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Save the Date, Kudos & News

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Save the Date! KCI/KCSE Employee Appreciation Events Coming Soon!

Our Fall Make it Happen employee appreciation events are about six weeks away. Mark these dates on your calendar, and we’ll provide more event details soon!

  • Redford, Strasburg, St. Louis: Wednesday, November 28th
  • Grand Rapids: Thursday, November 29th
  • Charlotte: Friday, December 7th

Texas Make it Happen Recap

Our Texas team celebrated employee appreciation events in Austin and Dallas last month. Congratulations to Keith Collinsworth, Victor Freeman and Jose Salazar (pictured below) for 20 years of service to Kent Companies. Congratulations to Arturo Sierra on achieving 10 years of service, and to Dereck Galindo for reaching 5 years of service.

Kent Gives Back: The Texas team held an art supply drive for Children’s Medical of Dallas. Thank you for your generosity for children in the North Texas community!

The Kent Family Completes the Walk for Wishes

Last Saturday, members of the #kentfamily participated in the West Michigan Walk for Wishes to benefit Make a Wish Michigan. Employees and their families enjoyed a free day together at the John Ball Zoo – all while helping support fundraising for Make a Wish.


Division 110 – Midwest Energy Project Earns Award of Excellence from the West Michigan ABC

The Associated Builders and Contractors – West Michigan Chapter recognized Midwest Energy with an Award of Excellence in the Pre-Cast Concrete category.

Midwest Energy undertook a new facility expansion in 2016 to accommodate 30% growth in employees and related operating space and equipment needs. The facility expansion included an office, data center and warehouse, all originally designed as pre-cast concrete structures. However, an aggressive project schedule demanded a more efficient construction approach.

PARIC Corporation partnered with Division 110 to change the construction method to site-cast pre-cast concrete, or tilt-wall construction.

Division 110 placed 208 site-cast pre-cast concrete panels across three buildings. Throughout the course of the project, the team placed over 7,600 cubic yards of concrete.  Tilt-wall construction provided significant schedule benefits to the client.

General Superintendent: Mike VanBemden

Superintendent: Randy Bergakker

Project Manager: Jordan Berens

Charlotte Team Updates

The Southeast team welcomes Mat Gedenberg to Kent Companies! Mat joins our team as an Estimator/Project Manager. He has experience working for both national and family-owned concrete businesses, and he has worked in a variety of roles from the field to estimating. Welcome to the team, Mat!

Kudos to James Wright on 2250 Hawkins

James Wright  and the Division 2710 team received a big ‘atta boy’ from Concorde Construction Company Project Executive Brian Ambrose. James worked with Concorde Construction on the Ayrsley tilt-wall office building and parking deck, and he continues to impress our customers at 2250 Hawkins. Here’s what Brian Ambrose had to say:

Thanks to all of you, but even more so to James and the crews. Our experience with Kent Companies continues to be a great one (no reason to think it wouldn’t based on our experiences at Ayrsley), but we specifically want to give James and the gang a big ‘atta boy’ for a job well done so far. They are often the guys that don’t get the praise they deserve. James is a true team player, and I want you to know how much we appreciate what he and his crew do out in the field. They’re ultimately where the rubber meets the road. Here’s to keeping it up and making the big push to get all of the slabs knocked out over the next month or two. Thanks again guys for being a true partner with us on this project.

Additional kudos to the team for a fantastic pour at The Promenade (photo below). The team was recognized by our concrete supplier Stevenson-Weir for their quality and productivity. “The pour went great. You have some great ones working for you!” commented Andy Bacot, of Stevenson-Weir.


Delivering Teamwork: Division 1910 and Division 410

The foundation repair and mudjacking crews provided a one-two punch for Trace Volpe of Pearson Construction. The residential project required two separate repairs: helical piers and mudjacking. The Division 1910 crew installed seven helical piers to 10 feet deep with a minimum load capacity of 24 kips. The Division 410 crew followed up to fill voids under the garage slab with two yards of material. A three inch lift was achieved. Volpe shared, “Both teams did a great job. Very professional, protected the surrounding, worked efficiently and cleaned up nicely.  Very impressed.

Division 1910 – A Safe Stabilization for Big Star Lake Cottage

The Division 1910 team recently installed 16 helical piers with 29 kip ultimate capacity to a depth of 20-25 feet each for a cottage in Baldwin, Michigan. While the homeowner’s measurements called for a lift of 5.5 inches, the Division 1910 team lifted 4.5 inches – which was one inch short on purpose. Based on their experience, they were able to lift and stabilize the structure safely and avoid potential damage to glass windows by working with precision.

Here’s what their customer had to say: “I want to congratulate your team on a job well done. Mike, Scott, Rex, Tyler and Brandon did a great job at adjusting my foundation up on Big Star Lake. They were good to work with and were patient as the center beam under the cottage needed to be adjusted at the same time the cottage was lifted. Overall, a very professional job.”