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KCI March News

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Jason Harrall named Division Manager for Division 1710 – Traverse City

Kudos to Jason Harrall on his promotion to Division Manager for Division 1710. Harrall’s concrete construction career spans 25+ years, and he helped re-launch Kent Companies’ Traverse City office in July 2016. Harrall is widely recognized for his local involvement and civic engagement. Harrall is fully committed to delivering on the Four Hallmarks for our customers throughout the region. CEO Jeff VanderLaan shared, “Over the past four years, our Traverse City team has invested significant time and dedication to re-establish and grow our foothold in northern Michigan. It’s clear that Jason’s local leadership will enable us to solidify our position and maximize on our momentum.”

Kent Companies Celebrates Women in Construction Week

From the desk of Jeff VanderLaan, CEO

The diversity of talent on our team is remarkable. It’s worthwhile to recognize the wide range of professional roles that contribute to our overall success. To that end, I’m excited to share that Kent Companies is celebrating Women in Construction Week  March 1st-7th.  WIC Week is a national campaign that raises awareness of the professional contributions of women in the construction industry.

We’re releasing a photography series that highlights the impact of the women on our team. Please follow the campaign on our social media channels and engage with the content. As industry leaders, we have a tremendous opportunity to showcase the professionals on our team and attract the next generation of talent to the concrete industry.

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Health Updates: Corona Virus FAQs

We continue to monitor updates from the CDC about COVID-19. Click here for the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions about this virus.

At this time, the best practice is to wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. We are making hand sanitizer available for all job sites and offices. Please contact your manager to request hand sanitizer for your site.

Grand Prize & Wild Card Winners Announced!

The Level Up Safety Challenge generated 39 videos from the field, over 92 hours of viewing time and over 13,000 video views across Facebook and YouTube.

Congratulations to our video winners!

KCI $500 Grand Prize Winner: Chris Gwisdalla (judged by the Safety Committee)

KCI $250 Wild Card Winner: Thomas Chapin

(Based on total social media viewership – 190 minutes)

Construction Math & Blueprint Reading – Available to ALL Offices

If you or someone on your crew needs to brush up on your construction math and blueprint reading skills, we have a turnkey opportunity for you. Classes will be broadcast from Grand Rapids so that you can join by video in any Kent office. Please use the links below to register. These classes are taught by Kent Companies Superintendents, Project Managers and Estimators, which truly enhances our working relationships across the team.


  • Each class is limited to 25 participants.
  • You must get approval from your supervisor to attend.
  • Please arrive in the large conference room in the office a few minutes early. Each class begins on time.
  • Snacks will be provided.
  • For those who work outside of the Grand Rapids area, please inform your Superintendent or Regional Manager about your registration, and we will provide video access to the classes in that office.

Construction Math Classes

Topics include how to read a tape measure (quick refresher from day zero training), adding and subtracting fractions, adding and subtracting drawing dimensions, calculating area (square feet) and volume (cubic yards).

  • March 20,  2pm – 4:30pm
  • April 17, 2pm – 4:30pm
  • May 8, 2pm – 4:30pm

Click here to register for Construction Math classes.

Blueprint Reading Classes:

Topics include reading key labels; the plan, elevation, and section drawings; scale, lines and more.

  • March 27,  2pm – 4:30pm
  • April 24, 2pm – 4:30pm
  • May 15, 2pm – 4:30pm

Click here to register for Blueprint Reading classes.

Division 810 – Motown Museum

Submitted by Dean Stacer, Business Development Manager

Div 810 recently installed Gyp-Crete at a Michigan Historic Site called the “Motown Museum” for part of the $ 50M in renovations and new addition being performed at the site.

Additionally we were contracted by JJ Barney Construction, another specialty concrete contractor in the Detroit area to perform this scope since they were familiar with Kent and our abilities on past work at the Department of Public Safety project in Detroit a few years prior.

A small portion of the scope has potential to turn into additional work throughout the entire project.

Open Enrollment – Now through April 1, 2020

Whether it’s disability and accident insurance to help patch up life’s rough spots or life insurance to provide for your loved ones Unum can help you protect what’s most important. To enroll in coverage, see Mindy Curtiss or Sarah Miller in HR for enrollment forms and details. The deadline to enroll or make changes to current plans is April 1, 2020.

Applications Due by March 31!

The Make it Happen Scholarship Program is a benefit for the families of full-time Kent Companies employees. Scholarship applications are available to students pursuing trade school, technical certification or a traditional college degree.

If you have a child/dependent who is pursuing trade school, tech certifications or college, you need to know about this program! We’ve awarded over $30,000 in scholarships over the last five years.

The scholarship application is a competitive, merit-based process. That means the most well-planned, thorough and thoughtful applications earn larger scholarships.

Who can apply?

  1. Applicant must be the legal dependent child of a full time Kent Companies employee and be under the age of 26.
  1. Applicant must have a 3.0 grade point average. High school or College grade transcripts must be submitted with all applications.
  2. Applicants who have applied previously must complete the entire application process in order to be considered.


  • January 1-March 31: Applications are accepted.
  • April 1-30: Scholarship Committee evaluations.
  • May 15: Scholarship notifications are released to all applicants.

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