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2nd Annual Stair Climb Challenge

Miller-Valentine Group held their 2nd annual Stair Climb Challenge last week, with five Associates participating in a spirited race up ten flights of stairs! Andy McHugh, Assistant Project Manager, has been named Miller-Valentine’s 2017 Stair Climb Master, completing the challenge in 37.18 seconds… that’s less than four seconds a flight!  Andy was joined by Nolan Schacherer, Rich Rouse, Bob Patterson and Jeff Sebor, who all came within 8 seconds of Andy’s time. Everyone joined in the fun by cheering on the contestants and donating funds in the runner’s name to benefit the Jim Walsh Angel Fund, set up to assist Miller-Valentine Associates in need.  Lunch was served along with a challenge for additional Associates to join in the fun of the 2018 Stair Climb Challenge, scheduled for the first day of Summer next year. Congratulations Andy!

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The Lofts at Roberts Apartments – Open House

Miller-Valentine Group is excited to offer a look into The Lofts at Roberts, a newly renovated apartment community built exclusively for adults 55 and over.  The open house will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at The Lofts at Roberts located at 420 South High Street, Muncie, Indiana 47305. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the former Roberts Hotel, which was recently transformed into 83 one and two bedroom apartment homes designed to serve adults 55 and over, who desire high-quality affordable rental housing. This pet-friendly community features amenities you would expect to find in a luxury community at affordable rental rates: spacious floor plans; walk-in closets; a gourmet kitchen with energy-efficient design and appliances, as well as an island with a breakfast bar; oversized bathrooms; central air conditioning; and convenient elevator access. The Lofts at Roberts offers several other amenities which separate them from their local competition; a grand multipurpose room with kitchen and dining area for entertainment functions and events; a fitness center, allowing residents to maintain an active lifestyle; as well as a media room, and business center.  Topping it all off, the professional on-site management and maintenance staff (more)

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Top Headlines Impacting Commercial Real Estate in Cincinnati from 6/2 – 6/13/2017

Below is a brief summary of the leading commercial real estate news articles for the Cincinnati region from June 2 – June 13, 2017. Sign up here to have these informative summaries sent directly to your inbox on a biweekly basis. June 13, 2017 From piano factory to urban lofts The redevelopment of the Grand Baldwin building along Interstate 71 in Walnut Hills into 190 loft-style apartments is nearly complete after three years. The building at 655 Eden Park Drive was originally built in the 1920’s and has been home to the Baldwin Co., redeveloped into office space in the late 80s, and now will be residential. One and two bedroom apartments will range in price from $1,199 to $2,999. June 12, 2017 Winton Woods City School District to build new schools Winton Woods is planning to build two new schools that will accommodate a combined 3,500 students. The pre-kindergarten through sixth grade 205,000-square-foot building will be constructed for an estimated $43 million on the existing middle school 34-acre site located at 147 Farragut Road. The 7th through 12th grade facility will be built on the existing Winton Woods High School 35-acre site, located at 1231 W. Kemper Road, with (more)

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Associate Spotlight: Michael Dalton – Director of Operations, The Properties at Wright Field

Michael Dalton has been an Associate of Miller-Valentine Group since 2005.  Initially hired as a District Manager, Michael now serves as the Director of Operations for our military housing neighborhood – the Properties at Wright Field. As Director of Operations, Michael is responsible for all aspects of the operating business, including acting as the point of contact between the corporate office and government agencies that engage with Wright Patterson AFB.  Some of the duties include preparing and executing the annual budget, ensuring all reports for both internal and external customers are prepared and detailed, leading a team of 34 co-workers, providing a vision for future challenges, and ensuring the team preserves the assets of Miller-Valentine Group.  Responsibilities for the team include executing 15,000 work orders yearly, overseeing 600 move ins, providing numerous leasing tours, processing monthly rent payments, completing over 300 reports, conducting hundreds of inspections, and making thousands of decisions that pull you in multiple directions. Michael has shared some insights regarding his career – not only with Miller-Valentine Group but also on his 22 years with the United States Air Force. Q&A with Michael Dalton – 12 Year Associate with Miller-Valentine Group How did your career with the (more)

