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October 2020 Employee Highlight

Posted on October 2, 2020

Our Cedar Rapids, Iowa team has really set themselves apart as they continue operating through a pandemic, a typical very busy construction season, and one very unique challenge, a land based hurricane called a derecho. Hit on August 10th with minimal preparation, Cedar Rapids and the surrounding communities sustained an unprecedented amount of damage. As nearly 2 months have passed, the branch has yet to see business bounce back to normal levels. Below is a question & answer session with Cedar Rapids branch manager Tony Offerman.

How has this severe weather affected business differently than other (weather) events?

We had a hail storm in March this year and we were handling business without much disruption and working great to be honest.  On August 10th we had another storm, a Derecho (land based hurricane).  This storm has taken storms to a whole new level and I have been in the roofing business for 20+ years.  I have seen 3 different mass hail events and even traveled to Indiana to chase hail on the contractor side.  This wasn’t even close to what I have experience damage wise.  I honestly don’t think the rest of the country knows how bad this storm really was to be honest.  I would say 95% of the homes/businesses/apts had some sort of damage on the exterior.  With most storms like hail, there is a window of pause before things get really going.  Hurricanes have their prediction models so you have plenty of time to prepare for the potential damage.  With this storm we had 12 hours to prepare for the aftermath.  Our Des Moines branch called and said “hey we just got 80mph winds, tighten up the yard”.  By the time the storm reached us we had hit 140+ mph winds and heavy rains.  Entire structures collapsed, roofs ripped off of commercial properties, sides of houses blown out, metal roofs curled into balls and half the trees across the city snapped or went flying.  The next morning I had no idea who was coming to work because cell towers were down, internet was out, landlines gone, and every sort of every day communication was no longer working.  It has been 50 days since the storm and it truly feels like day 1 for probably everyone here. 

How has your team stepped up at work? 

Everyone here has been amazing to be honest.  The day after the storm I had no idea who was coming in.  I knew we were going to busy because EVERYONE needed help in this town.  My wife asked me the night of August 10th ‘who all is coming in tomorrow?’ as her work shut down and I simply replied “I have no idea”.  We had one person gone the next day but that is because he lost the top half of his apartment.  Everyone came in and put community over personal and it has been that way since the day of the storm.  There are days I don’t know how we did what we did.  We basically work 6 days a week right now and really long hours.  Sunday is really the only day everyone has a day off but our customers are still reaching out to us on Sundays for help and we of course run to the shop to help them.  It has been a ‘what can we do for you’ mentality ever since. 

How are you keeping your team motivated?

This is the million dollar question to be honest.  It has been really hard on everyone not only physically but mentally.   Keeping moral is tough when everyone is putting community over their own personal needs.  Sharing the branch success and just talking to each other not about work is what helps keep the drive alive right now.   Having fun is crucial for the mental but that’s hard sometimes.  The little things we turn into fun jokes.  When a truck of shingles shows up you get fake overly excited and get to call someone and say hey guess whats heeeeere… We have really tried to ease some burden on everyone by providing lunches on Fridays whether that is MacArthur providing employees lunches or suppliers.  Everyone has really made the team atmosphere most important right now which is the main driving force of keeping moral high. 

Have business practices been modified to accommodate the community needs?

The way we do everything hasn’t really changed much.  We have made some internal changes paperwork wise to save some time, tracking orders, inventory supply, etc…  We still have a system and a way of doing our daily business that got us to the point before the storm and we want to stick to that model.  They say trust the process and we really have trusted the process that we could ramp up so much in so little time.  We have added some staff here to try to accommodate the added business but the added business just outweighs any addition.  Our main concern daily is helping our contractors do their thing and help the community through them.  We might be one branch but we can positively affect 30+ families a day with deliveries to our customers.

What do you expect the next few weeks and months to look like?

