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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving to the Kent Family

by Jeff VanderLaan, CEO

This year, we’re grateful for so much at Kent Companies. We’re thankful that you share your time and talent with us every day, and we’re thankful that you choose to be a part of the Kent Companies team.

All KCI employees receive an extra paid holiday on Friday, November 29.  Please enjoy this extra day with your family and friends.

Below you’ll find a 2019 Corporate Updates video that will give you news about the company, HR, employment benefits, safety and training & development. We created this video so that you can share important company updates with your spouse, family or loved ones because we consider them an important part of our team too. Please take the time to watch it so that you are fully informed about the company’s performance, positive outlook and the resources available to all employees.


High Wind Advisory

There are projections for winds of up to and over 60 mph throughout tomorrow and the rest of the holiday weekend. Please make sure to tie down all loose materials and practice good housekeeping procedures so we don’t lose any materials or damage anything while we are away from site.

If you have any questions about equipment operation in high winds or about this warning in general please contact a member of the safety team.


FSA Health & Dependent Care Open Enrollment

Now through December 11, 2019

It’s open enrollment time for the health and dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSA) for the 2020 calendar year.  We are moving from WageWorks to Basic as our plan provider.

Here’s what you need to know:


Grand Rapids – Safety Engineer

Are you looking for a change in your career?  We’re currently looking for a Safety Engineer in Grand Rapids! 

The Safety Engineer will help to facilitate, promote and supply necessary resources to the field under the company’s current chain of safety leadership.  They will coordinate uniform and consistent safety compliance between the various divisions.  Position will include but is not limited to:

  • Monitor and update current safety rules and Standard Operating Procedures. Convey any changes to the field.
  • Lead and participate in safety committee meetings, events, stand downs, trainings, etc.
  • Review all accident, injury and near miss investigations. Work with the field personnel involved to determine the underlying safety hazards or conditions that resulted in the incident where addressed and corrected.
  • Coordinate Workers Compensation Claims
    • Investigate all injuries
    • Monitor and direct medical treatment
    • Oversee the Return to Work Program

This position reports to the Regional Safety Manager, and will require frequent travel, including some overnight stays. Please see Mindy Curtiss or Sarah Miller in Human Resources if you’re interested in applying! Application Deadline:  Friday, November 29, 2019

Dean Stacer – 25 Years of Service

Congratulations to Business Development Manager Dean Stacer, who was recognized for 25 years of service at Kent Companies. Dean was recognized at the Division 810/Division 3310 end of year team meeting. Dean has been a long-standing and loyal member of the team, and has contributed to our business development and growth across East Michigan.


The NSO Tumaini Center – Detroit, MI

Submitted by Liz Schwendemann, Administrative Assistant

Giving back to the local community is a big part of our team culture at Kent Companies. The Redford team recently spent a day volunteering with the Neighborhood Services Organization Tumaini Center, and we gained so much from the experience.

In Swahili, the word “Tumaini” means “hope.” The Tumaini Center is NSO’s crisis support center for the chronically homeless. The Tumaini Center is the only 24-hour walk-in center in the city of Detroit. It serves among the most vulnerable individuals in our community, including those with behavioral issues that would make it unlikely for them to be accepted in traditional shelters.

Last year, our team passed out care packs and sandwiches. This year, we wanted to work directly with the Tumaini Center’s guests to provide more help.  We organized a winter warmth drive in the office, and with the help of the company’s Corporate Grant, we were able to put together 120 care packs filled with one pair of socks, gloves and a winter hat in each.

We didn’t stop there.  

We found the Tumaini Center’s online wish list and we were able to provide a few necessities off of that as well. We donated seven gallons and another ten pounds of laundry soap to the facility. We also gave them scarves, non-perishable food items, dish detergent, long underwear, chap stick, toothbrushes and hand warmers.  We bought and donated a brand new propane grill, which we used to prepare over 200 meals of hot dogs and chips. Our team provided everything down to condiments; anything left over was donated for future use. The facility is lacking hot water, which threw a bit of a wrench in our plans. We had purchased hot coco with the intention of preparing it when we got there. After several attempts to get hot water, 4 of our team members (Lamont Hardge, Tim Redwood, Dean Stacer and Storm Waterson) walked to the local grocery store and picked up 10 gallons of juice to bring back to the facility to ensure that everyone got a proper meal.

And because no one here believes in idle hands, we all took turns both serving food and drinks to the clients at the Tumaini Center and picking up trash inside and outside of the center. From the yard alone we picked up four full bags of trash, and then some. We did our best to create a positive impact and leave the center better than we found it.

We also gave out hugs, gratitude for the opportunity and respect whenever we could. I think that’s what I’m most proud of. I wish everyone could have seen our team in action. They went above and beyond for this event. It had some of the clients asking us “But didn’t you just come here to serve food?” Our response was just that we came here to help them out.

After the event, we came back and had a long discussion on how this impacted us, not only as Kent Companies employees, but as people. We all had a lot to reflect on from this day. For me, I know now that I’ve found my place in the sun. I’m exactly where I need to be, doing exactly what I should be doing at this point in my life.

There was a lot to be said. But one thing’s for sure – we all want to continue working with these people. Be it through Kent Companies Gives Back, or as individuals. We’re all looking at ways that we can go back and offer more of our time and efforts with the Tumaini Center.

To learn more about the NSO Tumaini Center, visit them online:  or access a wish list:

Kent Companies Gives Back is our employee-driven charitable contribution program. A portion of this project was made possible by a corporate grant to give back in our local community. Learn more about Kent Gives Back here:


Division 110 – The Graduate

The entire team at The Graduate is working hard to #MakeitHappen!

Rafael Amado
Pedro Amado-Baez
Baltazar Arellano
Heriberto Arellano
Jiarli Barrera Arellano
Fernando Arevalo
Kevin Arevalo
Francisco Arvizu
Logan Barendse
Rudy Bartolon Rivera
Randy Bergakker
Gilberto Bonilla-Zepeda
Aaron Brown
Christopher Burgos
Salvador Calderon Sosa
Calvin Camp
Jose Carrillo
Juan Ivan Cerda
Tom Chapin
Robert Churchill
Jacob Clapp
Troy Clinger
Christian Colon Cortes
Charles Davis
Daniel Emery
Trevor Esquimaux
Christopher Fahling
Joseph Fedewa
Samuel Frank
Oscar Garcia Calderon
Benjamin Garcia
Jhovany Garcia
Jesus Garcia-Meza
Florentino Nava Gonzalez
Gerardo Gonzalez
Mario Gonzalez
Noel Gonzalez
Zeret Gonzalez
Alejandro Gutierrez
Adam Hawley
Hernan Hernandez
Robert Hilliard
Derek Huisman
Efrain Lopez Juarez
Christopher Lapekas
Sandos Lopez Juarez
Jose’ Maria-Arvizu
Alexis Maldonado Martinez
Fredy Martinez
Ederli Merida Matias
Kurt McEntaffer
David Molina
Mario Monzon
Ecliserio Arellano Moreno
Jorge Najera
Juan Orduna
Jacob Otto
Ederli Matias Perez
Santiago Matias Perez
Santos Perez
Cody Roberts


Division 110 – Red Cedar

Kudos to the team at Red Cedar Student Housing for a strong start!

Fernando Arevalo
Kevin Arevalo
Juan Ivan Cerda
Troy Clinger
Trevor Esquimaux
Ryan Ladner
Roberto Lopez
David Molina
Juan Orduna
Teodoro Rocha Arvizu
Pablo Rocha
Nathan Tarte
Michael Thomas II
Matthew Visser
Jose Zavala