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KSE February News

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Welcome Jeff Bajema to the Safety Team

Jeff Bajema joined the Kent Companies team as a Safety Coordinator. Jeff is a Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) and most recently worked as a Safety Manager for James McHugh Construction Co. in Chicago, Illinois. He managed safety programs for elevated structures throughout Chicago, including a 76-story high rise, an 11-story residential project and a 7-story hotel. Jeff is a certified aerial work platform trainer, and he holds multiple safety certificates.


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.

Find more information here:


Division 3210 Presents Continental Building with a Customer of the Year Award

Vice President Josh McKenzie and Executive Vice President Matt Fennema awarded a Customer of the Year award to John Hoover with Continental Building Company. Division 3210 works extensively with Continental’s Pittsburgh and Columbus offices.

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.
  • Snacks will be provided.
  • You must get approval from your supervisor to attend.
  • Please inform your Superintendent or Regional Manager about your registration, and we will provide video access to the classes in our office.
  • Please arrive in the office conference room a few minutes early. Each class begins on time.

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.


Trench & Excavation Safety

The Southeast team hosted the first in a series of trench and excavation safety workshops. Safety Manager Butch Floyd led the course, which included attendees from the Kent team and our key customers. We will continue to offer safety training workshops to our team and industry partners to demonstrate our commitment to safety leadership.


The Corona Virus – Know the Facts

As news about the Corona Virus spreads, it’s important to know the facts. The most important thing you can do to protect your health is to wash your hands regularly with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Click here for a fact sheet from the CDC – English.

Click here for fact sheet from the CDC – Espanol.