2011 Top 10 Business of the Year – Century Fence Company

Century Fence Company

1300 Hickory St., Pewaukee


Industry: Fencing and pavement marking

Annual Revenue: Not disclosed

Employees: 98

Century Fence Company is a leader in commercial fencing installation and pavement marking services across the nation; the company has been around for 94 years and has always evaluated its success on customer loyalty, longevity, employee morale and corporate citizenship.

“Our name equates quality,” said John Connell of Century Fence, “We are a quality driven company with a high percentage of repeat business.”

Century Fence works in all facets of the construction industry including sub-contract fencing jobs, commercial contracting and public sector work. Century Fence was the first manufacturer of chain link fence in Wisconsin and also pioneered the “c-section” post in the 1970s, now fundamental in the fencing industry.

The company has completed many high profile fencing projects in the Midwest. All of the fencing at Miller Park, the Marquette Interchange, within the Mall of America and at Wisconsin’s correctional facilities were completed by Century Fence.

While high-profile fencing jobs have garnered Century Fence a lot of recognition for its work, the company is also responsible for much of the pavement stripping projects across Wisconsin and the rest of the Midwest, Connell said.

The economy has taken its toll on many contracting companies, but Century Fence has remained successful.

According to Connell, when the economy dips, new construction activity slows along with the fencing projects associated with new construction. When fencing activity is down, pavement stripping tends to go up, Connell said.

While Century Fence has completed projects all over the country, the company still remains dedicated to projects in the Midwest, Connell said.

Promoting from within has also proven beneficial for Century Fence. Both Connell and the current vice president of the company started at low level labor jobs and have worked up the ranks to leadership positions in the company.

“Promoting from within encourages a buy-in culture,” Connell said. “Someone who has been there awhile knows how the company functions.”

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