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Volume 26 Issue 2 • Summer 2014 Reflections of Manatt’s and our Family of Business P.O. Box 535 Brooklyn, Iowa 52211
Phone: 641.522.9206 Fax: 641.522.5594
www.manatts.com Newton Asphalt Division on Hwy 1 south of Mount Vernon
Return Service Requested
PCC Division paving Hwy T38 near Lynnville
Hand work crew out of Brooklyn working on T38 project in the City of Lynnville
Milling Crew on Hwy 63 south of Malcom
Ames Ready Mix supplying concrete for the Deery Brothers’ parking lot
Brooklyn Ready Mix supplying concrete for the new Casey’s parking lot.
These are some old photos that were posted on Historic Hwy 6’s Facebook page! This is Manatt’s crew working on Hwy 6 in front of Carnsforth between Brooklyn and Victor.
Reflections of Manatt’s and our Family of Business
A Must Read: Highway Trust Fund by: Brian Manatt
I really did not want to write about politics. However, we face an important Table of Contents
MIS Happenings........................................4 South Ready Mix Update..........................5 Quality Control Update..............................6 North Ready Mix Update...........................7 New Faces of the PCC Division................8 A Look Inside VisionLink...........................11 Newton Asphalt Update............................13 May We Introduce......................…...........14 Keep More of Your Money.........................16 Equipment 101..........................................17 Ames Asphalt Update...............................18 Ames Ready Mix Update..........................19 Determann Update....................................20 ILLOWA Update.........................................21 Happenings at Wendling Quarries.............22 20 Years, Livin’ the Dream..........................26
deadline in Federal funding to the Highway Trust Fund. The current bill is set to expire September 30th and will likely run out of funds in August without stopgap action. The Highway Trust Fund directs money to the states (ie. IDOT) to pay for infrastructure (roads & bridges among other things). This issue is separate, but very similar to, the funding deficits faced in Iowa at the State level. While it is highly unlikely that the Highway Trust Fund will not be funded at some level, it is possible that there may be a gap in the funding or a significant decrease in the funding. If either of these things happens, it will be very detrimental to construction companies across the country—including us. It could lead to states not being funded for work already in progress and delay their ability to design and build future work. If states are not reimbursed from the Highway Trust Fund, they will most likely not be able to pay the contractors building the work. It will cause construction companies to stop production, machines to sit idle, and take workers off the job. Currently there is more money going out of the Highway Trust Fund than it brings in. The remaining balance has to come from the general fund. There has been a strong movement to eliminate general fund dollars from the HTF and have it be self-sustaining. What makes this such a frustrating issue is the response from our leadership in Washington. The biggest reason that no one will address the lack of funding is that it will likely require some form of increasing the fuel tax. This is an election year and raising taxes is too unpopular for any politician to take. Re-election is more important than doing what the country needs. The current gas tax was set in 1993. Today, Americans are driving fewer miles and vehicles are becoming more efficient. The gas tax of $0.184 for gas and $0.244 for diesel, does not have the buying power it had in 1993. (Could you live on your income from 1993?) It is not sufficient for our current needs and its revenues continue to decrease. Nobody wants to pay more for fuel in their vehicle, but I am sure that everyone can quickly name a road or two they drive daily that needs major repairs. The money for those repairs has to come from somewhere. It should come from the drivers that use the road system. More importantly, we can’t allow the Highway Trust Fund to go unfunded or decrease from its current level. Our company, Manatt’s, Inc., without any sister companies or affiliates, supports over 650 families. Adequate transportation funding makes it possible for us to get work, to pay our employees, and for them to support those families. If you get a chance, please contact your legislators (or candidates) and let them know how important keeping the road fund healthy is to you. M
A Tribute To Merlin Manatt by: Brad Manatt
October 3, 1928 - March 11, 2014
We have all heard the stories of how Merlin, my father, and Junie, along with Clair,
started the road construction business back in the late 50’s. This was made possible because of Junie’s desire to own his first truck in 1947, the actual start of the Company. Before Merlin joined the construction business and helped start it, he graduated from Loras College in the early 50’s with an economic degree and started a farm implement sales business in Victor. I actually remember going on service calls with my father to see different farmers and work on their Massey Harris tractors and New Holland hay balers. I am not sure of all he sold but I would be certain that he sold corner pickers and bean harvesting equipment also. Later in the fifties, I believe, he moved to the Brooklyn office and shop where Gene Kriegel has his cabinet shop now. I am not sure how the thought of getting in the rock laying business on county roads got started, but they got their first job, I believe, in Butler County. I understand that this didn’t make the other contractors in the area happy but that didn’t change the results of the bid. The first thing they had to do was buy equipment and hire people from around the Poweshiek County area. They were probably a bunch of good farm boys. In a way this basically changed the face of Brooklyn if you think about it. As a result of their early successes, Manatt’s, Inc., has been able to continually grow for 60 years. Some would say we are the largest road contractor and material supplier in the State. That was never the goal, but it just kind of developed. As I look back over the years with my father in this business, I always enjoyed our road trips together to job sites. Those trips together left a lasting impression. Early on, I remember getting sick in the car as he puffed away on his cigarettes. That gave me the desire to never want to smoke. In 1966, when I was a sophomore in high school, he announced he quit smoking. That was a great thing. I look back on the many friends he had over the years, especially the ones he worked with, that continued to smoke those cigarettes. Most passed away 10-15 years before my father. It’s a very sad fact. Many road trips when I was young, took us to Eastern Iowa. I can remember working on roads in Muscatine, Benton, and Linn Counties. He would leave the house at 4AM in the morning. If I went with him, I was asleep in the car by the time we got out of the driveway. Later on in high school and college, we traveled to road lettings, mostly seal coat. After the letting, he would usually have coffee with his bond man and his competitors/friends in the business. I never really knew what I was going to do when I got out of Creighton University in 1972, but I did have a military obligation for a couple years. I guess that my father and I must have agreed that I would come back to Iowa after my military duty at Ft. Benning, GA, to work at Newton with our new asphalt and concrete business. Over the next 25 or so years we made many highway lettings together and spent time traveling together to run different operations around the State. I always was his and Junie’s driver wherever we went. Often times Junie would sleep while my father and I talked. He always enjoyed talking, when many times, I would not. His questions were relentless. But we had fun talking about jobs, people we worked with, and many times about our family. When I think about the past and working with him for about 25 years, I think about all the people that have come together to work at this Company that he and his brothers built. The friends we have all become because of the sacrifices they made early on. I think of how lucky I am to have worked here almost 40 years and that we, who work for continued on page 27...
MIS Happenings by: Nate Hopwood
It has been a great spring so far. We have seen quite a few new faces around the hallways as everybody started filtering back into the offices and shops. John and I spent April and May working to finish up a lot of the renovation work in the Brooklyn office, rolling out PC and laptop refreshes for the new folks that came on board, and working through the replacement of several mobile devices on the cell phone side.
I have been working hard with US Cellular to update our phone plants/contracts. Many of you know the troubles USCC had when they changed billing systems last summer. It was no different for their corporate customers and in some ways, even worse. To their credit, the folks at USCC have been good to work with and have made some nice concessions on some of the wish list items we’ve wanted for awhile. My hope is to lock in new contracts and rates by July and at that point I’ll be able to share some of the details, upgrades, and updates pertaining to our phones and hot spots. A quick and interesting fact: we have more data enabled devices (smart phones/hot spots) than feature devices (old fashioned flip phones)on our plans now. In 2007, we had less than 10 “smart devices”...today we have over 100! John and I are also working through 2 other big projects this summer. At some point, we will be replacing the server that houses our estimating package. JB will definitely take the lead there and see the implementation through. I am going to continue working with some very talented network engineers to design and roll out upgraded MPLS connections to our Newton, Ames, and Elk Run offices. These will be full ethernet 100MB private connections that will offer a tremendous speed upgrade and eliminate the need for Citrix at those offices. This is a big project and one that I’m excited to see through. I hope everybody works hard and works safe this season. Call if you need us and stop through when you’re in Brooklyn! M
Manatt Announcements In Sympathy...
Friends and Family of Merlin Manatt Adam Manatt - loss of grandmother Brian Manatt - loss of grandmother Greg Manatt - loss of grandmother Dawn DeLorme - loss of sister Wally Kalinay - loss of sister Friends and Family of Virg Heishman Friends and Family of Bev Vaverka Sue McCoy - loss of father Karen Hanna - loss of mother Tom Martin - loss of mother Darren Pommer - loss of father-in-law Kenneth Osipchack - loss of grandfather Les Allwood - loss of sister Mel Walker - loss of brother Dallas Cashman - loss of grandfather Lee Adkins - loss of father Dick Ritter - mother-in-law
Jamie and Shawn Edelen Daughter - Aubree Gwin - 3-3-14
Dean & Teri Dobbs married - 6/21/14
John Beaderstadt Granddaughter - Aubree Gwin - 3-3-14 Grandson - Brecken Jacob - 3-2-14 Grandson - Brody John - 12-20-13 Peaches Burmahl Granddaughter - Cora Marie - 12-24-13 Bart and Chris Willis Son - Blake Robert and Morgan Hurst Daughter - Amariana Joelle - 5-8-14 Greg and Lacey Manatt Son - Michael Craig - 6-14-14 JoAnn Manatt Grandson - Michael Craig - 6-14-14
Mark Kensler - Retirement - 40 years of service Don Meyer - Retirement 50 years of service
South Ready Mix Update by: Ken Cline
Well, it has been a crazy start to
new employee parking lot so they could tear up the old to excavate for the building addition. They are also still working on the Hwy 146/I80 re-configuration project which also includes a trail on the east side, and continuing an addition on Brownells new warehouse.
