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McCarthy Improvement Announces Retirement of Scott Hutter as President

McCarthy Improvement, the leading commercial general contractor in concrete paving, earthwork, underground utilities and bridge work, announced today the retirement of Scott Hutter, president of McCarthy Improvement and head of the construction division at McCarthy-Bush Corporation, after more than four years of distinguished service, effective the end of October.

“Scott’s contributions have been significant and meaningful,” said Greg Bush, CEO of McCarthy-Bush Corporation. “Many of the improvements Scott initiated will live on in the construction division. I am thankful for his outstanding efforts and wish him great success in his future endeavors.”

Hutter began his career at Montgomery Elevator, which was later purchased by KONE, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, where he advanced to senior vice president. After 24 years at KONE, Hutter became the President, CEO, and board member of Martin Engineering, a family-owned business that develops bulk material handling solutions including belt cleaners and dust management solutions. It was during his 11-year tenure at Martin Engineering when Hutter joined the McCarthy-Bush Corporation’s board of directors before being offered his current positions.

Alan Sweat to take over as interim President.

Alan Sweat will be replacing Hutter as the interim president of McCarthy Improvement. Sweat led McCarthy Improvement’s former southeast division in heavy civil with a focus on airports for nine years and is working alongside Hutter to ensure a smooth transition. Sweat has 36 years of experience in the construction industry with a wide area of scope from running large ready mix operations in the southeast to patenting concrete products in the northeast.

Sweat said, “I’m excited to be working alongside the talented and dedicated team at McCarthy Improvement. In addition, I’m looking forward to helping the organization continue to grow its footprint in the public/private and industrial sectors and continue meeting the needs of our heavy civil clients.”

The Iowa Concrete Paving Association Offers 2022 Scholarship Program

The Iowa Concrete Paving Association is pleased to announce its 2022 Scholarship Program for assisting the future development of the highway construction industry in Iowa by providing scholarships to Civil and Construction Engineering and/or Construction Management students at Iowa State University (ISU), the University of Iowa (U of I), and the University of Northern Iowa (UNI).

To learn more, click here.


Safety Tip: Six Tips for Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls

In our industry, job site safety is of the utmost importance. Equally important, but often overlooked, are safety hazards in an office environment. Did you know that slip, trip, and fall incidents are the leading cause of accidents in an office environment? Wet tile, even laminate, can be slippery when wet. A spill does not need to be large for a surface to become slippery causing an unexpected person to slip and fall.

Here are six tips to help prevent slips, trips, and falls from occurring:

  1. If you spill something, take the time to wipe it up until the surface is dry or wipe the spill from the surface and place a wet floor sign to make people aware of the hazard.
  2. Keep file cabinets closed when not in use.
  3. Keep unnecessary items out of walkways.
  4. Make sure power cords are secured and not dangling under desks where they can become tangled around feet when standing up, which will cause falls.
  5. Never stand on an office chair to reach something from overhead.
  6. Wear sensible shoes to work, with slip-resistant soles, to help maintain solid footing while walking.
Water spilled on tiled floor is a safety hazard
Take the time to wipe the spill up

Meet Taylor Hendricksen: McCarthy Improvement Intern

In honor of National Intern Day, we chatted with Taylor Hendricksen about his internship experience, what he’s learned so far, and one piece of advice he has for his peers.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Eldridge for the majority of my childhood/adulthood.

What school do you attend?

I attended the North Scott School District K-12.

What is your major?

I am currently studying construction management at the University of Northern Iowa.

How did you learn about this internship?

I learned about this internship from a friend of mine, along with seeing it online. 

What drew you to interning at McCarthy Improvement?

The ability to gain knowledge and experience in the field and office was what drew me to McCarthy Improvement.

What has been one of the biggest surprises – good or bad – that you’ve encountered since working here?

The biggest surprise thus far would be how much collaboration and teamwork are involved on any given thing throughout the company, along with the ability to ask anyone for help and they are willing to do so.

How will you take this experience/what you have learned and apply it when going back to school?

I think the biggest thing I can bring back to school would be the real-world knowledge I have gained to help me understand more during school.

Does this internship solidify your degree (ie are you still confident this is the career path you want to follow)?

This internship is just what I was looking for in terms of helping me gain knowledge and showing me what it’s like to be in a position like this.

What piece of advice would you share with your peers about getting an internship? 

