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Level Up Winners Announced

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They Earned $50 by Submitting a Safety Video…You Can Too!

Congrats to our first winners in the Level Up Safety Challenge! Please see the HR team to collect your prize.

  • Tom Chapin
  • Cassidy Lennerth
  • Mike Dulyea

Have you seen the newest Level Up safety videos on Facebook and YouTube? Safety is the first priority on every job site. We’re asking you to share the simple safety checks you do every day to work safely. The first five videos submitted each week earn a $50 gift card.

Submit your Safety Tips Today!

Contest Dates: Now through February 7th


$50 prizes are awarded for the first five videos submitted each week.

How to Participate:

  • Use your phone to record a short safety tip. (around 30 seconds or less)
  • Tell us your name and what job site you’re working on.
  • Be safe! You must be wearing all PPE in your video. You can only record before/after work or at a safe stopping point.
  • Text or email your video to your local safety manager.

Send Videos to Your Safety Managers:

Click here to learn more and see all of the videos from 2020 and 2019!

Applications Open Now Through 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 110 – All Hands Meeting NEXT Friday (2/7/20)

Division 110 will meet on Friday, February 7th at 3pm in the Shop for an all-hands meeting. This one-hour meeting will cover a lot of ground. Please arrive on time and be ready for a great conversation!

Kudos to Darryl Charles & the Hilton Team

Division 110 – The Graduate

“Kudos to the team at The Graduate for your perseverance and commitment to the job. Despite challenges, you’ve pulled together as a powerful and cohesive team to make it happen. Your dedication and true grit are appreciated by all.” – Dave Schoonbeck, COO


Division 110 – Okemos Retail


Grand Rapids – Layout Engineer

Do you want to build something more on our team? We’re updating the position description for the Layout Engineer in Grand Rapids, and we’re looking for someone who’s ready to grow their skills. Want to learn more? Contact Mindy Curtiss in Human Resources.

Extension Cord Safety

A few safety facts about using extension cords:

  • Use extension cords only when necessary and only on a temporary basis. Do not use extension cords in place of permanent wiring.
  • If you must use an extension cord in an area with high pedestrian traffic, you must either elevate it with cord trees, (at least 7’ high), or cover them with floor cord covers!
  • Do not remove the prongs of an electrical plug. If plug prongs are missing, loose, or bent, replace the entire plug. The ground prong is there to protect you from shock!
  • Do not use an adapter or extension cord to defeat a standard grounding device. Only place three-prong plugs in three-prong outlets; do not alter them to fit in a two-prong outlet.
  • Use extension cords that are the correct size or rating for the equipment in use. The diameter of the extension cord should be the same or greater than the cord of the equipment in use.
  • Never plug a portable GFCI into an extension cord. The GFCI should always be at the power source.
  • Only use cords rated for outdoor use when using a cord outside.
  • Do not run cords above ceiling tiles, through walls, or across anything that could be conductive. (Scaffold tubes, Forms, etc.)
  • Keep electrical cords away from areas where they may be pinched and areas where they may pose a tripping or fire hazard (e.g., doorways, walkways, under carpet, etc.).
  • Always inspect the cord prior to use to ensure the insulation isn’t cut or damaged. Discard damaged cords, cords that become hot, or cords with exposed wiring.
  • Never unplug an extension cord by pulling on the cord; pull on the plug at the outlet.