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AZCO Cuts Ribbon on Downtown Appleton Headquarters, Enters New Era of Growth

APPLETON, Wisconsin — AZCO welcomed a new era of growth for the company as it cut the ribbon on its new headquarters in downtown Appleton, the community the construction and prefabrication services company has called home for more than 70 years.

“The investment AZCO has made in our community is strong, and they represent the strength and tenacity the community was founded on,” Mayor Jake Woodford said during a ribbon-cutting at the office, 122 E. College Ave. “We’re looking forward to seeing AZCO continue to build strength for themselves, for their clients and for our community.”

The downtown headquarters provides room for growth as AZCO continues to expand into new markets nationally, including renewable energy and battery storage, while also growing its presence in more traditional markets like gas generation, pulp and paper, and oil and gas.

The firm’s prefabrication business continues to grow as well, as AZCO prepares to expand into dedicated space for electrical prefabrication near its current metal prefabrication shop outside Appleton.

In the last three years, AZCO’s total employee count, including craft and contingent workers, has grown by 82%, and the last year has seen the union construction subsidiary of Burns & McDonnell have its largest revenue year on record.

“While this downtown move was necessary to accommodate our growth, it also demonstrates our commitment to the Appleton community,” says Earle Cianchette, AZCO president and CEO. “Though we are a national construction company, we’re proud of our Appleton roots, and it is in that spirit that we continue to give back to the local community wherever possible.”

In addition to being a longtime member of Appleton Downtown Inc., AZCO supports several local schools with initiatives focused on careers in construction and prefabrication, as well as local civic and arts organizations.

AZCO, established in Appleton in 1949, joined the Burns & McDonnell family of companies in 2016. Today, AZCO employees are among more than 13,500 engineers, construction and craft professionals and others who design, build and deliver critical infrastructure globally.

“The future of Burns & McDonnell relies on safe, efficient direct-hire construction services, and the acquisition of AZCO was and will always be a major step toward that future,” says Ray Kowalik, Burns & McDonnell president and CEO. “I will always be proud to be a part of it.”

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 union craft labor across the country, using an integrated approach to deliver more advanced controls and predictable outcomes. Learn how we are designed to build at

About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is a family of companies bringing together an unmatched team of more than 13,500 engineers, construction and craft 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. Founded in 1898 and working from 70 offices globally, Burns & McDonnell is 100% employee-owned. Learn how we are designed to build.

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