Wow, Week 2 managed to keep up with the pace of week 1 with 10 more job sites in three days! We started out the week visiting Project Belmont in Indiana, Project Cougar in Michigan and then Etna Park 70 East in Ohio. On Wednesday we headed south to Kentucky to see the project for Nicklies in Louisville before heading over to Kansas City, Missouri to visit Horizon XI in Riverside and then Project Smile in St. Peters, Missouri. We finished out the week close to home in St. Louis with visits to the EDGE West in Creve Coeur, Centene’s Urban Campus in Clayton, One Hundred Above the Park St. Louis City and Delmar Divine in University City.
A lot of cool projects at various stages in the building process! I’m hearing a lot of true grit on the job tour and it’s been an incredible experience. I am proud to feel the camaraderie across each job site. Our team is integrating the Clayco culture at each one across the country.
Also, we know our field workers are under tremendous stress. Kids zoom schooling from home, less household income and finding ways to take care of our parents is taking a toll. Clayco is rolling out our corporate Employee Assistance hotline program to every worker at all of our sites in a unique coverage that we hope becomes standard in the industry.
On the road again next week and see you all soon.
Immigration has always been a critical point of value in America’s prosperity. The “American Dream” would not be possible without the contribution of generations of immigrants to society, not to mention the priceless importance of multiculturalism. Despite this, the rhetoric surrounding immigration and its influence on U.S. institutions and ways of life has become increasingly hostile and rooted in misinformation. I recently read the book “How Migration Really Works: The Facts About the Most Divisive Issue in Politics” by Hein de Haas. I highly recommend it to everyone to better understand migration policies and national impact. As we get farther into this election year, debates surrounding immigration are escalating. Still, people don’t understand the fundamentals of migration or how it truly affects the U.S. To mitigate this, Hein de Haas draws on decades of research to destroy myths and set the record straight. The book highlights tense topics like global migration not being at an all-time high, climate change not leading to mass migration, and immigration mainly benefiting the wealthy instead of workers. He also notes that border restrictions have produced more migration – something that is commonly misreported and viewed as the only “solution” to the migration “problem.”
When our Clayco team finds a company that mirrors our mission and determination, we fortify that partnership by pooling resources on as many projects as possible. Vision Electric & Systems is one of Clayco’s excellent subcontractors that we have had the pleasure of working on several developments with. Subcontractors play a pivotal role by bringing multifaceted advantages and expertise across construction efforts.
This past summer, I read the sad tale “Flying Blind: The 737 MAX Tragedy and the Fall of Boeing” by Peter Robison. I’ve always admired Boeing, just as my father did, so I was reluctant to recommend the book. People should read it now. Robison provides a gripping account of the 737 MAX crisis, unraveling the series of events leading to tragic consequences and Boeing's subsequent downfall. By including exclusive interviews with current and former employees, industry executives, and family members of the victims, it highlights the technical and managerial failures that contributed to the fatal crashes while analyzing the company’s flawed decision-making and lack of transparency.