Although celebrating 75 years in business in 2017, Gabe’s Construction prides itself on being on the front lines of development within the rapidly evolving wireless industry.
The fourth-generation construction company based in Sheboygan, Wisconsin is involved with several industries—horizontal drilling, telecommunications, electrical and DAS/small cell where, since 2002, the company has witnessed tremendous growth.
“Our wireless division has been a point of emphasis for us,” said VP of Wireless Service Brad Baumann. “We have diversity and are involved in different businesses overall, but wireless and DAS/small cell is one we’ve put a lot more resources in and we expect will grow.”
Gabe’s Construction began working on DAS and small cell systems by building the underground fiber and infrastructure of the system. The company’s relationships with telecom companies who were beginning to build out their wireless networks gave them an opportunity to add wireless services to their repertoire.
“Our involvement in wireless stemmed from our telecom background and we had the relationships with companies who were beginning to build DAS and small cell networks,” Baumann said.
As it became more involved in wireless, the company began not only installing fiber for the system but providing the DAS node for networks. Today, Gabe’s Construction offers turnkey solutions for DAS and small cell installation, including designing, engineering, building, commissioning and maintaining the network.
Baumann said that the end-to-end solutions the company offers makes the process of building the system more efficient, as the company can rely on its own team throughout the project.
“We have better communication because of it and we’re not reliant on another company to take care of something that we know we can,” Baumann said. “We find it’s a more fluid operation having more control of it.”
Based in Wisconsin, the company maintains a heavy presence in the Midwest, building several systems across Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. The company also has an office in Florida, which is the hub of its engineering team.
Baumann said the company has expanded beyond the Midwest and is replicating its success at providing end-to-end solutions in the southeastern United States.
By Ben Horvath
January 19, 2017