Staying Local

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

By contributing writer Amber Woods

P. Flanigan & Sons is proud to be a part of Baltimore and the surrounding communities.

With roots in Baltimore that stretch back over 125 years, P. Flanigan believes in the benefits of being a part of the community.

Local relationships created the fabric of P. Flanigan’s culture and a sit-down with company President Pierce Flanigan shed a little light on why that is.

“This was originally a barn for the teams of mules owned by the company,” Pierce Flanigan says of company headquarters, located on Loch Raven Road in the heart of Baltimore City.  “We’ve been here a long time and we like it.”

After more than a century in Baltimore, staying local has certainly provided some benefits to the company.

The energy surrounding a family-owned business operating in the same area for many years includes strong relationships with subcontractors, local businesses, and the various agencies that administer infrastructure construction and maintenance.

Strong ties also exist with the beneficiaries of the infrastructure: the citizens of Baltimore, some of which make up the more than 200 employees at P. Flanigan. When it comes to roadways, railroads and airports, P. Flanigan & Sons is a familiar name in the infrastructure business.

But it’s more than name recognition that matters to Pierce Flanigan. His family-owned business isn’t just another faceless corporation. He cares about the company his ancestors created, and he values and respects the work ethic of his dedicated employees-many of whom are Baltimore residents themselves.

“I always get a kick out of it when one of the guys tells me he was working on the street where someone he knows lives, or on a parking lot of a school he used to go to,” Pierce Flanigan said, “The infrastructure they’re working on is a part of their lives too.”

And, like his father and grandfather before him, Pierce Flanigan believes it’s important to stay involved in the community in which he lives and works. He makes an effort to be involved in the various arts and projects in Baltimore, particularly those involving environmental and water quality issues. He is a member of the Downtown Sailing Center, and serves on the boards of The Baer School and The Parking Authority of Baltimore City.

In recognition of his late father, Pierce Flanigan is part of the nonprofit organization that is planning “Pierce’s Park” within Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The park, which will serve as a landscaped green space, is being named in honor of the late Pierce J. Flanigan III in remembrance of his dedication to Baltimore City. The park is in the early stages of site development.

Every highway, airport or other infrastructure project P. Flanigan takes on is about teaming with local subcontractors and businesses, and building relationships that will last, and where everyone shares equal success.

“We utilize other local businesses: from the local office supply company to the sign shop that makes decals for our pickup trucks.” Pierce Flanigan said.

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