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Welcoming New Faces to the NCC Family

Northern Concrete has been making big advancements with in the different crews and teams.  Recently, we have hired a few new faces around the office and we would like to send them a huge welcome to our NCC Family.

A rookies first days on the job is the most memorable.  It sets the environment that they will be continuing to work in.  As we all know, first impressions are everything and we want our new NCC Family members to feel welcomed.   Here are some tips to help the newbie feel welcomed.

Don’t leave the shy out to dry.  No one likes being the new person.  Invite them out to lunch or to just sit and talk for a while.  Break the ice a little and show them that they can come to you with questions if needed.  We’ve all been there and its nice to have someone to turn too.  At Northern Concrete, everyone likes to talk to the new employee and get to know them.  They will stop by their desk and personally introduce themselves.  It’s a nice to see the company all get to know the new employee and welcome them into our family.

Go the extra mile.  A new employee wants to feel like part of the team and that they fit in with the company.  The way to do this is for co-workers to go the extra mile to help the rookie learn traditions and the way around the office.

Bond inside and outside of work.  Plan a social gathering outside of work.  Who knows you might have just found a life long friend.  Social invitations will help build a bond in and outside the office.  The communication and creative ideas will be more advanced when the ice is broken and everyone feels comfortable with one another.

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We would like to welcome our new members to our NCC Family.  We’re glad to have you and hope you feel welcome!

Mix Group from Around the Country Benefits NCC

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Mike Ausloos, Director of Business Development, had the chance to meet with our Mix Group in Kansas City, Missouri, this past week. The idea of the Mix Group is to meet with similar organizations in non-competing areas of the country. Our group consists of companies in Missouri, South Dakota, Colorado, Arkansas, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. Every six months, they visit a location and dig into their business ideas and processes. The group is such a benefit because they are transparent and truly want to help everyone meet their business goals. We accomplish this through job site visits, tour of office and yard, and employee interviews. The host company provides the team with a list of meeting objectives and then they go to work.

Benefits of the Mix Group:

  • Fresh eyes can provide an objective perspective.
  • The business owner receives information on what areas are going well and where some opportunities exist.
  • Building a network of people who invest time and energy into your business. Outside of the meetings, you can pick up a telephone and talk to someone who is familiar with your situation.
  • Provides validation in areas that you are unsure of.
  • Save times – why recreate the wheel?
  • Iron sharpens iron.
  • Develop friendships. Being a business owner can be lonely at times.
  • Fun.

Our mix group was started with the American Society of Concrete Contractors. For more information, please visit http://www.ascconline.org/about/mix-groups. Once the group is established, it’s your group and you can operate it the way it works best for the members.

 

Testimonials:

This is a great group! It’s very rewarding to see the great things being implemented from lessons learned at other companies…for example: PPE (hardhats, high vis vests, safety glasses, etc.), Employee hand books, labeling equipment locations on trucks – John Beck (Beck & Hofer Construction). For more information, please check them out at https://beckandhofer.com/

The decision to be involved in the ASCC mix group was the single best business decision I’ve made thus far.  Every time our group meets I take away dozens of tips, ideas and answers that help me improve my business. Our group is fun and outgoing while at the same time professional and to the point when it counts.  I am very excited to see what this group accomplishes in the years to come! – Zach Leo (Midwest Concrete LLC). For more information, please check them out at www.midwestconcrete.biz

I view the MIX Group as Site Specific’s Board of Directors, providing constructive and honest feedback on the company’s performance.  The MIX Group provides a platform for business owners/managers to exchange information on a confidential basis.  Our Team benefits from the opportunity to learn from the Mix Group and reap the benefits of teamwork and collaboration. – Matt Dempsey (Site Specific LLC). For more information, please check them out at http://www.sitespecificllc.com

 

A Mentor? How Do I Find the Right Person?

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A mentor, someone who is experienced and will advise you to be a better you.  Being in college, there are many times where I need a mentor to guide me in the right direction, but not everyone has the right mentor.  Here are some things to look for in a mentor.