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Top Five Things to Consider Before Planning an Office Move

Planning an office move?  There are many things to consider before making a decision that will have a major impact on your business, your customers, and your bottom line.  Below are five of the most important considerations to take into account when relocating your office: TIMING The amount of time it will take to find and move to a new office location is proportional to the amount of space and amenities that you need. The key is to allow yourself enough time to negotiate and move before your current lease expires. In general, tenants looking for less than 10,000 square feet of space in the Dayton region should begin their search 7 to 9 months ahead of time. If over 10,000 square feet of space is required businesses should begin their search anywhere from 9 to 18 months before their current lease expires. SQUARE FOOTAGE Will the space that works for you now work for you in the future, or do you anticipate growth? Future employees should be factored into the equation. A good rule of thumb is to allow approximately 200 rentable square feet per person, which is about the size of a 14’ x 14’ room. While this (more)

Dayton Market Update

Top Headlines Impacting Commercial Real Estate in Dayton from 5/31 – 6/8

Below is a brief summary of the leading commercial real estate news articles for the Dayton region from May 31 – June 8, 2017. Sign up here to have these informative summaries sent directly to your inbox on a biweekly basis. June 8, 2017 Huber Heights looking for developers for 80 acres City council will hear a first reading on an ordinance to issue a request for proposals on the 80-acre parcel of undeveloped land west of Ohio SR 202 and the NorthPark Center. The parcel has 10 acres of improved land with frontage on I-70 as well as 70 acres with wooded areas and a small lake. The city acquired the property in 2015 for a total of about $12,500 in legal costs hoping to encourage a mixed-use development. June 5, 2017 Kansas City developer to build warehouse near airport NorthPoint Development is exercising an option to purchase a 32 acre parcel to the west of Spectrum Brands (south of the Dayton International Airport) where they had previously proposed a 500,000 square foot building. NorthPoint will pay $30,000 for the land in three installments. This could be one of the larger speculative developments aimed at attracting new distribution business. (more)

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Rumpke Waste & Recycling Selects Miller-Valentine Group for New Headquarters

Miller-Valentine Group is pleased to be selected as the construction manager by Rumpke Waste and Recycling for their 74,400 SF office headquarters, to be located in Colerain Township. Construction will commence this summer, with completion slated for the end of 2018. McGill Smith Punshon is the architect on the project. Read more as reported by Tom Demeropolis, Senior Staff Reporter, Cincinnati Business Courier http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2017/06/09/exclusive-rumpke-selects-builder-for-headquarters.html

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Miller-Valentine Group ranks #3 in affordable housing developers nationally

Building on a strong record of affordable housing construction, Miller-Valentine Group is now ranked number three on Affordable Housing Finance Magazine’s list of Top 50 Affordable Housing Developers in 2016. The ranking is based on new units started in 2016.  Recent years have seen Miller-Valentine ranked in the top 15 four times. This year’s highest-ever ranking represents 1,134 units started and 419 completed — but it’s not all about the quantity of units for Miller-Valentine. “The number three ranking is incredible and starting 1,134 units is a testament to our growth. We’re very proud of our success in 2016 but we’re not just looking to build more units,” states Brian McGeady, President of Affordable Housing. “Our philosophy is that our affordable housing projects need to improve not only the lives of the residents but the neighborhood in which they’re located.” Improving Lives Miller-Valentine helps improve residents’ lives by offering more than quality housing that fits their budget, but also by choosing locations that provide better access to amenities. Developing projects in better school districts that don’t currently have affordable housing options and close to shopping and recreation opportunities allows the residents to enjoy a quality of life never before possible (more)

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Exciting Update on Downtown Dayton Development

At the I-70 I-75 Development Association’s Annual Summit last week, a panel comprised of Winfield Scott Gibson, David Williams, Scott Murphy and John Gower told us about the development activity in downtown Dayton. Check out this video and hear about Waterstreet, The Arcade, CareSource, The Fire Blocks District, The Levitt and much more.

