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July 24 Updates – Redford

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Info Session: 401(k) and Aflac

Thursday, August 1


Redford Office

Join us for a team information session on your 401(k) and Aflac benefits. Beverages and snacks will be provided. Jason from Macatawa Bank will deliver an overview of Kent’s 401(k) retirement savings program and how you can save for your future. Sarah with Aflac will cover the supplemental insurance benefits that are available to Kent Companies employees. This session will help you make better decisions for your household and maximize the employment benefits that are available to you.

For questions, please contact Liz Schwendemann.


Division 110 – 10 Ionia Residence Inn by Marriott

General Contractor: Wolverine Building Group

10 Ionia is a 13-story iconic, modern flat iron building situated near Van Andel Arena, Monroe Mall & 20 Monroe Live in downtown Grand Rapids. Slated to open as a Residence Inn in late 2020, the building will feature 5,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor and 147 rooms on floors 2-13.

Click here to read the entire historical timeline for 10 Ionia.


Heat Illness – Hydration Continues at Home

Hydration doesn’t stop when you leave the job site at the end of the day. During hot weather, you need to hydrate at home too. Continuing to drink water at night ensures your body is fully hydrated and prepared for work the next day. Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, such as coffee, teas, and colas.   These fluids tend to pull water from the body and promote dehydration.

If you feel ill from the heat, or if you notice the signs of heat illness in others, notify your foreman or superintendent FIRST.

Even if you feel the effects of heat illness after hours, you should contact your safety manager for help.

Save these contacts in your phone. You can call them at ANY TIME, even after traditional work hours.

  • David DeGraaf 616-430-7092
  • Carlton Aukeman 616-325-3598
  • Todd Darling 616-291-3978

Safe Driving Class

Our thanks go to the Michigan State Police for leading safe driving classes in Grand Rapids, Traverse City and Redford over the past two weeks. We appreciate the officers sharing valuable information to help us become safer drivers.



Division 1910 is on a Roll!

Submitted by Kachine Creg, Project Manager

The Division 1910 team is delivering on the Four Hallmarks for customers across West Michigan. Here’s a quick look at what the crews have been up to lately.

  1. At a manufacturing facility in the Upper Peninsula, the team installed 91 piers with Kobelco. The depths on the piers ranged from 11 to 25 feet. Superintendent Rex Hart led the team with Mike Dulyea, Bryan Croel and Austin Gohl.  This was a very fast job; it was only a week from lead discovery to job completion. The customer is very happy with our team. We could not have taken on this job without Tom Creg and crew, Brandon Kling and Gemichael Gardner stepping up back in Grand Rapids.
  2. We recently installed 9 tiebacks for a residential farmer. The customer wanted Rex to lead the crew, but he was at the manufacturing facility in the UP. We deployed a great team and delivered all Four Hallmarks in two days.