Brenco completes Fast Traxx project

Staff reports
9/28/10

DALLAS – Brenco Industrial Services, a Dallas-based Native American-owned commercial construction company, is proud to announce the completion of a Fast Traxx project. The Muskogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma contracted Brenco to design and build a 3,000-square-foot restroom and gift shop facility and a 4,800-square-foot open air pavilion.

Working with their engineering team Brenco designed a facility that houses 24 water closets, 12 showers and a gift shop and a metal open air pavilion. The standard completion schedule for this size of project is usually 84 days. Brenco completed it in an accelerated 21 days to coincide with the scheduled Creek Nation Festival.

The festival brings more than 20,000 attendees to the Claude Cox Omniplex located in the heart of Creek Nation in Okmulgee Oklahoma. The festival celebrates Creek heritage with events such as the All Indian Rodeo, stomp dances, traditional games, parades, arts and crafts, fast pitch softball tournaments. The official ribbon cutting ceremony for the restroom was held Aug. 30.

“In prior years we had no restroom facility available for our sports participants or festival attendees and had been using temporary toilets with no running water,” said A.D. Ellis, principal chief of the Muskogee (Creek) Nation. “No one thought it could be done in 21 days, but Steve assured us that if we gave him the chance we would have a restroom facility and pavilion by the date we needed them. Steve and his company, Brenco Industrial Services is a truly unique company. If he says he will do a job you can believe that he will deliver on this commitment. He is Native American of Cheyenne decent and truly passionate about the Native to Native Link. He cares about the Indian community and its people and has demonstrated his commitment to bringing the best quality construction services to the Muskogee (Creek) Nation.”

Robert Rannebarger, vice president of operations said, “Because Brenco has spent years building a solid reputation in the construction industry, we were able to call on vendors, engineers and subcontractors to meet this impossible deadline. There is usually a 12-week lead time to order the steel needed for the pavilion, but Brenco’s relationship with the supplier paved the way for the steel to be delivered in two weeks and the building erected in two days.”

Brenco Industrial Services is 100 percent owned by Steve Cardwell, a member of the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribe of Oklahoma. Brenco’s business model is built on a philosophy of diversity and inclusion. This ideal has created a diverse organization that can quickly respond to its customer needs. Brenco’s specialties include general construction, construction management, interior and exterior renovations, commercial and industrial remodeling, custom fabrication and manufacturing, electrical services.

“It’s always a great day for all Native tribes across the country when a job such as this one was done with a Native to Native link,” Cardwell, President of Brenco said. “Not only was it a very difficult project, but it required Chief Ellis and his staff to work closely with us and it was great that we were able to work together. We also put 5 percent of the funds back into the Creek Nation economy by hiring Creek Nation citizens, and utilizing Creek-owned and Oklahoma-based companies in the completion of the project. This is a win-win for the Muskogee Creek Nation, the local economy and Brenco. It was a great addition to the festival.”

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