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Thrive Senior Living Opens New Facility

Congratulations to Thrive Senior Living for the completion of Thrive Memory Care at West Chester, in West Chester, Ohio! The 60-suite community has been designed entirely with the purpose of providing residents living with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias with a peaceful, easy-to-navigate, secure and supportive environment. Amenities of this facility include: 60 Units, comprised of 54 single and 6 double units, each with their own full bathroom Community spaces for dining and recreation Specialized covered lighting to reduce visual overstimulation Salon and Spa Commercial kitchen sized to service the entire building 3 residential “neighborhoods”, designated by residents assessed functionality, for their comfort; each with their own kitchen, living and dining areas, and with personalized programming and care Large centralized courtyard with 3 screened in porches Miller-Valentine Group is proud to have been selected to provide construction services for this much-needed facility in Liberty Township. Mom has been at Thrive for a week today & I see a positive change in her already. She is less agitated & anxious and I believe it is due to the way the staff communicates with her and the ambiance of this beautiful yet homey place. It is a great feeling knowing your loved (more)

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Miller-Valentine Construction “At Home” in Columbus

Miller-Valentine Group is pleased to announce the commencement of construction on a 100,000 square-foot retail facility for At Home, the home décor superstore, located at 1160 Gemini Place in Columbus, Ohio. At Home is the leading home décor superstore providing endless decorating possibilities with the broadest assortment of products for every room, every style, and every budget. The specialty retailer’s stores each carry over 50,000 unique items across broad home décor product categories. This is At Home’s sixth location in Ohio, and the third location in the Columbus market. Miller-Valentine Construction will be performing site work, general construction, plumbing, HVAC, fire protection and electrical work for this project, with an expected completion date of October 2017. Just in time for the holidays, this fall local shoppers will find fresh ideas throughout the store with room vignettes that are continually updated to showcase new trends and seasonal items to provide fresh inspiration. “We are proud to have been selected by this successful retailer to build their 3rd location in Columbus”, said Denny Whitehead, Vice President, Miller-Valentine Construction.  “Located in an easily accessible, highly visible location, we look forward to completing this store in time for At Home customers to enjoy their (more)

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15th Annual Economic Summit

The 2017 I70/75 Economic Development Summit will be held on May 25, 2017 at Sinclair’s Ponitz Center. The event includes representatives from various fields making it one of the best opportunities for networking around.  Industries of all types will be present, including development companies, real estate firms, government, economic development organizations, financial institutions, utility companies, institutions of higher learning and students. This day-long economic development conference features respected keynote speakers discussing topics such as finance, real estate, regional cooperation, workforce development, infrastructure construction and other areas of interest. The Summit and post-Summit reception are structured in a way to provide all participants with an opportunity to grow their business and network with other successful professionals in your region. The I-70/75 Development Association is pleased to have a great group of sponsors for this annual event.  For a listing of sponsors and the agenda for the day, please click here. This year’s speakers will include Tracey Hyatt Bosman, Managing Director, Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Co. (BLS & Co.), a Chicago IL based site selection firm.  Tracey has twenty years of professional experience across a wide range of sectors, including manufacturing, headquarters, back office and contact center operations, logistics, and data centers. Other sessions (more)

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5 Common ADA Violations and How to Avoid Them

