Cramer and Rhinehart Inducted Into AGC Iowa Hall of Fame
DES MOINES, IA The AGC Iowa Hall of Fame inducts those individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and commitment to the betterment of the highway, bridge, municipal, and utility construction industry in Iowa. Two individuals who have exemplified these qualities were honored at the 93rd Annual Convention and inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Robert Cramer grew up in the bridge construction business tagging along with his dad, Delmer, to AGC meetings as far back as he can remember. Along the way, he graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in construction engineering. Cramer joined Cramer and Associates, Inc. and served as an estimator, engineer, safety officer and EEO officer.
In 2000, Robert and his cousin, Dan Cramer, began to share the position of President of the company. Robert served as President in 2010 and served on the Workforce Development Committee, Training and Education Committee, and the EEO/DBE Advisory Board during that time. Even after leaving as President of Cramer and Associates, Inc., he still actively engaged as the liaison with the Iowa DOT on issues relating to the training program, AGC Iowa Careers Board, and DBE/EEO compliance issues. For his efforts he has been awarded the AGC Iowa Member of the Year in 2000 and again in 2014. He is the only member to win that award twice.
Russell Rhinehart started working for his grandfather in 1955 at the age of 13. His grandfather taught him the value of good employees and working with them to get the job done. In 1960, he went to work for Rhinehart's, Inc. in Victor, Iowa, and in 1972 he started Iowa Erosion Control with the help of Junie and Merlin Manatt. In the late 70's they added the concrete pavement repair, which they have continued to do today. In the early 80's, Manatt's, Inc. and Rhinehart purchased L.L. Pelling Co. and Cedar Rapids Asphalt. The transition went smoothly as both Rhinehart and Lloyd Pelling understood employees were their most important assets.
He has been a member of the AGC Iowa since the early 70's and he also joined APAI and NAPA in the 80's. He spearheaded an effort to improve the Special Olympics in Iowa. Through his effort, he brought in General Mills and made the Iowa Winter Special Olympics the huge event it is today. Additionally, he was a big supporter of Camp Courageous, which is a camp for individuals with disabilities.