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#Duckumentary - William Harr

Today we speak with EDA Carpenter Foreman, Bill Harr!

We asked Bill about his journey to EDA, and what his thoughts are on EDA's culture.

What did you do before your time at EDA?

Before EDA I was all over the place; I was trying to go to school to be a teacher, helping my grandfather with his pallet company and bartending at my parents’ bar.

What brought you to the construction industry?

The opportunity to better myself and my family. It was everything that the Carpenter’s Union had to offer beyond the wages. It was the healthcare and then retirement, it’s everything you want out of a career. It was the chance to continually get better with upgrades at the school or covering tuition for college courses. There is so much opportunity with the union.

What was your reaction to seeing EDA’s emphasis on culture?

I think EDA’s emphasis on culture is great. I’m not sure if people really understand what it’s like being seen as more then a number on the payroll or on a jobsite. I’ve noticed that the whole vibe is different, especially when I talk to people with other companies or other trades. They don’t really know what to do when they hear us talking about how we do things at EDA.

It’s important to know that you’re not a finished product, you can always learn and get better each day.

How is EDA's culture compared to that of your previous workplaces

Well for me, EDA is the only construction company I’ve ever had the privilege to work for. I’ve heard from others about how it is just different here, it’s a great feeling knowing that I get to be apart of it.

What has been the best part about your experience working with EDA?

It’s tough to say. I’d have to say either meeting all the people I’ve met over the years or being the team that “finishes” most jobs. Since we are one of the last ones on a site, we get to see a “finished” product when we are done, which is very rewarding.

What is your favorite EDA value, and why?

If I had to pick one, I’d lean towards Strive to Improve. I think it’s important to constantly want to improve yourself in all aspects, especially personally and with work. It’s important to know that you’re not a finished product, you can always learn and get better each day.