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Kent Companies Celebrates 4th Year Win as one of West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®

[GRAND RAPIDS, MI] – Kent Companies employees are celebrating a 4th year win as one of West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®. The award was granted by the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA) in late March 2017. Kent Companies was recognized in the large business category (301+ employees) for extraordinary performance in employee education and development; employee achievement and recognition; employee communication and community initiatives.

WMBBlogowin17_RGBIn order to compete for this designation, Kent Companies submitted in-depth reports regarding compensation and benefits, safety, workforce development, education and community service initiatives. Kent Companies employees in West Michigan completed confidential surveys to benchmark the organization’s programs against other employers in the region. Kent Companies was also recognized as a 2017 Best and Brightest recipient in Dallas/Fort Worth earlier this year.

Kent Companies CEO Jeff VanderLaan shared, “As we celebrate our 60th anniversary, we remain true to our core values. Kent Companies is in the people business. Everything we do is focused on our people. We will continue to invest in tools and resources to make Kent Companies the very best place to build a career in the construction industry.”

Kent Companies Human Resources Director Mindy Curtiss, SHRM-SCP added, “This recognition is noteworthy because it’s a reflection of how our people feel about being members of the Kent Companies team. They’re telling us that we’re doing something right. That’s why we’ll continue to expand upon training and professional development opportunities, employee communications and community giveback initiatives.” Curtiss continued, “We continually solicit feedback from our team, and we implement as many of their ideas as we can.”

Kent Companies will be honored by the MBPA on May 3, 2017 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids.


About Kent Companies:

Kent Companies is a 3rd-generation family-owned business with expertise in commercial and industrial construction, mixed-use construction, multi-family housing, tilt-up concrete, post-tensioned cast in place structures and a full range of concrete-related specialties. Kent Companies is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan and has operations in Detroit, Michigan; Dallas, Texas; central Ohio and Charlotte, North Carolina. The Kent Companies team has built a reputation as “Leaders in Concrete.”  Read more online at Additional media inquiries can be directed to Leah Gradl by emailing or by calling (616) 534-4909.