Grand Island Hardscapers Attend Belgard U

Area hardscape contractors from Grand Island, Hastings and Kearney attended the annual Belgard U event in Omaha on March 21, 2018.

As the industry’s latest tools and techniques continue to advance, Belgard strives to help hardscape contractors evolve to meet the challenges of an increasingly competitive marketplace through the use of Belgard University. These one and two day events scheduled at various locations in the country help contractors build skills, build their networks, build their businesses, and ultimately, build their futures.

Nearly 150 contractors from Nebraska and parts of Iowa and Kansas attended the event, including Fairview Landscaping, Tilly’s Landscaping, Central Nebraska Sod, and Midwest Landscaping from Grand Island, and Prairie View Landscaping from Kearney.  Jason Veggeberg was also in attendance to represent Christensen Concrete Products.

Belgard U is known for providing the most innovative and hands-on training programs in the country. Vendors at the event included Dremer Sportsweat, Papio Valley Nursery, Belgard, Pavetech, NMC CAT & Rental Services and Earthworks. Speakers and breakout sessions for the event included Chris Callahan from Techniseal, Chris Ebbesen from Anchor Wall Systems, Mike Haumersen and Mike Miles of Belgard, Jay Davis of Omaha, and Heath Vanover from OSHA. The spotlight speaker for the event was Steve Bergeron of Omaha discussing ‘Communicating with Confidence’.


Nebraska Construction Career Days

Nebraska Construction Career Days - NECCD

Christensen Concrete Products provided material and assistance at the September 27th Nebraska Construction Career Days at Central Community College in Hastings. Employees from Christensen Concrete and Kearney Crete & Block helped students learn about masonry with masons from Masonry Unlimited providing hands on guidance.

Nebraska Construction Career Days (NECCD) are construction career education events for all 7-12 grade high school students.  The education events uses hands-on activities with real construction equipment, learning while working side-by-side with professionals and instructors. This event is open to students exploring all career options and is a tremendous opportunity for students to see first hand how exciting and dynamic the construction industry is.

Christensen Concrete Hosts CNHBA Meeting

Central Nebraska Home BUilders Association Meeting at Christensen Concrete

Christensen Concrete Products Company hosted the Central Nebraska Home Builders Association (CNHBA) general membership meeting in June. Members learned about the different types of thin brick available from General Shale along with the best installation practices. CNHBA is a non-profit association comprising of both builder and associate members who are all part of the building industry.

SkillsUSA Nebraska Leadership and Skill Conference

Christensen Concrete helps with SkillsUSA Competition

About 1,300 future workers of Nebraska gathered at Fonner Park to compete in the 2017 SkillsUSA Nebraska Leadership and Skill Conference. High school students competed in more than 100 areas of career and technical education including a masonry division that was helped in part by Kearney Crete & Block and Christensen Concrete Products Company.

Judges in the masonry division were Scott Frauen of Kearney Crete & Block, Jim Johnson of Summit Masonry, and Dustin Hasselmann of GH Construction. Scott Neben (Kearney Crete & Block), Scot Krosschell (Kearney Crete & Block), Ray Simmons (Christensen Concrete) and Bob Landers (Christensen Concrete) handled the set up and tear down of the event and also helped with mixing the mortar to keep the students supplied with material throughout the competition. Christy Fizgerald (Kearney Crete & Block) attended the event as a representative of the Nebraska Masonry Association.

SkillsUSA focuses on skilled trades. “Our mission is to prepare these students for careers. Our goal is to have students, parents, and business and industry partner together to build America’s future workforce,” said Joe LeGrand of SkillsUSA.