Noelia Puentes from the NHEO Institute team, recently visited IOC Company facilities with the CEO of the company, Oscar Cuellar, who are members of the NHEO Institute. IOC Company is a full-service company whose goal is to build local roads, airfields, streets and highways, parking lots, and industrial pavements.
IOC Company, based in McAllen, Texas, believes that partnership and teamwork are essential in providing the product and services that customers deserve.
Cuellar, one of its founders, pointed out that construction has been part of his life since childhood, “Construction is my passion. I never feel like I’m going to work.”
He also says that this essential industry makes him feel connected to his family, “What I like most is seeing the progress of a project. I love to build.”
Cuellar and his team are always working to meet their goals
This company is now facing the work style changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately IOC Company continued with all its projects in progress.
During this time, they have taken precautions to prevent contagion in the workplace. For example, using the 6/10 rule.
If a worker is close to another for more than 10 seconds and less than 6 feet, they must wear a mouthpiece. As with tools, workers try not to share them or at least disinfect them after use.
They always stay hydrated and each one carries their own glass so they don’t have to share it when drinking water. Noelia also had the opportunity to meet Manuel Verástegui, one of the workers, who told her that everyone has access to antibacterial gel, they changed their hours of entry to prevent crowds at the doors and they made sure to remind each other of the importance of social distancing.
Cuellar says with pride “My priority is the safety of my workers. Let them go home the same way they got to work.”
We thank IOC Company for allowing us this visit at their workplace and for showing us the Tierra Firme Materials facilities, where they produce their own material for projects.
About IOC Company
Founded in 2005, IOC Company, L.L.C. is a heavy civil contractor with a history of top performance in various markets. IOC Company, L.L.C. has successfully completed projects ranging from small site developments to multimillion dollar road infrastructure projects. IOC Company, L.L.C. develops and perfects each project’s individual critical path in order to carefully manage every aspect of the project and avoid potential conflicts. Using the latest technology in the industry has led IOC Company, L.L.C. to produce high quality projects in an efficient manner. IOC Company, L.L.C. also produces sand, gravel, flex base (caliche) and other construction materials.