News From "O" Town
Since the onset of the Covid-19 Pandemic we've modified almost every aspect of how we run our business. From vehicle occupancy restrictions and dispatching via text to making hand sanitizer and enforcing vigilant social distancing measures at the shop and on job sites. The good news is that we have all remained healthy, and the “Essential” status of our business and our great industry has kept the doors open and the blades turning.
One thing that has not changed throughout this unprecedented time is that we are booked out a week and a half going forward. As an essential business, we are thankful that we can retain the new talent we have on board this year. Javoun Roberts has been training with Philippe Ocampo for a couple of months now and has been performing coring and cutting operations on his own, under the watchful eye of Mr. Danny Price our Field Safety Inspector. He is developing some good skills and has been producing quality work! Our newest trainee, Joshua (Big Country) Ulcena came to us with some hand sawing experience cutting for a demolition company, and with some training from Gus Canicatti, and some tips from the master, Danny Price, he has gotten hand sawing down laser straight and is starting to really grasp good coring practices.
In the office Laurie Colletti has made a huge difference in the daily operations and administration of our office. She is always quick to jump in and help wherever she is needed and has gotten pretty good at getting basic scopes of work hashed out before passing it along to Mark Hart or myself. Laurie is even writing work orders, processing job tickets, billing and handling purchase orders. We really appreciate her efforts as they has given us more time to focus on the changes due to Covid-19 and ensuring safety and maximum efficiency in the field.
Speaking of maximizing efficiency, Mark Hart, Sales & Estimating has solidified some great long term, multiple operator projects which make dispatching more streamlined and efficient. Some of them include 780 feet of 4’-7’ high parapet wall track sawing, keeping Philippe Ocampo dedicated to the Advent Health Kissimmee Project for Team Erectors, working under Gate Precast and Brasfield & Gorrie. Gus Canicatti has a new home out at the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex for Sunrise Systems of Brevard, under another familiar name, Ivey’s Construction, Inc. For this project we are removing several elevated 24’ wide x 27’ high sections of tilt wall in machine removal pieces out of a spider lift, then cutting them into 1’x 1’ pieces on the ground for customer to hand remove out of the building. Long time customers Falcon Concrete Services, and parent company Williams Companies, have been running wide open having Coty Sexsmith, Mike and Noah Walton, Javoun Roberts, and Jonathan Santiago making regular visits to the Target remodels in Clermont, Lake Mary, Kissimmee, and the new store in Orlando at Vineland Pointe. Ian Shubin is wrapping up his 5 month long adventure scanning and core drilling at the Daytona Convention Center Hotel for Protogroup. Overall, we are busy and intend to stay so!
I am going to wrap this edition up by saying "Thank You" to our entire team and the Speedy family for your patience with the ever growing changes needed to keep us all safe and able to work. Your commitment and dedication to our essential business has been stellar. While it has been frustrating for all of us, you have been doing a great job making the best of the situation. In time, we will once again reclaim some of the normalcy we may have taken for granted, until then, be well, be safe and Go Speedy!!