Since the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) was ratified, it has gone through several revisions, but one fact hasn’t changed: Unless it is structurally impractical, new public accommodations or commercial building construction, as well as alterations to existing facilities when requirements change, need to address Title III ADA compliance or risk a lawsuit.  Even buildings or facilities eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places are designated as historic under State or local law must comply “to the maximum extent feasible” with Title III. And the risk of non-compliance—and subsequent lawsuits—is very real. In a review of ADA Title III Lawsuits in Federal Court between 2013 and 2016, law firm Seyfarth Shaw found an upward trend, noting that in 2016 alone, filings climbed 37 percent. What are the most frequently identified ADA Violations? As you might expect, the violations in the Top Five list cover a wide range of accessibility issues—and the devil is in the details. Here is what you need to look for: Evaluate the parking spaces and curb ramps: In addition to assuring appropriate space size and access aisles for getting in and out of vehicles using walkers, wheelchairs or motorized scooters, you (more)

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Associate Spotlight — Welcome Hank Betts

Miller-Valentine Construction welcomes Hank Betts to the Dayton team as Project Manager.  Hank is responsible for managing construction on a day‐to‐day basis through all phases of the project including design, estimating, bidding, permitting, construction and project turn‐over. Hank has 12 years of experience in the construction industry.  He has hit the ground running under the direction of veteran Miller-Valentine Group Associate Tony Williams working on bidding a University of Dayton Project and an interior renovation at Tenneco. About Hank: What do you like most about the construction industry? I love the challenges that the construction industry has to offer.  Many projects present unforeseen obstacles that allow you the opportunity to go above and beyond the call of duty.  It is fulfilling to conquer these hurdles and deliver a quality project that meets or exceeds the schedule, budget, and overall expectation. Do you have a favorite quote? Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you.  Never excuse yourself.  Never pity yourself.  Be a hard master to yourself-and be lenient to everybody else. –  Henry Ward Beecher Favorite Summer Past time? Our family spends as much time as possible enjoying the outdoors.  When we aren’t on the (more)

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Miller-Valentine Group makes top 25 developer list

Miller-Valentine Group is honored to be cited as one of the top 25 developers of multifamily housing for 2017 by The National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC). The list is based on the number of units started in 2016 and Miller-Valentine Group landed at #18 with the largest percentage increase in starts from 2015 to 2016 at 401%. The closest competitor was about half of that, with a 202% increase. Clearly, the measure of a developer’s success goes well beyond the number of units started in a given year. Miller-Valentine Group focuses not only on creating top-quality developments but finding those perfect locations that will increase residents’ quality of life. Placing Premiums on more than Amenities Anyone can build an upscale development, but considering factors like transit system availability, traffic patterns, recreational opportunities and proximity to popular shopping areas is what makes the Miller-Valentine properties stand out. “Patience is a key for us,” explains Charlie Rulick, vice president of Miller-Valentine Conventional Multifamily Development. “We know it’s not just about finding the next plot of available land, it’s about finding those locations where people want to live, creating a vision and working to make it happen.” As the housing and construction markets (more)

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THE ‘GOLD STANDARD’ AT MILLER-VALENTINE GROUP

Community Blood Center Press Release Mark Pompilio – 937.461.3412   Community Blood Center has honored Miller-Valentine Group with the Gold LifeSaving Ambassador’s Club award for blood drive excellence in 2016 and with the Strategic Summer Partner award for helping meet the challenge of maintaining the blood supply during the summer of 2016. CBC Account Representative Donna Teuscher presented the awards to blood drive coordinators Tracie Starks and Sara Sperry at Miller-Valentine’s first blood drive of 2017, sponsored Wednesday, May 10 at the Dayton CBC Donor Center. Miller-Valentine has been a CBC blood drive partner for more than 25 years. The Gold LAC award goes to sponsors who accomplish 95 to 99 percent of their blood drive collection goals.  In 2016 Miller-Valentine Group hosted three blood drives and averaged 96 percent of goal while totaling 45 donors and 39 donations. CBC’s Donna Teuscher thanked Miller-Valentine Associates for supporting blood drives and for their flexibility in scheduling.  Miller-Valentine has hosted and co-hosted Bloodmobile blood drives at its downtown Dayton headquarters and sponsored multi-day blood drives at the CBC Donor Center. The Strategic Summer Partnership award specifically thanks sponsors for hosting at least two blood drives between May 1 and Sept. 30.  In (more)

