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Year-End Round Up – Southeast

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Watch a holiday video greeting from CEO Jeff VanderLaan.

Transcripción en Español:

Hola a todos. Soy Jeff VanderLaan, CEO de Kent Companies. Tengo un breve mensaje de Navidad para usted y sus colegas en todo el país. En esta época del año, estamos especialmente agradecidos por las muchas bendiciones que tenemos. Nos tomamos el tiempo para reflexionar sobre el año que nos pasó, y todos los éxitos y grandes logros que hemos tenido juntos como un equipo. Por encima de todo, estoy agradecido por todos los que forman parte de nuestro equipo, y por el arduo trabajo y la dedicación que se necesita todos los días para que seamos exitosos. Esta Navidad, tómese un tiempo para descansar y estar plenamente presente con sus familias y seres queridos. Gracias por todo el año pasado. Prepárate para 2019 … hay grandes cosas por delante. En nombre mío y de mi familia, les deseo a usted y a su familia una muy feliz y feliz Navidad y un feliz año nuevo. Go RED!


The Challenge is ON!

Job site safety starts with simple check points that catch common hazards before they become serious problems.

How do you work safely every day? What simple checks do you perform when you pick up a power tool, climb a ladder or tie-off at heights?

Send us a short video about your easy safety checks. You can qualify to win up to $250 in prizes each week!

The Level UP for Safety Challenge runs now through January 13th. Learn more here!



Celebrating Success at the Fall 2018 Make it Happen Event!

All-employee celebrations were hosted in Grand Rapids, Redford, Strasburg, St. Louis and Charlotte within the past few weeks. Congratulations to those who reached service milestones and earned Honor Coins.

Dave McCauley – 15 Years of Service

Rassie Rector, Fay Williams, Chris Carmack – 5 Years of Service

Click here for the Carolinas Photo Album on Facebook.

Click here for the Midwest Photo Album on Facebook.


Operation Santa Delivers Hope in Detroit


These guys give me hope,”  shared a neighbor in inner-city Detroit.

The sentiments of hope, gratitude and service took on real meaning as Division 810 dedicated a day to service in Detroit. The team assembled meals and care kits for the homeless living in and around the job sites the crews worked on most frequently.

Over the course of days, and sometimes weeks, the crews got to know the people living on the streets surrounding their job sites. Tim Redwood and Liz Schwendemann collaborated on a project to give back to these “neighbors.”  The entire team received the even greater gift of gratitude in return.


Kudos on 2250 Hawkins

General Contractor: Concorde Construction Company

Project Executive Brian Ambrose shared kudos for the recent work on 2250 Hawkins. Here’s what he had to say, “Thanks to all of you on this email for all of your hard work and long hours this week with getting these two slab pours in. Please pass my thanks on to your crew members.  It’s amazing what you all can accomplish when we finally have a good week of weather. Keep up the great work fellas.”

5th Annual Business Partner Awards

Each year we recognize the customers and vendors whose partnership contributes to our overall success. Congratulations to the Southeast winners:

  • Edifice Inc.,  Customer of the Year
  • Darryl Shugart, United Rentals, Vendor of the Year

Congratulations to our ESL Graduates in Dallas!

Our first students in the ESL class in Dallas graduated with flying colors. We applaud their hard work and commitment throughout the course. More training opportunities are coming in all offices in the new year.


New Year…New Programs, Training & Resources for our Team

Send your ideas to We’re looking for new training topics, suggestions and unique ways to help us all work with more efficiency and focus in the new year.