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February 2019 Midwest Round Up – 2

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Make it Happen Scholarships – Now Accepting Applications

The Make it Happen Scholarship program is another way we give back to the Kent family. Each year, scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate the highest level of integrity and commitment to pursuing their goals for their career. Applicants must be the legal dependent child of a full time Kent Companies employee and be under the age of 26. Applicants must be enrolled full time in college or a tech/trade school. Click here to apply for the Make it Happen Scholarship. Deadline: March 31st.

Unum Open Enrollment – Now through April 1

Unum is our voluntary life and accidental death and dismemberment plan. Open enrollment is from 2/1/19 to 4/1/19. During open enrollment, you can enroll in new coverage or make changes to your existing coverage. Contact Human Resources for signup forms and details about these benefits.


Grand Prize & Wild Card Winners Announced! 

Congratulations to our weekly winners:

  • Week 1: Fredy Martinez, Larry Mills
  • Week 2: Lee Blackmon, Erik Lokers
  • Week 3: Laura Armstrong, Jim Andrisco, Carlos Flores
  • Week 4: Jake Smit, Ulises Cortez

Grand Prize Winner: Jim Andrisco – Kent Companies Southeast 

Jim’s hand grinder video demonstration earned the highest score among all weekly winners. This video earned Jim $500 in cash!

Wild Card Winner: Carlos Flores, Texas Multi-Family Superintendent

Carlos’ video had the most minutes viewed on Facebook and YouTube. He wins $250 cash!

Contact your local safety manager to claim your prize!

The Kent Companies team submitted 41 videos, which resulted in 185 hours of viewing safety content – all created by the field team, for the field team. Go RED! 


Division 110 – Studio Park

The Division 110 team poured level five of the canopy; 57,533 SF of cast-in-place deck. An additional 62,000 SF will be complete by April.

Division 110 announces contract awards for 10 Ionia, U.S. Signal and Western Michigan University South Neighborhood Housing. Get ready to Make it Happen!


Division 110 – Project Rapids

Another high production week unfolds at Project Rapids, with five pours totaling 230,000 SF and 3,500 CY of concrete. Superintendent Randy Bergakker credits Phil Shafer, George Najera, Ruben Martinez and their entire team for making it happen.

Senior Project Manager Jordan Berens reports that the team has placed a total of 855,000 SF of slab on metal deck with 600,000 SF remaining. Over 655,000 SF of slab on grade has been installed, with 195,000 SF scheduled later this month.


Division 1810 – Performance Plus Quick Lube

Harsh winter conditions eroded the elevated slab inside Performance Plus Quick Lube in Cadillac, Michigan. Major Brands Oil turned to Kent Companies for help. The 1810 team provided precise demolition removal of the existing concrete, steel, trench drains and catwalks at ground level and below grade.




Kent’s project management team applied extensive experience in suspended concrete decks to design a safe and cost-effective plan for the removal of the existing slab on metal deck. Additional excavation created space to form and place new concrete footings, foundation walls and slab on grade below the workshop. The team placed and finished a 1,400 square foot elevated slab on metal deck to complete the interior ground-level workshop area.


You’ve Got the Know-How: Blue Print Reading

Kudos to the participants of our recent  blue print reading classes taught by COO Dave Schoonbeck. Participants worked in small groups and gained practical, hands-on experience that will help them read and interpret plans. Their commitment to professional development is the RED Code at work!

Stay tuned for more training classes are planned throughout all Kent Companies offices.