2021 Year in Review – Week 4


If you’ve been following along these last few weeks, you’ve already read the first three in our four-part Year in Review series for 2021. If you missed them, you can find them in our Newsroom here:

As the year officially comes to a close, today we’ll wrap up the last in our four-part series. We’ll celebrate and explore more about Perlo’s community involvement and accolades in 2021.

The Perlo Community in 2021

Here at Perlo, we work hard to maintain a positive, inclusive and fun culture for our people to be a part of. This includes giving back to our people, our community and our industry. The COVID-19 pandemic challenged us to find new and unique ways to maintain our award-winning company culture. Still, in 2021, we have done just that. In July, our office staff returned full time to the office, utilizing social distancing and mask policies to keep all of our workers safe. We have worked collectively to create a jovial atmosphere, amid a lot of hard work, through small group meetings, a book club, small gatherings for happy hours, and more.

In March of this year, we adapted our Fiscal Year-End celebration for 2020 for the COVID-19 pandemic to be a drive-through event. Employees drove through our parking lot and stopped at various stations to receive their annual performance bonuses, special treats and a yearbook. Among the year’s chaos, Perlo continued to hold internal company events. One of our most popular included the Perlo Turkey bowl, an outdoor flag football event held just before Thanksgiving.

In addition, 2021 at Perlo featured:

  • Office employee block parties
  • Jobsite tours for all staff members
  • Christmas ornament and tree decorating
  • Halloween Costume Party
  • Office and Superintendent Holiday Luncheon
  • Ugly Holiday Sweater Walk

Perlo Cares Program

This year, our Perlo Cares team members volunteered more than 336 philanthropy hours of time with 7 different organizations, including Store to Door, Adopt-a-road, The Angels in the Outfield, and more. Charitable giving of goods as well as sponsorships and direct donations are a large part of our philanthropic efforts each year. Some of our giving has included:

320 turkeys given out to employees and community groups before Thanksgiving

Over 400 coats and toys collected by Perlo and donated to The Angels in the Outfield Holiday Store

Loan of generators during the winter storm in February to power the Parrott Creek Ranch facility

We also made direct donations to:

Company Growth

Perlo has been on a growth trajectory for many years, and 2021 has been busier than ever. As we’ve grown, we have searched high and low to find the best talent to add to our team. So far this year, we have hired 37 new office staff or superintendents and 156 field crew members. We continue to seek additional candidates for project managers, project engineers, estimators and superintendents. If you’re interested in joining our team, check out our careers page and apply today! 

2021 Company Accolades

We are proud to have achieved a variety of awards from industry groups this year, including multiple Development of the Year awards, the 100 Best Companies award, and more. Several individuals also received recognition, including:

Hard Hat Safety Award

Chris McInroe
Project Director

Forty Under 40 Award

Elissa Looney
Director Strategic Initiatives

Phenoms & Icon Award

Chris Gregg
Sr. VP of Operations

Building Diversity Award

Todd Duwe
VP of Business Development

As a company, we are proud to have received the following awards:

  • CAB, SIOR, NAIOP Development of the Year Runner-Up (Mahlum TI)
  • CAB, SIOR, NAIOP Development of the Year Finalist (Columbia Distributing)
  • CAB, SIOR, NAIOP Development of the Year Winner (Portland Meadows)
  • CICP 2021 Law Enforcement Partner Award Winner
  • DJC 2021 Top Project of the Year Winner (Columbia Distributing)
  • DJC 2021 Oregon’s Reader Rankings Best General Contractor (Rank #1)
  • Oregon Business’ 2021 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon (Rank #8)
  • Oregon Business’ 2021 100 Best Green Companies to Work for in Oregon (Winner)
  • Oregonian 2021 Top Workplaces (Rank #7)
  • PBJ 2021 Fastest Growing Private Companies (Rank #124)
  • PBJ 2021 List of Middle Market Companies (Rank #8)
  • PBJ 2021 Commercial Contractors List (Rank #15)
  • PBJ 2021 Philanthropy Award (Rank #37)
  • PBJ 2021 Healthiest Employers in Oregon 100-499 Employees (Top 15)

This year held its fair share of trials and tribulations. However, our people at Perlo succeeded in making it an incredible and memorable year by keeping culture and company growth at the top of our priorities. This year has set a new standard for success, and we look forward to 2022 and all it has to bring.