As a Project Manager at East & Westbrook, Shannon Meadows has found the perfect occupation which both challenges him to be well-versed in various aspects of industrial concrete while simultaneously satisfying his lifelong passion for building. His job also requires him to ensure the daily safety of the multiple E&W work sites. One of his greatest occupational passions, however, is instilling his extensive mastery of the construction industry into his younger co-workers, just as his superiors had done for him.
Coming to E&W
Since his youth, Shannon Meadows has had a passion for building things. In his childhood, he learned carpentry skills from his grandfather and uncle, which ingrained him with both a nascent work ethic and the capacity to take pride in it. As an adult, Shannon spent time working as a union laborer and carpenter. While he enjoyed his time spent in this field of work, he felt it prevented him from broadening his skill sets beyond his designated job title. It was 1989 when Shannon learned about the career opportunities available at E&W through a newspaper ad. He jumped at the chance to join a team that would help him develop and refine a more varied skillset in concrete construction.
Shannon says one of the first things he noticed at E&W was how early all of his co-workers came in, which served as confirmation that he was now part of a group of similarly hard-working individuals who were proud of the work they did and the company they did it for. It was also in his early days at E&W that he realized he was indeed at a company that gave employees opportunities to learn a diverse number of skills. Whether it’s ordering concrete, operating a huge number of different vehicles and equipment, or simply remaining up-to-date on what types of material to use at different times of the year, Shannon admires the fact that employees can learn these things, and countless more, as they desire.
Shannon’s Most Interesting Project
Out of the several jobs he’s done, Shannon says his most interesting one so far was working at an air plant, where he got to use a ton of massive equipment in a wholly unique environment. The job challenged him to learn a lot, but it also included an illuminating trip to Wyoming where he studied an old foundation from which he took equipment to a new work site in Texas. He then had to replicate the same foundations from the Wyoming site, albeit in an entirely different climate.
When Shannon isn’t working, he’s likely at home in Indiana with his wife and four kids, with whom he enjoys fishing and going to sporting events with. He also has two grandchildren that he greatly enjoys spending time with. Other than that, Shannon insists he’s really not much of a busybody outside of work, and is perfectly content enjoying an evening of solitude, relaxing at home after another hard yet rewarding day of concrete construction.