the 2014 construction season! That loooong cold winter finally left us, the switch was flipped, and we haven’t looked back. Most of the Southern area plants have been going strong so far. Tama has been working on the Iowa Premium Beef I haven’t forgotten about the “far project and are getting underway east” plants. Tipton was working on the new Meskwaki Trading Post/ Truck Stop. Williamsburg started off out at Kinze Mfg with a building addition and then have been working at some parking lot maintenance. They worked on a hog building, some other miscellaneous projects, and are now getSupplying concrete to the new skate park in Tama. on ting started on the Altorfer Ag Dealership floor a city street project. Montezuma at West Branch, poured several started the season off by finishing hog buildings, and worked on the out the new Casey’s parking lot Cedar Poly addition. We are now and then started on a building at waiting to start a good sized patchFreemont Farms Pullet Farm. The ing project up on Highway 30. MaBrooklyn Plant also finished up a quoketa has been plugging away parking lot at the new Casey’s here at a large county bridge and many to start off and is anxiously waiting other local projects. Vinton did a to start the large parking lot south bridge down by Garrison and they of town for the new TA Truck Stop. have also been working on a city The Newton Plant started off the project over in Urbana, along with year with a bridge up in Marshall many other local projects. They County and has also been working also just picked up a large patchon additions at the REG Plant. We ing job over near Urbana in the are now waiting to see if we will be June IDOT Letting. We continue to able to supply concrete to the new work diligently to get all the work Noble Jeep Chrysler Dodge facility we can for our Vinton Plant. Colfax that will be built this summer. Grinhas not been opened yet this year. nell got off to a good start with the Rick has been up at Grundy Center Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance addihauling concrete for the wind towtion. They first had to construct a
er project. He will soon head back to Colfax to prepare for a 4000 c/y project at the Mitchellville weigh station. Walford has not been open as of yet either. We have picked up a decent amount of IDOT work for there yet this year and into next, but we are still looking for a plant manager to run that work. Kyle Lint will be helping out there to get us going for now. We have not been able to open the Belle Plaine Plant yet this year. We undertook the project of setting up a new plant there last fall and things just haven’t worked out to get it up and producing yet. Part of the reason is that we had to pull away the maintenance crew to work on the South Ready Mix Division new addition. In March, we purchased the ready mix portion of Kimm’s Ready Mix in Blairstown and have done some major re-configuration of that plant and site. The Kimm Family has been in the concrete and trucking business in Benton County for over 70 years and we will have very big shoes to fill in that area. All of our work there turned out well and Justin Bridgewater has taken over in Blairstown and has been producing concrete since about the first of June. We have a lot of work on the books for the season and we are continually bidding work for all our plants. We have added many new ready mix drivers so far this season and are still looking for more. I believe we will need these added employees to help complete what looks like to be a very promising 2014 construction season. Thank you to all and please, everyone continue to be safe in all the work that you do better than anyone else!! M
We Cook Rocks! by: Kelsey Merical
Whenever anyone asks what I do in Quality Control, I tell them, “I cook rocks!” I get the most confused look and they ask me to explain in more detail.
Most people aren’t exactly sure what Quality Control means when it comes to concrete. They see us at the plant or on the job site with this weird looking device filling it up with concrete, pumping it up, and pushing a lever on top. It is an air meter and we are testing the percent of air in the concrete! Not air that you breathe, but liquid air. Putting air in concrete creates little air pockets in hardened concrete. This allows the concrete to expand and contract during freeze and thaw without it cracking. We test the slump to make sure the concrete being sent out is the desired wetness for the contractor without going out of specs set by the Iowa Department of Transportation. We will also make cylinders or beams out of concrete to test the strength of concrete. If we are available and there is a big pour or new mix, we will go out to the grade and test there. We fill the contractors needs by adjusting mixes on site and in the plant. Contractors really like that and we create relationships with them for the Company by showing we care that they are getting a quality product. We also promote safety by directing trucks on job sites. Now, before all this concrete can be batched, we have to test the materials that go into it. This includes “cooking rocks.” We take samples of the aggregates and take them back to our lab to run a series of tests on them. A gradation is where we cook the rock to take all the moisture out of it. Then, it gets washed and cooked again. Next, it is shaken through multiple sieves and weighed. Only a certain percent
of rock can pass through each sieve. Other tests we run are specific gravity and moistures. This is so we can tell the plant manager how much water is in his aggregate. That lets him know how much water to add to each load without getting the load too wet. Now, how does the plant manager know how much cement, fly ash, rock, sand, air, etc. to put in the truck? Well, that is another thing we do! We design all the mixes or “recipes” for concrete. Depending on what you are pouring, determines the amount of each ingredient to put in. Here are some of the jobs we will and have been testing on so far: Jeff Timm has already tested a hog pit that was poured out of Tipton. A bridge is being poured out of Maquoketa. They are on the abutments now, and he has been inspecting a bridge in Vinton. Jeff Thompson has been in Grinnell a lot lately with the 32 project going on at the Grinnell exit off I-80. Manatt’s and Jasper are the contractor on that job which will include a bike trail on the east side of Hwy 146 that goes out to Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance. He also takes care of any work coming out of the Tama plant. I, myself, have been in Montezuma writing State tickets and testing for a State sidewalk job in Deep River that has just finished and moved up to Tama. There’s been a bridge pour coming out of Newton and Colfax and the Mitchellville weigh station is coming up. It got pushed back until next month and will be around 4,000 cu yds. Dale Pirkl has been helping in Blairstown getting the plant certified and ready to batch. He has been creating mix designs and testing them as they are being batched out of there. He has been helping sales on mixes and reading specs on jobs. Along with these jobs, we all do miscellaneous testing at all
the ready mix plants. We take that data and Dale and I compile the info. At any time, we can tell you what a mix has been braking at for strength and what jobs we have used it on. That, in a nutshell, is what Quality Control does. We all have a passion for what we do and take pride in our work. Manatt’s produces quality concrete and we stand behind it because we know; we test it! M
Running an Air Test
North Ready Mix Update by: Chris Manatt
Our season got a late start this year due to rain and cold throughout April. We held off on opening several plants due to the weather. Halfway through May, we started getting busy and have stayed quite busy with no slowdown in site. Our largest project has been the windfarm near Wellsburg that our Grundy Center plant is supplying. This has been going strong for a month and should be completed by June 20th. Dan in Grundy has had drivers and other personnel from many locations helping him with this project. There are a minimum of fifteen mixers hauling each day. Sometimes, as many as 19. Two plant managers, Nick Riley (Traer) and Rick Irish (Colfax), have put off opening their plants so they could help haul to the windfarm. There are trucks there from Waterloo, Traer, Colfax, Brooklyn, and Grundy Center. In addition to the mixer support, the North maintenance crew (Darrell Brunko and Todd Barth) have spent much of their time there Todd Barth has been operating the loader for most of the project. The record for yardage volume in Grundy Center previous to this year, was just over 14,000 cy. As of today (June 12), Grundy has produced over 26,000 cubic yards year to date in 2014. Hats off to everyone involved in the Grundy project. There has been excellent coordination and teamwork. The Waterloo plants have more work on the books than they have in the last dozen years. They have been hit hard by the Grundy project because almost half of their fleet is in Grundy Center. The sales, dispatchers, and qual-
ity control personnel have been in mixers daily. Truck support to Waterloo has come from Oelwein, Independence, Jesup, and Allied Manatt’s on a daily basis. Some large projects we have in Waterloo this year include 3 large paving jobs in Cedar Falls, paving on Hwy. 63 in downtown Waterloo, paving on Kimball Avenue in Waterloo, a new Kwik Star, and a lift station project. Most of the other plants in the North are also busy. Oelwein is on pace for a very good year and has numerous large projects, two of which are a Transco addition and a large dairy project near Westgate. Readlyn should have a great year with a new wastewater treatment plant to supply in Denver. Thus far, most of the IDOT work in the area has been near Grundy Center and Traer. We have a new plant manager, AJ Douglas, in Jesup this year. Jesup has been busy and they have been in Waterloo when they aren’t busy. So far, the only plant that is lacking the volume is Independence. We have had several good years in a row there, but so far, the work hasn’t been there for this season. This has helped Al and his guys to provide truck support in Waterloo on a daily basis. Throughout the area, we have big jobs that will keep us busy until the snow flies. This year is different than past years. Not only because the spike in volume, but also because the work is already going strong instead of waiting until the fall like most years. We are quoting five more projects in the IDOT letting next week. Hopefully, the jobs keep coming our way. M
May We Introduce...
Jesup Plant Manager: AJ Douglas AJ Douglas is in his second season at Manatt’s. In 2013, he worked in Elk Run as a dispatcher and mixer driver. AJ is a native Iowan who has also lived in Minnesota. He is an avid sports fan of all teams in Chicago (except the White Sox) and he is a diehard Hawkeye fan. Outside of work, AJ enjoys golfing, spending time with family & friends, boating and living life to the fullest. AJ says, “Change comes challenges, including learning a new operating system, developing relationships within the community and successfully implementing our new plans. With the help of others, I can confidently say these challenges will be overcome and I look forward to helping to grow the Jesup plant into a successful and respected business.” Please welcome AJ into the management team.
New Faces in the PCC Division Shane Lint - My name is Shane Lint. I recently returned to
James Bracy - This is my 5th season with Manatt’s. I started for
Manatt’s and will be working as the handwork foreman. I graduated from BGM high school in Brooklyn in 2006. After graduating, I worked for Manatt’s for a few seasons on one of the PCC crews. I then went to work for Victor Manufacturing and most recently worked as a concrete finisher with Precision Concrete. I am anxious and excited to be back on the Manatt team and to get the season underway. I have a 5 year old little girl, Amiah. I enjoy spending time with her and my girlfriend. If I have any free time, you can probably find me on the golf course. I hope everyone has a safe and successful 2014 season.
Manatt’s as a general laborer on the PCC grade crew. The last 2 seasons I have been the placer and paver operator. This spring I have been promoted to paving superintendant. I am from Union, Iowa. I graduated from BCLUW high school in Conrad, Iowa, in 2003. I have an AA degree in Criminology from MCC and 2 more years at UNI. I have a passion for fishing and golfing. I have enjoyed Manatt’s for the skills I have learned while here and the respect that comes from working for a family company. I appreciate the opportunity. I hope to have a safe, busy, and SMOOTH season!!
Kelby Taylor - My name is Kelby Taylor, I am 27 years old. I live in Brooklyn, IA, where I graduated from BGM High School in 2005. In 2006, I started working for Manatt’s. I worked in Ames with the Asphalt Division for Craig Kalinay. I worked a season in Ames, then came back to Brooklyn where I worked for Billy Naderman on the fine grade crew. I worked for that crew until the end of the 2012 season. After taking a season off to spend time with my family, I was offered the fine grade foreman position. Some of my hobbies are hunting, golfing, and spending time camping with my amazing girlfriend, Rebecca, and my 2 1/2 year old daughter, Taelyn. I’m excited and anxious to start the 2014 season. Jose Castro - My name is Jose Castro; I comfortably live in Tole-
do, IA with my lovely wife and two young daughters whom proudly attend South Tama County Elementary. I have been happily employed at Manatt’s, Inc., since the year 1999. Most of the time I’ve been with the fine grade crew working myself up from general laborer, pin-head (stingline setter) and trimmer operator, to having served as crew foremen the past two and a half seasons. Many close friendships and memories were created over countless project sites, big and small alike. Over the offseason, I was promoted to paving foremen, an opportunity I accept with great pride and excitement. I eagerly await the quests ahead! With the interesting mix created between our well experienced front office and our young energetic field managers, I envision a strong future ahead for the PCC Division. I’m looking forward to many sunrises and sunsets spent together with all of you out on the paving grade! Some of my favorite pastimes include playing hero for my girls on weekends and reading a good business related book. I’m currently pursuing a business administration degree through Marshalltown Community College’s distance learning online alternative courses.
