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Pushing the standards

MODUS Engineering in Des Moines, Iowa City, and Waterloo, Iowa

We asked some of our long-time small business customers why they chose — and continue to choose — Wellmark for their health coverage. Here's the story of MODUS Engineering. Photo of Chris Deal, director, Des Moines office.

Since its founding in 1963 as GILMOR+DOYLE, MODUS Engineering External Site has been consulting and designing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and technology systems in Iowa and beyond. Though the firm has more than a half-century of experience, MODUS is anything but old-school — check out their portfolio External Site for proof. By pushing industry standards with an emphasis on sustainability, the firm has completed more than 100 LEED-certified projects External Site and continues to rack up the awards. 

Work hard, have fun

You won't find off-the-shelf designs at MODUS, and that rings true for its employee benefits, too. With right around 50 full-time employees in three locations, cultivating an enjoyable workplace culture is a priority. From company outings and holiday-themed socials to a 4.5-day work week and flexible scheduling, the firm believes working hard and having fun lead to successful projects.

And the variety doesn't stop there. "Employees aren't pigeonholed based on previous experiences," says Michelle Carpenter, the human resources director. Because of the variety of projects, employees can get involved in different aspects, cross-train roles and responsibilities, and even advance to become subject matter experts. Plus, the firm's Training Bucks program allows employees to explore professional development opportunities and coursework.

Coverage that counts

When it comes to health benefits, the firm offers a high-deductible health plan, absorbing the majority of costs and even funding health savings accounts for both single and family plans. Michelle likes to check in with employees during annual review time to see how things are going. "I very rarely hear about any issues from my employees," she says, noting that Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield has covered MODUS employees for the past nine years. "Plus, myWellmark® is robust, and I can send them out there to print new ID cards, see Explanations of Benefits (EOBs), or to find a provider."

By combining a unique approach to project work with useful extras that matter most to its staff, MODUS has found a blueprint for employee retention and industry recognition. Now that's a win-win.

Helping you be confident in your coverage

Making the right benefits decision for your small business — and your people — starts with asking the right questions. Get prepared with the Be Confident In Your Coverage guide Opens in a new window to help you have the best conversation with your agent.

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About the series

We wanted to learn more about why some of our long-time small business customers continue to choose Wellmark for their health coverage in their own words. Trust, shared values, experience, longevity and understanding continually came to the forefront.

Thank you to MODUS Engineering for sharing their story with us.