Values & Culture

The Foundation of Our Success

We care about quality work done right the first time, so we self-perform and hire dependable partners. We care about supporting the communities we work in, so our time, resources, and profits are donated without hesitation. We care about the skilled labor shortage, so we spearhead professional development initiatives through apprenticeship programs.

Each day, our mission is to deliver innovative commercial construction solutions that build trust, earn respect, and create value for our clients.

How do we ensure we’re accomplishing our mission? Our values. These values allow us to hire the right employees, train these employees with a purpose, and retain quality workers that put forth incredible effort and service. These values are:

Integrity

We value the contributions of each of our employees and treat each other with respect and dignity. We conduct ourselves with uncompromising integrity, making sure our words match our actions.

Excellence

We believe there is no substitution for a strong work ethic and dedication. Working together, we focus on delivering a positive experience for our customer throughout the construction process.

Family

We center our work environment around family, shared values, and goals. Understanding family comes first, we care for and help each other because we believe in and trust one another. We build up surrounding communities by supporting and assisting organizations that are working to better our society.

Safety

We charge each employee with a personal and professional commitment to make sure each employee, subcontractor, site visitor, etc. returns home safely every day. We ensure all employees have the tools and training needed to eliminate jobsite injuries.

Quality

For us, quality means maintaining rigorous standards for all our projects, no matter the size. We care deeply about our work, about providing excellent customer service, and achieving results for our clients that exceed their expectations.

How Do We Live Out Our Mission?

Delivering innovative construction solutions

In 2020, we launched our off-site construction division to offer our clients an even greater level of quality while streamlining our construction processes. Our prefabrication and modular construction procedures are focused on safety, quality, schedule improvement and precision/accuracy. Our team has learned how often problems are resolved in the field, which can cause potential issues in the future. Everything created here is exactly as it was designed.

Build Trust

Integrity is the focal point of every decision we make. Success is proven by various metrics, but to us it is repeat business from clients. Fifty years ago, we built a factory for Urschel Laboratories and over the years constructed 28 additions. When Urschel, the global leader in food cutting technology, wanted a new world headquarters, it again turned to our team, who not only designed and built the 400,000 square-foot structure, but managed the massive logistics effort of moving every piece of equipment without losing a single day of production. This is merely one relationship of many we’ve managed to nurture for decades. If you spend an afternoon in our office, you’re bound to hear stories of our project teams springing into action during unexpected emergencies for our clients and going the extra mile to make sure they look like the hero for their company. We truly do whatever it takes to make our clients happy.

PNW Pathway Program–Developing Future Construction Leaders

Before the labor shortage became headline news, Tonn and Blank was proactive in creating a solution to this dilemma. In 2020, it spearheaded a professional development initiative, collaborating with Purdue University Northwest (PNW), to create the PNW Pathway Program. PNW recognizes associate degrees earned from Ivy Tech Community College through its apprenticeship programs and applies those credits towards a Purdue degree. Students who complete the Pathway Program not only earn a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision, but also elevate their abilities by gaining a competitive career advantage. In addition to this program, Tonn and Blank firmly believes that its move into off-site construction is opening doors to new, exciting opportunities that will attract more talent to the industry.

Officially launching in January 2021, we’re proud to say that we have 16 team members in their second semester of the PNW Pathway Program. Our goal is to roll out this initiative at all of our office locations to provide career development opportunities for leadership roles within our organization.

Award – Winning work

Construction Advancement Foundation

2013

Project of the Year
for Franciscan Alliance Charleston Emergency Department

2015

Contractor of the Year

Project of the Year
for Urschel Laboratories

2016

Contractor of the Year

Project of the Year
for Artspace Uptown Artists’ Lofts

2018

Project of the Year
Duneland Boys & Girls Club

2020

Project of the Year
Franciscan Beacon Hospital

Engineering News Record

2016

ENR Midwest Top Contractor

2017

ENR Midwest Top Contractor

2018

ENR Top 25 Healthcare Contractors

ENR Top 400 Contractor

2020

ENR Top 400 Contractor

Northwest Indiana Business Roundtable

2015

Northwest Indiana Business Roundtable Safety Achievement AwardNorthwest Indiana Business Roundtable Safety Recognition Award

2016

Northwest Indiana Business Roundtable Safety Achievement Award
Northwest Indiana Business Roundtable Safety Recognition Award
Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly Commercial Contractor of the Year
Northwest Indiana Business Roundtable Safety Recognition
Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly Commercial Contractor of the Year

2017

Northwest Indiana Business Roundtable Safety Achievement Award
Northwest Indiana Business Roundtable Safety Recognition Award

2018

Northwest Indiana Business Roundtable Safety Recognition Award

Indiana Subcontractors Association

2015

Indiana Subcontractors Association- Contractor of the Year

Innovation Award

The CAF presented its Excellence in Professional Development award to honor companies or individuals that take a proactive role in activities like training, workforce development, or education. Jon Gilmore, president and CEO of Tonn and Blank Construction, earned the award for his efforts in securing new degree pathways for construction program graduates.

In 2019, Gilmore spearhead talks with Purdue University Northwest (PNW) to create a bachelor’s degree pathway for journey-level construction tradespeople who have successfully completed their apprenticeship program and earned their associates degree in Applied Science from Ivy Tech Community College. The new degree pathway with PNW is in Project Leadership and was developed under the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership & Supervision program.

This degree will help skilled trade workers develop their skills so that they can seamlessly transition into field leadership positions.

Meet our team

Our leadership team adheres to our core values and creates a flourishing culture that generates sustained success.

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