Building Service Inc. (BSI) has been designing, building and furnishing office interiors out of Milwaukee for 60 years.
BSI generated $53 million in revenue in 2007, which president Peter Kordus attributes to the company’s innovation and ability to stay ahead of trends in the marketplace.
“We bring a total package that enhances the workplace, so it’s not just a place where you come to work, but a place that facilitates work and a proper communication flow and is a tool to attract and retain customers and clients,” Kordus said.
Today’s workplace is shifting to two extremes, Kordus said. Clients are either moving toward more private workspaces or are opening their workspaces up to be team-oriented. BSI keeps up with the trends by continually evolving and adding services its clients need, Kordus said.
Like many business owners Kordus believes that his most valuable assets are his employees, so he provides them with strong benefits.
BSI operates a scholarship fund to provide the children of BSI associates with academic assistance for their first year of college.
“We have a very open culture and always make sure people have the time to interact and get together,” Kordus said. “Our employees take care of each other.”
BSI offers a “We Care Program,” which is dedicated to taking care of employees outside the workplace.
“The program quietly offers help to an employee that is in need somehow, whether it is because of health, financial or personal problems,” Kordus said.
Sometimes the company helps financially, other times by offering time off. Recently, an employee’s spouse became very ill and needed to be taken to the hospital. Through the program, a group of employees were involved for months, making meals, visiting the hospital and helping with housework.
“It happens very quietly so it does not cause embarrassment, but it creates a strong bond, and our employees respond very well and come out in numbers,” Kordus said. “It absolutely makes a difference in the workplace.”
BSI (Building Service Inc.)
Address: 11925 W. Carmen Ave., Milwaukee
Revenues: $53 million