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President George W. Bush’s “Portraits of Courage” – An excellent way to support Veterans

Our firm is always looking for opportunities to encourage members of our community to support veterans.  When we saw the most recent project of former President George W. Bush, we knew it was something we wanted to share with as many people as possible. portraits of courage

The Portraits of Courage collection is an oil painting art exhibit of 9/11-era Veterans with whom the President has developed relationships since their return from service. All of the portraits have been painted by the President himself. A collection of 66 of the portraits, along with the service members’ stories, have been published in a hardback cover book entitled Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors. The book is being sold for only $35 online and in stores.

All proceeds from the sales go to supporting veterans through the work  and programs of the George W. Bush Center and its Military Service Initiative. According to the Center’s website, “The Military Service Initiative helps post-9/11 veterans and their families make a successful transition to civilian life and addresses issues of veteran wellness, including post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.”

The entire portrait collection can be seen in person in Dallas, TX at the George W. Bush Center on the SMU campus until the fall of this year.

Semper Tek, Inc. encourages you to support Veterans in any way that you feel compelled to do so. Whether it is purchasing this book, volunteering at your local VA hospital, or reaching out to a Veteran you know to check-in on them or simply to say ‘thank you,’ our firm strongly believes that we all share the duty of supporting all our nation’s veterans.

For more information about the Portraits of Courage project, click here.  To find out about local volunteering options with the Department of Veterans Affairs, click here.

Thank you in advance for your support of our nation’s Veterans.


Senate’s Blueprint for Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure includes $10 billion for VA Hospitals and Assisted Living Centers

Recently the U.S. Senate Democrats’ put out a position paper with a plan to “Rebuild America’s Infrastructure.” Their plan lays out an investment of $1 trillion which would create more than 15 million jobs and would vastly improve and repair our nation’s failing infrastructure.

One component of the plan is a $10 Billion investment in building VA hospitals and assisted living facilities.  This portion alone is estimated to create 130,000 jobs!  Most importantly though, this would be extremely beneficial to America’s Veterans and would help to provide them with the treatment and benefits that they have earned and deserve.

If you want to read the entire position paper, “Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure,” click here.

The one-pager graphic is available here.


SBA approves Semper Tek, Inc. and Hinkle Holding Company, LLC for Mentor-Protege program

Semper Tek, Inc. and Hinkle Holding Company, LLC have recently been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program. Hinkle Holding Company, LLC., a business with management who have significant experience in civil, environmental, and utilities construction will serve as the business Mentor to Semper Tek, Inc., a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business General Construction and Project Management firm.

The SBA created the All Small Mentor Protégé Program in November 2016; although it has operated this program for minority and women owned businesses for many years. The program allows a small business (Protégé Company) to work closely with and learn from a larger business (Mentor Company). Assistance can be provided by the Mentor to the Protégé in the following areas: Management and Technical Assistance; Financial Assistance; Contracting Assistance; Trade Education; Business Development Assistance; and General and Administrative Assistance. The business relationships can be established for an initial period of three years and has measurable goals it must meet that will demonstrate the growth and capabilities of the protégé firm. The SBA must approve all business relationships for them to be deemed valid.

Semper Tek, Inc. and Hinkle Holding Company, LLC.’s application was approved by the SBA in December 2016 and will be beneficial to Semper Tek’s continued growth as well as provide increased capabilities for civil works projects.

Hinkle Holding Company, LLC’s management formerly owned and operated Hinkle Contracting Corporation, which was founded by Mr. Buckner Hinkle. Through Hinkle Contracting Corporation, members of the Hinkle family have managed highway and transportation related construction operations in the southeast U.S., and to a limited extent, Central America. Members of Hinkle Holding Company have completed multi-million dollar projects in utilities construction, asphalt and concrete paving, environmental remediation, railroad construction and earthwork. Additionally, the leadership team at Hinkle Holding have produced and sold construction materials, including crushed limestone, asphalt and masonry products.

Semper Tek, Inc. has operated since July 2008 as a General Construction and Project Management firm. The firm specializes in construction services for federal government agencies including, but not limited to the Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, General Services Administration, United States Air Force, and USDA Forest Service. Their past projects have ranged in value from $25,000.00 to $8,600,000.00 and have primarily been vertical building construction, renovation, and horizontal construction.

“We are thrilled to have formerly established this Mentor-Protégé relationship with Hinkle Holding Company, LLC,” said Scott Matheny, President of Semper Tek, Inc. “This relationship will allow Semper Tek, Inc. to meet goals we established in our business plan, and increase our capabilities as a firm. We are very excited to work with and learn from the Hinkle family management team.

“We are delighted to have established a Mentor – Protégé relationship with Scott Matheny and his team at Semper Tek, Inc.”, said Tom Hinkle, Executive Vice President of Hinkle Holding Company, LLC.  “Semper Tek has established a reputation as a high quality company that can get the job done. All of us at Hinkle Holding are looking forward to working closely with the Semper Tek team as they grow and expand their business.”

For more information about Semper Tek, Inc. visit www.SemperTekInc.com.  To learn more about the All Small Mentor Protégé Program visit SBA.gov.


Excited to provide Christmas to a Veteran in need

For the past several  years Semper Tek, Inc. employees have come together to provide Christmas for presents-for-va-familya veteran and their family who are in need.  This is one of the ways our company works to give back to the communities that give us so much opportunity. Members of our staff either donate money or shop for the family to purchase items on their “wish list.” We then wrap the presents and get them back to the VA for delivery.

This year our firm is working with the Robley Rex VA Hospital in Louisville, KY.  Semper Tek, Inc. has been fortunate to be able to perform several projects at this VA location over the past several years.

If you would be interested in helping veterans this holiday season you can contact your local VA.  Click here to find the contact information for your local donation center at your VA.


Heading down the homestretch of the 5th Floor Vertical Addition Project at Lexington VAMC

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We’re in our final homestretch of work on the fifth floor vertical addition project that we are performing at the Cooper Drive location of the VA Medical Center in Lexington, KY.  The new floor has been added to serve as offices.

The interior finishes look tremendous and the exterior flows seamlessly with the existing structure. We are quite proud of how this project has executed.  Our team has performed exceptionally on this difficult project which called for increased safety and infectious controls due to the fact that the hospital remained fully-operational during all phases of construction.

We are excited to soon turn over this new building to its owners. To date, this is the highest dollar value project to be completed by Semper Tek, Inc.

To learn more about this project, view our project profile.