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Lee Company Has a Labor Shortage Solution

Lee Company’s FM2 team provides reliable facilities management and maintenance.

By Livability on September 30, 2021

Lee Company’s FM2 team provides reliable facilities management and maintenance
Courtesy of Lee Company

As a post-pandemic labor shortage looms for businesses across the Nashville region, owners and managers are wondering where they’ll find the staff they need to manage their facilities. For many of them, the solution is not to hire anyone at all. 

Instead, they’re focusing on their core business without distractions and letting Lee Company handle the details of keeping their facilities running smoothly. 

Lee Company’s Facilities Management and Maintenance team (FM²) performs HVAC, electrical, and plumbing service and repairs, as well as general maintenance and projects. 

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Courtesy of Lee Company

“We have a serious skilled labor gap in the entire country. It’s hard for companies to keep workers with those skills in-house,” says Steve Scott, Lee Company senior vice president FM² business development. 

Some of the region’s largest employers rely on the Lee Company team, including Nissan, Vanderbilt Health, HCA, Ascension, the Nashville Predators, and the Tennessee Titans. 

For some clients, including Belmont and Cumberland universities, Lee Company FM² staff members are on-site every day. Other businesses may need help for a few days or weeks, or as briefly as a few hours. 

FM² team members can assist with tasks of all sizes, from rewiring electrical circuits to climbing a ladder for someone uncomfortable with heights. In an emergency, the FM² team is available 24/7. 

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“We exist so our clients can concentrate on doing the work they love,” Scott says. 

Lee Company technicians bring decades of experience when they walk in the door, but with such a diverse client base, they know it’s important to learn about each one before beginning work. 

The city of Nashville’s needs, for instance, are different from those of Ingram Barge, which relies of the FM² team to maintain its boats on the Cumberland River. 

“We have to start from a place of vulnerability and transparency,” Scott adds. “What does a successful day for an NFL team look like? Or a hospital or a barge company? We sit down with our customers, who co-create the solution with us.” 

“We have a serious skilled labor gap in the entire country. It’s hard for companies to keep workers with those skills in-house.” 

Steve Scott/Lee Company Senior Vice President FM² Business Development 

Technicians in the field can call on Lee Company’s Virtual Support Center to help craft solutions, which saves time and money for clients. Technology, like Lee Company’s own brand of smart thermostats, can continuously monitor facilities and provide instant alerts. 

“It’s like virtual boots on the ground 24/7 and provides actionable data,” Scott says. 

Lee Company technicians are part of a 1,500-person-strong, family-owned company that is committed to creating opportunities for its employees and supporting its communities. 

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Lee Company University, for example, provides free technical training for employees while building toward a journeyman’s license in their chosen trade. Lee Company also supports more than 130 nonprofits in the communities it serves. 

“A lot of companies can send a tradesperson to a site. The difference is the culture that we bring,” Scott says. “We have the skill sets to provide the service they need and a national industry-leading safety record. We have a team who are on their game every day.” 

For more information about the Lee Company, visit leecompany.com.

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