CIRI Spotlight: Dick Weldin

CIRI shareholder Dick Weldin’s construction company, Weldin Construction Inc., has been winning a steady stream of awards since it opened for business in 1991.

Weldin Construction is an Alaskan-owned and operated company that provides comprehensive construction and construction management services. Weldin Construction has an administrative office in Palmer and an operations office at Elmendorf Air Force Base.

Dick Weldin grew up in Anchorage. His interest in the construction field began when he was working as a heavy equipment operator at age 19 on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. With the money he earned, he bought equipment to start a finish grading business. Afterwards, he went into subcontracting, bought more equipment, and in 1994 became a Small Business Administration 8(a) federal contractor.

Today he lives in Palmer with his wife Jennie. “This company would not be what it is today without her hard work and commitment,” said Weldin.

Weldin Construction recently won a Best Design Award for the Pacific Rim from the U.S. Air Force for its work on the Professional Military Education Center at Elmendorf Air Force Base. The $13 million project was completed ahead of schedule and received an outstanding performance evaluation.

Weldin Construction also constructed a C-17 flight simulator project at Elmendorf Air Force Base ahead of schedule. Weldin Construction received an outstanding performance evaluation for that project and an Excellence in Construction Award from the Associated General Contractors of Alaska.

Weldin Construction recently won a five-year simplified acquisition of base engineering requirements contract at Elmendorf Air Force Base to perform its civil, electrical, mechanical, concrete and processed fuel piping.

Weldin Construction’s fuel division also performs fuel projects for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers through a multi-year contract and has performed projects as far away as Guam, Wake Island and Johnston Island in the Pacific.

Altogether, Weldin Construction has won more than 20 awards for the high quality of its work and commitment to excellent customer service.

“The service that Weldin Construction provides is the reason why clients keep coming back,” says Dick Weldin.

His interests outside of construction include boating and snowmobiling with his wife at their cabin in Petersville. Their grown children live in Alaska and Seattle.