NM’s Best Older Worker Honored

Thu December 05, 2002 - West Edition

A member of the Rio Grande Underground Contractors Association was recently honored as the New Mexico recipient of the Most Outstanding Older Worker Award.

Sponsored by Experience Works, the award recognizes the contributions and accomplishments of senior workers.

George “Ed” Burroughs, 77, joined the Sundance Mechanical and Utility Corporation in Albuquerque 13 years ago. He started as a surveyor for the Army Corps of Engineers, then became a superintendent in 1965, building bridges, reservoirs, roadways, water and sewer lines, arroyos and subdivisions.

Burroughs joined Sundance as a project manager and estimator in 1989. In 1993, he moved into the company’s safety coordinator position, helping the firm garner the reputation as one of the safest workplaces in the state.

Under Burroughs’ leadership, Sundance received the Construction Users Roundtable National Safety Award, and the STEP Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors. The company also has been nominated for the Construction Industry Safety Excellence Award from the Construction Users Roundtable.

A year-long search identified the most outstanding older worker in each state. A selection committee representing the private sector, government, media, elected officials and workforce development specialists chose Burroughs for New Mexico’s honor. He was nominated by Sundance.

Burroughs received an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, where he participated in a weeklong program of events, award ceremonies and meetings with legislators.