Employee Spotlight | Sarah Ray

Western would like to recognize Sarah Ray as our Employee Spotlight.

Kudos, Sarah—and thank you for being a valued member of the Western team!

Q&A with Sarah Ray


What is your role at Western?

Sales Project Manager


What do you like most about Western?

I like the environment. Everyone here feels like family and more than just coworkers. I also enjoy the fact that two days are never the same, so I’m constantly learning.


What are three words to describe Western?

Challenging. Exciting. Family.


What is your proudest moment at Western?

It would probably be my first big sale that I got an [internal] iFlash for. (Mecklenburg Pedestrian Bridges)


What has been your favorite project at Western?

My favorite project was probably the South Mountain Spillway in Morganton. It was in the valley of the mountains, and the scenery was gorgeous during early morning meetings.


How did you first learn about Western?

I was in college, just browsing the internet for internship opportunities, and I came across Western. What set it apart from all of the other companies is the fact that it was restoration and not new construction. It felt like a much better fit for my learning style, so I decided to go on a limb and apply, and never looked back!


Before working at Western what was the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had?

My high-school and college gig was selling fireworks every 4th of July and New Years.


What advice do you have for prospective Western candidates?

Just give it a try! During my time at school, it seemed like everyone could only talk about new construction. It can make people looking to go into our field feel like they’re confined to this new construction box, but that simply isn’t true. From someone who struggled with the idea of that, stepping into restoration was exactly the breath of fresh air that I needed. Don’t limit yourself and don’t be afraid to try something different!


What have you gained from Working at Western?

Knowledge. After two years, I still feel like I learn something new every day. Whether it’s on the admin side or the sales side or the field side, I’m constantly learning and that is invaluable.


What is on your wish list for the next 10 years with Western?

I hope to keep advancing within the company, wherever that may take me.


If you could switch your job with anyone else within Western, whose job would you want?

Sara Bequette 😊 I love social media and marketing so I definitely think it would be fun to take a crack at it!


What about you? What do you personally enjoy?

I personally enjoy Dirt Track Racing and Disney World. My weekends are spent on the roads with Chris Ferguson Motorsports selling merchandise or down in Orlando with Mickey Mouse! Recently, I even ventured out to become an official Disney Travel Agent! (If anyone is looking to plan a magical vacation, I’d love to help out. All Castle, No Hassle on Facebook) 😊

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Offutt Control Tower | Omaha, NE

The Western Specialty Contractors Sheet Metal Division in Kansas City, MO, recently replaced leaking, improperly installed wall panels and flashings covering the control tower at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, NE.

Historic Offutt AFB is the headquarters for the US Strategic Command, 557th Weather Wing, and 55th Wing, the largest wing of the United States Air Force’s Air Combat Command. With its history dating back to 1894, Offutt AFB has played an essential role throughout US history, including hosting one of the first major strategy sessions by President George W. Bush in response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

With so many crucial military aircraft flying in and out of Offutt daily, it’s imperative that its airfield and control tower function properly at all times.

Western Specialty Contractors was contracted to replace leaking freezer panels and associated flashing on the envelope of the base’s control tower. The damage resulted from improper installation when the structure was built nearly 30 years ago.

Western’s sheet metal experts worked with project general contractor HHI Corp. to estimate/bid the job and design and fabricate a new Dri-Design wall panel system and associated flashings. Dri-Design is a 100% recyclable, pressure-equalized rain-screen architectural metal wall system that attaches to nearly any substrate without using clips or extrusions. Its interlocking design makes installation quick and easy, plus it comes in a variety of colors, materials, textures and custom perforations.

Western installed the control tower’s new metal panel system within a month and on budget. The architect on the project was Kenneth Hahn Architects.

For more information about Western’s KC Sheet Metal Branch, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com/projects/branches/kc-sheet-metal/.

About Western Specialty Contractors

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing, and specialty roofing. Western offers a nationwide network of expertise that building owners, engineers, architects, and property managers can count on to develop cost-effective, corrective measures that can add years of useful life to a variety of structures, including industrial, commercial, healthcare, historic, educational and government buildings, parking structures, and sports stadiums. Western is headquartered in St. Louis, MO, with 30 branch offices nationwide and employs more than 1,200 salaried and hourly professionals who offer the best, time-tested techniques and innovative technology. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit https://WesternSpecialtyContractors.com.