Ideal Contracting Makes New Executive Promotions


Ideal Contracting is a people-driven construction firm that prides itself on delivering long-term value to its respectable base of clients. This process starts with the company’s foundation of bold leadership, something that Ideal continues to build with the following executive promotions.

Rich Brown has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Ideal Contracting. He will now oversee the daily operations of Ideal’s Construction Group and Steel Group. Additionally, Brown will be responsible for Ideal Contracting’s estimating, marketing & business development, and safety departments.

The Construction Group consists of Ideal Contracting’s self-performing general contracting operations that deliver projects by utilizing a wide range of services and delivery methods.

Ideal Contracting’s Steel Group is an AISC-certified steel erector with extensive steel erection and fabrication capabilities to support projects across the country.

Brown, who previously served as Vice President of Operations, has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. As Ideal Contracting continues to grow, so do Brown’s responsibilities within the company, a testament to his dedicated leadership. He currently serves as the Great Lakes District Council Contractor Co-Chair for IMPACT (Ironworkers Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust).

Tom Braden has been promoted to Director of Special Projects Group. In his new role, Braden will be responsible for all operations within Ideal’s Special Projects Group, including safety, estimating, and business development.

The Special Projects Group employs its proven method of integrating its management and delivery team with a client’s facilities management to streamline the delivery of small maintenance and construction projects.

Braden has been with Ideal Contracting for over 15 years. He began as Ideal’s Yard Manager and has since moved into several different positions in the company. Now, Braden will continue his positive impact by taking on this exciting new role.

These individuals are incredible leaders, not only within Ideal Contracting but the entire industry. We are fortunate to have a team of like-minded individuals focused on furthering themselves professionally and personally while building projects with a purpose. Congratulations to Rich and Tom on their well-earned promotions, and thank you for continuing to advance Ideal forward.” – Nick Luxon, President.

Ideal Contracting LLC is one of the premier general contractors in Michigan, with operations across the U.S. The family-owned, certified MBE has a loyal team of over 350 union self-perform professionals and more than 100 full-time staff that honor Ideal’s commitment to building what matters. Utilizing a flexible array of delivery methods, Ideal Contracting successfully delivers projects in a wide range of market sectors, including automotive/manufacturing, sports/entertainment, higher education, energy/petrochemical, and more. The company’s people-first approach is supported by a best-in-class safety program, robust talent development process, and proactive engagement in their local Southwest Detroit community.

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