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by Arthur Ehmling on Jul 25, 2014

Marek held a Graduation and Recognition Dinner for Helper and Mechanic Graduates, newly promoted Foremen, and Coaches July 23rd. In attendance were Marek Management, Workforce Development Staff, Industry Representatives, Training Partners, and Honorees with their guests.Twenty-one Graduating Helpers, with the help of their outstanding Coaches, had... read more

by Stacy Gunderson on Jul 23, 2014

At an early age, young children, especially boys, are given all sorts of construction toys. These toys spark creativity and allow our kids the opportunity to use their imagination. They develop concepts such as structural design and receive an early introduction into math, physics, mechanics, and engineering, all of which are turned into fun... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Jul 21, 2014

Foot protection means guarding your toes, ankles and feet from injury. Believe it or not, your feet have 26 bones for support and 38 joints for movement in each foot. Feet also have blood vessels, ligaments, muscles and nerves, which is why it hurts when you stub your toe or drop something on your foot.Your feet are a critical part of your body... read more

by Marek Brothers on Jul 18, 2014

Originally published on ConstructionCitizen.com.Even though the humanitarian crisis along the border has complicated the issue and certain political setbacks have caused pundits to proclaim that immigration reform is dead, business leaders at the state and national levels are pushing as hard as ever for comprehensive reform.Bill Gates, Warren... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Jul 15, 2014

Mandatory Topic:Notice to Supervisors: Mandatory Demonstration requires a Minimum of 20 minutes to effectively cover topic.Material Handling InstructionYou will need to demonstrate material handling with at least two different sizes of rock: refer to weight/loading information listed below that was obtained from our suppliers. You will need to... read more

by Saied Alavi on Jul 10, 2014

In my business today, as in the great building traditions of the past, skilled well-trained crafts people are our most important and valuable asset. From the hundreds who make up our field employees to the estimating and administrative teams who support them, from the youngest trainee and intern to the most senior supervisor – each one is critical... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Jul 7, 2014

 How long you work for us is based on how you safely perform your job and meet the production expectations of your supervisor.Every Front Line Supervisor is responsible for timely reporting of all work-related injuries, accidents and fall exposures. To properly carry out his duties, today we are reviewing with all employees, the responsibilities... read more

by Arthur Ehmling on Jul 3, 2014

On June 19th, Marek Houston participated in the NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) MAGIC (Mentoring a Girl in Construction) Camp at Galena Park ISD.Marek drywall craftsmen Danielle Conacher and Gloria Palau mentored the camp participants on the proper installation of drywall panels. Each young lady had a hands-on experience... read more

by John Hinson on Jul 1, 2014

Do airports ever stop expanding? With more and more people traveling for business and pleasure, it seems not.Now the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport has launched the major construction phase of its $2 billion Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program (TRIP), a seven-year ongoing renovation that Marek Brothers is thrilled to be a part of.The... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Jun 30, 2014

There’s one hand tool that demands your respect over many others in the workplace, a tool that can cut you to the bone in an instant . . . the utility knife.Many workers use utility knives to cut drywall, ceiling tile, strapping, puncture shrinkwrap and open packaging. But one wrong move and these blades can do serious harm.In fact, nearly 40... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Jun 26, 2014

Most people don’t think much about their feet, until a foot begins to hurt. Damage to even one bone, ligament, or muscle in the foot can be very painful and make it difficult or impossible for you to keep on your feet and do your job. Unfortunately, statistics tell us that work related foot injuries are common.Foot injuries can result from:Broken... read more

by Stacy Gunderson on Jun 25, 2014

The Plaza de Armas building, which was built in 1865, is getting an $8.4 million dollar renovation, which was approved by the city of San Antonio. Marek is teamed up T.S. Byrne Construction Services for this historic makeover of epic proportions.The goal of this building, which is located next to the Spanish Governor’s Palace, is to put the four... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Jun 18, 2014

Hot weather causes more fatalities than any other weather-related source. Heat waves rarely are given adequate attention but in fact, they claim more lives each year than floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes combined. Heat waves are a silent killer. Heatstroke also affects both genders equally. However, because many men were exposed to heat in the... read more

by Marek Brothers on Jun 16, 2014

The Dallas branch is proud to announce that we are this year’s recipient of AWCI’s Excellence in Construction Safety Award for companies with between 300,000 and 600,000 annual man-hours.This year’s winner of AWCI’s Excellence in Construction Safety Award for companies with between 300,000 and 600,000 annual man-hours is Marek Brothers Systems in... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Jun 9, 2014

 The “War on Falls” was declared with only one thing in mind – to prevent injuries by eliminating fall exposures. Zero tolerance and suspensions are merely tools to deal with a violation after it occurs. The ultimate goal is eliminate the exposure in the first place. That can only be accomplished by each and every one of us understanding what is... read more

by Sumner Hunter on Jun 5, 2014

Why are residential drywall companies like comedian Rodney Dangerfield? Because sometimes we get “no respect at all”. I have often wondered why it is that many homebuilders seem to think that almost anybody can do residential drywall. Over the years, I have seen several people go into the drywall business. They usually don’t have much money,... read more

by Stacy Gunderson on Jun 3, 2014

The San Antonio Downtown Pearl District is getting yet another addition to this up and coming trendy destination. Pearl, which is a 22 acre site, is quickly becoming a culinary gathering place where you can eat, live, learn and play on the banks of the San Antonio River. This culinary and cultural destination has an abundance of entertaining... read more

by Stacy Gunderson on May 30, 2014

Power tools are used daily in our line of work; we use them to cut metal, secure fasteners, and shape materials. Knowing how to identify and use power tools safely and correctly is very important to our trade. That is why it is a valuable and necessary part of our Workforce Development Program.On Tuesday May 6th, our Austin apprentices who have... read more

by Chris Kelley on May 27, 2014

On May 15th 2014 ABC (Associated Builders and Contractors) held their annual crawfish boil and construction expo. With 150 -200 pounds of crawfish to feed the public, it was time for Kenny Ocheltree, Scott Vlasek, and myself to get the water boiling and seasoned up for some crawfish. And of course, it is time for Scott’s “world famous” boudin... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on May 27, 2014

WHY TALK ABOUT THE WEATHER?Actually, we have no control over rain, snow, sleet, wind, lightning or sunshine. But we can control what happens on our job as a result of the elements. Some of the biggest problems on construction jobs are caused by wind and lightning. Wind probably causes the most accidents; lightning can be deadly.  WATCH OUT FOR... read more

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