Scott Sibert - My name is Scott Allen Sibert. I’ve been married
to my wife., Shantyl, for 20 years. I have five children and five grandchildren. Going camping with the kids and grandkids and watching the Iowa Hawkeyes play are just a couple of the many things I enjoy doing with my family. I have spent the past 20 years working for Manatts and I look forward to having another great year!
by: Greg Manatt
The Des Moines Metro Division finished the overhaul on the new Ankeny Shop next to the existing plant. It is a much needed improvement. Some of the shop highlights are LED lighting, heat and AC, parts room, locker room, and the capability of working on CNG (Compressed Natural Gas powered) trucks. The latest addition was a state of the art surveillance system and key fob control access. The new shop allows us more control of the work performed and improved efficiency. Jeff Hanke has moved from the old Johnston Shop and will oversee the new shop. Jeff continues to do a great job. He is still adjusting to being in a facility that actually fits an entire truck. The Johnston Shop will remain open for some repairs. The paving crew also has its own storage and shop space as part of the new facility which will be connected to the existing paving yard. Rick Hudson joined the Metro Division this year from the Brooklyn paving crew. He is now the Metro paving foreman. We look forward to having him on board this year. The Metro Division ready mix has a good work load for the year with the addition of the 2nd Facebook building in Altoona. Ready mix will also be busy supplying our Metro Paving Division. Some of their projects for the year include paving Four Mile RD, Beaver Dr, and multiple subdivisions. Let’s have a safe and great 2014!
PRIDE by: Roy Piper
It’s a simple sounding word, Pride. It just rolls off the tongue with that final definitive “Dah” sound.
Strange little word it is but powerful, powerful enough that it has changed the world many times over. Maybe it’s not noticeably life changing in our little world, in this small one paving, but believe me, it impacts everyone of every day in one shape or another. This subject came up in a recent conversation with a few in our paving management. What is pride and what effect does it have in paving such a simple road? Standing back and observing, it really doesn’t take very long at all to see it in action. Pride. That simple word, mighty it’s power in meaning. Why does the man go the extra effort to fix a slightly sagging edge, mix that load for an extra few seconds for consistency or double check the grade because something didn’t look quite right? No one told him to. No, they didn’t have to. He takes pride in his work. You don’t work for any company, particularly this one, as long as some of these craftsman and not take pride in your hard work. It might be the Company’s name on that equipment out there for all the public to see, but trust me, when I state that we put our names on that project, unseen although they might be, it’s stamped there in big bold letters. It’s a little of ourselves in blood and sweat and, possibly, a few well hid tears that went into building of that road. Pride. That is a powerful thing, of without doubt, the quality of the end project would be naught. Looking back at the many miles of pavement, proudly, we made that. Proudly we are paving the way home for many, too many to ever know. M by: Joel Clayton
I take pride in working with the individuals on our PCC Group…. they show large amounts of pride in everything they do….they are craftsman of their trade….helping to the raise the bar on a daily basis…. This is not a one person achievement…..it’s an all inclusive thing… Kenny Alexander Jr., Luis Martinez, Jorge Reinosa, Francisco Ordaz, Mort Frahm, Miguel Fonseca, Jesus Guzman Sr., Jose Chavarria, Roy Piper Sr., Gerardo Perez, Vincente Ochoa, Jose Cervantes, Roy Piper Jr., Daniel Mendoza, Marco Sanchez, Marcelo Baeza, Jorge Sanchez, Joel Garcia, Victor Hernandez, Alfredo Ordaz, Alvaro Sanchez, Steve Petersen, David Werry, Jesus Guzman Jr., Valentin Lermo, Devin Lacina, Kelby Taylor, Bruce Crook, Chris Kramer Not to forget those who help us shine on a daily basis….. For these folks, I would have to get a Company roster…………. I am Proud to be a part of this with you….Thanx for All you Do…. Joel Clayton, PCC Paving Foreman Brooklyn M
Visionlink: A look at the new age of preventative maintenance. by: James Weiermann
Whether you accept the way that
the industry is headed, or you end up getting dragged along kicking and screaming, things are definitely moving in a very new direction. I like to think we are not only accepting this new electronic monitoring system, we are trying to be proactive
and set the example for others to follow. Visionlink is a program brought to us by our friends at Caterpillar. The program consists of a data collection module that is installed on each piece of equipment and uses a cellular signal to communicate back to the main database. In its early stages, it was a tool that allowed you to locate a piece of equipment at any given time. This came in very handy for locating equipment that someone else felt they needed more than we did. When you have many different pieces of iron at locations all over the State, it brings peace of mind to be able to track them in “real time.” With that said, the Visionlink program is now vastly superior to any other program I have seen. If I were to try and define all the different aspects of the program, I would need a few pages to do it justice. I will, however, try and hit the high points. At the simplest level,
it can be used just to monitor the location of any piece of equipment. At the other end of the scale, it can be used to monitor fuel usage/hr per unit, optimal usage of equipment, along with idle time, preventative maintenance due, and current machine hours. All of this can be viewed in easy to understand graphs
or charts. It will also alert us to any service codes that the ECM (engine control module) on the machine may pop up. This is a very important tool for us on the service side as we are alerted immediately to any problems that arise in the field. We can then use the program to search the code that is displayed and be taken directly to Cats’ service web site for further information on diagnosing the issue. I will admit that we are in the infancy stages on our usage of this program. Brent Upah has taken the reigns and is doing a fine job of implementing and monitoring Visionlink. It is something that takes
some time to activate and update to start with, but the information we gain, in my opinion, far outweighs the time spent on start-up. On the service side, we are using the preventative maintenance aspect of Visionlink to keep track of services due. The program uses Cats’ 1 thru 4 levels of service due and displays different color codes to alert the user. It is also set up to send email alerts (user defined) for both services due, and any engine codes that have tripped. We are working with the representatives from Cat to try and get our Viewpoint program and Visionlink to be able to import/export and “talk” to each other. I know our friends at BARD and Pelling are also working towards the same type of goal. I will admit that I really enjoy using this program and I believe it has a place with us into the future. I think how much we utilize Visionlink will depend on its ability to be integrated into our system. If anyone would like to know more about the direction we are headed or would like the opportunity to see this program, please
call myself or Brent and we would be happy to answer any questions we can. M
Safety Update by: Adam Grier
It’s Up To Me I want a workplace, that’s Injury Free, And if that’s going to happen, then it’s up to me. I can’t take for granted, that anyone, Has done all the things, that I should have done. I must, take the time, with each task I do, To look for the hazards, and think the job through. To check the procedures and follow them all, And reject taking shortcuts, no matter how small. When I walk through the workplace, I must stay alert To watch for those things, that could get people hurt. And should I see a hazard, I won’t rest until, I’ve made the thing safe, or I know someone will. I must question each unsafe behavior I see, And encourage all others, to do that for me.
Here in the Safety Department, we have been very busy this spring after all
of the “season kickoff” meetings with all the construction crews. We have conducted several new hire orientations, spending quality time with all of our new employees throughout our Company now to help them be better prepared for what they will encounter on our jobsites. We are definitely getting our money’s worth out of the new Company introduction and safety specific videos we made last year! Clay Prior has been training several of our current and new employees to obtain their Commercial Drivers Licenses this spring. This takes a lot of time, effort, and patience as you can imagine. It’s not as easy as it looks to safely inspect and operate vehicles with that size and capability. Clay’s services have been invaluable to our Company. With Clay’s training expertise available to us, we can emphasize hiring a new person with strong work and character traits, opposed to being forced to hire someone just because they have a CDL. Clay is setting a strong foundation for our new commercial drivers. We, Manatt’s, Inc., have higher standards than other companies. Its one thing to train someone to “pass the tests” to earn your CDL. We want and need professional drivers for us to be safe and successful, not “just a truck driver.” We have had many positive safety committee meetings and job site visits so far this year. The renovations and additions we have made to our facilities have been very encouraging. A key to a strong safety program is having any and all employees point out and correct safety or compliance issues. I have seen that several times this year, and I thank all of you for having your eyes open to hazards and initiating correction on your own or through the help of your Safety Department. It takes a team effort to work safe and smart and we have that here at Manatt’s!
I must always remember to let people see,
We have covered the hazards of working in the heat, the symptoms of heat illness, like we do every year. I want to reiterate that setting yourself up for success the day or night before is as important as what you do during your work session. Getting the proper rest and good hydration the night or day before your shift will set you up well to better brave the warm and humid elements.
That their safe behavior, is important to me.
Let’s have a great and safe construction season! M
I will always give safety, the best I can do, And expect that performance of all others too.
Newton Asphalt Update by: Jeff Steinkamp
Summer is upon us and it is a busy one.
The Newton Division got off to a good start this spring with commercial work in Grinnell and IDOT work on Hwy 1 in Linn/Johnson County. As the summer progresses, we will continue on Hwy 1 with Steve Armstrong’s crew. This project goes from Solon to Anamosa. It is a mill and overlay project with base widening approximately 70,000 tons. From there, they will be heading to Humboldt and Wright County to work on Hwy 3. This project consists of pavement scarification, cold-in-place recycling, base widening and HMA overlay, along with ADA compliance sidewalk and new bridge approaches. This project is approximately 120,000 tons. We hope to end the year working on the paved shoulders on I-80. Chico’s crew has a busy summer ahead of the as well. They have about 48 miles of paved shoulders on I-80, approximately 80,000 tons. Half of this work is from Altoona to Colfax and the other is from Malcom to the Victor Exit. This work all has to be done at night. On top of this, Chico has a fair amount of commercial work on the books to fill any gaps that really aren’t there, including a running track in Sully that will be milled and paved using stringless operations. With all of the commotion of schedules, summer heat, and lack of sleep that really affects all of us this time year, I just want to remind everyone to try to stay diligent with your outlooks on safety. We want everyone going home every night and to be productive every day. (Reverse for Chico) Have a Great Summer.
Hwy 1 in Linn County
Every act is important, no matter how small, For the safety of one, is the safety of all.
May We Introduce...
We can all have a workplace that’s injury free,
Spencer Olson is interning with the Newton Asphalt Division this summer. Spencer grew up in the Newton area and graduated from Newton High School in 2011. He then went on to Iowa State University where he plans to graduate in May of 2015 with a Civil Engineering Degree. After graduating, Spencer plans to work full time and hopes to receive his Masters at ISU in the civil engineering focus area that he finds most enjoyable.
If we, each one, Commit to Making It Be, If we all do our part, and each of us see,
In his free time, Spencer enjoys playing basketball with friends and spending time at Lake Ponderosa with his family.
If It’s Going to Happen, – Then It’s Up To Me.
Spencer is currently helping out on a project in Wright County with the ADA compliance of sidewalk and mowing the Newton facilities.
