For a company that specializes in taking buildings down, Spirtas Wrecking Company has a proven track record of building employees up, leading to happy employees and one of the top workplaces in the St. Louis region.

Lizzie Macheca, Spirtas’ marketing and estimating coordinator, can speak from experience. In two years with the company, Macheca has grown her capabilities and learned an entirely new industry.

“I have two managers and they encourage me to maximize my potential and further my education,” Macheca said. “I’ve taken eight or nine courses to keep up with products that help our marketing and sharpen my skills.”

A local staple

Spirtas is a nationally recognized and trusted partner for commercial and industrial development projects involving property removal, redevelopment, remediation, recovery or renovation. With roots in St. Louis dating back to 1954, the company has made its mark in demolition. Major projects by the St. Louis branch have included demolition on St. Louis Arena and the former Wells Fargo Building downtown.

To execute ambitious projects, Spirtas works closely with local unions to place laborers and operators in vital jobs in the field. The in-house staff of around 15 employees works mostly on project planning, project management and business operations.

“We have a great reputation in St. Louis with developers and workers,” Macheca said. “If you are part of our team, you will never be hurting for work and it’s never going to be boring. We really make an effort to support our staff from the managers on down.”

Experts across the board

Spirtas’ track record of excellence in St. Louis is hard earned. Across the business, Macheca has been impressed by the know-how and passion of her colleagues.

“Demolition is a bit of a niche business,” she said. “It’s dirty work that is extremely complicated. We are looking for people who are really interested in how it works.”

A roster of skilled project managers are the engine that makes the company go. Spirtas also offers apprenticeships that allow less-seasoned engineers to build their skills and grow into a project manager role.

A family feel

Employees in Spirtas’ St. Louis office enjoy numerous benefits. Pay is competitive and bonuses are frequent, and the company offers a 401(k) match and accrued paid time off, Macheca said.

A warm atmosphere and team-first attitude make each day pleasant and productive.

“It sounds kind of simple, but people really like each other,” Macheca said.

Macheca said that most of Spirtas’ employees have been with the company for multiple decades.

“The staff is awesome,” Macheca said. “There’s so much support and no micromanaging. When challenges come up, we communicate and find solutions in a timely, efficient fashion. It’s really easy to do your job when everyone has a common goal.”

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