November 20, 2014
Charlotte, N.C. – A M King has surpassed more than 1 million man-hours worked without a lost time accident. This is a significant milestone for any company in the Design-Build and construction industry.
“A M King has an impeccable safety record throughout its decade in business, and approaches every project with a focus on the health and safety of each individual,” A M King Vice President Dan Crist said. “A M King understands that safety is everyone’s responsibility and promotes that in our culture with all internal and external relationships.”
The safety process begins with project inception and initial contact with the project owner. It is promoted to all members of the team including subcontractors. A M King requires potential project contractors and partners to provide a written safety and health program specifically for each site.
“Each project provides a unique set of challenges and A M King identifies potential risks in order to adapt its safety and health program,” said Crist. “It’s so important to address site-specific issues and to have our partners aware of those as well.”
Prior to working on an A M King project site, all personnel attend a safety orientation, which addresses the site-specific safety information as well as all standard safety and health precautions. A M King then issues hard hat safety stickers to identify each individual who has completed the site safety orientation and is eligible to work on the site. All subcontractors hold weekly ‘Toolbox Meetings’ to reinforce rules and address potential safety concerns. Routine third-party OSHA-style audits ensure A M King’s exacting standards are followed.
“These requirements establish our high expectations with regards to safety,” Crist said. “We expect our project managers, subcontractors, foremen and supervisors to reinforce that commitment each day. By reaching a million man-hours worked without a lost time accident, we know that these standards are working.”
One of the highest compliments we can get from a client is repeat business
October 21, 2014
Charlotte, N.C. — ALDI, Inc., a national grocery chain, has called on A M King to expand two regional distribution facilities at its existing locations in Webberville, Michigan, and Saxonburg, Pennsylvania. For years, ALDI has relied on A M King for the planning, design and construction of numerous greenfield facilities, expansions and renovations. ALDI knows the A M King team can deliver high-quality services and results that meet their exacting standards without interrupting ongoing operations at ALDI sites.
“ALDI relies on its regional distribution facilities to supply product to its more than 1,300 stores,” said A M King’s Eric Fix, project manager for the Webberville site. “We understand how important it is to help ALDI expand without impeding their ongoing operations, and this requires a significant level of planning and coordination. We must also provide accurate logistics and schedule management to maintain a proper separation between construction activities and any food products entering and exiting the facilities.”
The project teams for both Webberville and Saxonburg also anticipate certain challenges inherent in large and complicated projects, and have planned construction accordingly. This includes dealing with issues such as unsuitable soils, rigorous permitting and approval processes and harsh weather.
“In both locations, we are adding significant areas of dry warehouse and freezer space, renovating existing spaces and expanding parking areas,” said A M King’s Carl Morse, Saxonburg’s project manager. “Applying a fully integrated Design-Build approach allows us to deliver these projects at the greatest value to our client. For example, both of these expansions are being built on difficult soils. Our engineering and construction teams, working together closely, developed innovative foundation designs which mitigated potential schedule and cost impacts.”
Design for the Saxonburg expansion began in January 2014. Construction began in June 2014 and is scheduled to be completed by May 2015. The expansion includes more than 44,000 square feet of new dry warehouse space and more than 61,000 square feet of new freezer space.
Design for the Webberville expansion commenced in May 2014. Construction there is slated to be complete by June 2015. When complete, the facility will have added 60,000 square feet of cold storage space and 40,000 square feet of dry storage space.
“One of the highest compliments we can get from a client is repeat business,” Morse said. “We are thrilled about the relationship A M King continues to build with ALDI as their company grows, and we look forward to seeing these two major expansions to a highly successful completion.”
December 15, 2014
Charlotte, N.C. — A M King has again sponsored a company shopping trip to help children in need this holiday season. Each employee is given $150 to spend on the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.
“We have a wonderful team that feels like family,” A M King President Brian T. King said. “We understand how fortunate we are to be part of a successful business and want to help those in need this holiday season.”
The Angel Tree program gets names, ages and Christmas wish lists from children who might not get gifts otherwise. A M King employees then hit the stores in search of toys, books, clothes and more so that children in our community have presents to unwrap on Christmas morning. Among this year’s wishes: Frozen dolls, MP3 players, RipStiks and a Hello Kitty radio.
“A M King wants to be good to a community that has been good to us.” A M King’s Donna Morris explained. “The company places an emphasis on philanthropy and this is one of our favorite annual traditions. Our employees have so much fun shopping to fulfill these kids’ wishes; it’s almost as good as being there Christmas morning to see them open the gifts.”A M King’s year-round focus on volunteerism and community activism includes supporting the Ronald McDonald House and sponsoring a team in a local bike race supporting cancer research and granting employees paid time off to volunteer for a cause of their choice. “My employer inspires me,” A M King’s Morris said. “The spirit of giving here at work encourages me to help others throughout the year.”