Clay Prior in a training session
May We Introduce... Hi, I’m Greg. I’m Mike and JoAnn’s son (brothers are Adam, Brian and Erik). I am married to Lacey, and we had our first child on June 14th, Michael Craig (MC) Manatt. We are very excited for the upcoming changes! I started with Manatt’s full time in April in the Des Moines Metro Area and have been driving a mixer truck among various other jobs. I look forward to the challenge and especially working with everyone. During my four years at college, I worked on various road crews throughout the summers. I attended Iowa State University where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. For the past 3 years, I have been working for the Housby family at the Mack truck dealership in Des Moines, IA. I sold new and used trucks and really enjoyed working in sales. I was able to meet a lot of people in our industry and beyond. A few months ago, I was offered a job back with the family business. This is something I have always wanted to do and appreciate the opportunity to join the family of employees that makes the Manatt’s business so great. My name is Adela Fragoso I have been working for Manatt’s since June 2011 in the Accounts Receivable Department as a fulltime seasonal employee. I really enjoyed working with Peaches and Jane and would like to thank them both for putting up with me!!! I will now be working full time in the Human Resources Department as an assistant I will be assisting with the new employees, various clerical duties, translating documents, attending meetings to assist non-English speaking employees to help them understand what is being presented or help with questions/answers . I am very thankful for the new opportunity and ready for the challenge. As for a little background, I was born in Durango, Mexico I came to the US in 1991 and lived in Kewanee, Ill up to 1998. We then moved to Brooklyn, IA and have been here ever since. I have a daughter, Vanessa, who is 10 and she is my pride and joy!! I love spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy shopping, watching football (GO STEELERS), playing soccer, and most importantly, I enjoy life. My name is Randi Conaway. I started teaching fitness classes for the Brooklyn Office over a year ago. I felt so at home with the Company and people that I decided Manatt’s would be a great place to work full-time. I am currently working with equipment cost accounting. This includes posting fuel usage to the equipment and tracking dump truck hours by department. I grew up in rural Ladora and moved to Arizona after college. I worked as an administrative assistant in Chandler, AZ. for 5 yrs and then decided to pursue my dream of running my own personal training business. My 9 yr. old twins and I have been back now for 4 yrs. and are loving country life. Since being back, I have taught fitness classes in several small towns around the area and trained clients in the comfort of their own home. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family. When I’m not working, I’m running the twins to a million school activities and practices!!
Let me introduce myself. I am Justin Bridgewater. I am the new ready mix manager in Blairstown. I have worked for Manatt’s for 10 years. My first summer was with the fine grade crew under Jim Shafer. I then spent a summer with Alan Manatt working in Grinnell in support of the underground crews. From then up until this season, I was on the crushing crew with Tom Dvorak, Fernando, Jorge, and Larry. So, it is a change for me, going from crushing concrete to making it. So far, I am enjoying it. I like getting to know the new faces in the Ready Mix Division, as much as I miss my old coworkers. I met a lot of good people bouncing around with the crusher. Now, on to my family. I am married to Kelly Bridgewater (Sawin). We live in Brooklyn, where we have lived since moving from Blairstown eight years ago. We have three children. Lainey Jo is eight. She loves dance and the Disney channel. Ethan Jon is our second. He is six years old and is all boy. Last, we have Jace Lee, who is three and loves to ask tons of questions about construction equipment and you better know the right answers, or he will correct you. I am already getting to know some of our customers in the Blairstown area. I am looking forward to serving them and meeting more. I want to thank all of the people who have helped to get the Blairstown plant up and running again. There are a lot of good people at Manatt’s. It is nice to get to work with more of them. Stop in and see me in Blairstown and have a safe and fulfilling summer.
My name is Dalia Zepeda. I grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from BGM in 2008. I then continued my education at Iowa Central Community College and received my Associate Degree. Afterwards, I went on to the University of Florida to graduate in Communications. I love spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy football (San Francisco 49ers), fishing, shopping, crafting and just hanging out with the people I care about. I was recently hired on to the Manatt’s team in Material Sale Department. I am learning a lot and thankful for the people that are always willing to help me out. (Peaches, Jane and Adela) Thank you for being patience with me!! I had no idea the amount of tickets that come through each day to this department.
My name is Sara Menicucci. I started working in accounts payable at the end of May. I Live in Victor with my husband, Bryan, and our three children; Jordyn is 6, Kollin will be 5 in July, and Bailey who is 2. Before working at Manatt’s, I spent the last 8 years doing daycare from my home. I loved being able to spend time at home with my children, but it was time for a change. In my spare time, I enjoy camping, spending time with my family and friends.
Keep More of your Money by: Tim Douglas
GET MOVIN’ by: Randi Conaway
If you didn’t already know, Manatt’s has just started their 6 week session of fitness classes this week. The class meets every Mon/ Wed/Fri from 6-6:45am in the West Meeting Room. If you would like to try a class for free or inquire about next session’s classes, you can contact me at [email protected]
Need a pick me up or a jump start to your day? Have 16 min? Here is an “Excuse proof workout!!” You can do this anywhere and the best thing is, it requires no equipment! This quick efficient workout targets all your major muscle groups for maximum calorie burn and strength!! You tube or Google any exercises you don’t know and get MOVIN’!!!!! Do each move for 30 seconds and move onto the next one.
Jumping jacks Push ups Run in place Lunges High knees in place Triceps dips Mountain climbers Hold a right side plank Tuck jumps Hold a left side plank Burpees Squats Supermans Bicycle abs Rest 2 minutes and repeat!!
I just finished reading an article in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
magazine that I think could have some applicability to the employees at Manatt’s. This article detailed several ways to “earn more, save more and keep more of your MONEY”. The number one tip was to invest in your company 401(k) plan. This allows you to reduce your current income taxes and the Company match is, basically, free money. This is a powerful tool you can use to start to build a nest egg for retirement. Dan Boyer and his team in Human Resources can walk you through the basics about the Manatt’s 401(k) Plan and help you get started. Another tip was to check up on your credit score. Credit scores are being used to calculate the cost of many products beyond the interest rate on your mortgage or car loan. For example, a number of insurance companies are checking these scores to determine rates, discounts, and even if they want to provide you with coverage. One incorrect item in your report can drop your score over 100 points and that drop can cost you thousands of dollars. Calculate your future social security benefits. To properly plan for retirement, you will need to know this basic income stream. You can do this fairly easily by going to www.ssa.gov. All you will need is your social security number, place of birth, birth date, and your mother’s maiden name. You can also make sure that the information maintained by the social security administration is correct. The next tip was to take a hard look at your existing insurance policies. Life insurance premiums have been declining for several years. If you have an older policy and you are still fairly fit, you could possibly see a reduction in your premiums. You should also make sure that your homeowner’s insurance is adequate and that your coverage limit reflects the true replacement cost of your home. The last ideas I will toss out deal with individuals who travel. You should have a copy of everything in your wallet, except the cash. If your wallet is lost or stolen, these copies would be crucial information to suspend or replace your cards. And by cards I mean not only credit card, but also insurance cards, your license, other ID’s etc. Finally, keep track of your travel rewards. It was noted that travelers have 15 trillion airline miles that remain unused worth almost $180 billion in tickets. Hopefully, you can utilize some of these ideas to meet the objective of earning, saving, and keeping more of your money. M
Equipment 101 GHP-2800 GOMACO Paver Manatt’s purchased the GHP-2800 paver from GOMACO in July of 2012. The GHP-2800 features GOMACO’s latest and greatest control system, the G+. Our GHP-2800 also features a Gomaco Smoothness Indicator System (GSI), which gathers real time smoothness as well as a Leica Geosystems 3D stringless system. The G+ control system was designed by GOMACO in-house from the ground-up. All of the software was designed by GOMACO control specialists. They took what they have learned from years of experience in the field and from customers such as Manatt’s. The G+ system was built to make machine set up easier than ever. A run screen on the control panel illustrates the various aspects of the paver. It includes leg positioning, paving speed and percentage of drive, steering, travel information, grade information, deviation meters, and more. The G+ Connect allows all the components of a GOMACO paver to easily work together. G+ Connect allows the Leica 3D stringless system and the on-board vibrator monitoring system to seamlessly interface with G+ for ultimate paver control. The end result is a paving experience that is smooth, efficient, and accurate. Our GHP-2800 is equipped with three PTA’s (power transition adjustors), one for the center crown and one for each shoulder. This feature allows for the simultaneous paving of shoulders and mainline. The first project this paver was a part of was the Hwy 71 job near Spencer, Iowa in 2012. The paver is currently in Lucas County working on the Hwy 65 project. M
MANATT FAMILY OF BUSINESSES MIXER DRIVER CHAMPIONSHIP
The 3rd Manatt Family of Businesses Mixer Driver Championship
was held Saturday, May 10, at the Port of Dubuque. Contestants and their families stayed at the Grand Harbor Hotel and Waterpark. The weather cooperated, giving a beautiful day for the 18 representatives of Manatts, BARD, Allied, and United to compete to see who could take home the trophy and represent our companies at the national competition.
Bart Willis and Family
The competitors are chosen by a selection committee considering the results of a peer vote, as well as safety record and driving history. Contestants who competed in the last competition were not eligible for the 2014 rodeo, but will be eligible for the next competition. (those competing in 2014 will not be eligible for the next rodeo). The representatives were:
Clint Thompson and Family
Manatts: BARD Materials: Jamie Mayes Central Region Nate Jackson Jim Calvert Nick Riley Rick Kemp Todd Barth Dallas Ehmen East Region Mike McDonald Justin Altmann Bruce Hannah Bruce Beyer Bart Willis Clint Thompson West Region Brian Kelly Allied: Tony Kluesner Shawn Richards Marvin White Dustin Mottinger Each contestant was scored in 3 disciplines: a written exam, a “walk around” to find faults, and driving through an obstacle course.
Group receiving instructions
Top scores in each discipline were: Written Exam: Dallas Ehmen, United—Elk Run Heights Walk Around: Brian Kelly, Bard West—Strawberry Point Driving: Brian Kelly, Bard West—Strawberry Point The final results showed that the 2012 runner up, Brian Kelly, was victorious, becoming the first BARD driver to win the Championship. Second place went to Tony Kleusner of BARD West. Third place was fan favorite Dallas Ehmen of United Concrete.
