top of page

MEET THE TEAM

DJSimmons.jpg.webp

DJ SIMMONS

Chief Executive Officer - ACME

DJ Simmons became Chief Executive Officer of employee-owned ACME Constructors in 2013. Joining the company in 2004, he was promoted to lead its Industrial Division in 2006 and named President and Chief Operating Officer in 2009. In those capacities, DJ has applied his team building management philosophy, down-to-earth communication style, and extensive knowledge of plant processes to oversee hundreds of successful projects in 24 states, ranging from routine plant maintenance jobs to complex, multi-million dollar, design-build plant construction, and expansion assignments.

Despite divesting a $3 million operating division, ACME has grown revenues of $7.5 million in 2009 to over $47 million in 2018 under DJʼs leadership. The number of salaried employees has nearly doubled to over 30, while the staff’s sophistication has expanded to include structural engineering, 3-D scanning, 3-D modeling, and augmented reality—demonstrating DJ’s ongoing quest to continually enhance company processes and technology. Guided by common values, ACME embraces the “team” concept in all of its business dealings. It seeks close collaboration with clients, subcontractors, and fellow contractors in working to deliver full-scope industrial contracting services of the highest caliber.

Representative Clients

  • Chrysler Group, LLC—friction drive conveyor installation

  • General Motors—design-build turbine generator installation

  • GKN Aerospace—multiple new processes

  • Kraft Foods Group—Capri Sun production lines

  • Mechanical Dynamics & Analysis (MD&A)—turbine rotor test facility

  • Monsanto Corp.—multiple ongoing projects

  • Owens-Corning Corp.—new polymer modified asphalt plant

Education

Simmons earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, MO.

Community Involvement

  • In 2002, DJ was named Big Brother of the Year for Eastern Missouri by Big Brothers Big Sisters.

  • DJ is active in multiple civic and professional organizations:

    • Associated General Contractors (AGC) of St. Louis

    • Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS)—Big Brother since 2000

    • Rockwood/Lindbergh Wrestling Club—VP/Coach for ages 5–12

    • St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers

    • Sigma Chi Fraternity

    • Society of Mining Engineers

LeeHahnel.jpg.webp

LEE HAHNEL

Senior Vice President - ACME Constructors

Lee Hahnel leads the ACME Constructors pre-construction and building construction management team. His primary responsibility is to expand existing relationships and to identify and foster new relationships in the industrial sector of the company’s business. Lee not only oversees the client relationships, he also is responsible for bid preparation and project planning for ACME’s industrial clients.

Management Characteristics & Qualities

  • 25 years of experience in building construction

  • Effectively communicates at the field and client levels

  • Wide-ranging field experience allowing him to understand field issues and recommend solutions

  • Proven project manager and scheduler

Professional Experience

Lee has over 25 years of experience as a project manager overseeing small and large construction projects. His assignments covered a variety of areas including retail development, commercial construction, interior build outs, and industrial project management.

Leeʼs expertise allows ACME Constructors to provide an additional level of customer service on construction management assignments. Lee will ensure that ACME delivers effectively on all of its projects.

Responsibilities

Lee is responsible for day-to-day client management as well as bringing new business opportunities to the company.

Key Clients

  • ICL Performance Products—St. Louis, MO

  • Henkel Consumer Goods—St. Louis, MO

  • Mississippi Lime Company—St. Genevieve, MO

  • Lhoist—St. Genevieve, MO

  • Bunge Corporation—St. Louis, MO

  • Monsanto Company—St. Louis, MO

Education

Lee earned a Bachelor of Science—Civil Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Urban Planning and Real Estate Development from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO.

Community Involvement

Lee supports a number of community organizations including:

  • St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers

  • Little Sisters of the Poor

  • St. Gabriel the Archangel Church ACTS Group​

DaniellHill.jpg.webp

DANIELL HILL

Safety Director

Daniell has more than 15 years of experience in safety, management, manufacturing, and quality control. He has strong leadership and communication skills which is vital when dealing with clients and field personnel. His goal is to make a positive impact in the lives of employees, clients, and the community.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining ACME, Daniell worked in management roles at several companies. He has been responsible for maintaining government regulatory agency compliance, leading efforts to reduce environmental impact, designing and implementing quality control systems, and many more successful endeavors.

Education

Daniell earned a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Management from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL.

Education and Certifications

  • Ekerd College Leadership Development Institute

  • OSHA HAZWOPER

  • OSHA 30-Hour

  • EPA Method 9 Opacity

  • Forklift Train-the-Trainer

  • Auburn Lean Leadership Bootcamp

  • ISO 9001 Internal Auditor

Community Involvement

  • Alzheimer’s Association—Community Educator

  • Venture Café Volunteer

Characteristics & Qualities

  • Passionate leader

  • 10+ years of experience managing all facets of profitability, safety, and staffing in a manufacturing environment

  • Excellent communicator, planner, and coach

JasonBackues.jpg.webp

JASON BACKUES

General Manager of Mid-Missouri

Jason leads our mid-Missouri office. His goal is to work with customers and find a specific solution to help each customer become more efficient in their production facilities. Projects Jason has been apart of range from a minor mechanical failure repair to a turn-key production facility expansion and equipment installation. Jason’s focus is to bring ACME Constructors' outstanding industrial service to the many industrial users in Mid-Missouri.

