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Three Signs It’s Time to Rethink Your Office Space

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Has your business changed over time? More employees, new equipment, and other resources may be needed to continue to grow your business. If space limitations are preventing you from adding needed resources, you may be limiting the potential growth of your business. Is the break room standing room only? If your on-site lunchroom or break room is either uninviting or always full, employees may start going elsewhere for their breaks, which can mean extended lunch hours. Remember that happy employees are productive employees, so be sure to provide them with adequate space in which to socialize, relax and recharge. Can…

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City of Westfield PFAS System Completion

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Our Mechanical Construction Division recently completed a project in Westfield, MA due to the prevalence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances – PFAS and PFOA. The city’s efforts were honored by Water and Wastes Digest as a 2019 Top Project Winner. PFAS and PFOA include a group of man-made chemicals that do not readily break down in either the environment or the human body and, therefore, can build up over time. There is human and experimental lab evidence that exposure to PFAS can lead to adverse human health effects. The construction of a Granular Activated Carbon Water (GAC) Treatment Facility will…

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An Earlier Perception of Construction Work – A Legacy Perspective that has Changed

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When I was growing up, the general perception of those working in construction was largely of unskilled, unefined, or uneducated individuals who ended up in the industry due to a lack of other alternatives. However, I grew up looking at it through a different lens. As a Millennial whose family worked in traditionally blue-collar industries including construction and manufacturing, I saw that the workers were not at all unskilled or uneducated. In fact, many had pursued additional training in their respective craft trades such as heating, ventilation air conditioning (HVAC), electrical, carpentry, and plumbing to be better suited to the…

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Semo Appointed to American Red Cross of Western Massachusetts Board

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Congratulations to Shawn Semo, Manager of the Building Construction Division at R.H. White on his recent appointment to the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of Western, Massachusetts. The Western Massachusetts Chapter of the American Red Cross serves a population of more than 800,000 people in Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties. Founded in 1906 and located in Springfield, the Chapter houses all lines of Red Cross Services. Shawn’s participation is one of a long line of community engagement and volunteer initiatives that he is involved in including activities at his church, city revitalization efforts, and workplace fundraising…

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Millennial Mentors – Third Session Underway

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In 2016 Vice President of Shared Services, Kim Dunn, began a journey to gain knowledge and understanding of our Millennial Generation by being mentored by current R.H. White and WhiteWater millennials. Kim is now working with her third round of courageous millennials who have taken on the challenge to provide her with knowledge on what their generation is thinking and feeling in relation to the workplace and careers. Kim stated, “I have learned a great deal over the last three years and wanted to continue the program to expand my understanding of their concerns, insights and ideas. It has been…

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R.H. White Completes Cannabis Extraction Lab Construction Project

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R.H. White recently completed the construction of a 1,400 square-foot extraction lab for a large multi-state cannabis cultivation, processing and dispensing company. Extraction – the stripping of cannabinoids and terpenes from the less desirable plant matter – requires a controlled environment that is built to exacting Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards. Immediately following this extraction lab project R.H. White began construction of a nearly 2,400 square- foot trimming and packing environment in the same building. To learn more about what R.H. White and its water utility subsidiary, WhiteWater, can do for your cannabis cultivation facility…

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Jeff Towle Named Vice President of Operations at R.H. White

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R.H. White Companies, a construction services and utility management firm, announced the appointment of Jeff Towle as Vice President of Operations. In this role, Mr. Towle will manage the day-to-day operations of the company’s five business units – building construction, mechanical construction, utility construction, construction services and the company’s water utility management division, WhiteWater, Inc. A construction industry veteran, Mr. Towle brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in the industry to R.H. White.  His career has spanned the mechanical, utility and building construction trades where he served in several positions of increasing responsibility including high-level leadership roles at…

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James McCarthy Named President & CEO at R.H. White

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R.H. White Companies, a construction services and utility management firm, announced the appointment of Jim McCarthy to President & CEO effective May 1, 2019.  McCarthy succeeds David H. White who will now serve as Chairman of the Board and Treasurer. The company was founded in 1923 by Ralph H. White and has also been led by his son Leonard H. White and most recently grandson, David White. David led and grew the company to its current level as President & CEO beginning in 1989.  David will be focusing on strategic direction and the development of the future board and corporate…

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