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Rig Makeovers

or How We Freshen Up Our Fleet

Our rigs work so hard at our job sites that when they arrive back at our shop, they generally need a little freshening up! 

At the beginning of 2017, our Shop Crew grabbed their paint rollers to make over four of our rigs. A single rig typically requires one coat of primer and two coats of paint, using about four to five gallons each. Up to four MeNERDs can be painting at any one time, and it takes about a day and half to dry.  

But you know how your prep work is maybe just washing down a wall for 15 minutes before you paint? Our process is a little more intense! 

A dirty rig takes two MeNERDs pressure washing for up to eight hours to prep- plus they'll chip all the concrete off, remove all of the hardware (including door handles, weather stripping, glass and ladder), rough sand the operator's cabin and rig undercarriage and then blow the dust off. 

FINALLY, they'll wipe it down with a solvent to make sure the surface is free of dirt and grease. They start at the highest point and work down. Once it's dry, they have to put everything back together again...and step back to admire their work!

We focus on Safety throughout the year, but Safety Week is a great time to really emphasize some of the broader themes that we talk about regularly - like speaking up and stopping work. The importance of feeling empowered to speak out can't be overstated - it's everyone's right and we encourage and expect all of our employees to stop work when they see something unsafe."

Following the breakout sessions , the team welcomed guest speaker Joel Feldman, founder of, who lost his daughter, Casey, to a distracted driver. Joel spoke about his mission for all drivers to work together to end Distracted Driving in order to keep us all safe on the roads. His profound and heartfelt message hit home with the entire Menard Group USA team and touched everyone on a personal level.

Safety Champs: Kyle Farrar, Todd Risner, Cody Inman, and Scott Forrester

Awards were given to our four 2019 Safety Champions with Scott Forrester bringing home the coveted Safety Boot Award!

Awards were also presented to the Green Idea Winners, Justin Labrozzi -1st place, Jason Powers - 2nd place and Mark Bibby - 3rd place. The Green Idea Awards were based on the concept of encouraging all employees to think about how the company can minimize waste, save resources, and reduce our carbon footprint as we go about our work.

Congrats to all the Winners!

Engineering MeNERDS like to Walk Like an Egyptian!

The Safety Dance was a big hit! 

After a long day of training and guest speakers, the group enjoyed a fantastic dinner followed by the local Pittsburgh band, Totally 80's.

Saturday was filled with more safety training and guest speakers including Mobilization, Demobilization, Utilities One Call, Risk Perception, Quality, and Drug Awareness.

The day wrapped up with Wildly Different Team Building Games including company trivia, a giant game of rock-paper-scissors, speed bingo and spoon flipping!

Winners of the Wildly Different Games!

All of Menard Group USA signed the 2020 Safety Pledge!

Brrrrr! Menard Group USA braved the cold for a group photo! Most said they are hoping for a warmer destination next year!

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