Portage - NW Indiana Operations Center + Fabrication Shop

Graycor's rich history in Northwest Indiana dates back to the company’s founding in the early 1920s when it began as a maintenance and demolition contractor serving industrial clients in the region. Since then, Graycor has evolved into the fully integrated provider it is today, offering construction and maintenance services to a broad range of clients within various industries, not only in Northwest Indiana, but across the U.S. as well.

For our Northwest Indiana clients, many of which we have worked with for decades, Graycor Industrial in recent years established a new state-of-the-art operations center and fabrication shop in Portage to allow us proximity to key resources and business partners while continuing to provide quality services to clients in the process (oil and gas), power, metals and gas infrastructure markets.

The Portage facility—situated on approximately 10 acres within the AmeriPlex at the Port business/industrial park— is located just one mile from I-94 and within close proximity to the Port of Indiana. Strategically located, our Portage facility allows for efficient transport of fabricated components.

Portage Facility at a Glance:

  • 44,000-sq. ft. Operations Center with Full-service Office

  • Laydown Yard and Staging
    • 12,000 sq. ft. Climate-controlled Fabrication Shop

    • 5- and 10-ton Overhead Cranes

    • Pipe Spool Fabrication

    • Skid-mounted Module Assembly

    • Pipe Movement Systems

    • Large Capacity Band Saws

    • Variety of Advanced Computerized Welding Equipment

  • 12,000-sq. ft. Maintenance Equipment and Vehicle Bay

  • 12,000-sq. ft. Small Tool Storage / Equipment Storage

Our Portage Team

Joe George Shawn Anderton Patrick Kouns Tim Mielke Kevin Grooms Ernie Anderson

Joe George

Vice President & General Manager, Power, Eastern U.S.

As Vice President and General Manager, Joe George leads Graycor Industrial’s power work in the eastern U.S., focused on environmental upgrades of fossil plants, new power generation facilities as well as transmission and distribution work. Joe brings more than 30 years of experience in project controls, project management and operations including civil, structural, equipment and piping experience in the industrial arena. Joe has been with Graycor for nearly 20 years achieving positions of increasing responsibility. He earned a B.S. in construction engineering from Iowa State University.


Shawn Anderton

Vice President & General Manager, Western U.S. Operations

Shawn Anderton is Vice President and General Manager, directing and overseeing Graycor Industrial’s construction work within the U.S. western region. Shawn brings over 25 years of experience in project controls, estimating, project management and operations in the process, power and gas infrastructure markets. A graduate of Kansas State University, Shawn earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering.


Patrick Kouns

General Manager, Metals

Pat joined Graycor Industrial in 1998 as a senior safety representative and has since held the positions of superintendent, project manager and construction manager. Throughout his career at Graycor, Pat has managed projects for key clients within the metals and power industries. In his role as General Manager, Pat is responsible for the management and oversight of capital and maintenance operations within Graycor’s metals division. Pat received an associate degree in mechanical and structural drafting from Kentucky Technical College, and is a former journeyman ironworker. Pat is an active member of the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST).


Tim Mielke

Project Director, Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Eastern U.S.

As Project Director, Tim Mielke is responsible for overseeing the company’s oil, gas and chemicals projects in the eastern U.S. With more than 33 years of industrial construction experience—with an expertise in process piping and mechanical erection—Tim began his career with Graycor Industrial in 2010 as Chief Estimator in charge of the company’s process project bids. Earning bachelor of science degrees in business administration-finance and economics from Minnesota State University, Tim also holds an M.B.A. degree in strategic management from the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America.


Kevin Grooms

Project Director, Gas Infrastructure + Power, Eastern U.S.

Kevin has over 24 years of experience in the construction industry primarily managing large, complex industrial projects. He began his career with Graycor as an intern and evolved into positions including project engineer, superintendent, project manager, construction manager, project executive and project director. Working in union environments, Kevin has a vast understanding of construction projects. In his role as Project Director, Kevin oversees the company’s gas infrastructure and power markets in the U.S. Eastern Region. He holds a bachelor of science degree in construction and an associate degree in civil engineering from Purdue University.


Ernie Anderson

Equipment Manager

As Equipment Manager for Graycor Industrial, Ernie Anderson oversees Yard and Shop operations at Graycor’s Portage office. He is responsible for management of tools, equipment and the company’s vehicle fleet, as well as assists field operations in hiring and placing operating engineers for Graycor throughout Indiana and Illinois. Ernie joined Graycor in 1996 and has more than 27 years of experience in the construction industry holding positions from operating engineer, superintendent and general foreman to his present positions of equipment manager and general manager. Ernie is a member of Local 150 International Union of Operating Engineers, and has received specialized training in OSHA 40-hour, Hazardous Materials 40-hour, crane and rigging, excavation competency and ATF responsible person for explosives. He is also an active member of Toastmasters.