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AZCO Bolsters Prefabrication Services With Key Promotion

Eric Bestul will direct prefabrication operations — including pipe and metal components — for the heavy industrial construction and prefabrication firm.

APPLETON, Wisconsin — AZCO, part of the Burns & McDonnell family of companies, is strengthening its nationwide services by promoting Eric Bestul to director of prefabrication operations.


Bestul joined AZCO in 2019 as a prefabrication project manager and has nearly two decades of experience in industrial construction. In his new role, he will oversee prefabrication services utilizing AZCO’s 83,000 square feet of shop space devoted to producing pipe and metal components. Prefabricated components are produced for industrial projects in markets ranging from power to aviation to food and consumer products.

“Our integrated project teams of fabrication and construction allow us to move effectively and efficiently along the critical path in construction,” Bestul says. “By prefabricating and assembling essential project components in the shops in a controlled, more ergonomic environment, by the time we reach the project site we have a head start on meeting the client’s cost and schedule demands.”

In the past year, AZCO has prefabricated mechanical, structural and electrical components for clients in a wide variety of markets, including power generation, transmission and distribution, aviation, pulp and paper, oil and gas, and food and consumer products. The company continues to invest in new technology at its shops to provide additional services and products in other markets.

“Prefabrication will take on increasing importance for AZCO and Burns & McDonnell as we continue to own this critical path of successful construction projects,” says Earle Cianchette, CEO of AZCO. “Since Eric has been in our shops, he has shown a creativity and willingness to do what it takes to meet our customers’ prefabrication needs that is beyond impressive. As we expand our capabilities into additional markets and products, Eric will be key to maintaining that creativity, quality and responsiveness.”

AZCO was founded in 1949 with just four employees and has grown to become a leading nationwide provider of heavy industrial construction and prefabrication services.

About AZCO

AZCO is a heavy industrial construction and prefabrication solutions provider building the critical infrastructure that keeps communities and industries thriving. Part of the Burns & McDonnell family of companies, we work with more than 750 union craft labor across the country, using an integrated approach to deliver more advanced controls and predictable outcomes.

About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is a family of companies bringing together an unmatched team of 7,600 engineers, construction professionals, architects, planners, technologists and scientists to design and build our critical infrastructure. With an integrated construction and design mindset, we offer full-service capabilities with more than 60 offices globally. Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is 100% employee-owned. Learn how we are designed to build.

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