1. Industry Knowledge and Connections

A mentor isn’t just someone to guide you along; it should be someone who can get you off the ground fast in the industry you are targeting.  Look for a mentor that will give you industry insights, share experiences, and most importantly has the connections to expand your network.

2. Time and Objectivity

Mentors are only good mentors if they have the time to help when needed.  The President of a company could be a great mentor but if they don’t have time for you then when will he mentor you.  Schedule your chats ahead of time.  Mentors give you the viewpoint you don’t have, an opinion other than your own.

3. Heart and Track Record

A mentor with a huge heart is the best, one with the heart of a teacher.  They want to see you succeed and are truly about helping you.  Secondly, don’t take advice from someone with a bad or no track record.  Seek advice and mentorship where you want yourself to be in the future.

4. Honesty and Passion

Have a mentor that will give you honest feedback and not sugar coat everything.  They should give constructive criticism with your career experience.  When you need help they will be one the first people you call.  They are passionate about you and the industry you both work in.  A mentor should have so much passion for what they are doing and have passion to help you succeed to where you need to be.

5. Problem Solving Skills

This skill is one of the most important skills for you and your mentor to have.  With this skill, a mentor will be able to lead you through issues and give you opinions on what the best way to solve it is.  Approaching issues in the correct way is important and having someone there to help you is very valuable in a mentor.

 

In House Dispatching Benefits Saves Time and Confusion

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Time is crucial in the concrete industry. Once the mix or raw materials enter a truck, the drivers must move quickly and carefully to ensure the load does not set. But this doesn’t only mean the drivers; the site that the concrete is being delivered to must be ready as well. This is where the benefit of having an in house dispatch comes. They keep the projects running smoothly and make sure that the concrete dispatch knows when and where to be.

With an in house dispatch we cut back on a lot of confusion and overbooking. When being in charge of dispatch, you are in charge of scheduling and the calls to the ready mix companies. They are in charge of making sure there is the correct amount of mix design, slump, air content, etc.. Then when calling the ready mix companies, they know exactly what time they need the concrete delivered, how much of it, and how many trucks. All the information comes from the plans that our in house CAD team provides.

Scheduling

When scheduling deliveries, there are many factors that go into being on time. In the construction world there are many kinds of delays that can happen, construction delays, traffic, congestion, and insufficient numbers and they all can mess up your daily schedule.

When drivers are transporting concrete, it is very vital that they have the quickest and shortest way possible meaning that they shouldn’t have to wait in much traffic or cannot get lost. Our dispatcher writes out the easiest directions for the drivers, but it is important to have just a backup route just in case there is a traffic jam or something that would slow down the delivery.

When scheduling deliveries, scheduling travel time into when the crews will be ready for the pour is very important. Crews sometimes are running late or early and that is when they call the dispatcher to change the time of delivery.

Ready Mix Companies

We went to visit one of our ready mix companies that we order a lot of concrete through. Carew Concrete has a system that they can measure the amount of materials that are added into the trucks from inside the building. This is all computer operated which saves a lot of time.

They also only schedule by the number of trucks they have. Some companies over schedule and that causes a delay in when the concrete can get to the site. Many think that they can keep taking more orders because they can “handle it” but then they are overbooked and can’t make their scheduled time. This messes up the finalized times of jobs and causes many deadlines to not be met.

 

Having an in house dispatcher is very beneficial not only to a company but also to the people they work with. The dispatcher is in charge of communicating messages from worker to ready mix companies. When there are change orders or back ups, a field worker doesn’t always have to worry about being able to call the ready mix company. They can continue on working on their project rather than wasting time calling in a change order. That is the dispatcher’s job and the ready mix companies appreciate the heads up with change orders because it makes things simpler for them.  It makes things a lot easier in the long run and keeps jobs on schedule when you have an in house dispatcher.

