen projects were completed this year. Some in the Cape Region include expansion of the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center in Georgetown; development of the Delmarva Health Pavilion in Millsboro; and complete renovation of Dunbarton III Apartments in Georgetown.

The company has many projects currently underway, including a new Marriot Fairfield Inn in Rehoboth Beach.

Gillis Gilkerson opened its doors in 1983. More than 1,300 construction jobs later, today, no matter where one stands on the lower shore of Delmarva, chances are a Gillis Gilkerson project is nearby.

Founder Palmer Gillis recalled that, busy from the start, he had to quickly balance growth by creating a team that would deliver quality.

“In 1985, I hired Tony Gilkerson to manage sales, estimating and project management, and we continued to grow. The following year, Tony and I brought on Dwight Miller and JB Barnes to expand our management team, and we were able to further develop our general contracting and construction management offerings" said Gillis. "The warmth of the business community and the diversity of work available makes every day interesting and exciting.”

The company has long honored a commitment to the region. From the donated renovation of the Salisbury Park Bandstand and a longtime sponsorship of the Jefferson Awards, to Little League team sponsorships, ongoing support of the United Way of the Lower Shore, and the development of the Palmer Gillis Entrepreneur Award bestowed annually by Maryland Capital Enterprises, the company has been a major supporter of the communities in which it works.

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