Trophies for the event
Brian will represent our companies at the National Mixer Driver Championship in Indianapolis on September 21, 2014. Please send him your support! A big thank you to everyone who helped to organize this event and to the drivers and their families who make it such a special day. The Mixer Rodeo has become one of the marquee events of our group of companies. It is a great way to bring families together from around the Midwest to recognize some of the most important people in our business, the people who (to steal BARD’s tagline) “Deliver Material Value”, and are the faces of our companies: the ready mix drivers. Thank you to all of our drivers and special congratulations to the participants in this year’s rodeo! M
Chris Manatt and Dallas Ehmen
Ames Asphalt Update by: Duane Hassebrock
Railroad remains discovered under Knapp Street in Campustown By Anthony Capps, Staff Writer - Ames Tribune - June 5, 2014 A piece of Ames’ railroad history long thought to be gone was unearthed this week. During construction on Knapp Street between Welch and Stanton Ave, workers discovered a small strip of railroad underneath the asphalt as they prepared to tear the street up on Wednesday to be repaved. “It wasn’t on any of our maps,” said Justin Clausen, construction supervisor for the city of Ames. “Our information said it was removed in the 1960’s.” Below the asphalt was concrete, and that’s what the rails were encased in. Construction was soon halted and the Ames Historical Society was contacted to find out the proper way to move forward. The rails were photographed and will be documented. A few pieces were saved the for Historical Society. The rail is part of the electric street loop that used to go around the Iowa State University campus in the 1910s and 1920. In 1906, the Ames College Railway, which ran the Dinkey, a railroad that connected the then-well separated downtown to campus, was purchased by the newly incorporated Fort Dodge, Des Moines, and Southern Railroad and the service ceased. The rail was upgraded to carry electric cars - a major accomplishment at the time - and a rail was built to connect to a system that went 85 miles from Des Moines to Fort Dodge. Like the Dinkey, a streetcar service began with the electrical rail and ran between downtown and campus. But when the Fort Dodge, Des Moines, & Southern Railroad bought it, the campus station now called The Hub, ceased and the rail through most of campus was removed. Instead, a loop around campus was built. continued on next page...
It has been a good start to the season, as far as our plants and shop go, and all the maintenance has gone well. On the other hand, the start of the construction season has been a challenge as far as weather goes. It’s a lot like last year; you just keep fighting through it and hope it gets better. The season has a different look than the past few years. The last few years we’ve had 2-3 big State jobs and 2-3 County jobs. This year there are no State or County jobs in the area, but on the bright side, we haven’t seen this much commercial and residential work in years. We’ve quoted over 180 jobs this year and the project managers have been busy. At this point, we have around 75 of them in the books. I think it will be a different season than we’re used too but, nonetheless, a good one. You never know what you can find under a paved road. We discovered an old set of railroad tracks on Knapp Street in ISU campus town. That is the first for us! This is a very interesting article about the tracks. Have a safe season! M
Ames Ready Mix Update by: Larry Ford
The definition of busy in Webster’s dictionary is: full of activity : engaged in action. I know that to be very accurate with Ames RM business this winter & spring. The phone keeps ringing and the orders keep coming in every day. Some days it gets frustrating but it’s a nice problem to have and I have a great group of contractors that work with us and make the schedule work. I guess not only the contractors but I have a great group of drivers that get pushed every day and seem to get the jobs completed safely. Several jobs we have been working on are starting to wind down and new ones are getting ready to start. The DuPont ethanol plant we have been working on for the last 12 months is winding down. After almost 23,000 cy of concrete, they have sent one of their two concrete crews to another location and the other is much smaller than the previous crew. The Van Wall dealership in Nevada is pretty much complete and the finishing touches are being done to the Deery Brothers car dealership on South 16th. A couple of the jobs that we will be starting in the next few weeks are jobs off campus and they are for student housing. There are three of those jobs going on right now and they have almost leveled a city block in Campustown to erect these high rise complexes. Danfoss, which is just east of the plant, is doing some major paving and structural work that Absolute Concrete is doing and will require quite a few yards of concrete. In July, my understanding is that the City of Ames will be bidding a new water treatment facility just west of our office. We will be taking a hard look at that one and should have some news on that in the next news letter as they want to start this fall. Yep, more winter work….(:o). As I’m sure many of you are aware, finding enough “good” help has been a challenge this year. I have been able to retain two of my three hires this spring and would like to get one or two more drivers. Nothing yet, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed. I know everyone I’ve spoken with is very busy this year which is a nice problem to have. Trucks are hard to come by but several plants have managed to help on a couple of different occasions. You know who you are and I say, “Thanks”. The season’s young and the hours are long. Remember, your well being is also the Company’s well being. Without our employees, we’re not much of a Company. Stay safe and be smart. M
...continued from previous page The downtown railroad was also changed. The transition to electrical rail removed to the middle of Main Street - the Dinkey was on Fifth - and a depot was completed at Grand Ave and Main St in 1915. The loop was completed in 1917 and for 5 cents, passengers could travel from downtown to campus. The trip lasted 15 minutes, a major improvement from the 30 minute ride just six years earlier. The main line, the interurban, didn’t go straight through town. The Ames track began in Kelley. The line came up through Campustown in between Welch and Stanton Ave before curving NW behind what is St. John’s by the Campus and crossing Lincoln Way and College Creek and continuing between the Memorial Union and the Knoll. The interurban ended at the ISU power plant, where trains frequently delivered coal.
Photo of old railroad system in Ames
By 1929, the electric street loop, which was now 7 cents, closed for the summer but never reopened. Bus services had become a competition the streetcars couldn’t overcome. M Manatt’s crew discovered the tracks under Knapp Street
Congrats to the newlyweds Dean and Teri Dobbs
Determann Asphalt Update by: Todd Powers
ILLOWA Update by: Randy Soedt
reetings from Eastern Iowa. After a long harsh winter, everyone was itching to get started this Spring, including myself. As the bids went out and the contracts came back, everything was looking up for Determann this season. Due to the late spring and a few rain days, we have gotten off to a little bit of a slow start. However, I am optimistic that the winds of change will change the weather and bring around some good fortune.
On March 19, Illowa, along with Determann, started off 2014 with our annual kick off safety meeting. It was held at the Blue Grass Safety / Community / Fire Station Building. Thanks, Brad Schutte and Brian Armstrong, for setting up the meeting. We had speakers from the DOT answering questions about trucking, as well as Mona Bond speaking on environmental issues. Frank Heinen stopped for lunch and went over our benefits and answered questions and Mary Daniels from Ruhl and Ruhl Insurance reviewed the new SDS Training.
At this time, we have a lot of work on the books. This work consists of a strong city paving program in the City of Clinton, a large IDOT project on Hwy 67, and a couple nice commercial projects. The City of Clinton has a wide variety of projects for us again this year. They range from full reconstruction with new sidewalks, underground, and curb and gutter; to mill and fill with fly ash stabilization. The IDOT project is a combination of three projects that were all let as one project. One project consists of paved shoulder with guardrail/barrier rail improvement on a bridge. The next is the widening and overlay of the bypass around our hometown, Camanche. The last is a widening/overlay on the Clinton/Scott County line.
Larry Sammon started with a crew in Scott County working on Hwy 67 along the Mississippi and then completed two Hwy 61 projects, one north of Maquoketa and the other between Davenport and DeWitt. Larry, along with Mike Weir, will work in Cedar County, Clinton, Cedar Rapids, Ankeny, Ames, and Iowa County this season.
As always, at this point in the year, we are still looking for more work to fill out our season, but we have a good bit to start on. Looking into the future, there is a small County project that Clinton County will let later this year, another City project in the City of Camanche, and some work in the ADM Corn Plant for us to bid on. Over the past few seasons, through their Pavement Management Program, the City of Clinton has completed improvements on a lot of their arterial streets and major thoroughfares. This season and in the future, they are turning their focus towards more residential streets. To accommodate this change, we are currently demo-ing new 8’ class pavers. While it is always fun and exciting to use/get new equipment, there are also some challenges with fitting a demo into a tight schedule and accelerating the learning curve on new equipment. Hopefully, by the time this article is published, we will have a new machine in full operation.
We were awarded a couple of nice large Iowa DOT Maintenance Projects to start the 2014 season off. They are in Eastern Iowa and both will give us work in the spring and the fall this year close to home.
Mike Tacey took a crew to Cedar County and worked on Hwy 130 and Hwy 38 near Tipton and then moved to Hwy 218 near Vinton. This is a project they will complete in fall. Mike and his seal coat crew have also completed one of their largest projects ever at a John Deere R & D facility in Silvis, IL. Thanks, everyone, that helped out with this project and for working on weekends. It looks to be a busy season for sealcoating. Our Asphalt Crew led by Jeff Herington, got its earliest start ever working on Hwy 22 in Muscatine for a week before heading to Scott Co Hwy 130 to complete a carryover job from 2013. From there, they go to I-80 at the Cedar County Rest Areas installing detour pavement for PCI. Some of this is night work and is challenging to say the least. My hat goes off to Jeff, Brian, and the asphalt crew, as well as Larry Sammon and his crew, who have worked at night on Interstates this year. As many of you know, it’s a different world at night. The asphalt crew will also have work in Muscatine County, commercial work at Heinz and Hon, and on various bridge projects in the area. A big welcome to Jordon Panka, who will be taking over the reins of the asphalt plant at Wendling Quarries. We look forward to lots of productive years with Jordan. We would like to wish everybody a big welcome back and to have a safe and prosperous 2014 construction season. M
From everyone at Determann, I want to wish the rest of the team a safe and prosperous 2014 Construction season. M
Danny Apantenco & Jesus Solis-Alveresz on Hwy 22 in Muscatine
Night work on rest areas on I-80 on Cedar Co.
As Our World Turns in 2014 by: Steve Yerington
The 2014 season has kicked
off to a busy start and that’s good. The last few years much of the Clinton, Jackson, and Tama County areas were very busy. Now, it seems as the Linn and Muscatine County areas are very busy. We are very fortunate that there are nice projects in our area. The Highway 100 extension and I-380 project in the Cedar Rapids area will keep several plants busy this summer. We may get to say good-bye to a very large pile of Man Sand at C.R. South that can be seen from Highway 30. Hopefully, by this fall, that pile is gone. Crushing and wash plants at Bowser, C.R. South, and Robins will be busy. C.R South this year is going to be extremely busy place with everything going on. Jackie and Brad have done some 9,000 ton days across the scale. I’m sure that the crushing and washing plants are going to have their hands full keeping up with the schedule and the L.L. Pelling asphalt plant. The guys have all pulled together and helped Nick get familiar with the plants and things are rolling along in great stride. Shawn’s crew at Moscow started out this spring trying to keep Man Sand out ahead of projects that started last year and went through the winter. About every quarry around Moscow to Olin is out of Man Sand now. Shawn was able to get out ahead of the sales finally and start to get some of his other piles and material for the asphalt plant put
up. The asphalt plant has been making mix for Illowa. Jordan Panka is the new plant operator and the challenges have been testing him for sure. Rick Gritton and Tim Drewelow have been a pretty steady support team and, hopefully, most of the bugs are behind them now. There is always a new challenge it seems. Larry always seems to find a home out west to fill his schedule up for the season. Scott B. and crew have been floating around the East side keeping ahead of the jobs there. Travis’s crew is in Bowser and about to head out for a month and then back in after some stripping is done and piles go down some. The recycle tons of our business are growing it seems every day. Tim and crew go from one recycle pile to the other. Stationary plants at Moscow and C.R. South have crushed quite a bit of recycled asphalt this year. Robins and C.R. South recycle yards are a very busy place each season. We have a new recycle yard being established in Muscatine, so we will be adding more onto the recycle crew. A scale is being installed into that yard now. Along with the Recycle crew, we have a group of guys that operate our 3 backhoes. They are either crunching up concrete chunks, asphalt chunks, or producing Rip Rap. These guys keep very busy staying out ahead of
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the sales department and Tim.
river gravel washing that needed to get done.