Management Characteristics & Qualities

  • Experience in leading multi-million dollar projects

  • Extensive industrial and heavy civil experience

  • Experience in managing multiple projects consecutively

Professional Experience

Prior to joining ACME, Jason was an area manager for APAC in Columbia, MO where he was heavily involved in estimating, operations, and project management. Prior to that, he worked as a superintendent and project manager for various industrial contractors and completed work throughout the US.

Responsibilities

Leading the mid-Missouri office, Jason develops new opportunities in mid-Missouri while serving existing clients. He oversees the successful execution of all projects out of the Columbia, MO office.

Key Clients

  • Unilever—Jefferson City, MO

  • Coca-Cola—Warrenton, MO

  • Quaker Oats—Jefferson City, MO

  • Whiting Turner—Baltimore, MD

  • Daddy Rays Cookies—Moscow Mills, MO

  • Certainteed—multiple locations

  • ADM Grain Company—Mid-Missouri Plants

  • Monsanto/Bayer—multiple locations (MO, IA, NE)

  • Beyond Meat—multiple locations (MO)

  • Multiple conveyor suppliers

Education

Jason earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri in Rolla, MO.

LeeKrueger.jpg.webp

LEE KRUEGER

Project Director

Lee Krueger oversees ACME Constructor’s structural steel projects, as well as various conveying and material handling projects. He is involved in assisting clients from project inception through commissioning. Lee’s vast experience in the nuances of industrial manufacturing facilities is a valuable asset. Working in and around existing and ongoing operations during the implementation of a project requires a certain finesse at which Lee excels.

Management Characteristics & Qualities

  • Highly detail oriented and quality focused management approach

  • Always works in the client’s best interest to provide the best possible value

  • Extensive design experience provides the technical knowledge base to make competent field recommendations

  • Understands constraints of plant operations and works within them to accomplish client goals

Professional Experience

Prior to joining ACME, Lee was a manufacturing and process manager with a large pharmaceutical company. In this role, he was responsible for product inspection, labeling, and packaging a variety of products. This experience included overseeing several plant and line expansions. Lee was also a product line manager with Barry-Wehmiller. In this role he successfully executed complicated food and beverage projects around the world.

During his tenure at ACME, Lee has led our food and beverage division, airport conveying installation team, machining and fabrication division, and material handling project team and now leads our ironworker division. Lee’s attention to detail and thorough planning have allowed each discipline to prosper under his leadership.

Key Clients

  • Ameren—St. Louis, MO

  • BSI Constructors—St. Louis, MO

  • McCarthy—St. Louis, MO

  • RD Lawrence—Springfield, IL

  • Tarlton—St. Louis, MO

  • United Construction—St. Louis, MO

  • Wilson’s Structural Steel—St. Louis, MO

Education

Lee earned a Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

Community Involvement

  • Member of Sacred Heart Parish—Valley Park, MO

  • Volunteer for CYC Sports

  • Member of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)

Andy_Goldkamp copy.jpg

ANDY GOLDKAMP

Project Director

Andy Goldkamp started at ACME as a senior project manager in 2014 with 20 years of construction and manufacturing experience, and was recently promoted to a Director to lead the next generation of Project Managers.   As an electrical engineering graduate of University of Missouri in Columbia, Andy worked for a large electrical contractor in the St. Louis region for 15 years.  He participated in a startup company manufacturing and selling dental equipment direct to end users for 5 years before rejoining the construction field.  His experience provides ACME’s customers with solid estimating, engineering and project management solutions to meet their production requirements.  

 

Management characteristics and qualities:

  • Solutions oriented design and construction aptitude

  • Consensus building management style reaching from field force to end user

  • Expert planning and scheduling

Industry experience

  • Aerosol manufacturing

  • Cement

  • Insulated Metal Panel Cold Storage Systems

  • Food and Beverage

 

Representative clients

  • Spectrum brands – garden and lawn care liquid and aerosol manufacturing - St. Louis, MO

  • Spectrum Brands – Pet food – St. Louis, MO

  • Buzzi Unicem cement – Cape Girardeau, MO

  • Nestle Purina Pet Care – Bloomfield, MO

  • AB Evergrain – St. Louis, MO

 

Education

  • BSEE University of Missouri, Columbia

  • MBA St. Louis University

  • Licensed PE (inactive) Missouri

Community involvement

  • Board member- LaSalle Retreat Center

  • St. Gabriel Youth Group service coordinator

LeeKrueger.jpg.webp
Aaron_VonderHaar.jpg

AARON VONDERHAAR

Project Director

Aaron VonderHaar has been in manufacturing and project management since 2013. His experience has ranged from food and beverage projects, the mining industry, and the grain industry. Aaron was recently promoted to Project Director and oversees our Cape Girardeau office. He is passionate about training and mentoring the next generation of construction professionals.   

 

Management characteristics and qualities:

  • Consistently works in client's best interest to provide highest value

  • Strong ability to strategically plan and delegate projects on time and on budget

  • Solutions oriented design and construction aptitude

  • Consensus building management style reaching from field force to end user

  • Expert planning and scheduling

 

Representative clients

  • Bayer Crop Sciences - Midwest region

  • Specialty Granules, Inc. - Annapolis, MO

  • Material Management Concepts, Inc. (MMCI) - St. Louis, MO

  • Kraft Heinz Food Group - Granite City, IL

  • Nestle Purina Pet Care - St. Louis, MO

 

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering - Missouri S&T

  • Master of Construction Business in Construction Management - University of Oklahoma

Community involvement

  • AAIM Young Professionals

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Game Changers Program

bottom of page