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Gulzar Singh

President
Pan-Oceanic Engineering Co., Inc.

Location: Cook County
Year Founded: 1998
Industry Group Specific: Construction Industry

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Gulzar Singh, a civil engineer graduate, migrated to the United States from India in 1987 for a better future and life. He worked in the Chicagoland area in the construction industry for over 12 years and decided to start his own business.

Pan-Oceanic Engineering Co., Inc. was initially run from his home and from his bag, and his car was his field office. “For the first year, he ran the office with no help and managed field operations with his brother and two employees in the field, one truck and trailer, a skid steer loader and a roller,” said his staff. “He successfully finished that first year which gave him the encouragement he needed to keep going.”

Now, as the president and CEO, Singh has top clients including the Chicago Department of Transportation, the Chicago Park District, the Illinois Department of Transportation and other municipalities and private clients.

Pan-Oceanic Engineering Co., Inc. is a general contractor with combined knowledge of over 100 years in highway/heavy, civil construction work. The company’s specialties include installation of storm and sanitary sewer systems, water distribution, lead service replacements, streetscapes, excavation and grading, pavement demolition, concrete and asphalt paving, fence and bridgework, aggregate base and erosion control.

“The company, which started from humble beginnings, has now become a thriving enterprise,” said Singh. “Through unwavering commitment and hard work, I have had the privilege of creating more than 100 job opportunities in my industry.”

Singh said that he has remained steadfast in his belief in the power of teamwork. “Embodying a philosophy that a cohesive and skilled team is the cornerstone of any successful endeavor, I believe that one’s own capabilities are intrinsically linked to the strength of the team,” he said. “I strive to cultivate a robust and dynamic workforce.”

Today, Pan-Oceanic Engineering Co., Inc. stands as one of the top three underground contracts in the City of Chicago. Singh has also been an influential member of the industry, serving as president of the Underground Contractors Association and on the board of directors for the Midwest American Regional Bargaining Association.

The firm has earned the MBE Contractor Achievement Award in the Streetscape Projects category from the City of Chicago’s Department of Transportation. United Airlines also honored the company with an Outstanding Performance Award. Singh was named the Minority Contractor of the Year, too.

“My defining strengths lie in my ability to foster strong and mutually beneficial relationships, utilizing these connections to create positive outcomes for all involved parties,” said Singh. “I approach interactions with a steadfast commitment to fairness, earning the trust of those I engage with and cultivate enduring partnerships that evolve into valuable resources over time.”

For his invaluable leadership and impact on the Chicagoland community, Singh has been named a titan.

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My defining strengths lie in my ability to foster strong and mutually beneficial relationships, utilizing these connections to create positive outcomes for all involved parties. I approach interactions with a steadfast commitment to fairness, earning the trust of those I engage with and cultivating enduring partnerships that evolve into valuable resources over time. A key aspect of my professional demeanor is the ability to maintain emotional composure, even in the face of challenging circumstances. This unwavering composure enables me to navigate difficult situations with a clear mind, facilitating the development of effective solutions and mitigating potential crises with a composed and strategic approach. Furthermore, I thrive on the thrill of confronting and overcoming challenges, consistently demonstrating a readiness to take on new and demanding tasks, leveraging each experience as an opportunity for growth and advancement.

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