Pam Kleineke has over 10 years of experience covering the construction industry, writing about everything from equipment to wind and solar power to the crews that install utilities underground. She lives in Akron, Ohio, with her husband, Chance, and two kids, Carter and Ava, who make frequent appearances throughout Jobsite Juniors.

3 Fall Favorites

Fall is in full swing, and if you’re anything like me, you’re cramming in as many pumpkin patches, hayrides and sweet treats as you can. So since Fall is on the brain, I wanted to pop in today and share three things I’m loving this season. A Fun Read A couple weeks ago I shared…

Mutt Madness Heads to GIE+EXPO

If you spend five minutes with Kris Kiser, president of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), you’ll learn he’s passionate about four things: OPEI, the industry’s GIE+EXPO, dog rescue and adoption and his own rescue pooch, Lucky the TurfMutt. His beloved dog is the inspiration and visual imagery for OPEI’s environmental education and stewardship program, TurfMutt, Backyard…

5 Fun Facts About Construction Workers!

Did you know? 1. Construction workers use many types of tools including wrenches and hammers and operate large machines like bulldozers and cranes. 2. Construction workers have to wear safety clothing to protect themselves, including leather work boots with steel in the toes, hard hats and goggles. 3. Construction workers also wear brightly-colored safety vests…

Build Your Own Snow Globe!

Watch your favorite machine swirl in glitter in this fun project. Supplies: Jar with a lid that seals (we used a wide-mouth Mason jar) Figure (Anything plastic could work. We used a Christmas ornament) Glitter Glycerine (optional, but does help the glitter float) Glue gun or super glue Let’s Build: 1. Gather your supplies. 2.…

Watch 63 Teams Compete at the 2018 Natural Gas Rodeo

Construction equipment and some friendly competition? Count us in! The 2018 National Gas Rodeo brought together 63 teams from throughout North America to crown a two-person team and four-person team champion — all highlighting the skills, expertise and professionalism of gas utility workers. The final relay, which featured Case backhoes and mini excavators, helped determine the champions.…

Elementary School Students Learn Electrical Safety at Terex Utilities Safety Town Assembly

Engineering and safety professionals from Terex Utilities recently visited Castlewood Elementary School in Castlewood, S.D., to teach fourth, fifth and sixth graders about electrical safety. The presentation included a live demonstration of Safety Town, a portable doll-house style case equipped to show how electricity travels path to ground and a hands-on Build-a-Boom activity. “The Safety…

Lowe’s Expands ‘Renovation Across the Nation’ Initiative with $3.8 Million Commitment to Renovate Boys & Girls Clubs Across the Country

We’re already big fans of Lowe’s. Heck, it’s a running joke in my own household on how many times we’ll go there in a week (our record is 5). So when the Boys & Girls Clubs of America recently announced the expansion of Renovation Across the Nation, the coast-to-coast renovation initiative powered by Lowe’s employee volunteers…

Construction workers are hard to find. Let’s teach our kids that construction is a great career path

Construction employment is actually lower than it’s been in a while. According to a report I received last week from the Associated Builders and Contractors (a trade association that focuses on commercial construction): “The United States and 33 states posted their lowest August construction unemployment rates on record. It is also the second consecutive month…