Make the most of your time with the people you are working with, build relationships, and don’t be afraid to ask any questions you might have. Set goals for what you want to learn and gain from your experience with the company and see if you can fulfill them throughout the internship. 

McCarthy Improvement Expands Industrial Division, Names Ryan Birney Industrial Segment Manager

McCarthy Improvement announced today that Ryan Birney is taking on new responsibilities as an industrial segment manager. In his expanded role, Birney will lead the company’s growing industrial division, focused on quality project delivery and custom solutions to meet the increasing needs of manufacturing and distribution facilities.

“Ryan is a well-rounded leader with a deep understanding of construction, estimating, site logistics, safety and scheduling,” said Scott Hutter, McCarthy Improvement President. “Not only has Ryan worked on some of McCarthy Improvement’s largest roadway projects, but he’s also assisted in developing our commercial division and estimating department. He will be a tremendous asset as we continue to expand our portfolio in the industrial market.”

“McCarthy Improvement has been delivering quality services to our industrial clients for many years, and I am excited to be able to take our capabilities and experience for them to the next level,” said Ryan Birney, Industrial Segment Manager. “I am fortunate to work with a team that embraces our safety culture which allows us to become the preferred contractor for our clients. We are all committed to providing our clients with McCarthy Improvement’s core values of Safety, Quality, Efficiency and Reliability.”

Birney joined McCarthy Improvement in 2008 and his diverse experience spans overseeing complex, multi-phase roadway projects across the Midwest to managing local projects from estimation to completion. Birney built his expansive knowledge of the industry working as a summer laborer for his father’s constructing business.

To learn how to become a part of the McCarthy Improvement Industrial team, click here.

McCarthy Improvement Sells Southeast Division and Focuses On Growing Midwest Footprint

McCarthy Improvement announced the asset purchase sale of its Southeast Division to C.W. Matthews Contracting Company, a premier heavy highway construction firm located in Marietta, GA.

With this sale, employees of McCarthy Improvement’s Southeast Division along with contracted projects, equipment and leases will now be under C.W. Matthews leadership. This strategic decision allows C.W. Matthews to expand its presence in the concrete paving industry and strengthen its aviation portfolio.

“C.W. Matthews is an extraordinary company with a very long history of success,” said Scott Hutter, President of McCarthy Improvement. “The company shares McCarthy Improvement’s commitment to excellence, and I am confident will support the Southeast team’s continuous and exemplary work at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and more.”

McCarthy Improvement’s Midwest Division will continue focusing on growing its footprint in the public/private and industrial sectors.

“We appreciate the talent and dedication of our former Southeast teammates and our current Midwest employees. I couldn’t be more excited for what the future holds for McCarthy Improvement,” said Hutter.

Women in Construction: A Q&A with Adrienne Ayers

Every year, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) dedicates one week to highlight women as a viable component of the construction industry. Women in Construction (WIC) Week is also a chance to raise awareness of the career opportunities available to women in this industry. In honor of WIC Week, we sat down with Adrienne Ayers, aviation segment leader at McCarthy Improvement, to talk about her career path, aspirations, and accomplishments.

Where did you grow up?

My family is originally from the Caribbean Island of Trinidad and Tobago. I grew up and went to school in Brooklyn NY and graduated from Paul Robeson High School for Business and Technology.

What college did you attend and what did you major in?

I attended Temple University in Philadelphia where I majored in Architecture and attended Pratt Institute in NYC for Graduate studies in Construction Management.

What are you responsible for at McCarthy Improvement?

I am the Aviation Segment Leader in the Southeast where I am responsible for Business development. Finding new business and maintaining relationships with past clientele so that we can also encourage recurring business. Assisting the company in all aspects of new business and the goals that we have set through our Strategic Plan will always be my focus.

    In the science and engineering field, it’s estimated that only 14% percent are women. Why do you think women are so heavily underrepresented?   

    I believe there are many reasons for this but one major reason for me when I was coming up through high school and university was that there was a lack of true information regarding engineering, architecture, and other technical professions and that women actually have a place. It was not heavily talked about. STEM and STEAM programs are starting to address these things but still not enough. Students (young girls) need better examples and encouragement towards these fields so that they are not turned off nor intimidated. Letting them know from an earlier age will help in development. I combed through it by myself, but I now can help others.

    You are skilled in the aviation and construction industries. Did you know you wanted to pursue a career in these fields? And was there something or someone that influenced this decision?

