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When SGC launched in 2009, the staff consisted of just two people – the husband-and-wife team of Jerome and Michele Garcia, along with the after-school help of their teenage kids Shelby and Justin – but that didn’t limit the company’s ambition. Some of SGC’s first projects included renovation of a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facility, as well as a project to chip-seal a road winding through a Bureau of Land Management property.
Today, SGC’s staff hovers around 15 people. Over the course of our first decade, we’ve completed well over 100 projects, ranging from remote wilderness fencing to remodels to multi-million-dollar airfield and paving projects. SGC also does industrial and commercial work, as well as some residential remodeling. SGC’s projects vary widely in nature and location, often requiring travel to some of the more tucked-away spots in New Mexico and far-west Texas.
SGC President Jerome Garcia brings a unique perspective to the company’s projects on military installations like Fort Bliss, Holloman Air Force Base, White Sands Missile Range, and more. Immediately after graduating from New Mexico State University with a degree in civil engineering in 1993, Jerome went to work for the U.S. Department of the Air Force. For nearly 23 years, he served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a combat engineer officer, participating in engineer operations across the United States and in such countries as Egypt, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, and Korea.
Jerome’s most notable service happened during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He commanded the 285th Engineer Company, which was forward-deployed to Iraq in April 2003 to April 2004. While there, the company conducted engineer operations, building airfields, helipads, main supply routes, highways, roads, base camps, forward operating bases, force protection, traffic control, and weapons ranges throughout the country. The company was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for its efforts in the first year of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Southwest General Construction has the distinction of being Veteran-owned, as well as locally and family-owned and operated. Jerome’s wife, Michele, consults on the design of SGC’s residential remodeling projects and oversees the company’s business administration. (With a family background in engineering, expertise in business, and more than two decades in construction and related industries herself, Michele also owns and operates her own company, Roadrunner Enterprise, LLC, which offers residential remodeling expertise, as well as construction management.)
The couple’s son Justin is a foreman for SGC, working alongside his crew members to complete projects that range from site work to building construction to remote projects. Their daughter Shelby Garcia Wilson administered contracts for the company while in high school and college before pursuing a career in counseling.
The entire Garcia family is grateful to its many repeat customers for the relationships that have been built through the successful completion of projects awarded to SGC. The family is also grateful to SGC's current and former employees for being integral members of the team. SGC looks forward to building on its reputation for performance, reliability, and excellent workmanship.