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Dayton Region Manufacturers Association Promotes Industry to Local Schools  

The number one concern of many Dayton region manufactures is the shortage of skilled workers. This shortage is from entry level positions to skilled trades and even into professional positions. Dayton Region Manufacturers Association (DRMA) knows there are considerable resources available to support training through the career technology centers, community colleges, and universities throughout Ohio. However, what all of these institutions lack is sufficient enrollment to make the programs truly effective and meaningful for the manufacturers as their demands for talent far outweigh the number of graduates. DRMA has decided that one of the most effective ways to make a difference in the long-term success of the manufacturing workforce is to raise awareness of the great training and careers in manufacturing to middle and high school aged students. As part of DRMA’s career outreach to students, they have developed a program called Power Lunches. The exhibit is designed to catch the attention of students so that DRMA volunteers can talk to them about various careers in manufacturing, wage and salary information, and training and education paths.  DRMA partners with FASTLANE, the Montgomery County Education Service Center, and the Aerospace Professional Development Center on this initiative. This program was originally designed (more)

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Jasper Lofts – Coming Soon

Miller-Valentine Group is proud to announce that Jasper Lofts, their newest affordable apartment community, will open its doors very soon! Jasper Lofts, located at 402 East 13th Street, at the site of the former JOFCO headquarters, will be welcoming residents in June 2017.  This beautiful, brand new community of one, two, three and four bedroom apartment homes will serve families who desire high-quality, affordable rental housing. In this pet-friendly community, residents will enjoy spacious floor plans with amenities you would expect to find in a luxury home, at affordable rental rates: a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen with brand new energy-efficient appliances and a breakfast bar/island, exceptional closet space, central air conditioning, a laundry room which includes a full-size washer and dryer, and plenty of extra storage. Jasper Lofts will also feature a large first-floor lounge area where community meetings and resident events will be held; an indoor playground; as well as a business center, media room, and fitness center. Outdoor amenities include a picnic area and an additional playground where residents can enjoy the companionship of friends and family.  The professional onsite management and maintenance staff provide residents with superior service, allowing them to live comfortably. Brian McGeady, Partner & President (more)

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Miller-Valentine Group Associates celebrated Cinco de Mayo while enjoying a taco bar luncheon.  The festive event served a dual purpose, allowing everyone an opportunity to make their own tacos with their favorite toppings while bringing Associates together for a relaxing meal.  A perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon!

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Designing luxury rental communities that appeal to both Boomers and Millennials

Millennials looking for their first home and Baby Boomers/Empty Nesters looking to downsize have more in common on their checklist than you might think. Builder Online reports, “As cultural, economic, and geographic factors push entry-level buyers and Empty Nesters to seek out similar homes and neighborhoods, they’re often competing for the same properties. Younger (and younger-at-heart) Baby Boomers don’t want to live in age-restricted communities—or anything with ‘age,’ ‘adult,’ ‘retirement,’ or ‘mature’ in the name. They want to live side by side with their kids, the Millennials, in physically and socially active neighborhoods.” In its State of the Nation’s Housing 2016 report, Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies found that more than a third, about 36 percent, of U.S. households lived in rentals last year. And, of those, there is a “sizable and growing number of high-income households (choosing) to rent for the flexibility and convenience it provides.” According to the report, top-income households—those who could afford to buy, but choose to rent—have been the fastest-growing segment over the past three years, and that reality has created a growing demand for luxury apartments. With these facts in mind, the challenge to developers is to design luxury rental communities attractive (more)

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Associate Spotlight: Denise Blake – Project Management Director

