Belcan Corp.: Candace Anderson McCaw builds on father's legacy to grow Blue Ash engineering company

Firm keeps family feel while pushing to hit $1B

When Ralph Anderson died in 2010, he didn’t leave a detailed succession plan for Belcan Corp., the engineering company he founded in 1958.

His daughter, Candace Anderson McCaw, jokes that’s because her father “didn’t think he was going to die.”

Although McCaw worked with her father for the last several years of his life, she said the two didn’t have detailed discussions about how the business should continue after his death.

“He did say that I could run the business just as well as he could,” McCaw told WCPO in a rare interview from the company’s Blue Ash headquarters.

It looks like Anderson was right.

As chairman and sole owner of Belcan, McCaw has overseen tremendous growth.

Belcan, which provides engineering services to a variety of clients in what businesses today refer to as outsourcing, posted total annual revenue of about $680 million in 2013. That’s up from roughly $450 million in 2009, said Belcan CEO Michael McCaw, Candace McCaw’s husband.

And in a major step for the corporation, Belcan on Jan. 9 renamed its staffing division BelFlex Staffing Network and launched it as a new sister company.

WCPO Insiders can read about how the McCaws are working to build upon Anderson's legacy and just how big they believe they can grow the business.

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