President of G. J. Hopkins appointed to Governor’s Build Virginia Advisory Board

Nov 2, 2018

Ernie Caldwell, President, G.J. Hopkins, Inc.

Will Karbach, CEO of The Branch Group, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ernie Caldwell as a member of Governor Ralph Northam’s Build Virginia Advisory Board.  Ernie is the President of G. J. Hopkins, Inc., a mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC service contractor headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia and a subsidiary of The Branch Group.  Under Ernie’s leadership, G. J. Hopkins has developed an apprenticeship program that has grown from an average of six apprentices in 2014 to thirty-one in 2018.

In June of 2018, Governor Northam announced the launch of Build Virginia, an initiative that will connect workers throughout the Commonwealth with training and employment opportunities in the skilled trades—a lifeline for G. J. Hopkins.  Build Virginia brings together information about industry-recognized training programs, registered apprenticeships, and other relevant workforce development resources.  Ultimately, it will serve as a comprehensive hub for citizens across the Commonwealth to learn about the skilled trades and connect with employers seeking talent.

Headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia, and serving clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States, the Branch Group touches all aspects of the built environment through Branch Civil, Branch Builds, and Hopkins | Lacy, our MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing) business unit. As a full-service construction solutions partner, we are committed to exceptional performance and to developing business relationships sustained by mutual benefit and respect.

In 2020, the Branch Group had total revenues of nearly $480 million and a workforce of more than 900 employee owners. Through our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), we ensure that every employee has a vested interest in our success. Visit to learn more.



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