Meet Our Team: Tim Vavra, Efrain Mendiola III & Aurie Harrison

Tim Vavra, Sand Blasting Crew Foreman

Tim Vavra, Sand Blasting Crew Foreman

Tim Vavra has been with Mid-States Concrete Industries for five years and has been a foreman for a little over two years. He started his career on the yard crew as the cut guy, then learned supplies, yard horse, small fork truck, loader, bobcat, big fork truck and shuttle before achieving foreman. Most recently, Tim took over as foreman of the hill.

What Tim enjoys most about his work are the guys he works with. He said they are a hard working group and aren’t afraid to get dirty or go outside of their comfort zone to get the job done. The most important thing Tim has learned at Mid-States is patience and not rushing through things. It is important to get things done right the first time.

Tim continues to do the work he does to better himself as a person and contribute as a valuable member of the Mid-States team and move up in the ranks. Tim added Mid-States is a great company to work for and you get our of it what you invest into it. Hard work and dedication definitely pays off.


Efrain Mendiola III, Elematic Foreman

Efrain Mendiola III, Elematic Foreman

Efrain Mendiola III has been with Mid-States Concrete Industries for a total of six-and-a-half years and has been foreman for about six months. He started his Mid-States career on the Elematic cable crew and worked his way to the Elematic stripping crew. Efrain credits his expertise and knowledge of Elematic for helping him achieve foreman.

What Efrain enjoys most about his work is getting the job done as a team and working together. He likes to go above and beyond to do the job better than expected.

The most important thing Efrain has learned working at Mid-States is to give each other respect and to work as a team to get the job done. He said having a positive attitude will take you far. Efrain does what he does because he enjoys working hard. He is part of the third generation of Mendiolas working at Mid-States.


Aurie Harrison, Cage Tie Foreman

Aurie Harrison, Cage Tie Foreman

Aurie Harrison has been with Mid-States Concrete Industries for about 14 years and has been a foreman for nearly two years. She began her career with Mid-States on the Elematic Cable Crew before moving in to Cage Tie. Aurie credits her willingness to take initiative with helping her to achieve foreman.

What Aurie enjoys most about her work is that she always gets to learn something new. Aurie continues to do the work she does to support her family.

Meet Our Team: Ricardo Gonzalez, Patrick Yates & Saturnino Pita

Ricardo Gonzalez, Wet Cast Foreman

Ricardo Gonzalez, Wet Cast Foreman

Ricardo Gonzalez has been with Mid-States Concrete Industries for a total of six years and has been a foreman for a total of almost three years. He spent two years as a laborer in Wet Cast, spent a year in Quality Control, spent two years as Lead Foreman in Wet Cast and has now spent almost a year as foreman of stripping crew.

What Ricardo enjoys most about his work is his crew. He said they are very laid back, can take jokes and everyone gets along while still getting the job done. Ricardo likes to come in and start working, so sometimes waiting for pieces to be ready to strip can be a challenge for him.

The most important thing Ricardo has learned working at Mid-States is the value of team work. And the reason he continues to do this job is to provide for his team at home - his family. One thing people are surprised to learn about Ricardo is his age. He started working at Mid-States when he was just 18-years-old. Go ahead and do that math.


Patric Yates, Wet Cast Foreman

Patric Yates, Wet Cast Foreman

Patrick Yates has been with Mid-States Concrete Industries for two years, and has been a foreman for one year. He started working on Wet Cast Bed 13 with Jesus Hueramo and worked his way up by always giving 100-percent and learning everything he could. He attributes that and a YES! attitude with helping him achieve foreman.

The thing Patrick most enjoys about his work is the people he works with, and finishing a tough job. The most important thing Patrick has learned is to “be a duck” - keep cool, calm and collected rather than showing frustration - and how to become a leader.

Even when others get frustrated from time-to-time and struggle with completing a job, Patrick still loves his job. And he continues to do what he does for his pride, and to provide for his family.


