US Ceiling President Melissa Geska appointed ROBEX Chairwoman

Geska makes “herstory” as the first woman and person of color to serve as chair in organization’s 133-year history

WEBSTER, N.Y., July 15, 2021—US Ceiling Corp today announced that its company president, Melissa Geska, will serve as chairwoman of the Builders Exchange of Rochester (ROBEX), a local nonprofit that represents all sectors of the construction industry.

“Today is a major milestone in my personal life and professional career,” says Geska. “I am humbled to follow in the footsteps of incredible men and assume a two-year term as chairwoman of an organization that I love so much. I follow an industry giant, Bob Morgan [CEO of Upstate Roofing & Painting], and will work alongside ROBEX President Aaron Hilger and his amazing team to continue important advocacy for construction in our region.”

Since ROBEX was founded in 1888, labor, architects, public agencies, owners and contractors have depended on the organization to represent the interests of members. Today, ROBEX, with more than 600 members and affiliates, still serves the commercial, industrial and governmental construction industry in Western and Central New York through discounted OSHA certification and safety training classes, online planroom access, construction information, news and discount programs to its members.

About US Ceiling Corp

Founded in 2001, US Ceiling Corp (usceiling.com) is a NYS Certified M/WDBE subcontracting firm that offers extensive experience in commercial, multifamily and residential construction, including acoustical ceilings and drywall; insulation and air barrier systems; metal stud and wood framing; finished carpentry and general trades; and construction management. The Webster, N.Y.-based firm’s consistent stability and growth stem from the hard work and dedication demonstrated across its expanding footprint, allowing a broad reach of services for local and out-of-town projects. With an unwavering commitment to diversify the construction industry, US Ceiling Corp aims to empower the Rochester community and partners with like-minded organizations, including the Urban League of Rochester’s YouthBuild Program, to provide skilled trades training and employment opportunities.

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US Ceiling proud to provide acoustical ceiling, insulation, drywall and air sealing solutions for Home Leasing’s Charlotte Square on the Loop project

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the completion of a newly constructed $12 million affordable housing development in downtown Rochester. Charlotte Square on the Loop is the first residential development in Rochester’s Inner Loop East Transformation project, the city’s effort to convert the 1950s era below-grade Inner Loop highway into a vibrant, walkable, safe and at-grade residential and commercial community. The development has 50 affordable and supportive apartments.

Click the link to read NYS’ full press release: https://usceiling.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Cuomo-Press-Release_Charlotte-Square-Completion_9_24_19.pdf

US Ceiling President Melissa Geska named 2018 Rochester Business Person of the Year Finalist

US Ceiling Corp President Melissa Geska has been named a 2018 Rochester Business Person of the Year finalist. Geska founded the firm in 2001 with her husband Ed and has worked tirelessly to break down barriers and open doors for minorities and women in the construction industry. You can access today’s Rochester Business Journal supplement with Geska’s interview here: https://rbj.net/2018/10/19/rochesters-business-person-of-the-year-2018/

US Ceiling proud to be a part of Rochester’s Upper Falls Square Apartments project

 

Governor Cuomo today announced the opening of Upper Falls Square Apartments, a new $48 million affordable development, offering housing and support services to Rochester’s Northeast Quadrant/Upper Falls community. US Ceiling is extremely proud to have worked on a project that will help bring residential and health and wellness options to individuals with special needs, as well as continue to revitalize our beloved city.

Click the link to read NYS’ full press release: Upper Falls Square Apartments_NYS Press Release_10_18_18

US Ceiling Participates in Charity Kickball Tournament

 

US Ceiling returned to participate in this year’s Junior Builder’s Exchange (JBX) annual “Kickball for a Cause” charity tournament. Nearly a dozen teams competed in the event, which was held October 13 in Rochester’s Ellison Park.

The winning team is honored with choosing the construction-related charity that receives proceeds from the event. This year’s recipient has not yet been announced; last year’s donation was split between Habitat for Humanity and the ACE Mentor Program.

Despite going 0-3, after taking on 2017 champs Aerotek, and this year’s winner, T Bell Construction Corp, the US Ceiling team had a great time and is looking forward to next year’s tournament.

US Ceiling Corp honored with NYS’ 2018 Carey Gabay Excellence and Innovation Award for Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises

US Ceiling Corp was honored today by New York State with the third annual Carey Gabay Excellence and Innovation Award for Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs). Company President Melissa Geska (pictured left) accepted the award in Albany at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center during the opening ceremony of this year’s M/WBE Forum, New York’s largest annual business event, which draws more than 2,000 businesses, entrepreneurs and government officials. The Forum’s theme, “Grow With NYS,” is designed to inform M/WBEs of the strategies and resources necessary to win State contracts and grow their businesses.

Carey Gabay, the son of Jamaican immigrants, was tragically killed as a victim of gun violence in September 2015 at the age of 43 while walking home from a cultural celebration in Brooklyn, N.Y. Before his death, Carey served as assistant counsel to Governor Cuomo and first deputy counsel for Empire State Development, working tirelessly to ensure that the State’s M/WBE Program was a success.

 “I am humbled and deeply honored to receive this award,” says Geska. “As the daughter of a Jamaican immigrant, I feel a special kinship to Carey and am proud to not only be a minority woman in business, but also share his same passion to diversify the construction industry.”

 2018 Carey Gabay Excellence and Innovation Awardees included:

·        US Ceiling Corp

·        GENESYS Consulting Services, Inc.

·        Greg Beech Logistics, LLC

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