NUCA Chapter Updates

NUCA Of Middle Tennessee Supports Tornado Relief Efforts

NUCA of middle TennesseeIn the wake of severe tornados that ripped through Middle Tennessee on March 3, NUCA of Middle Tennessee is organizing relief efforts to help those impacted by the storms. In a statement, NUCA of Middle Tennessee President Matt Mingus wrote:

As we are all very aware, a nasty storm moved through middle Tennessee, which produced tornados and destroyed parts of our community. NUCA of Middle TN is trying to support t he effort to get our fellow middle Tennesseans back on their feet and back in their homes, businesses, and schools.

At least two families in the NUCA of Middle TB community have been affected severely. There is a superintendent from Cleary Construction whose family was hit hard. His father lost his home and his brother and his nephew passed away in the storm. We also had an employee from Team Construction whose brother had his house destroyed. This is only to name two that we know of currently. I am sure there are plenty more members of our NUCA family that need help as most of our communities have been affected.

As Tennesseans we have always come together in the face of tragedy. This has been shown by response to the tornados of 1998 and 1999 and the great flood of 2010. It is time to come together again. I am asking that each NUCA of Middle TN member donate $1,000, or an amount that you think is appropriate, to this effort. Our fellow ditch diggers to the south are doing the same, as GUCA has asked their members to donate the same amount if possible. NUCA National is also behind us in our efforts to support our communities.

We ask you to be generous and donate your time assisting in the cleanup effort if possible. After all, when we say “We Dig Tennessee” we are not referring simply to digging. We are also committed to the total care of our industry and the communities within which we work.

All donations will go directly to those affected by the disaster. NUCA of Middle Tennessee relief funds can be sent to the Chapter ED, Juda Hamby at, or mailed to the Chapter address: NUCA Middle Tennessee Chapter, 1461 Old Stone Rd., Lebanon, TN 37087.

NUCA of the Carolinas

The chapter held its quarterly Safety and Risk Management meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina in February, with United Rentals Trench Safety serving as their generous host.  The meeting’s guest speaker was Jay Wilkerson, of Conner Gwyn Schenck PLLC, who spoke on the ramifications of a trench collapse. Over 40 attended this popular chapter event.

NUCA of North Florida

At the Chapter’s Jan. 23 Board meeting at Maggiano’s, the members welcomed Wesley Cook of Florida Roads Contracting, Rick Parker of Standard Precast and Barry Watson of Fortiline Waterworks to their Board of Directors.

The North Florida Chapter also awarded several annual chapter awards, including Outstanding Individual Contributor (Alexis Saffer, T.B. Landmark), Outstanding Board Member (Rob Pinkston, Ferguson Waterworks), and the President’s Award (Mike Kivlin, John Woody, Inc.).

NUCA of Nebraska

NUCA of Nebraska

The association celebrated its 10th anniversary this year at its Annual Conference in Omaha (above), on Feb. 7. There were a slew of educational sessions held, including employee drug testing issues, contract clauses, preserving rights through liens, and OSHA jobsite inspection details. The convention also featured eight engineering firms and municipalities seeking contractor information about upcoming bids, and 18 exhibitors demonstrated their latest technology, products, services, and equipment.

Members also had fun at the Chapter’s team building event and closing reception, where numerous awards were presented, including Chapter scholarship winners.

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