Portage - NW Indiana Operations Center + Fabrication Shop

Graycor's rich history in Northwest Indiana dates back to the company’s founding in the early 1920s when it began as a maintenance and demolition contractor serving industrial clients in the region. Since then, Graycor has evolved into the fully integrated provider it is today, offering construction and maintenance services to a broad range of clients within various industries, not only in Northwest Indiana, but across the U.S. as well.

For our Northwest Indiana clients, many of which we have worked with for decades, Graycor Industrial in recent years established a new state-of-the-art operations center and fabrication shop in Portage to allow us proximity to key resources and business partners while continuing to provide quality services to clients in the metals, power and process markets.

The Portage facility—situated on approximately 10 acres within the AmeriPlex at the Port business/industrial park— is located just one mile from I-94 and within close proximity to the Port of Indiana. Strategically located, our Portage facility allows for efficient transport of fabricated components.

Portage Facility at a Glance:

  • 44,000-sq. ft. Operations Center with Full-service Office

  • Laydown Yard and Staging
    • 12,000 sq. ft. Climate-controlled Fabrication Shop

    • 5- and 10-ton Overhead Cranes

    • Pipe Spool Fabrication

    • Skid-mounted Module Assembly

    • Pipe Movement Systems

    • Large Capacity Band Saws

    • Variety of Advanced Computerized Welding Equipment

  • 12,000-sq. ft. Maintenance Equipment and Vehicle Bay

  • 12,000-sq. ft. Small Tool Storage / Equipment Storage

Our Portage Team

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Joe George

Vice President + General Manager - Power Eastern Region

As Vice President and General Manager, Joe George leads Graycor Industrial’s power work in the eastern U.S., focused on environmental upgrades of fossil plants, new power generation facilities as well as transmission and distribution work. Joe brings more than 25 years of experience in project controls, project management and operations including civil, structural, equipment and piping experience in the industrial arena. Joe has been with Graycor for 15 years achieving positions of increasing responsibility. He earned a B.S. in construction engineering from Iowa State University.

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Dan Kilgore

Vice President + General Manager - Metals & Process

Dan Kilgore is Vice President and General Manager leading Graycor Industrial’s Metals and Process divisions. Dan brings more than 20 years of experience estimating, engineering and managing projects within the metals, process and power industries. Responsibilities have included pre-project planning, constructability services, schedule and cost control, estimating, subcontractor negotiations and management, engineer mentoring committee member, safety committee chairman and quality training coordinator. Dan received a B.S. in construction engineering and management from Purdue University. He is a member of numerous professional affiliations including the Association of Iron and Steel Technology (AIST), The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) and Eastern States Blast Furnace & Coke Oven Association.

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Ted Vrehas

Vice President - Business Development

As Vice President for Graycor Industrial with nearly 25 years of construction industry experience, Ted focuses on business development in the metals market as well as other market assignments. Ted joined Graycor in 1994 as an engineer and has held a variety of increasingly responsible positions within operations, estimating and business development. During his career at Graycor, Ted managed projects mainly within the metals market for clients such as AK Steel, ArcelorMittal, Severstal and U.S. Steel. Ted received a B.S. in construction engineering and management from Purdue University; he is also a member of the Association of Iron and Steel Technology (AIST).

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Shawn Anderton

Vice President + General Manager - Western Region

Shawn Anderton is Vice President and General Manager, directing and overseeing Graycor Industrial’s construction work in the power and process industries within the U.S. western region. Joining Graycor in 2001, Shawn’s areas of expertise include estimating, project and craft supervision, and project controls. She has more than 20 years of construction industry experience having held progressively responsible positions of field engineer, general superintendent, assistant project manager, corporate director of preconstruction services and project controls, and chief power estimator. A graduate of Kansas State University, Shawn earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering and is a certified engineer in training in the state of Kansas.

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Ernie Anderson

Equipment Manager

As Equipment Manager for Graycor Industrial, Ernie Anderson oversees Yard and Shop operations at Graycor’s Portage office. He is responsible for management of tools, equipment and the company’s vehicle fleet, as well as assists field operations in hiring and placing operating engineers for Graycor throughout Indiana and Illinois. Ernie joined Graycor in 1996 and has more than 25 years of experience in the construction industry holding positions from operating engineer, superintendent and general foreman to his present positions of equipment manager and general manager. Ernie is a member of Local 150 International Union of Operating Engineers, and has received specialized training in OSHA 40-hour, Hazardous Materials 40-hour, crane and rigging, excavation competency and ATF responsible person for explosives. He is also an active member of Toastmasters.

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