March 6-12, 2022 is Women in Construction Week. We are recognizing some of the women who own and operate construction businesses, or work as construction safety professionals in the Philadelphia region’s construction industry. These women and their companies are changing the Philadelphia region, both its physical and cultural landscapes.
This week, we’re spotlighting Gwendolyn Sims, President, E.C. Fence & Iron Works, Inc.
How and why did you pursue a career in construction?
My grandmother, the woman who raised me, inspired me to be a strong woman and to pave my own path in the world. She made me the confident person who is always up for a good challenge. As far as starting my own business, my father-in-law was in construction in Philadelphia, and he is the one who inspired me to start my own company. Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, I always loved Philadelphia, so this is the location where I set my heart and my company, EC Fence & Iron Works.
What do you love about running your construction business?
Honestly, there are three things I love about running my own business. One: Driving around the city and being able to see what my team has accomplished. Two: Being able to connect and form life-long relationships with some of the greatest people in construction. Three: Being able to donate and give back to our communities. For instance, we recently donated a K-9 Training facility for police officers from different districts to train and be able to work with their dogs. We helped them from designing it to completion.
What is one of your favorite past or current projects, and why?
We have done some amazing projects in Philadelphia, but one that stands out would be 401 N. Broad with P. Agnes, Inc. This project provided us the opportunity to use all the divisions of EC Fence & Iron Works. We supplied and installed temporary fencing, Wallace by-fold gates, and gate automation. We also fabricated and installed of miscellaneous metals (handrails, stairs, bollards, & structural steel) and permanent chain link and ornamental fence. I love being able to offer full packages like this to our clients.
Click below to see a full list of GBCA members that are certified Women-Owned Business Enterprises:
About Women in Construction Week
WIC Week was founded by The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) which includes over 115 chapters across the country. NAWIC offers its members education, support, and networking to help advance their careers in construction, build their technical skills, and become leaders.