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RED Feed – Weekend Roundup – March 23, 2018

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From the desk of Jeff VanderLaan, CEO

Over the past several years, we’ve been talking a lot about communication and transparency. As a member of the Kent Team, you  have the right to understand how we got to be a national leader in concrete construction and where we’re headed as a team. Our work pours fuel on the fire of economic growth in the cities and regions where we operate. When we deliver on the Four Hallmarks, we all stand to earn even more opportunities for growth together. Those opportunities come in the form of more work, enhanced wages and benefits, training and education and paths for career growth.

Now more than ever, you are a critical part of a world-class team. Our teams are in demand with old, new and potential future customers. Every effort you make on every job site where we work makes a difference. Our collective efforts, from wrecking forms, to finishing concrete, pulling cables, digging trenches and twisting piers, all combine to create a company filled with success and opportunity. Your dedication and participation matters, and it is truly appreciated.

If you have a question, ask. If you have an idea, share it. If you want to maximize the benefits available to you, speak with Human Resources or your colleagues. When we work together, we can make Kent Companies the very best place to work every day.

Thank you for being for part of the Kent Team.


Grand Rapids Team: Mandatory Safety Stand Down – April 19

Mark your calendar for Thursday, April 19th 6am-7am for a mandatory safety stand down. Please meet in the Grand Rapids shop. Training and safety updates will be delivered by the safety and Human Resources team. Donuts will be served. Stay tuned for more details on the program.

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Kent Companies Texas – Commercial Division RED Appreciation Event

Photos courtesy of Tanya Escobedo, Human Resources Manager

Job Site: CentrePort Building 4 – Fort Worth, Texas

General Contractor: Hillwood Construction Services

On Thursday, March 22 the Commercial Division hosted a RED Appreciation Lunch for the team on Centreport Building 4. Operations Manager Victor Marshall, General Superintendent Luis Mendez and the safety team thanked the field team for their Responsibility, Expertise and Determination on this high profile job site. (Check out the original project profile for CentrePort by clicking here.)

Grand Rapids Team – RED Leadership Breakfast Event

On Wednesday, March 14, CEO Jeff VanderLaan hosted a small breakfast with team members from  Divisions 110, 3410, 1810, and the Yard. Nick Steele, Matt Piar, Sean Linker, Brian Embree, Rick Bradham, Bill Veneklasen and Isaac Dorado joined Jeff and Corporate HR Director Mindy Curtiss for an informal listening session. The team discussed opportunities to improve communications and how to use technology to streamline scheduling. We know the best ideas come from the front lines. If you’d like to attend an upcoming RED event, please ask your manager.

Leadership Training – Leading with DiSC

On March 20, members of the Grand Rapids team completed “Leading with DiSC” training to learn how to maximize the strengths and skills across all of our project teams. Attendees shared high remarks about what they learned from the session.

“It made me reflect on how I can be a more effective leader in the field. It’s incredibly important to know how to work with other personalities. I’ll be more proactive in seeking others’ ideas and avoiding assumptions in the field.”

– Joe Cole, Superintendent, Division 1810


“It’s really valuable to see how everyone responds and reacts to situations in a different way. This training made me think about how I present ideas and plans and how I have conversations with people who have a different perspective on the job at hand.”

– Chris Humphrey, Project Manager, Division 1810

Congratulations to Executive Assistant Laurel Smitter on her recognition the 2018 Foremost Leader for NAWIC Grand Rapids. Since joining NAWIC, Laurel has become a driving force within the Grand Rapids chapter. As the lead for the chapter’s golf outing scholarship fundraiser, she has helped secure funding to provide four women with scholarships. Laurel also organized successful WIC week luncheons for 2016, 2017 and 2018, which helped the chapter achieve growth in membership. We are proud of your contributions to the community and to the Kent team. Congratulations, Laurel!

Read the official NAWIC story by clicking here.

Kent Companies Southeast – Division 2710

Project: Burlington

General Contractor: Berry Construction

Hallmark: Productivity

Berry’s General Superintendent sent kudos to Larry Mills: “Great job on the Burlington panels! We really appreciate all your hard work and long hours getting them done in record time!”

Regional Manager Jeff Kihm shared more background on the story. “Many accolades to Larry Mills, Dave McCauley and team for staying out in front of the issues and putting together a well-executed plan. These positive remarks come from a rather tough client. At the same time, our team has been working hard to overcome challenges at the Promenade project, to recover from rain delays and to meet accelerated schedules for multiple general contractors. Through it all, these guys are Making it Happen. Nice job finishing strong with Burlington. Keep the momentum going!”


Kent Companies Texas – Commercial Division

Submitted by Carson Greenlee, Safety Manager

Project: Scheels – The Colony, Texas

The team is ready to form the grade beams for Scheels’ massive 325,000 square foot retail store.

Kent Companies Texas – Multi-Family Division

Submitted by Angel Alvarez, Vice President of Operations, Multi-Family Division

Project: Elan Highland Phase II – Austin, Texas

GC: Greystar Development

The Austin team is making its mark on the local community. They’re pouring grade beams for the parking garage and laying out piers for the podium structure for Elan Highland Phase II. There are big things to come from Francisco Frías, Ulises Cortes, Daniel Gatica and their team.

Kent Companies Texas – Multi-Family Division

Submitted by Angel Alvarez, Vice President of Operations, Multi-Family Division

Project: Aura Riverside – Austin, Texas

General Contractor: Trinsic Residential

The Austin team is setting forms and digging footings for the Aura Riverside clubhouse. The piers, grade beams and walls are complete on the parking garage.

Kent Companies Texas – Multi-Family Division

Submitted by Carson Greenlee, Safety Manager

Project: Novel Deep Ellum – Dallas, Texas

General Contractor: Crescent Communities

The Multi-Family team is helping to bring an urban style mixed-use development into Dallas’ popular Deep Ellum district.The 7-story development will bring apartments and streetfront retail to an area that’s seeing widespread new development. Carson Greenlee caught the team in action pouring footings.  Read the official story on Novel Deep Ellum here.