New Berenyi employee will lead industrial construction projects in Midlands, beyond
CHARLESTON – Berenyi Inc., one of the region’s leading industrial design and construction firms, recently hired Michael Young, a Sumterian native who was raised with a strong sense of family, gratitude, dignity and discipline, to oversee a range of construction projects, including complex basic concrete work that requires managerial and leadership skills. Young credits the lessons he learned from his hardworking parents, teachers, and mentors that influenced his youth in Sumter. Berenyi is headquartered in Charleston and operates a field office on West Liberty Street in downtown Sumter, led by its Regional Director and Sumter resident, Scott Horton, PE. Young will work under Horton’s direction, serving client needs in the Midlands and providing project work that takes Berenyi teams beyond South Carolina borders.
A 1997 graduate of Sumter’s Lakewood High School, Young enjoyed the freedom of his youth and the great outdoors at Sumter Speedway, just across his backyard. He landed his first job at the age of 12 driving a tractor and grading the race track every Saturday, which sparked his passion for industrial machinery. Additionally, he developed an appreciation for the cooperation and camaraderie that are synonymous with competitive sport and essential to success on an industrial job site. His industrial construction career began in earnest in 1999 when he apprenticed to Lonnie Hinson and Leo Morse at Thompson Turner Construction. He moved on to specialize in metal construction and roofing at G&S Metal Buildings, Black Hills Roofing and then J&K Metals. While working in Bushy Park, North Charleston, Young’s team worked with Berenyi on a project led by Senior Superintendent Bob Brooks, also a Sumter resident. Brooks’ positive attitude, professional demeanor, and brand pride caught Young’s interest, and the two forged a relationship that led to a career switch with Berenyi, which Young says will be his last.
“I’m at home with Berenyi, literally and figuratively,” Young said. “I learned a lot of lessons on construction sites and most of them the hard way. Today I can honestly say that I am grateful for these experiences. Without her I wouldn’t be where I am. Everything has led me to Berenyi and I am blessed to work for a company that has high standards and truly delivers on their promises,” he added.
Young is the superintendent of a specific construction project in Cayce. Last fall, Berenyi’s senior leadership established a Specialty Concrete division comprised of experienced, responsive staff with the flexibility to serve their customers regionally and nationally. Services include design, engineering, demolition, formwork, rebar placement, casting and finishing. Young is one of the leading members of this newly formed department.
“Recruitment is one of the biggest challenges facing small businesses today, and the growing demand for industrial design and build experience is discouraging,” said Scott Horton, Berenyi’s regional director. “Finding Michael right here in Sumter was a stroke of luck. He can advance his career and be available for his growing family working in his hometown. We are thrilled to have him on our team.”
When Young is not at a construction site, he enjoys spending time with his family, which includes his wife, Brandy, of almost 15, and their six children. However, he does make time for his own hobbies, including go-kart racing. He recently took first place in a kart race at the 178 Speedway in Pelion.
Since 1989, Berenyi has played an integral role in South Carolina’s burgeoning industrial growth, leading design-build projects for local and regional clients as well as global manufacturers including Boeing, Nucor, Mercedes and Symrise. As a full-service partner, the Berenyi team includes experienced architects, experienced engineers and skilled project managers who take client projects from concept to completion. Berenyi is headquartered on the banks of the Cooper River in Charleston with an office in Sumter to better serve customers outside of the Lowcountry. To learn more about Berenyi’s abilities and view the project gallery, visit www.berenyi.com.