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“My Why” Safety Program, Photos & Reminders

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Safety First: This is MY WHY

Safety is our first priority, and we want you to return home safely to your family and loved ones every night. But, we can’t just talk about safety. We have to be motivated to LIVE IT every day. We have to think about WHY we need to be safe.

Your Division Manager or Superintendent will give you a “My WHY” sticker for your hard hat. Write your WHY on it. Why you put on your hard hat every day, you’ll remember exactly WHY you’re working safely.

We want you to share this commitment with your family. Take your hard hat & sticker home, and take a selfie with your family/friends/loved ones.

Text your photo to the Safety team. Save their contact info to your phone.

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

The first 10 photo submissions get $50 credit to the Kent Companies store.

The next 20 photo submissions get $25 credit to the Kent Companies store.

We’re going to show all photos at the fall Make it Happen events and on social media.


Photos submitted by Jacob Otto, Project Engineer

Division 110 – The Graduate

Division 110 – Studio Park

Division 110 – GRPS


Kent Companies Southeast – 2250 Hawkins

General Contractor: Concorde Construction Company

2250 Hawkins (Hub South End) is a mixed-use multi-family property located in Charlotte. Our team installed a post-tensioned podium slab that allows for 22,000 square feet of office and retail space on the first floor. The structure is complete, and only site work remains on the scope of work. Project Executive Dave McCauley shared, “Kudos to James Wright and his entire team on this effort. James has done an amazing job juggling schedules, completing work between other trades and managing the expectations of our customer.”  Read more about 2250 Hawkins by clicking here.


Toolbox Talk: Knives & Utility Knives

Although knives have been around longer than any other tool, people still misuse and handle knives incorrectly causing accidents and injuries on a regular basis. Knowing how to properly use and care for knives is essential for safe handling.

  • Always cut away from yourself.

Although ti seems like common sense to cut away from yourself when using a sharp blade, accidents happen daily as a result of ignoring this rule. to open a box, try kneeling in front of it and placing your hand on top of the box to hold it. Draw the knife across the box, away from yourself.

  • A sharper knife is a safer knife.

A sharper blade allows you to cut using less force and gives you greater control of the tool.

Remember, never use a knife for anything other than cutting. A knife blade is not a screwdriver, pry bar or can opener. Always use the correct tool for the job. For questions on tool use or identifying the right tool for the job, contact your foreman or safety manager.


Reminder – Golf Outing this Saturday!

The Kent Companies Open is this Saturday!  This event is for registered attendees only. If you are not able to play, please contact Laurel Smitter by calling 616-534-4909.

  • 7:00 a.m. Registration
  • 8:00 a.m. Shotgun Start
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch

Quail Ridge Golf Club
8375 36th Street SE
Ada, Michigan 49301

How to Request Paid Time Off


Remember, all Paid Time Off (PTO) requests must be submitted online. Notify your manager, and then submit a form on the Kent Companies website.

  1. Visit and click on Employee Links.
  2. Enter password “redtothecore”
  3. Click on “Vacation Request” and complete the form.

Online vacation requests go directly to the Payroll Department. All requests are due by 5pm on the Friday of vacation. Remember, you can submit your vacation requests ahead of time! You do not need to wait until the week of the request. If you have questions, please contact Sarah Miller in Human Resources by calling 616-534-4909.