Cow Pie Bingo Rules and Regulations

Cow Pie Bingo Fundraiser for Juvenile Arthritis
Sponsored by Team to the Max

October 10, 2015

1. The Cow Pie Bingo event will take place on October 10, 2015 in the outfield area at Circle Tap. A 100’ x 125’ field grid will be marked off in 5’ X 5’ square ‘land parcels’ for a total of 500 sequentially numbered ‘land parcel’ squares.
2. The actual field grid on the ground will be clearly marked with all ‘land parcel’ squares being of equal shape and size. The field grid (and cow) will be protected by a barrier or fence. Spectators and ‘land parcel’ square holders must not interfere with the progress of the event.
3. Up to 500 ‘land parcel’ tickets will be sold at three rates; $100.00, $20.00, or $10.00 per ‘land parcel’s square. Proceeds from the Cow Pie Bingo fundraiser will benefit Juvenile Arthritis Foundation.
4. Land parcel square assignments will be computer generated and randomly determined on or about 12:00 noon on October 10, 2015.
5. Absolutely no land parcel square tickets will be sold after 12:00 noon on October 10, 2015.
6. On October 10, 2015 (on or about 12:00 noon), the number of ‘land parcel square tickets sold will be tallied and the actual grid number assignments will be determined. A poster or list will be printed, noting ‘land parcel’ ticket holder names and numbered square assignment; this will be on display at Circle Tap prior to the Cow Pie Bingo event starting.
7. At 1:00 pm on October 10, 2015, a cow will be led into the designated grid area by an appropriate handler and allowed to freely roam within the grid area (while tethered to a lead line of appropriate length) until the first cow pie or “plop” (NOT cow pee) is placed by the cow on a square. If the cow has not placed a cow pie within 3 hours (by 4:00pm on October 10, 2015) the prize money will be awarded to the ticket holder of the ‘land parcel’ square where the cow’s right front hoof is placed at 4:00pm
8. The $100 ticket holder of the ‘land parcel square on which the cow pie lands will win $25,000 (or in the event that not all land parcel square tickets are sold, 50% of all ‘land parcel’ squares sold by 12:00 noon on October 10, 2015).
9. The $20 ticket holder of the ‘land parcel’ square on which the cow pie lands will win $5,000, or in the event that not all land parcel square tickets are sold, 50% of all ‘land parcel’ squares sold by 12:00 noon on October 10, 2015.
10. The $10 ticket holder of the ‘land parcel’ square on which the cow pie lands will win $2,500, or in the event that not all land parcel square tickets are sold, 50% of all ‘land parcel’ squares sold by 12:00 noon on October 10, 2015.
11. If the cow pie or “plop” lands on bordering ‘land parcels’ (crossing the line connecting the squares) , the square with the largest cow pie (width and depth) wins.
12. If the cow pie lands on a square that is unsold (in the event that tickets for all 500 ‘land parcel’ squares do not sell), the winner will be the closest “sold” square or squares immediately adjacent to and sharing at least one full side with the unnumbered, unsold square. This could end up being more than one winner (up to, but not to exceed, 4 winners) who would share in the prize money equally.
13. ‘Land parcel’ square holders need not be present to win.
14. ‘Land parcel’ square winner(s) will be responsible for all associated fees/taxes associated with the cash prize winning.
15. The decision of the designated Cow Pie event judge(s), with respect to the event winner(s), is final.
16. The winner will be recognized at the conclusion of the Cow Pie Bingo fundraiser. If the winner is not present, the winner will be notified by phone and/or email and will then have 30 days to claim the prize money. Unclaimed prize monies will be donated to Juvenile Arthritis Foundation.
17. Winners must provide proof of deed ownership before prize money will be awarded.
18. The event will proceed on October 10, 2015, rain or shine. If there is thunder/lightening at 1:00pm on October 10, 2015, the Cow Pie Bingo event will be canceled. The cash prize winners will then be established by a randomly selected attendee; the attendee will draw one ticket from each of the ticket boards and the winners will be announced.
19. The rules and regulations will be posted at the October 10, 2015 Cow Pie Bingo event and can be obtained at http://northernconcreteinc.com/cow-pie-bingo-rules-and-regulations/ or by contacting tothmaxwisconsin@gmail.com

 

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