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FSA Open Enrollment, Kingsley Profile & Kent in the Community

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Open Enrollment for Flex Spending Accounts – Now Through November 30th

Submitted by Mindy Curtiss, Corporate HR Director

It’s open enrollment time for health and dependent care FSA accounts for the 2019 calendar year!  Our WageWorks plans allow you to set aside pre-tax dollars for out-of-pocket medical, dental and vision expenses and/or dependent care.

To sign up, employees must complete the sign up form and return it to Human Resources no later than Friday, November 30th, 2018. The additional forms linked below are for educational purposes and will help you to understand the plans.

If you have any questions at all, please contact Mindy Curtiss or Sarah Miller in Human Resources.

Divisions 810, 3210 and 310 – Underlayments

Project: Kingsley Condos – Ann Arbor, Michigan

General Contractor: JC Beal

The Kingsley Condo project is a five-story condominium building near the campus of the University of Michigan. JC Beal allocated fifteen working days for the installation of sound mats and underlayments in the project schedule. The Kent Companies team only needed four.

How did they make it happen?

Division 810 called in help from Divisions 310 and 3210. Project Manager Ed Hardesty shared, “Ordinarily, this scope of work would be performed in three to four weeks over the course of six months. JC Beal asked us to complete the job in one trip, so we partnered with the other divisions across the Midwest to make it happen for our customer.” 

Kingsley Condos – By the Numbers:

  • 66,000 square feet total area
  • 330 rolls of Acousti Mat 3 HP
  • 1 1/2″ Dura Cap with Maxxon Fibers

“All three divisions worked  like they had been together for years. It was one big team…not separate crews,” Hardesty shared. “Preparation made all the difference. We met with the customer in advance to manage all of the details. When the crews came together, there was nothing left to chance. Everything went off without a hitch. Zach VanBemden and Ryan Burrier helped us get extra bandwidth and equipment on time. It was a well-oiled machine.”

Building the Next Generation of Concrete Construction Talent

This fall 30 students from the Construction Trades program at Allegan County Tech Center put their classroom experience to work placing and finishing concrete alongside the Kent Companies team. Working together, they poured a basement floor for a new residential home.

Thank you to Dave Cowley, Dan Bowers, Santos Perez, Collin Springer and Ben Bremmer for sharing your time and talent with these students. The instructor said the students appreciated Collin Springer sharing his story about how he completed the Muskegon Tech program and started his career in concrete construction.

If you’re interested in helping our team with workforce development, working with construction trades students or providing help with career days, please contact Chris Fennema.


Serving Others at Degage Ministries

Each quarter, Kent Companies volunteers serve meals to the guests of Degage Ministries in Downtown Grand Rapids. Degage Ministries offers help and hope to disadvantaged members of the community. Kent Companies sponsors Degage’s bus ticket program, which provides transportation for individuals to attend job interviews or critical medical appointments. They’ll share the results of their annual program with our team soon.

If you’re interested in volunteering with the Kent Companies team at Degage Ministries, contact Laurel Smitter. Volunteer sessions are typically scheduled on the 5th Wednesday of the month when they occur each quarter.

Learn more about Degage Ministries by clicking here.

Kent Companies Southeast

Project: Town of Pineville

While every project faces challenges, the Division 2710 team worked hard and won over a new fan on a recent municipal job site. The Director of Parks and Recreation for the Town of Pineville shared her kudos for the team’s recent work on town property. “The sidewalk looks GREAT,” she reported to Regional Manager Jeff Kihm. Thanks to the team for staying the course and committing to the Four Hallmarks.