As honored as Walls & Ceilings is to profile and write on decades-old companies, we also are interested to profile relatively younger companies. For readers, the logic we hold as a magazine is that it’s important to show contractors from all stages of business and how they conduct themselves operationally, sometimes financially and at times when appropriate, ethically. For this month’s cover stars, Trinity Drywall & Plastering Systems seems to strive for these goals and by all accounts, it seems to have paid off.
Only ten years old, the company was founded in 2006 and is privately owned. Trinity began with a concise vision, firm convictions and persistent determination and its Protestant work ethic showcases how its concepts in faith, sociology, economics and history harvest growth. Currently, the company has approximately 500 workers in the field. The company’s range of work consists of healthcare, academic institutions, hotel and hospitality, retail, arts/cultural, places of worship and restaurants, with projects ranging in size up to $11 million.
Trinity Drywall & Plastering Systems began with a vision to attract strong talent in the market and forge it into one dynamic, focused team bent on building relationships with key contractors and vendors. It appears it hasn’t taken long to taste success due to the fulfillment of its endeavors by partnering with great contractors, dedicated vendors, expert field leadership, and an experienced executive staff.
Working with a multitude of general contractors on more than 800 projects across the Lone Star state and the Southeast, the Fort Worth-based company is a commercial drywall and plaster specialty subcontractor that contracts metal studs, drywall, insulation, acoustical ceilings, acoustical wall panels, plaster/stucco, EIFS and thin veneer stone.
Climbing the Ladder
The company’s President and CEO Brad Bryant was introduced to the magazine’s staff at this year’s INTEX Expo by colleague, buddying photographer and Parex USA sales rep Ed Hiller. It comes as no surprise that Bryant would attend the annual event based on his memberships with AWCI, CISCA, TLPCA and DACA. Earnest and friendly, he lights up when you talk shop him. Fascinated by new products and industry happenings, he seems like he was hooked when he first started his career in the business.
“I was hired by a family friend who had a small drywall company to work summers through college,” says Bryant. “I began as a laborer and then was promoted to a drywall mechanic and eventually a foreman. When I completed college, I was moved into the office as an estimator/project manager. It gave me a very broad exposure working across many aspects of the specialty subcontracting market working in a small company. In short, I learned the business from the entry level up through the ranks.”
In regards to climbing the business ladder and founding a company, Bryant isn’t one to rest on his laurels. He says setting a company apart from its competition is to strive for a continuous improvement mindset, attention to details, and to have engaged and accessible executive leadership on all projects.
“It was our philosophy from day one that a labor intense specialty subcontractor’s foundation for long-term success in the field,” Bryant says. “We have invested heavily in improving our field in the areas of training, (leadership, negotiating, management), safety, equipment and technology. We have made sure our field leadership has the proper support in from our office in order for the work to progress as efficiently and productively as possible for our clients. When the office staff comes alongside the field, you have an opportunity to do something special that general contractors’ value and appreciate.”
- TLPCA Pinnacle Award – 2014 for Fiori on Vitruvian;
- AWCI Safety Award for companies with 500,000-1,000,000 hours for 2016;
- Construction Excellence Award – Gold 2016 for American Airlines – Integrated Operations Center
- Baylor Scott and White Hospital and Medical Office Building – Bryan/College Station, Texas, for Kitchell Contractors
- American Airlines – Integrated Operations Center – Fort Worth for Holder Construction
- Fort Worth Public Safety Training Center– Byrne / Ridgemont Joint Venture