WHENEVER WE HEAR about road building or the potential for road building in Polk County, we sit up and take notice over here in the offices of Tucker Paving, Inc., in Winter Haven. After all, paving — which includes road building — is the primary service that launched our company nearly 24 years ago. Continue reading EDC panel looking at how to get new connector road built in northeast Polk
THE PEOPLE, the businesses and the government bodies of Winter Haven, Polk County and Central Florida have been very good to Tucker Paving, Inc., since our company’s founding in November 1994. So, with a sense of gratitude, we count it an honor and a privilege when we’re able, in kind, to help out local organizations and causes when the opportunities present themselves and the causes are good and just and mesh well with our company values. Continue reading WH Hospital Foundation and Florida Special Olympics: Causes worth supporting
WHEN IS POLK COUNTY, located right in the heart of Central Florida and the home county for Tucker Paving, not considered to be in Central Florida? That would be when the Florida Department of Transportation is in charge of boundaries. Continue reading By way of FDOT, Central Florida’s Polk County falls into Southwest Florida
TUCKER PAVING is all aboard the Toys for Toys train this year. Team members are working hard to help a greater number of the area’s more needy children have a bright and happy Christmas. Continue reading Tucker Paving all aboard the Toys for Tots train; program has an interesting tale
“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” — Aesop
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
THIS ARTICLE is a special milestone — No. 100 in the continuing series of articles on the Tucker Paving website blog. We didn’t exactly plan it this way, but the article comes during an extra-special week for the nation and for this company.
It’s the week of Thanksgiving, of course, but it’s also anniversary week for Tucker Paving. The company was founded — incorporated — on Monday, Nov. 21, 1994. Continue reading We’re counting blessings in an extra-special week for Tucker Paving
AS A BUSINESS OWNER/MANAGER, head of household, or adult on your own in Central Florida, how confident are you about your preparations for an emergency — such as the one we all very well might face with the powerful hurricane called Irma? Continue reading If you have ‘holes’ in your storm emergency plan, there’s still time to fill them
In business, as in life, it’s nice “to belong.” A lot of good can come from associations with like-minded people and organizations. With membership, Tucker Paving Inc. belongs to several organizations, including chambers of commerce, economic development agencies, and trade groups. It also has a relationship — as a contractor of record on one or more past construction jobs — with almost every municipality in Polk County, the Polk County government, and the Florida Department of Transportation.
Among the company’s tie-ins is a membership with Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., or ABC for short. ABC is a national organization with affiliates in each state and chapters within each state. ABC of Florida has five chapters. Because we have a centralized base in Winter Haven and Polk County, and because our work takes us all over Central Florida (generally within an 80-mile radius of Winter Haven), Tucker Paving actually is a member of two ABC chapters, the Central Florida Chapter and the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter.
Founded in 1950 as a nonprofit trade association, ABC represents 22,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms nationwide. (ABC defines “merit shop” as a philosophy that encourages open competition and a free-enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation.) ABC has three member categories — contractor, supplier, and associate members (professional service firms, such as lawyers, accountants, insurance agencies, and construction owners) — and members abide by an excellent eight-point code of ethics.
ABC is the only construction trade association that exclusively supports merit shop contractors, and it does engage in government lobbying on behalf of members at the national and state levels. As an example of that lobbying, in mid-February the national organization sent a letter urging appropriators in the U.S. House of Representatives to roll back several “job-killing government regulations.”
In addition to the major benefit of having the national and state organizations politically “watch our backs” in the construction industry, ABC provides members with many opportunities for education, political action, and business development. ABC membership also is an excellent way to expand business contacts, and ABC-hosted conventions, meetings, and seminars are almost always good for a good time amid the business- and trade-related activities. We do have some fun at these events.
ABC is a fine association. We at Tucker Paving have enjoyed our membership and have gotten a lot out of it — including a fair number of awards for our construction work. Those are always nice to receive.
In various locations throughout Central Florida each year, and at various times, construction-related organizations sponsor special events to showcase for high school students the many career options and job opportunities within the construction industry. One such event — a big one — was the Central Florida Construction Career Days, held Jan. 28 and 29 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando. CCD Central Florida, at it’s known, is one of four regional CCDs now held annually. The newest one, CCD Tampa, is set for April 13. (See the details at 222.ccdfl.com.)
Each CCD — sponsored primarily by the Florida Department of Transportation, contractors and construction associations — gets better and more exciting each year, with the highlights being the hands-on learning labs for students. The recent CCD Central Florida included more than two dozen learning labs, featuring everything from Geotechnical Engineering and Survey/GPS to Bridge Building 101 and Asphalt Cookies (something right up Tucker Paving’s alley).
Construction is such a broad and rewarding career field, and the CCDs help to show that. There are so many specialties and subspecialties in construction — from laying block to laying asphalt. There’s literally something for everyone. Even if you’re not out in the field doing work with your hands or operating heavy machinery, you can provide very important and valuable construction support in an office setting.
Close to home, we can recommend two excellent places for primary training in a variety of construction-related trades. This training, which often leads directly to very good jobs, is offered by two Polk County public schools — Ridge Career Center (www.ridge.edu) in Winter Haven and Traviss Career Center (www.traviss.edu) in Lakeland. If you think that the construction industry might be a good fit for you, be sure to check out the career center websites for program options. The education you build on today very well could lead to building roads and bridges tomorrow.