Congratulations to Denise Blake on your recent promotion to Project Management Director.  Denise joined Miller-Valentine Group in 1997, working in as an Administrative Associate in commercial construction.  In 2000, Denise became a member of the affordable housing team and has served in a number of roles within multifamily development.  Her can-do attitude and willingness to learn were recognized by all those who worked with her, and in 2003 she was promoted to the position of Developer with the Affordable Housing team. In her 11 years as a developer, she originated and was involved in the financing of approximately 20 housing communities, many in Ohio, as well communities in first-time states of Michigan, and Pennsylvania, including:         Community      Location Units   Allegheny Pointe Allegheny Township, Westmoreland County, PA 52   Daystar Estates Detroit, MI 50   Delaware Place Delaware, OH 54   Jefferson Homes Jefferson Township, Montgomery County, OH 40   Pine Ridge Apartments Logan, OH 72   Residences at Eagles Point Eaton, OH 40   Twin Towers II Dayton, OH 90   Walkers Ridge Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County, PA 84   Walnut Ridge Cortland, OH 78   Most recently, Denise has been part of a team (more)

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Downtown on track for 40 new apartments in June

Downtown Dayton on track for 40 new apartments in June As reported by Kaitlin Schroeder, Staff Reporter, Dayton Business Journal. Retail leasing is currently underway for 20,000 SF first floor space at Wheelhouse Lofts.  

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Expanding into new markets nationwide

Over the last 50+ years, Miller-Valentine Group has expanded its boundaries with projects in 27 states.  Miller-Valentine Group is the 3rd largest developer of affordable housing in the country according to Affordable Housing Finance magazine and has developed/constructed over 15,000 housing units with a presence in 16 states. Read More:  Arcade developer adds work across U.S. As reported By Thomas Gnau – Staff Writer Dayton Daily News

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Congratulations to Bill Rumpke, Sr.!

The Colerain Chamber of Commerce honored Bill Rumpke Sr. with the 2017 Hometown Hero Award at a dinner gala on April 27, 2017. Bill Rumpke Sr. is a Cincinnati business icon, Colerain Township native, and longstanding community partner.  He grew up in his family’s waste collection business, working for the company as a laborer, mechanic, heavy equipment operator and driver.  Bill and his cousin purchased Rumpke from their fathers in 1978 and became the co-presidents and CEOs at Rumpke, Inc.  Together they expanded the company, growing revenues and extending into multiple states. By 2014 Rumpke’s fleet contained about 1,500 vehicles and had grown to include 11 landfills and 10 recycling centers, with employment reaching approximately 2,700 people. Miller-Valentine is proud to have been a Platinum Sponsor for the gala honoring Bill and his many business and civic contributions throughout the years. In addition, Miller-Valentine Construction is pleased to partner with McGill Smith Punshon in the construction of a new headquarters facility for Rumpke, scheduled to break ground in summer 2017. Congratulations to Bill Rumpke Sr. and the Rumpke Corporation!

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Recommit to Job Site Safety

Every year on April 28, the United States Department of Labor observes Workers’ Memorial Day. The day honors workers who have died on the job and recognizes the suffering of those who are grieving as a result. At Miller-Valentine, we also use the occasion to emphasize the importance of safety and to recommit to safe workplaces. With more than 1,100,000 hours accident-free, it’s clear that safety is woven into Miller-Valentine’s culture. It takes a company-wide commitment to safety to achieve a record like that. From ongoing training to constant hazard analysis, we strive to keep safety at the forefront of everything we do. Steering Clear of the Fatal Four In his 23 years in the construction industry, Safety Director Bill Burke has seen an increased focus on worker protection and safe working environments. “The technology and tools available now compared to 10-15 years ago is of a much higher quality,” Burke says. “Manufacturers of safety and protective equipment have done a very good job of providing just about everything we need to protect people. Training has also improved over the years, and construction associations provide great resources to promote safety.” Yet, fatal injuries on construction sites were up in 2015 (more)

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