    I definitely knew that I was going to be in a technical field. I understood that early in my education as I was more drawn to woodshop and technical drawing over home economics classes and I told myself that no matter what society said or what was deemed standard, I was going to do what I loved and what I was good at despite the challenges that I would be faced with!

    What’s the biggest misconception about women working in the engineering, aviation, or construction industries?

    That we do not have the skillset and talent to understand, lead and be successful in male-dominated fields. Women are rated lower in perceptions of their competence, their promotion potential, leadership skills, and oftentimes are perceived as less committed to our work a lot of times because of the roles we play as caregivers and oftentimes parents. Truth be told, we can juggle very well without dropping a ball!

    What’s your take on the aviation industry and where do you think it’s headed?

    Aviation is a dynamic industry and constantly evolving. Once the business model changes, it sends a message to every other business that supports this industry that they too must also evolve. Specifically, in construction and capital improvement, one must constantly explore alternative ways to sustain business no matter the environment. From methods to materials, everything matters.  The industry is also headed in a promising direction as you now see more females represented in different factions from pilots to aircraft engineers, it is beautiful to see.

    Is there one personal or professional achievement you are proud of and would be willing to share?

    I would say that I have been truly blessed in my career to have worked for several great organizations and with such great people that helped shape my path. From my internship at Daiwa Securities while in college to my first job after graduating with my Architecture Degree as a Facilities Associate for Auto One Insurance in Long Island then being recruited to the Helmsley Building on Park Avenue as a Facility Manager for a German Bank where I was the youngest with some heavy responsibilities. Then from there was recommended by my Manager to work with Grubb and Ellis as a Property Manager where I was responsible for the GM Building in Long Island City, TIAA Cref building, and Hammacher Schlemmer Building in midtown. Then after my credentials fell into the hands of a Director at John F Kennedy International (Terminal 4) my career and degree were tested as I was asked to sign on to be the Structural Facility Manager for the Terminal of 1.5 million sq ft at the time. It was a baptism by fire because I was entering into a field that was unknown.

    After a successful journey at JFK, I relocated to the Caribbean where my family was to be the Engineering Manager for the Airport Authority of Trinidad and Tobago and after three years was promoted to Deputy General Manager of Estate Planning and Business Development for both airport sites. I also earned my International Airport Professional (IAP) designation in the process. But chose to return to the states with my family as there was more for me to do. I accepted a Director position at the Augusta Airport on my return and continued my passion for construction and development in the aviation industry. Through all these steps I got a chance to understand multiple aspects of the Aviation Business, Contracting, and Asset Management coupled with management and leadership skills that would last me a lifetime. What I failed to mention is that I was the only woman at every organization in those positions but gained the respect of all my colleagues.

    I said all of that to say this…I AM PROUD OF ALL OF IT! They are all major achievements for me as each organization trusted me with the tasks at hand as a young woman which led to numerous successful programs, projects, and awards and for that…I am thankful!

    If there’s one piece of advice you could tell your younger self, what would it be?

    Never second guess yourself. Your choices and decisions will lead to a fulfilling career that will also teach/help/encourage others along the way. My decisions are bigger than just me!

    ACPA Names 2020 “Excellence in Concrete Pavements” Winners

    Every year, the American Concrete Pavement Association recognizes contractors, engineers, and project owners who have completed outstanding projects through its “Excellence in Concrete Pavements” awards program. McCarthy Improvement is the proud recipient of the Silver Award for its work at the Augusta Regional Airport.

    To learn more about the awards program and our project, click here.

    McCarthy Improvement Named a National Excellence in Concrete Pavement Award Recipient

    The 31st Annual National “Excellence in Concrete Pavement” award recipients have been announced, and we are pleased to be among 23 unique contractors recognized for hard work, outstanding quality, and demonstrating creative approaches to problem-solving. We have been recognized for our work at the Augusta Regional Airport – Air Carrier & GA Apron Phase II Rehabilitation project.

    To learn more about the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) annual awards, click here. Or to view a complete list of winners, click here.

    Quad-City Airport Works to Maintain Workforce & Make Construction Improvements

    The Quad City International Airport (QCIA) is working extremely hard to maintain its workforce and make continuous construction improvements according to the Quad-City Times. The QCIA Board awarded  McCarthy Improvement a contract to repair concrete sidewalks and roadways in the terminal’s parking lot in an effort to prevent passengers from tripping or falling. Last year, we were responsible for similar sidewalk repair work.

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