Oat’s plant got split up in midApril. He and part of the crew, plus a couple others, went to BARD to help them out crushing at 4 of their quarries. They were on the road until mid-June. There is always added stress on the guys and crews when shifting around and on the road. Jayson (Woody) Wood, Oat’s plant man, and the rest of the crew plus a couple others crushed at some different quarries with our spare plant. Everyone was a bit out of their element, but did a super job!
The equipment moving department has gone through some personnel changes. They have a very demanding job that takes a special person to handle the “Big Loads” that we have. We love road construction, just not on the routes that we use. Deb Gannon is a new addition. This position works on getting permits, checking out routes, and keeping track of the services on all equipment. She is doing a super job for us. I know the road trucks are very busy because everywhere you drive it seems that you pass a WQI truck hauling material.
Our drilling crew just added a 7th drill to the fleet. They are drilling in 5 states at the present time. Those guys travel everywhere and put in some terrific hours to meet the demand of the department. It only takes a rain or a clay pocket to change their whole schedule around. We are in need of a couple drillers to fill that roster. The sand plants have had their hands full and we have had to hire Manatt’s dredge to come help out with a couple of sites this year. They are hoping that the water stays away from flooding because their schedule just doesn’t allow for a hiccup from Mother Nature and her June flooding. The wash plants are busy as well and the 3 portables have a little breathing room this year compared to most years. It is giving us a chance to catch up on some continued on next page...
The shops are very busy. The Robins shop is actually down 2 mechanics at the present time, so Roger is getting a few more things shifted to the DeWitt Shop. Luke has picked up the baton at Robins as the shop foreman and is doing quite well. Dan at Moscow takes care of things and keeps those trucks on the road. The parts people are forever challenged by the vendors and their lack of inventory or obsolete items. I’m not sure why they all don’t have an alcohol problem. They hang in there though. The miles that Paul and Robin drive every week to pick up and deliver parts is phenomenal. The QC crew has been challenged also this year with several State projects and some night work at the asphalt plant and also doing some plant inspections. The stripping crew has been chasing cold weather, snow storms, and rain. They just don’t seem to be able to catch a break. The QD department has also been out on the road this year doing some testing for clients. The administration side is always in the background, making sure the paper work that gets sent in is correct, getting the bills paid, double checking that the inventories are correct and doing payroll. These are all very Important and we usually overlook the great work these employees do! I might want to move them up the page closer to the top next time. We need to keep them happy. Last, but not least, is the crew that we all are on, “The Safety Crew”. Mike Roling has stepped in to help John Kulper out and is doing great, but they cannot do it all. They cannot do it without all of our help. I recently saw a great sticker on the door handle of a truck and thought it was so true: “SAFETY STARTS HERE”. PLEASE be safe in everything you do. Have a good season and, remember, “BE SAFE”. Thanks to everyone for everything you do and for the extra things you do that we don’t know about. You step up to the plate and do it. THANKS. M
Wendling Quarry Update by: Tony Manatt
Well, what a start to what is going to be a good season. The weather has been unpredictable to say the least, but the words I hear are, off and running!!
A couple of situations that I just have to mention; we have some of the best portable plants in the country, I am convinced. But the months of May and most of June, Pat Trenkamp and his crew have been helping the great folks of BARD fill some of their quarries. These guys have missed kids event and just plain getting home at night. “Thanks, guys.” Speaking about some overnights, our drilling department has been so busy that we are putting on another drill to keep up. These guys are also the best drillers in the State of Iowa. We know this because we keep getting called back time and time again. Always getting the call backs due to service. Again, thanks, guys. There are just too many folks doing a great job, at their jobs, to mention them all. I see us busy all year long. Our shops have done such a good job repairing this huge load of equipment that is running smooth now. It is hard to think about how many employee hours went into these plants over the winter. Thanks, to everyone involved. We have secured most of the DOT work we have been after. That’s helpful to fill our production capabilities, not to mention, keeping us crushing until December. Exciting times at WQI!! Let’s keep us all safe and watch out for each other. Thanks, to all who keep this Company going. M
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Wendling Quarries Bowling
this company today, are so fortunate for what the brothers built.
by: Jackie Behounek
The 19th Annual Bowling Outing was held
Saturday, March 15, 2014, at May City Bowling Alley in Cedar Rapids, IA. We had a smaller group this year, but big on fun. We had 28 bowlers all out for that 1st place position. We all had a great time. The 2014 championship was awarded to the team of Dave & Paula Meyer, Jackie Behounek, and Loren Seitz. A close second went to the team of Ron & Joyce Paulsen and Trent & Ashili Sieverding.
The Paul Skeffington Memorial Race celebrated its 27th year on June 21, 2014.The Skeff Race is committed to making improvements in the DeWitt area. Every year, the Skeff Race dedicates its proceeds to DeWitt parks and recreation projects and awards two scholarships for Central High School seniors.
This year, 15 WQI employees and family members participated in the Skeff Race; including Rob and Kelly Manatt. Rob and Kelly and their two children have recently relocated to the DeWitt area and Rob is working at WQI. M
My father was a friend to many. He was not a show off. He was quiet and humble for he knew where he came from. He knew he didn’t want to leave this area or really quit working. My mother was many times jealous of Manatt’s, Inc., because my father wanted to spend more time working. The Company he helped build. He was not comfortable around the people he spent time with in the winter in California, unless they were from Iowa or in the contracting business. He never liked people who bragged about their money or anyone that thought they were a big shot. It just wasn’t him. The sooner he got back to Iowa in the spring, the more he liked it. (I can’t say the same for Mom. She loved California.) Many of us who started with this Company in the 70’s know that if you made a mistake that cost the Company money, you would very likely get a tongue lashing. We have probably seen people get fired by him for their mistakes. I didn’t necessarily like his approach, but most of us here know he was teaching a lesson. He was a great teacher to us all and most of the individuals that are remaining today, loved him in the end. I often wondered when I got out of the Army, what rank he might of been if he had been in the Army. I am sure he would have made General. He loved his family. He loved his work, he loved the people of this Company and he loved the people in this industry. Finally, I would like to add that in his last five years when he resided in the Mayflower, he needed much help as his health deteriorated. He received much help from his family but the person that took great care of him from day to day was Karla Benishek. He couldn’t say it in the end, but I know he loved her also.
Other awards given were: High Men’s Game: Ron Paulsen - 247 Tony Ehlers - 216 Pat Trenkamp - 210
Many of us at Manatt’s remember him for his whistle when he got out of his car or walking through the shop. It was no secret he was coming your way. I also read many cards after his funeral telling us how they loved his smile and the twinkle in his eyes.
High Men’s Series: Ron Paulsen - 629 Loren Seitz - 606 Tony Ehlers - 576
In the end, he left with many friends. Isn’t that what we all should wish for? M
Women’s High Game: Joyce Paulsen - 192 Robbin Jones - 190 Jackie Behounek - 176 Women’s High Series: Joyce Paulsen - 539 Robbin Jones - 506 Erin Jones - 495 I want to give Wendling Quarries and Tony Manatt a big “Thank-you” for the pizza we had following the bowling while the awards were given out. I also want to invite all to our 20th annual next year, which will be held in late January of early February of 2015. Once again, it will be a milestone of 20 years, so if you have any fun ideas to celebrate, please let us know. M
Wendling Quarry Announcements:
Haley Wombacher and Wesley Beatty Son - Reid John - born Feb. 19 Jeremy & Hannah Bower Daughter - Jayana Rae - born April 12
Rob Waack - loss of grandfather in-law Shawn Pierce - loss of grandmother
Merlin Manatt 1928 - 2014
20 Years - Livin’ the Dream by: Mona Bond
I had just graduated from Iowa State in December of 1992. The same
year my oldest son graduated from Simpson College and I was eager to get on with life. My degree? Journalism, Mass Communications and Political Science. I recall the day Junie said to me “Why do you think you need to go to college?” I said, “I need to do this for me and prove that I can.” My experience was quite varied by this time and there were many ways my career could have gone. Let me start with - I am just a farm kid from S.E. Iowa. Specifically, a century farm south of Montezuma in a little area called Forest Home. I started kindergarten in Monte and then my parents moved us to California for a few years. We moved back to our farm again on the Poweshiek/ Mahaska County line and I started 2nd grade at the Barnes City elementary, graduating from North Mahaska, New Sharon in 1969. My journey has given me significant experience, two great sons and an adventure that would rival any good novel. I loved to farm, but farming wasn’t so lucrative in the 80’s and hard on marriages. I worked off the farm for extra income in many clerical and bookkeeping jobs. One of those adventures was over 10 years as the Engineering Technician with the Department of Soil Conservation in Malcom. I was hired to the position when Dave Schinckel left to go to work for Manatt’s. During that time, the lure of politics drew me to seek a seat on the Poweshiek County Board of Supervisors. Although a huge underdog, I was elected and served for 4 years as the first woman Supervisor for the County. It was a wild ride and one I loved. In 1986, I received my first formal introduction to Junie Manatt. Junie was well known in the community and Statewide circles, but our paths had not crossed. But now, my new position put me in a position where I needed a confidant and someone who would help me when the County needed to buy a new piece of equipment. Junie became that resource for me and he became more than a consultant to me, but a real friend. Something I cherish to this day. There are many stories for me to tell over the 20 years and while I will share are few, there are MANY that I hope to share at future times. I have to relate one story about Chris Manatt. I had two sons about Chris’s age. One night they decided to go to Des Moines to the newly built Prairie Meadows. My oldest son, Kirk, was over 21 so he could place bets. Chris and my youngest son, Mark, were not! So, long story short, Kirk placed the bets; they sat at the Manatt table in the grandstand, ate the food, drank whatever was legal and came home. The next day I asked what they did….they told me and I was mortified. Had they asked Junie if they could do that? Where did they get the money to pay? They said they put it on Junie’s tab at the track. With reluctance, I made the trip to Brooklyn…related what the “boys” had done and I can see him now. As he leaned back in his chair, chuckled and when I said, “I have to pay you for what they spent,” he said in his slow drawl, “Do you think I can’t afford for the boys to have a little fun?” I have no idea what they spent. That was Junie, taking every day in stride and he helped teach me to “not sweat the small stuff.” There are many stories of those days in the 80’s. Another of my favorites is the day Merle Manatt took Perah Read (an Iowa County Supervisor at the same time) and me on a ride to look at a road we had in common with their county. We hopped in the back of his big Lincoln and off we went…..down the closed road – over the rubble and low and behold, when he decided to turn around, we went down in the ditch whipped the car around with dirt scattering everywhere. All we could do is hold on, hold our breath, and pray! That wasn’t the only wild ride Merle took me on over the next several years, but it was the first. After that, I always made sure my life insurance was in place when I jumped in his car!