Everyone kind of asks what it’s like in Cedar Rapids and my honest response is “It is like the Wild Wild West here.  What is at 8am is not at 9am”.    There is so much damage that the rest of year will be record months as will next year.  People just have so much work to do that it is impossible to predict when the slowdown will occur.  I think 2021 will follow suit but we will be better prepared.  Since August 10th, it has absolutely been 100% reaction response with little preparation.  Winter is a few months out but it will give us time to settle in and take a better assessment of what we need to do to make life better for 2021 and beyond for not only our customers but for our people here in Cedar Rapids.

Use a few sentences to brag about your team. Let the company and the construction community know how great your team is.

Every ounce of success this branch has had this year is 100% on the shoulders of everyone who works here.   Every single person from the front office to the shop has been fantastic.  The personal sacrifices everyone has made for our customers and community can’t be explained in a single paragraph.  Our branch has always strived for the best customer service experience for our people and I think we have shown everyone when the cards are down we don’t stop or slow down.   That alone is a testament on what they do every day for our people and our community to help bring life back to normal.  The group of people we have in Cedar Rapids has done remarkable things in 2020 for the hands we were all dealt with COVID, hail, and a derecho.   I will put our team against anyone in this town and I will choose us every single time, without a doubt. 

 

The Cedar Rapids team:
Front row, left to right
Joe Heinrichs- Outside Sales, Steven Williams-Driver, William Hardie- Driver, Richard Roberts- Warehouse, Terry Smith- Warehouse Manager, Tony Offerman- Branch Manager

Back row, left to right
Ryan Sandeen-Driver, Nick Campbell-Outside Sales, Michael Romano-Driver, Heidi Sakulin-Inside Sales/AP, Doug Henderson- Driver, Whitney Larson- Inside Sales, Troy Donels- Inside Sales, Dave Deitweiller-Warehouse, Jeff VonSprecken- Outside Sales

September 2020 Employee Highlight

Posted on September 8, 2020

Jera Canzona began her MacArthur Co. career in the Denver branch March 9th of 2015. Jera was originally hired by Gary Pietrus as an accounts payable clerk for both Denver and the Colorado Springs offices. Being a true team player, Jera soon took on other roles in her branch learning the inside sales desk, the ELOG systems for the trucks, and is known to get in the warehouse and pull orders for customers when necessary! Jera’s hard work and attention to detail has led her in becoming responsible for all of the driver’s records for MacArthur Co., Weekes, and Snavely Forest Products. Jera has proven herself to be a very valuable and multi-talented employee!

In her off time, you will normally find Jera camping and fishing, or working out with her son Nico! They even went ice fishing for the first time in March! Being a long time Denver Broncos fan, Jera spends her Sundays rooting for her team with family and friends. MacArthur Co. is very fortunate to have Jera on our team! Thank you for your team spirit and dedication to MacArthur Co.!

August 2020 Employee Highlight

Posted on August 10, 2020

Felipe Holguin started working for MacArthur Co. in March of 2019 as warehouse and delivery driver in our Fresno California location.  Felipe’s strong work ethic and desire to move up led to his promotion in June 2020 as the warehouse manager, overseeing all aspects of shipping, receiving, and coordinating deliveries with our customers. He has since added some inside sales experience to his skill set, and our customers enjoy his quick wit and professional service.

When Felipe is away from work, you will often find him building custom patio furniture, or just hanging out and barbecuing with his family and friends.  Felipe and his wife Jasmin recently completed the purchase of their first new home with plenty of space for their son Zachary, and daughter’s Khloe and Meilani. They are also expecting a new baby boy in November!

Thank you Felipe for your hard work and dedication to MacArthur Co.!

July 2020 Employee Highlight

Posted on July 14, 2020

Kristen Noerenberg started 4 years ago in accounting at the Sioux Falls branch. She came to us with 4 years of military experience with the Army National Guard. She started work right as we were switching to the M3 system. Kristen tackled that fast and has proved to be a strong member of our branch. The Sioux Falls sales team as well as city desk and purchasing rely on her every day. Kristen has exceeded all expectations and is always looking for more responsibilities. MacArthur Co. is lucky to have found another loyal employee.

