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Open Enrollment – Last Call!

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Open Enrollment – Last Call!

Open enrollment is going on now through June 30th. Open enrollment gives you a chance to change other insurance coverage or opt-in to programs that can save you money. Most of the time, you can only make these changes if you experience a major life event like marriage, divorce, or the birth of a child. Be proactive.

You still have a few days to contact Human Resources to make changes to your medical, dental and other insurance benefits. Learn more from

Don’t Shrug Off Open Enrollment: Here’s What To Look For And Update

Contact Human Resources in your local office:

  • Grand Rapids, Traverse City, St. Louis: Sarah Miller
  • Redford: Liz Schwendemann
  • Ohio: Laura Armstrong
  • Southeast: Crystal McLaughlin
  • Texas: Tanya Escobedo


Division 110 – Studio Park – Grand Rapids, MI

Last week, Division 110 completed one of the final pours for the six-level parking deck at Studio Park. We’re looking forward to topping off the parking structure soon!



Protect Yourself from Heat Stress

Summer is officially here, and our job sites are heating up. Many of us have worked in hot conditions. The heat can make us tired, irritable and thirsty. If our bodies build up more heat than they can cope with, we may become very ill. Building up more heat than we can handle is called heat stress.

You can prevent heat stress by planning for the conditions on your job site.

Click here to download the OSHA Heat Safety Tool to your mobile device.

The app allows you to calculate the heat index for your worksite. Based on the heat index, it displays a risk level for outdoor workers. You can also get reminders about protective measures that should be taken at that risk level to protect yourself from heat-related illness.

There are reminders about drinking enough fluids, scheduling rest breaks, planning for and knowing what to do in an emergency, adjusting work operations, gradually building up the workload for new workers, training on heat illness signs and symptoms, and monitoring each other for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness.

Contact your safety team for additional training and job site support.


Congratulations to our Scholarship Award Recipients!

We recently awarded seven Make it Happen Scholarship Awards to the children of full-time employees. 2019 marks the fifth year for the program, which has awarded over $40,000 in scholarship support to date. Congratulations to:

  • Miriam Arvizu Mancilla, daughter of Francisco Arvizu. Miriam is studying social work at Eastern Michigan University.
  • Makenzie Kersh, daughter of Melissa Kersh. Makenzie is studying nursing at Tarleton State University.
  • Mackenzie Freeman, daughter of Victor and Wanda Freeman. Mackenzie is studying geology at the University of Oklahoma.
  • Fany Flores, daughter of Jonas Flores. Fany is studying biomedical science at Advent Health University.
  • Elizabeth Veneklasen, daughter of Bill Veneklasen. Elizabeth is studying medical laboratory science at Grand Valley State University.
  • Crystal Rodriguez, daughter of Sergio Rodriguez. Crystal is studying nursing at Angelo State University.
  • Sarah Shafer, daughter of Phil Shafer. Sarah is studying to be a veterinary technician at Michigan State University.

CEO Jeff VanderLaan shared, “We are extremely proud of all our applicants and their achievements. Kent Companies will always be the best place for those who work hard and seek to improve their knowledge and hone their craft. Our employees are instilling these same values in their own families. We’re confident each one of these students will find great success on their unique career path.”

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