One summer, my oldest son went to work on a college internship for the company. He flagged and pretty much was a gopher for the office staff. One day Junie said “Let’s go” and they got in the car and headed west. He told Kirk to call me and tell me he wouldn’t be home. My first reaction was what about clothes and Junie told him not to worry. (I later learned they stopped and bought underwear at Wal-Mart) It was an adventure in a day in the life of Junie for Kirk and one he would never forget. Then there was the day Kirk couldn’t flag and we wanted him to have the income so I told Deb White’ “I’ll do it for him.” So, I did. It was in New Sharon and had the time of my life as I knew most everyone who drove by. There was also the day Mike took him with him to a letting in Ames. Kirk was the decoy as I understand it, before our bidding team went in. After the letting Mike, drove him around the sororities and they watched girls sunbathing. Never was sure why Mike thought he needed that education but….he got it! Then there was the year my youngest, Mark, totaled his car and was in the hospital. It was Prom time and, of course, Mark had a date but no car. Junie came to the hospital and told Mark not to worry and get some friends together. They did and in pulls Curt Manatt on Prom night driving, Junie’s limo and Curt took these “kids” to Des Moines for dinner and back to the Prom. No one could predict what Junie would do - it was like…”the least among us is as important as the most”. Junie was very dedicated to his faith and held tight to helping those who are in need. Remember, this was the 80’s and early 90’s. While the company was chugging along, Junie was always looking for the next opportunity. One of those was buying the defunct racetrack in Waterloo. Amazingly, he asked my opinion on that purchase which proved to be a good deal for him. He also had the vision to move into the Waterloo market during these years when the Avenue of the Saints was being built. His genius, slowly and methodical, was the way Manatt’s continued to grow. I always thought my political connections made us friends but over the many years after I left Poweshiek County, our friendship was out of respect and we continued to be friends. We talked frequently and sought the council of each other’s opinion things. It was in 1994, after I had graduated from college and started my own consulting company, that I received a call from Brad Manatt to meet for lunch. Government regulation on the industry/company was ramping up and Brad had just completed the grueling process of Environmental Inventories on all the plants. The State was also beginning to require new air permits for plants. I will never forget the day. Brad and Donn Eide met me in Des Moines to talk. I had a vague awareness of the regulations they were working with and Brad asked could I do this for the Company. I was lobbying at the time, had just started my Company and wanted to give that a chance so we agreed that I would work part-time and still work with my other clients. We would review it and see how things go….and it’s still going today. All Brad asked that day is that “I keep his butt out of jail” and so far……success!!!! That was all it took…one meeting….one time, Brad’s vision for the future and now its 20 years later….AND with countless NEW regulations over the years. It has been one incredible journey. I started with the Company on May 16th, 1994, and found out exactly how diversified it was. Asphalt, ready mix, aggregates and all the various agencies we were regulated under. I started my journey with asphalt, not that I know how any of the plants really make their mixes (even today), but I had (and continue to have) good patient people helping me. Eventually, I learned all of the various divisions involved, including our ready mix plants and there was no stopping me after that. I don’t think John Manatt ever thought I was worth my salt but….that is another story! He knows I used to question his value to the Company giving back as good as I got and with that we would just laugh at each other and move on! (Bad thing is – he is retired and I’m still working – where did I go wrong?) Sometimes, I would be in Brooklyn and Junie would see me. “What are you doing?” he would ask and I would respond, “God’s work for the Company” and we would laugh. He would go on to say, “I hope we aren’t paying you” and I would say, “You are but not much.” It was always that type of banter that made my job the best job in the Company! Mike used to tease me about making up regulations to justify my job. I only wish that had been true but he was always there for me. He had my back as we worked through issues. Mike was also patient with me. He saw my aggressive personality and I always thought of this quote when he
would sit down with me; “The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.” ― Willie Nelson Mike taught me patience and that letting people know you care was OK! Construction workers are not without compassion. One day I went to Grinnell for a plant inspection. Merle was there. We talked about Company stuff, family stuff and then he said to me “Well, for a girl, you don’t do such a bad job.” It was then the buttons burst on my jacket! Merle was always more reserved than Junie and held his compliments closer….this was a landmark day for me. He made me feel special. In their own humble ways, they had no idea how important those types of things were to me. I remember a time at the Grinnell Dairy Cream. Darwin and I had stopped for ice cream and Verna and Merle were sitting at the table and they had us come over, sit and spend some time just hanging. If there is one thing I have learned working here is, “no one is better than anyone else”. Merle’s humility was a kindness that made me feel special. How do you describe humble, successful, powerful self-made people? This quote says it all….A self-made man? Yes, and one who worships his creator. William Cowper There are always so many good people in the Company. People who make a difference in your life and remind you to have fun and are the reason for living. People who were to become my longtime friends. There was the day Bev Vaverka presented me with my white hard hat made especially for me with flowers on it. Apparently, I was the first “girl” for the Company they thought would need one! There was the time in Newton (after a long battle with siting the plant) that the guys on the crew had picked mushrooms for me for my next visit. The winter ready mix meetings and my picking on Larry Ford and Rod Smith every year making everyone laugh. The time I felt I had “arrived” with the Asphalt Division when Brad took me to the dinner with the “guys” during an asphalt association meeting, the times Tony is and was always there for political meetings with those who control our destiny with road funds and he would let me sit beside him like I was really part of the team. There are the times I would take pop/water and sometimes treats to the portable plants and they would tease me. (They all knew I couldn’t cook so there were never homemade treats). Jim Bim always giving me a bad time at the office and continues today to make me feel a part of the team. Nate Hopwood has saved my life many times over with my computer issues and NEVER complained. Deb White, who is always there to help cover my butt with the office politics updates and keeping me in the loop on meetings etc. Pam Benishek who is a “Goddess” in my book – like a wizard who knows all, sees all and keeps confidential stuff confidential! Gene Manatt, who always made me feel welcomed and helping me to not do something stupid. There are my ready mix and portable plant managers who have done a lion’s share of the environmental work required by law and while they complain and whine. I know they are dedicated to keeping the Company in compliance and are doing the right thing. There was Denny Gallagher who really didn’t like me…definitely thought I was overhead and he was right. But I was determined to show him there was value in what I had been hired to do. There were things that needed attention and today I consider Denny on my list of top 10 buddies. He sets an example for all holds so much in his head and heart and gives 110% to Manatt’s Inc. Then, there is Larry Ford. He always threatened to tell all he knew about me. Who knows, when I’m dead and gone, he may. Until then, I hope he holds it in! There is Curt Manatt. The “meanie” was how he was described to me. His employees viewed him as a hard a…. but I always knew he held a special spot in Junie’s heart. I didn’t know Junie when he was a “kid” like Curt was but maybe they were a lot alike and that is why he was so special. I have seen people come, leave and come back to the Company. I have watched as we lost the patriarchs of the Company to retirement and watched as the first two women owners (Joanne and Amanda) became active in the operation giving me hope that things were changing on a positive note. I hurt when I lost my good friends, Mike and Tom, and shed tears that I thought would never stop. I cried obsessively when I lost Junie and Merle. These four men made a difference in my life, were positive influences, and who left a legacy that was more than a Company….they inspired and led by example. They were human and made mistakes, threw temper tantrums and yelled
but because of those experiences, they were compassionate when an employee made a mistake and “didn’t sweat the small stuff”. Life is too short to hold onto our frailties. I have been given countless opportunities to make a difference in the State regulation of the industry over the years with all of the associations we are member of. And, make a difference, I have done. Never once, did I question if someone “had my back” as I boldly fought against over-regulation and helped with common sense regulation to make the construction industry better. When I started, the M 2’s, Brad, Mike, Tim, John and Tony had taken over ownership of the Company. Well, if that wasn’t a fun moment. I knew I answered directly to Brad, but had no idea how to make sure everyone else was happy too and learn what their divisions did. Talk about focus. Now, keep in mind, I also had other jobs/clients during these same 20 years since I am only part-time. I had to balance keeping this big Company going and other industries happy and successful also. As with everything, succession for the Company began and again things changed. First, Tim decided to leave the Company and then John. Eventually, the time came for the Company to pass to the next generation. We are a lucky Company. There are not many companies that pass through three generations successfully. When Mike was called Home, there was concern but Brad stepped right up to the plate and told us, “He was here, He was staying and Manatt’s would continue.” He never hesitated. He led with courage and vision and you could almost hear the relief felt by the employees. Manatt’s would not be selling to a “big multi-national” company or be parted out to other entities. Manatt’s would continue strong, proud and our good people would be there to help. The Company ownership methodically moved to the M-3’s, as we fondly refer to this current generation of owners. After careful strategic planning, Brian was elected President and Drew, Adam, Joe and Amanda made their way onto the scene. For me, it is exciting to see this generation, the same age as my children, step up and put their stamp on the operation. Amanda especially was a guiding light as she worked the office strategy and even though she chose Colorado as her home, she left a mark that will forever be a landmark change in the operation. Sometimes, I feel like my last name is Manatt as I fight battles with regulators and work to make environmentally responsible decisions for the Company and all of our industries. I go into those meetings feeling every bit as much that I own the Company as the M 2’s and M 3’s. Maybe, it’s just a mothering instinct but more than that it’s pride. Pride in knowing that the other team members I work with feel the same. This is our Company. We may not sign the checks or take out the operating loans but we are the legacy of a family owned business, one where everyone matters. Whether you are just a “farm kid from southern Iowa” like me, or the guy brushing after the paver, or the dump truck driver who hauls materials everyday you are the team. Whether you are the flagger, office staff, plant manager or the quality control person, you are the heart and soul of this operation. And, we know that. We know they can’t do it without us and we can’t do without their leadership and, most importantly, their vision. So, it is with passion and dedication that I look forward to the next few years before I retire. Someone will be there to take my place and once again, things will be different for a little while but we have learned that no one is an island. We have hit hard spots, picked ourselves up by the bootstraps and carried on because this Company was founded by visionaries. People who care about their employees and are not afraid to show it. People who plan for the future and made sure that Manatt’s, Inc., Wendling Quarries and all of the sister companies have made a difference in Iowa. Many of you may remember a statement I heard Junie make many times….”If I can’t do or find it in Brooklyn, then I go to Poweshiek County and if not there, in Iowa. I really don’t like to go out of State, but if it means survival – we will survive”. So, I will close this glimpse into the life of “working for the Company” for 20 years, but there are other stories. Many stories that are life changing and from my corner of the world “as a farm kid from southern Iowa” I can honestly say, “Nobody Does It Better.” (Who would know that better than a Bond?) A gift is pure when it is given from the heart to the right person at the right time and at the right place, and when we expect nothing in return” Bhagavad Gita M
Quedate Con Mas de tus Ganancias by: Tim Douglas
Termine de leer un artículo en la revista de Finanzas personales Kiplingers’s y creo que da alguna forma puede ser de ayuda para los empleados de Manatt’s. Este articulo habla de varias maneras como “ Ganar más, ahorrar más y que se queden con mucho mas de su DINERO”.