Kristen is the proud mother of three children, 2 boys Wyatte and Wesley, and one girl Willo. She also recently purchased a home for her and the kids. She enjoys her time with the children and working on her new home. Kristen loves the outdoors, kayaking, and hiking. And has the lawn mowing competition with her neighbors that we all enjoy.

June 2020 Employee Highlight

Posted on June 19, 2020

Tyler Adsit joined the MacArthur Co. team in March of 2010 as an inside salesperson at our Stevens Point, WI branch. While Tyler continues to provide our customers with fantastic service in inside sales, he has also taken on the role of Safety, DOT, and Worker’s Compensation Manager for the Eastern region of MacArthur Co. Over the ten years he has worked here, Tyler has not missed a single scheduled shift, proving himself one of the most reliable employees at MacArthur Co. In his free time, Tyler enjoys photography and videography. He also loves all things outdoors, with his family- wife Katrina, son Kadin, daughter Claira, and their two beagles.

May 2020 Employee Highlight

Posted on May 29, 2020

Meet Joe Kaufman. Joe is celebrating 30 years at MacArthur Co. this year! He spent most of his time working for the St Paul branch in estimating and then purchasing. Four years ago, Joe took on a new role in our corporate office as our Director of Product & Pricing Management. He has played an important part in MacArthur Co.’s transition from our former computer operating platform to our current M3 system.  Joe’s product knowledge and purchasing experience as well as his work ethic and dedication to our company have combined to set up MacArthur Co. for future success. When Joe isn't in the office, he loves to spend time with his wife Shelly and his two children. He plays softball, golf, and helps the in-laws fix up the cabin. Thank you, Joe, for your dedication to the success of MacArthur Co. over these many years. 

Eye Hazards in the Construction Industry

Posted on May 27, 2020

The National Eye Institute (NEI) uses the month of May to teach people about eye health. On-the-job eye injuries are very common with nearly 800,000 injuries per year involving eyes, of which nearly 90% of them are preventable. Furthermore, about 36,000 of these injuries require the employee to take time off work. Today, we will discuss the types of eye injuries that occur at construction job sites and how they can be prevented.

Construction Industry Eye Injury Statistics

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), nearly 2,000 job-related eye injuries occur in the construction industry each day that require medical care. This industry has a higher rate of eye injuries than any other. The CDC warns people that if they don’t take care and use proper eye protection they can not only hurt their eyes, but also go blind.

Hazards on Construction Job Sites

Even when workers are in compliance with OSHA’s requirements on wearing proper fitting and approved eyewear injuries still occur.

Many job site eye injuries occur when building materials from sanding, grinding, or welding get into the eye. When such debris enters the eye or area around the eye it can lead to physical damage.

Another common cause of eye injury is blunt force trauma. Construction workers are at a high risk of being struck in the head by falling or swinging objects. When this occurs, it can cause eye-related injuries such as retinal detachment which requires surgery to prevent partial or even total blindness.

The final common cause of construction-related eye injuries is exposure to chemicals. Anytime toxic gases, fumes, or other chemicals enter the eyes damage can occur.

Construction Workers with the Highest Risk of Eye Injuries

The Bureau of Labor Statistics determined that specific construction workers have the highest risk of work-related injuries. Those jobs are:

●     Welders
●     Carpenters
●     Construction Laborers
●     Electricians
●     Pipefitters
●     Plumbers

Types of Eye Injuries That Occur from Construction Accidents

Injuries sustained to the eyes can lead to varying degrees of vision loss that can be permanent or temporary, and these types of injuries always inflict large amounts of pain. Here’s a list of common eye injuries that occur from accidents on construction job sites:

●     Bone Fractures Around the Eye
●     Chemical Burns
●     Corneal Flash Burns
●     Corneal Scratches
●     Iris Inflammation
●     Hyphema - Bleeding between the iris and the cornea
●     Lacerations to the Eyelid

How To Prevent Construction-Related Eye Injuries

Regardless how careful you are, sometimes an injury can still occur. However, there are several things you can do to reduce your risks. Here are the top 4 things you can do to protect your eyes:

1.   Be aware of and understand all eye safety dangers in your specific line of work.
2.   Use the proper type of eye protection for the work you’re doing.
3.   Eliminate all potential hazards before beginning work by using work screens, machine guards, and other types of engineering controls.
4.   Always ensure your safety eyewear is in good condition, if it’s damaged be sure to replace it immediately.

