Build it Forward - Nov 2 - Still Time to Participate

The ACE (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) Mentor program will be holding its 2nd Annual Fundraiser: Build It Forward this Saturday from 9am-1pm. The event will be taking place at the Marek Brothers Houston office. The ACE Mentor Program mentors and exposes high school students to real-world opportunities in architecture, construction, and engineering. At Saturday's event, teams of high school students involved in the ACE program and their mentors will come together to build picnic tables that will be delivered to local charitable organizations. Click here to learn more about how you can become involved in this event.

Marek's 75th Anniversary: So Much More than Drywall

Our proud tradition at Marek is born of the fact that three Czech brothers from South Texas overcame the economic storm of The Depression in the 1930’s by mastering the art of drywall. Since that time, we've branched out in ways that folks in 1938 could probably never have imagined. Sure, we still hang a lot of drywall and our industry recognizes the fact that Marek takes on some of the biggest and most complicated jobs, but I think the story that rarely gets told has to do with the wide variety of services we provide to our customers on a daily basis.

Marek is able to maximize efficiency on the projects we tackle through the use of Building Information Modeling, or BIM. In the video, you’ll see what I mean. It’s a good example of not only being able to show what kind of information technology is used to control costs and resolve issues, but you can look around the rooms that were actually built using that technology and really see the finished product. All of the finishes seen in the video are services we provide for our customers.

Weekly Toolbox Talk: Accident Reporting

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 of supervisors and employees to report accidents.

States Clamping Down on Workers Mislabeled as Contractors

Source: Bloomberg

The fight is ramping up to clamp down on what Marek Brothers CEO Stan Marek has called a "cancer" in the construction industry. Bloomberg News reports that states across the US are taking steps to root out rampant worker misclassification in construction. When the playing field is level, ethical contractors will truly be able to do their part in rebuilding the American middle class. Read this article.

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