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Construction Math, Breakwater & New Work!

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Construction Math Class – This Friday at 2pm

Brush up on your construction math skills during this 90-minute hands-on workshop. Construction Math Class will take place this Friday, July 12 from 2pm to 3:30pm in the training room. This is a PAID training opportunity. Attendees will learn how to:

  1. Read a Tape Measure (quick refresher)
  2. Add and Subtract Fractions
  3. Add and Subtract Drawing Dimensions
  4. Calculate Area (Square Feet) and Volume (Cubic Yards)

Click here to register for Construction Math Class.  Please register by Thursday at 5pm. For questions, contact Chris Fennema by calling 616-534-4909.


Division 1610 – Breakwater Apartments- Traverse City, MI

Submitted by Jason Harrall, Superintendent

General Contractor: Wieland

Breakwater is a new riverfront luxury rental apartment and retail development in downtown Traverse City. It includes 10,000 square feet of commercial space, 77 market-rate apartment units and parking. Division 1610 crushed this 3am pour – well before National Cherry Festival attendees arrived.


Divisions 110, 1610, 3110 – Bronson Primary Care x 2!

Submitted by Jordan Berens, Director of Project Management & Estimating

General Contractor: CSM Group

Bronson Primary Care – Three Rivers

400 CY of foundation concrete, 175 CY of slab on grade concrete and 215 CY of exterior concrete

Bronson Primary Care – Texas Corners

380 CY of foundation concrete, 175 CY of slab on grade concrete and 110 CY of exterior concrete

CSM Group awarded Division 110 two building projects for Bronson Primary Care. They are a small re-introduction for the commercial group to CSM. Project Engineer Mike Thomas submitted a quality bid on these projects. Division 1610 will install exterior concrete, and Division 3110 will install basement waterproofing.


15% Discount for Kent Companies Employees

We’re sponsoring the summer block party series at Garage Bar & Grill, and YOU get a 15% discount all year long. Wear your Kent Companies gear and politely ask your server to honor the Kent Companies 15% discount.  Follow the Garage Bar online for the latest events throughout the summer.


Water. Rest. Shade.

Important Reminders about Heat Illness

Exposure to heat can cause illness and death. The most serious heat illness is heat stroke. Other heat illnesses, such as heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash should also be avoided. There are precautions that can be taken any time temperatures are high and the job involves physical work.

Risk Factors for Heat Illness

  • High temperature and humidity, direct sun exposure, no breeze or wind
  • Heavy physical labor
  • No recent exposure to hot workplaces
  • Low liquid intake
  • Waterproof clothing

Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion

  • Headache, dizziness, or fainting
  • Weakness and wet skin
  • Irritability or confusion
  • Thirst, nausea, or vomiting

Symptoms of Heat Stroke

  • May be confused, unable to think clearly, pass out, collapse, or have seizures (fits)
  • May stop sweating

How to Prevent Heat-Related Illnesses

  • Drink small amounts of water frequently.
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, breathable clothing
  • Take frequent short breaks in cool shade.
  • Eat smaller meals before work activity.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol or large amounts of sugar.

Contact your safety manager for questions, training or additional resources.


Join Us for the Annual Kent Companies Open

Saturday August 10, 2019

Quail Ridge Golf Club
8375 36th Street SE
Ada, Michigan 49301

  • 7:00 a.m. Registration
  • 8:00 a.m. Shotgun Start
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch

Cost: $25 per golfer, including 18 holes, cart, drink tickets, gift bag and lunch.
Join us for a day of fun, food & prizes on the greens! The outing is limited to the first 144 golfers who register. The deadline to register is Wednesday, July 31st.

Click here to register online.

Questions about the event? Contact Laurel Smitter by calling 616-534-4909 or by emailing