 

In conclusion, the last thing you want to do is lose your eyesight in an accident that was preventable. By understanding the dangers you face and always wearing the correct type of eyewear you can greatly reduce your risk of injury.

OSHA's Pandemic Response

Posted on May 14, 2020

OSHA Response Plan to Protect Workers During Coronavirus Pandemic

It is essential to protect essential workers during this coronavirus pandemic. OSHA has responded with a plan to protect workers in the field while protecting their area OSHA officers. The plan addressed OSHA Area Offices and compliance safety and health officers (CSHOs), but every company should familiarize themselves with the guidelines to ensure everyone is on the same page.

OSHA Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus

OSHA has outlined a thorough plan that is officially deemed the Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The plan explains that OSHA is now enforcing health standards related to COVID-19 risks to make sure companies are doing their part to protect their workers from exposure to the virus.

The goal of the response plan is three-fold:

1. To establish procedures for OSHA field offices to protect their own personnel

2. To protect the labor force against coronavirus exposure

3. To protect workers exposed to the disease

General Enforcement Guidance

Loren Sweatt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, explains, “[The Response Plan’s] guidance outlines commonsense procedures for investigating complaints related to the coronavirus, while also ensuring the safety of workers, employers, and inspectors.”

The “commonsense” procedures outline how to address coronavirus-related reports and complaints. Known fatalities and exposure are, of course, given priority for on-site inspection, followed by claims with high-risk potential, and son. The OSHA response plan provides letter templates for OSHA officers to use to inform employers of:

·        Alleged workplace hazards for COVID-19 activities

·        Hazard alert from COVID-19 inspection

·        Alleged Violation Description (AVD) for citations

The OSHA officers are expected to adapt the letter templates to the specific circumstances. It may be a good idea for employers to review the letter templates, so they are better prepared to respond in a timely manner if necessary.

Worker Complaints

OSHA is aware that workers may hesitate to file complaints out of fear of retaliation from their employer. The response plan explains that workers who file complaints of exposure, request inspections, or report an illness may be protected under one or more whistleblower statutes. The OSHA officers are instructed to inform such workers of these statutes and the protection they offer.

Advice for Employers During COVID-19 Pandemic

Employers should be doing everything in their power to protect their workers from COVID-19 exposure. Remember, by protecting your employees, you are also protecting their families. The more we work together to slow the spread of this virus, the sooner we can all get back to work as usual.

To avoid OSHA involvement, employers should:

·        Abide by OSHA’s recommendations: Prevent Worker Exposure to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

·        Implement a company-wide plan for preventing exposure

·        Provide personal protective equipment, hygiene, and cleaning supplies

·        Instruct employees on proper hand-washing techniques

·        Create a workplace environment where employees are not in close contact with each other or others

·        Assess workplace hazards, evaluate the risk of exposure, and take action accordingly

·        Create a safe employer-employee environment that encourages employees to come to you first if they have any concerns without fear of any retaliation

For more information, visit www.OSHA.gov and review frequent OSHA Coronavirus Updates.

Mobile ICU's by The Boldt Company

Posted on May 12, 2020

The Boldt Company, a customer of our Little Chute, WI branch, has partnered with Tweet Garrot and Faith Technologies (specialty contractors) to conceptualize and create modular, mobile intensive care units to help combat this pandemic. Thank you for taking an active role in supporting our healthcare workers! Click on the link to read more about their project. 

