Congratulations to MSI General on 60 years in business. Dirk Debbink, Chairman and CEO has been a member of TEC 18 since January 1992. TEC a Vistage Company is wishing MSI General all the best!
MSI General Corporation celebrated its 60 years in business with a recent gathering of 400+ employees, clients and area officials at its newly renovated headquarters.
The event was marked by accolades from area state and municipal officials as well as heart-felt comments from the Debbink family, third-generation owners of the privately held design build firm. Family members present included Dirk Debbink, chairman and CEO of MSI General along with his wife, Terry; and Pete and Jo Debbink, Dirk’s parents. Pete Debbink was President of the firm, which he co-founded in 1957 with his father, Claude Debbink, as Metal Structures, Inc.
Among those in attendance was Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, who praised Dirk Debbink for his leadership and for the firm’s contribution to jobs and to the economy in its Southeastern Wisconsin market area. Others included State Rep. Cindi Duchow (R- Delafield), who presented a plaque from the Wisconsin Legislature, Waukesha County Board Chairman Paul Decker, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow and Oconomowoc Economic Development Director Bob Duffy, declaring May 19th as MSI General Day.
A highlight of the event for the firm’s team members, retirees, hundreds of clients and partners was a buffet featuring food purchased from current and past MSI General customers, including Kenosha’s Mars Cheese Castle, Easter Seals, Picnic Basket, Miller Bakery, Brennan’s, and Lake Front Brewery.
“I am honored and humbled by the support from our clients, our government officials and from the community,” Dirk Debbink said. “And I’m so grateful to our team members, past and present, for their hard work and their dedication, through good times and especially through the few lean times we have experienced over the past six decades.”
“Our company could not succeed or serve our clients without them.”
Debbink used the occasion of the anniversary to announce a gift of $60,000 to the Oconomowoc Area Foundation, the amount matched to MSI General’s 60 years in business. Debbink, a retired Vice Admiral in the U.S. Navy, is a co-founder of OAF, which focuses on improving the Oconomowoc community, with a focus on children and youth, the environment and helping those in need.
About MSI General Corporation – MSI General, located in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, is a privately held company that offers architectural design and building construction services to customers throughout Wisconsin. The company was founded in 1957 by Claude Debbink under the name of Metal Structures, Inc. In 1976, the firm became MSI General Corporation. The firm, one of the first fully integrated design / build companies in the state, continues to offer that value to customers through the Life of the Project Management (LOPM) process, which guarantees a timely completion and accurate outcomes through Single Source Responsibility ™ and accountable decision making. Dirk J. Debbink, the company’s current chairman and CEO, is the third generation family member to own and operate MSI General Corporation.