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image Griff Rausch, owner of Engineered Wall Systems

DALLAS/FT WORTH - When Griff Rausch learned the large building enclosure company he worked for was diversifying its scope of work, he admits he “wasn’t really interested in participating in it.” Fortunately, he didn’t have to be: Alec McDougall, CEO of the John W. McDougall Company in Nashville and The McDougall Family of Companies, stepped in to ask Rausch to create Engineered Wall Systems Texas.



    Rausch says having McDougall as a backer helped smooth EWS Texas’ first years. They started doing sales in a small, rented Fort Worth office building in 2015, moved up to buying their current North Richland Hills building, and grew from a team of three to a office staff of 15 and nearly 80 field employees. They have also worked on high-profile projects such as The Shops at Clearfork and the Irving Music Factory.
    As fast as the company has grown, its culture has been carefully cultivated. Family days, outings and job site lunches are just a few ways EWS Texas shows care for its employees. The company donates to school athletic programs and the YMCA and, as an employer of veterans, also hopes to contribute to veteran-related causes.
    “We really try to build an employee-friendly environment and make this company different than other companies I worked for,” he says. “Here, you’re not just an employee. We try to be a family, support one another and give everybody an opportunity to grow to their potential. That’s probably my favorite part, just empowering people to better themselves.”
    Now, Rausch said the time has come for EWS Texas to finally catch its breath.
    “We’ve had this meteoric growth in the past two years. We would like to spend the next year or so just getting our feet back under us and solidifying our position in our work force. I would like to see us continue to grow at a slower, more reasonable pace,” Rausch says. “I think we will probably just stay in Texas and keep focusing on our work here. It’s a great market and the people here are nice.”
    Subcontractor Engineered Wall Systems Texas is in North Richland Hills. –mjm

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Melissa Jones-Meyer dfweditor@constructionnews.net