 

April 2020 Employee Highlight

Posted on April 24, 2020

Steve Williams aka Doc has been with MacArthur Cedar Rapids for a little under five years.  He joined us in the summer of 2015 and hasn’t looked back.  We call him Doc because he has his Ph.D. in Native American studies and in his previous life was a professor in Native American Studies.  Steven has a family heritage as Native American, Kiowa, and is very talented in making his beaded clothing for his ceremonies.  Steven is a very skilled driver who is not afraid to take on any task for the greater good.  He’s done everything for our branch and is a great example of being a team player/shareholder to us all.  What Doc loves the most about the company is our ESOP and the ability to provide a future for his family.  Doc is an avid Christmas guru.  He and his wife Mona definitely kick up the Christmas time spirit.  They deck their home and the branch in Christmas ornaments and blasts Christmas time music in the warehouse during the holiday.  Doc enjoys spending time with his sons and his wife on his Harley when his honey-do list isn’t too big. 

March 2020 Employee Highlight

Posted on March 25, 2020

Meet Emily, our Digital Content Administrator.  She is responsible for much of the content you see on our social media platforms.  She also handles much of our website and intracompany site (Blueprint) content as well.  We are grateful for all that she does and the content that she is able to get to you, our customers. 

February 2020 Employee Highlight

Posted on February 19, 2020

Steve Nash began his career with MacArthur Co. at our Kalispell, MT location in 2008 as a roof loader.  He went on to get his CDL and become a driver and now manages the yard there.  Steve loves the Denver Broncos and is a dedicated family man.  Thanks, Steve, for all of your hard work and dedication to our customers. 

Don't forget to check our Careers page for employment opportunities to join Steve and the rest of us at MacArthur Co!

CRA Trade Show

Posted on January 30, 2020

The Colorado Roofing Association held its annual Trade Show on Thursday, January 23rd in Denver. We had a booth, gave out some swag, saw some old friends, and made some new ones! 

January 2020 Employee Highlight

Posted on January 21, 2020

Commitment! This what you should think when you meet Dave Holm. Dave has been with MacArthur Co. for over 37 years! He started his career at city desk in our Fargo, ND branch and eventually worked his way up to outside sales. Dave has held this position for the last 25 years. With his HVAC knowledge, Dave has gained a strong foothold on the market for MacArthur Co. in the Dakotas and upper Minnesota regions. To say Dave is a sports nut is a bit of an understatement! Dave also spent over 34 years officiating High School Hockey and Football in North Dakota and Minnesota. During Dave’s spare time, you will more than likely find him on the golf course or spending time with his wife Sue and their 3 grandchildren. It’s safe to say Dave’s level of commitment is second to nobody! Congratulations to Dave on all his years of service and being a vital part of making MacArthur Company what it is today!

December 2019 Employee Highlight

Posted on December 31, 2019

Josh has been selling for us for 5 years in our Casper, WY branch. Through his dedication and perseverance, Josh has always been able to take great care of his customers. He has also been known to step in to help the yard crew when deliveries are stacking up and extra help is needed. Josh enjoys hunting, golfing, and spending time with family and friends. Please join us in thanking Josh for his service and continued growth in the years to come!

November 2019 Employee Highlight

Posted on November 26, 2019

Todd Wilson joined the MacArthur Co. team in May of 2012.  As an outside salesman, he has helped the Billings, MT branch to grow its sales and its product offering.  Having previously worked in the steel siding industry, his knowledge in that industry enabled the branch to be more comfortable bringing on the QE TruCedar product line.  His knowledge of building envelope products and his friendly demeanor make him perfect for the job.  When he isn’t working, Todd loves to play golf.  He is also a huge baseball fan, having previously played in the minors, and helps to coach his son, Colter’s team.  Todd, thanks for all of your hard work and for being a part of our team!

October 2019 Employee Highlight

Posted on October 24, 2019

Julie Wamsley, in our Casper, WY branch, is an amazing employee who works hard to keep a smile on our customers' faces! She is unafraid to get her hands a “little dirty” to make sure customers get out the door in a timely manner.  With a smile on her face that you can “see” through the telephone, Julie delivers customer care through answering questions or finding the right person to answer them. Julie doesn’t need to be told what to do as she keeps busy helping any way that she can. She is currently studying at Casper College to become a grade school teacher down the road. Until then- Thank you, Julie, for your hard work and dedication!

