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Turning a Job Into a Career You Enjoy

An eager high school graduate ready to start making money, Freddie Martin started working in the construction industry around 1969. Progressive Products, a local MEP company, hired him as an apprentice; he completed their six-week program and has been working ever...

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Building a Long-Term Career in a Changing Industry

Building a Long-Term Career in a Changing Industry

One of the three principles that guided Byron Hicks through his career in the construction industry is, “Work the metal, don’t let the metal work you.” It was instilled in him by his father, who was highly skilled in sheet metal fabrication. Byron followed in his...

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President Appointed to Governor’s business-led board

President Appointed to Governor’s business-led board

J. William Karbach, CEO of The Branch Group, is proud to share Governor Ralph Northam’s nominations announced Friday for his Virginia Board of Workforce Development (VBWD). We are pleased to announce the appointment of Ernie Caldwell, President of G. J. Hopkins, a...

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New Service Dispatcher Welcomed

Through our transition of Service Manager, it became evident that we were in the need of an HVAC Service Dispatcher.  This will allow us to focus more on meeting the needs of our clients both in how we respond to service calls, but also allow Vicky to devote more...

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A TURN IN THE TRADES

A TURN IN THE TRADES

G.J. Hopkins enjoys a highly successful year of apprenticeships Over the last four years, G.J. Hopkins has seen a steadily rising influx of apprentices join its ranks. According to the company’s President, Ernie Caldwell, the numbers have climbed from an average of...

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Talking To The Next Generation Of Construction

Talking To The Next Generation Of Construction

On Thursday, April 12, 2018, Ernie Caldwell and Josh Mills attended a career fair at Franklin County High School. The goal of the visit was to introduce the students to our construction industry. Not only were we looking for prospective students who were interested in...

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