While the U.S. has made strides in promoting workplace equality for women, we still have a long way to go. After all, it was only a little more than a year ago that women were allowed to apply for all military jobs, including ground combat forces, and certain industries – like electrical and general contracting – still seriously suffer from a gender gap. In fact, only about 9 percent of construction workers are women, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is unacceptable if companies are going to be successful in the years ahead. Our industry has a major perception issue, and it’s going to require all of us making incremental steps together to effect real change. Professional perception Perception is a tough nut to crack. If you ask most people to describe a typical construction worker, you’ll get a lot of descriptions of a middle-aged man, usually white,…
I still remember many of my teachers from my high school days, and each had a different style for managing the classroom. One older teacher was the old-school, strict disciplinarian type, a real stickler for the rules. You couldn’t so much as whisper in her classroom without incurring her wrath. (I remember being the focus of many of her reprimands over the course of that year.)
On Aug. 28, Missouri’s new right-to-work law, signed by Governor Greitens earlier this year, goes into effect across the state, making Missouri one of 28 states with such a law. The new change has spurred many questions and concerns among IEC’s employees and partners, and the law is often fraught with confusion and misinformation. Nilson Goes, chief of operations, addresses the issue in this month’s blog to help explain how the new legislation may impact the company and the Kansas City region. So, what is “right to work”? Basically, the new law says an employee doesn’t need to join or pay into a union as part of employment. Is that related at all to “prevailing wage”? The state’s Prevailing Wage Law sets a minimum rate that must be paid to anyone working on a public works project (e.g., bridges, roads, government buildings, etc.) in Missouri. While it differs by county…
It’s getting harder and harder to keep up with the latest tech. Seems like a new social media platform debuts every week, virtual reality appears in every commercial break, and a smart belt buckle is now available for purchase (yeah, really).
It doesn’t matter if we’re working on an Army base in California, a new condo construction in Kansas City or a top-secret government installation in South Carolina—budget is always a top priority. And regardless of how much I try to estimate the cost of a project ahead of time, too many other factors are in play that can have an adverse effect on the cost. It’s no surprise I’m a big fan of value engineering.
Kansas City, MO – Infinite Energy Construction, a Kansas City-based electrical and general contractor, was recently awarded a major three-year federal government contract at Fort Hood, Texas, one of the largest Army bases in the United States and the world.
I’m a big fan of putting your money where your mouth is.
November 10, 2016 Kansas City, Mo. Kansas City, MO – Supporting the troops needs to go beyond just buying a yellow ribbon magnet for your SUV. In honor of Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11, several area companies and organizations are working to go much further to show their commitment and support to both newly enlisted soldiers and veterans in the Kansas City area.
October 6, 2016 Kansas City, Mo. Infinite Energy Construction, a Kansas City-based electrical and general contractor, was recently awarded two major multi-year federal government contracts, including large projects for the United States Navy and Air Force.