September 2019 Employee Highlight

Posted on September 27, 2019

Oscar Silva has been with MacArthur Co. for 8 years! Oscar started off in our Woodinville location before moving to our new Pasco shop in 2014. He has always been known for being the ultimate team player, as well as being a huge, consistent boost in morale. In his 8 years, he has been a driver, warehouse manager, and still chips in to load roofs when we need him. Oscar is definitely a shining example of what it is to be a great teammate, and we hope all of our branches across the country have the pleasure of a worker like him.

August 2019 Employee Highlight

Posted on August 21, 2019

Meet Joe Hedtke. Joe started with MacArthur Co. almost 5-1/2 years ago as the warehouse manager in Little Chute, WI. From the start, he picked up on the duties and used his previous warehouse experience to excel within the position. Joe really helps with everything within the warehouse from picking orders to delivering them. When Joe is not running the warehouse he loves to spend time with his family. From coach his daughter’s softball team in the summer to hunting with his son in the fall. Thanks for being a part of the MacArthur Co. family Joe!

Fargo Rooftop Patio

Posted on July 15, 2019

Make urban spaces great again! Who says you can’t live in the city and have an amazing patio? Skinner Roofing believes you can - check out this amazing Westile rooftop paver system they recently completed in Fargo, ND. Great job!  @skinnerroofing @westile #macarthurcompany #greatstatesconstruction

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Fargo's Customer Appreciation Lunch

Posted on July 2, 2019

Last week we held a customer appreciation lunch in Fargo, ND. We would like to say thank you to our loyal customers and great vendors for an absolutely amazing day! Let’s get the attendance over 200 next year! @OwensCorning @CertainTeed @FirestoneBuildingProducts @SpitfireBar&Grill

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June 2019 Employee Highlight

Posted on June 27, 2019

Noe Madrigal has been with MacArthur Co. in Pasco, WA for 10 months. Right after high school, Noe went to work in construction for 2 1/2 years. We hired Noe as a roof loader for our branch but due to his business acumen, we quickly moved him into an inside sales role. Contact your local branch for opportunities at a great company!

2+U Office Building

Posted on June 4, 2019

Our Kent, WA location is currently completing this project with Performance Contracting Inc in Seattle. New 38-story office building. #JohnsManville #insulation

May 2019 Employee Highlight

Posted on May 23, 2019

Michael Mathews joined the Sioux Falls MacArthur Co. family in February as a driver. Manager Ken Roland is nothing short of impressed by his initiative and willingness to help out. Two short months later Michael welcomed his second son into the world! Congrats and welcome to the MacArthur Co. family, Michael + family!

 

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April 2019 Employee Highlight

Posted on April 24, 2019

Darrick Blumhoff recently completed his 19th year at MacArthur Company Sioux Falls. He has worked his way up the ladder, starting his career as a warehouse/boom truck driver before being promoted to outside sales 4 years ago. Darrick is a big fan of the MacArthur Family and how we like to promote from within, this gave him the drive to learn more about the products we sell and our customer relationships. When Darrick is not working he likes to attend Sprint Car races in Knoxville, IA. If he’s not attending races he is usually watching some form of racing or fishing when his wife of 6 years, Angie and their children Aaron and Mikaela allow! 

Men's NCAA #FinalFour Tournament

Posted on April 9, 2019

Celebrating the men's NCAA #FinalFour tournament with a few manufacturers #CertainTeedRoofing #IKORoofing #OwensCorningRoofing and customers in Minneapolis with an outing at #TopGolf. Way to go teams!

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March 2019 Employee Highlight

Posted on March 20, 2019

Rob Fister is celebrating his 15th year with MacArthur Co.! Rob’s journey began with Cork Insulation, which was a part of Western MacArthur at the time, in Kent, WA. He cut his teeth in a few positions with Cork, which ultimately led him out east to help open our branch in Pasco, WA. Throughout his tenure he has worn many hats at MacArthur Co., giving him a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience we tap into on a daily basis. Rob currently is the regional HVAC/ Mechanical purchaser for all 4 branches in the Northwest, a position we essentially created to capitalize on his talents.

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