El consejo numero uno era invertir en el plan de ahorro 401(k)de tu compañía. Esto te permite reducir tus taxes y lo que la compañía te igual es básicamente dinero gratuito. Esto es una herramienta poderosa que puede usar para empezar ahorrar para cuando se jubile. Dan Boyer y su equipo en Recursos Humanos pueden demostrarle lo básico del 401(k) del la compañía y le pueden ayudar a empesar su plan de ahorros. Otro de los consejos era que cheque la puntación de su crédito. Los puntos del crédito están siendo usados para calcular el costo de varios productos más a allá del interés de su hipoteca o préstamo de carro. Por ejemplo, un numero de compañía de aseguranza están chequeando estos puntos para determinar interes,descuentos, y hasta para decidir si le ofrecerán cobertura. Un cosa que este incorrecta en su reporte puede hacer que su puntación caiga más de 100 puntos y esa caída le puede costar miles de dólares. Calcule el futuro de sus beneficios del Seguro Social. Para que pueda planear su jubilación, necesitara conocer esta forma de ingresos. Usted puede hacer esto fácilmente al ir a www.ssa.gov.Lo único que necesitara es su número de seguro .lugar de nacimiento, fecha de nacimiento, y el apellido de soltera de su mama Usted también puede asegurarse que la información que tiene la Administración del Seguro Social esta correcta. El siguiente consejo era que se fijare en sus pólizas de seguro que ya tiene.los Seguros de vida han estado declinando en por varios anos. SI usted tiene una Póliza de tiempo atrás y usted está en buen físico, posible mente pueda obtener una reducción en su primas(costo). También debe de asegurarse de que su seguro de hogar sea el adecuado y que el límite de la cobertura sea lo que realmente es el costo de su hogar. La última idea que les tirare es para los individuos que viajan .Usted debe de tener una copia de todo lo que está en su cartera, excepto dinero en efectivo. Si su cartera se le pierde o se la roban, estas copias servirían para obtener la información crucial y reemplazar sus tarjetas. Y al decir tarjetas no solo me refiero a tarjetas de crédito, pero también tarjetas de asegiuranza , su licencia , y otras Identificaciones etc. finalmente , mantenga un record de sus recompensas de viajero. Fue notado que los viajeros (que vuelan)tienen 15 trillones de millas de aerolíneas que siguen sin ser usadas y tienen un valor de casi $180 billones en pasajes de avión. Ojala y puedan usar algunas de estas ideas para llegar a su objetivo de ingreso, ahorro, y que le quede más de su dinero. M
Orgullo by: Joel Clayton Me enorgullece trabajar con individuos en el grupo de PCC.... ellos demuestran mucho orgullo en todo lo que hacen..... ellos son artesanos en su comercio.... ayudando a alzar la barra de la espectativa diaria mente. Este logro no es de solo una persona.... es todo una exclusividad... Kenny Alexander Jr., Jorge Reinosa, Francisco Ordaz, Mort Frahm, Luis Martínez, Jesús Guzmán Sr., José Chavarría, Roy Piper Sr., Miguel Fonseca, Vicente Ochoa, Marcelo Baeza, Roy Piper Jr., Gerardo Pérez, Marco Sánchez ,Alfredo Ordaz, Jorge Sánchez, Daniel Mendoza, Víctor Hernández, Jesús Guzmán, Álvaro Sánchez, Joel García, David Werry, Alfredo Ordaz, Valentin Lermo, Steve Petersen, Kelby Taylor, Jesus Guzman Jr., Chris Kramer. Devin Lacina, Bruce Crook No hay que olvidarnos de aquellos que nos ayudan a diario....Para poder nombrarlos necesitaría una lista de nombres.... Estoy bien orgulloso de ser parte de esto con ustedes..... Gracias por todo lo que hacen..... M
Fondo de Carretera by: Brian Manatt
o no quería escribir sobre la politica, Pero enfrentamos una fecha de tope muy importante sobre los Fondos Federales al Fondo de Carreteras. El proyecto de ley se vencerá en Septiembre 30 probablemente los fondos se acaben en Agostos in ninguna acción. Los Fondos De La Carretera dirigen dinero a los estados (ejemplo IDOT) para pagar para la infraestructura (carreteras& puentes y algo otras cosas). Este problema es aparte, pero muy similar el deficit de los fondos en Iowa al nivel estatal. Es improbable que los Fondos de Carretera no sean financiados de algún nivel, si es posible de que haiga una brecha en los fondos o una disminución de fondos de gran significado. Si alguna de estas cosas suceden será un perjuicio para las compañías de construcción en el país- y nos incluye a nosotros. Puede ser que los estados que ya tienen proyectos empezados no reciben fondos y retrase el diseño y creación de trabajo para el futuro. Si los estados no son reembolsados del Fondo de Carreteras posible mente no puedan pagarles a los contratistas que hagan el trabajo. Esto causara que compañías paren la producción, la maquinaria no se moverá y los trabajadores no tendrán trabajo. Horita hay más dinero saliendo del Fondo de Carreteras y mucho menos entrando. El balance que queda tiene que salir del fondo general. A vido un movimiento fuerte para eliminar el fondo general del HTF, y que sea auto sostenible. La respuesta de nuestros lideres en Washington es lo que hace este problema mas frustante.La razón mas grande por cual nadien habla del tema es porque seguramente esto requiere un aumento en los impuestos de la gasolina. Este ano es un año de elecciones y aumentar los impuestos no es nada popular entre los políticos. La reelección es más importante que hacer lo que el país necesita. El impuesto actual fue puesto en el 1993. Ahora los Americanos están manejando menas millas y los vehículos son más eficientes. El impuesto de $0.184 para la gasolina y $0.244 no tiene el poder de ventas que tenían en el 1993. (Usted podría sobrevivir con el sueldo del 1993?) No es suficiente para nuestras necesidades y los ingresos siguen cayendo. Nadie quiere pagar más por la gasolina que le ponen a sus vehículos pero estoy seguro de que todos pueden nombrar una o dos calles que usan a diario y que necesita ser arreglada. El dinero para esos arreglos tiene que venir de alguna parte. Y debe de venir de los conductores que usan el sistema de carreteras. Más importante, no podemos permitir que el Fondo de Carreteras no siga recibiendo fondos o que los fondos sigan cayendo del nivel actual. Nuestra compañía, Manatt’s Inc., sin las compañía hermanas y sin sus asociados, mantiene a mas de 650 familias. Fondos para la transportación adecuada nos hace posible obtener trabajos, pagarle a nuestros empleados, y para que ellos mantengan a sus familias. Si tiene la oportunidad de por favor contacte a su legislador (o candidato) y hágale saber lo importante que es para usted mantener el fondo para las carreteras saludable. M
Orgullo by: Roy Piper Es una palabra de simple sonido, Orgullo. Se dice fácil mente es una palabra medio rara pero a la vez poderosa. lo suficiente mente poderosa que a cambiado el mundo muchas veces. Alomejor no es notable en nuestro mundo pequeño ,en nuestro mundo de pavimentación , pero créanme , y impacta de un forma o otra a todos. Este tema surgió en una conversación reciente con algunos de los encargados de pavimentación. Que es orgullo y que efectos tiene en pavimentar una carretera? De lejos y observando es fácil ver toda en accion,orgullo esa palabra simple pero potente. Porque ese hombre toman un paso extra para arreglar la horilla que esta falciada ,mescla el concreto unos segundos mas para la consistencia o vuelve a chequear el grafo porque algo no se ve bien .Nadie le dijo que lo hicieran, no tenia porque hacerlo, ellos hacen su trabajo con orgullo. No tiene que trabajar para cualquier compañía particularmente esta, estos hombre hacen su trabajo con orgullo, el nombre de la compañía estará en toda la maquinaria para que el público lo vea , pero créanme cuando digo que nosotros ponemos nuestros nombre s en ese proyecto ,aunque no de visto , esta estampado por allá en letras anchas. un poquito de nosotros en sangre y en sudor y hasta posiblemente algunas lagrimas escondidas fue lo que salió al construir esa carretera. Orgullo, es una cosa poderosa . Sin duda alguna la calidad al terminar el proyecto sería nada si no hubiera orgullo. Viendo así atrás aceda unas de las millas de pavimento. nosotros hicimos eso con mucho orgullo. Orgullosamente estamos pavimentando el camino así a casa, y muchos nunca se darán cuenta. M
Man-Att Work in your Community Committee Raises nearly $18,000
The Man-Att Work in your Community Committee
recently held their 3rd Annual Co-Ed Slow Pitch Softball Tournament. This year, the proceeds from the tournament will be donated to Susan G. Komen, Iowa, on behalf of Amanda Manatt-Boswell. Amanda was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in March of this year. She just completed her fifth round of chemo treatments and recently received the great news that the cancer is responding to the chemo. The tumor in her breast has shrunk significantly! Amanda is a very courageous, driven person with a competitive attitude. She is a true fighter and is going to show cancer who’s boss!
Congratulations to Mark Kensler! He recently retired after working for Manatt’s, Inc., for 40 years!!!
In an effort to brighten Amanda’s spirit, support a very dear friend/co-worker, and give to an extremely worthy cause, we decided there was no question that this is where the money would go this year. Amanda and her family at the tournament on Saturday (Tanya, Drew, Brody, Mary, Brooklyn, Brad, Amanda, Courtland, Joe, and Alex)
So far, from many generous donations, team entries, concession stand sales, and home run sponsors, we have raised approximately $18,000!!! Thank you to everyone who made this event such a great success! We have so many generous employees, fellow contractors, and friends in the industry that helped us raise the money. Many volunteers helped the tournament to run smoothly, we received many complements from the teams involved. M
Don Meyer the year he started working for Manatt’s
Congratulations to Don Meyer! He recently retired after working for Manatt’s, Inc., for 50 years!!!
Bob Morton and some of the milling guys entered a team in the tournament. Here they are showing their support with their pink tutus!