Candy Lammers, family, friends, and members of the Chamber of Commerce held a groundbreaking in Wetzel for Lammer's construction company, CSL Contracting, LLC. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Candy Lammers, family, friends, and members of the Chamber of Commerce held a groundbreaking in Wetzel for Lammer's construction company, CSL Contracting, LLC. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

WETZEL – Businesswoman Candy Lammers broke ground on an office and warehouse for her construction company CSL Contracting, LLC on Friday. The business will be located in Wetzel.

Lammers has worked in construction for 17 years. For the past 8 years, she has worked with the State of Ohio and is sub-contracted with Gilbane Building Company to build schools. In February 2018, she made her dreams come true by starting her own business.

"The fact that it's happening is exciting," said Lammers. "I'm working for myself!"

Lammers and her husband, Bill, purchased land on the corner of Middle Point Wetzel and Wetzel Roads in November 2018 that housed a run-down trailer. The first step was removing the trailer, which had become an eye-sore for residents in Wetzel. A few months later, Lammers purchased a second lot next to the first one.

The first lot is zoned for business and is where her office will be located. Lammers said the office will be constructed from old barns.

"My husband loves to refurbish barns so we spent the entire summer tearing down barns to get barns home," she said. "And now we are ready to start putting it up."

Half of the space will work as an office and the other half will work as a warehouse to hold building materials. Lammers said she has been helping contractors meet their Edge Goals by helping them get construction materials.

Lammers recently got her EDGE (Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity) Certification. In order to get your EDGE training, a person has to be in business for a year.

"That's great because I work on State jobs and everybody on State jobs has to meet minority certification," said Lammers.

Lammers hopes to begin the construction process on her building this with plans to have it finished by the fall of next year.

"Everyone has been so supportive," said Lammers noting that her neighbors and her bosses at Gilbane have been very supportive in the whole process.