National Utility Contractors Association

Trench Safety Stand Down (TSSD) Week was held across the nation by the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA), and as part of that event the association's Middle Tennessee Chapter held its first TSSD Week Contest. The contest was motivation for local companies to participate in this innovative educational opportunity that teaches thousands of construction industry employees the simple message, "be safe around trenches." The winner of the Middle Tennessee Chapter's 2020 TSSD Week Contest is Civil Constructors LLC.

June 2020 has been declared "Trench Safety Month" by the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA), further highlighting its innovative educational and safety program, the annual "Trench Safety Stand Down" week held this year between June 15-19.

The NUCA of Nebraska board has expanded the eligibility for NUCA of Nebraska Scholarships. Please download the scholarship application for details. Applications are due July 1, 2020. Eligible recipients include: Children of a NUCA of Nebraska member or nominated by a NUCA of Nebraska member and must be a high school senior graduating and enrolling into a construction-related degree program (could be a 2-year or 4-year program), which would include engineering, architecture, surveying, welding, mechanic or anything in the technical programs and trades.

Midwest Mole, an Indiana-based trenchless construction contractor, recently came home with NUCA's top 2019 trenchless construction job award and the top overall job award for their part in a wild emergency project in Kentucky. While at the 2018 Kentucky Derby, Jason Miller, president of Midwest Mole, received a call about a potential emergency unfolding in Louisville.

The Franklin Bridge Golf Club was the center stage for the NUCA of Middle Tennessee Chapter Year End Celebration. Members gathered to recognize the 40 founding members and present Donnie Mingus of Team Construction as the first NUCA of Middle TN Ditchdigger of the Year Award.

The Vulcan Franklin, Tenn., plant hosted a site visit on Nov. 11 for members of the NUCA of Middle Tennessee Chapter Members. Vulcan Materials Company is the nation's largest producer of construction aggregates — primarily crushed stone, sand and gravel — and a major producer of aggregates-based construction materials, including asphalt and ready-mixed concrete.

The National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) of Greater Kansas City, along with The Nutter Foundation, held the inaugural Dozer Day in the Kansas City area. The event was held Oct. 5 and 6 at the Kansas Speedway and benefits children's charities.

On July 11, Kirby-Smith Machinery Inc. hosted a chapter meeting and luncheon for members of the National Utility Contractors Association's (NUCA) Greater Kansas City chapter in Kansas City, Mo., as well as a fundraiser event for breast cancer awareness.