Saturnino Pita, Wet Cast Foreman

Saturnino Pita, Wet Cast Foreman

Saturnino Pita has been with Mid-States Concrete for 13 years and has been a foreman for almost seven of those years. He started in Wet Cast on Bed 10 and gained as much experience as he could and worked hard, which he attributes to helping him achieve foreman.

What Saturnino enjoys most is finishing something he started, or leveraging his expertise to spot an error before it affects the casting of a piece.

Saturnino continues to do what he does because he loves his job. The most important things Saturnino has learned at Mid-States are how to be a leader, and that is doesn’t matter if he has his blue (foreman) hate. Even without it, he has responsibilities.

Meet Our Team: Carlos Calderon, Juan Carmona & Jesus Hueramo

Carlos Calderon, Wet Cast Foreman

Carlos Calderon, Wet Cast Foreman

Carlos Calderon has been with Mid-States for a total of 11 years and has been a foreman for nine of those years. He spent two years on the beds in Wet Cast before earning a foreman spot. He credits his experience and hard work with earning him the position.

The thing Carlos enjoys most about his work is his teammates. He said they work well together, have good communication and get along well. He also said that every day he gets to learn something new.

The most important thing Carlos has learned at Mid-States is becoming a better person by getting to know others and building relationships. He continues to do what he does because he likes the work and feels comfortable doing it. He also has a family to take care of. Carlos believes more communication is the key to doing great things.


Juan Carmona, Wet Cast Foreman

Juan Carmona, Wet Cast Foreman

Juan Carmona has been with Mid-States Concrete Industries for six years and has been a foreman for four of those years. He started working in Wet Cast and was encouraged by another teammate to become a foreman. Juan likes everything about his work, especially the people he works with. He has become very knowledgeable about the work he performs.

The most important thing Juan has learned working at Mid-States is how to read prints. He said his English has also improved.

Juan continues to do the work he does to provide for his family. He said it is good pay for the work and helps him to afford the things his family needs, and save, too. In his free time, Juan plays soccer in the Rockford league.


Jesus Hueramo, Wet Cast Foreman

Jesus Hueramo, Wet Cast Foreman

Jesus Hueramo has been with Mid-States Concrete Industries for 11 years and has been a foreman for seven years. He began his career with Mid-States in Wet Cast and credits his previous experience and knowledge for helping him achieve foreman. Prior to Mid-States, Jesus was a foreman at his previous job.

What Jesus enjoys most about his work is his teammates, which are like family, he said. The most important thing Jesus has learned at Mid-States is safety. Safety is so important, he said, because he wants to go home to his family every night. And speaking of family, that’s why Jesus continues to do what he does - to take care of his family.

Meet Our Team: Jeff Morris, Luis Coronado & Refugio Mata

Jeff Morris, Safety and Continuous Improvement Auditor/Foreman

Jeff Morris, Safety and Continuous Improvement Auditor/Foreman

Jeff Morris is currently Mid-States Safety and Continuous Improvement Auditor/Foreman. He has been with Mid-States Concrete for seven years and has been a foreman nearly his entire time here. Jeff started in Wet Cast, but after just a short time moved over to safety and continuous improvement. He credits his previous years of experience in concrete construction for helping him achieve foreman so quickly.

What Jeff enjoys most about his work is interacting with teammates and getting to know them, as well as making sure everyone works safely so they go home to their families every day. The most important thing Jeff has learned in his work is safety. There is no shortcut for safety, Jeff said, and if you follow that guideline, everything will be good.

Jeff continues to do the work he does because he enjoys it, and also to support his family. One thing people might be surprised to learn about Jeff is that he likes to garden. He is currently growing tomatoes, corn, green beans, pumpkins, watermelon and lettuce.


Luis Coronado, Quality Control Foreman

Luis Coronado, Quality Control Foreman

Luis Coronado is currently a Quality Control Foreman with Mid-States Concrete Industries. He has been with Mid-States Concrete for five years, and has been a foreman for two-and-a-half years. Luis started his career in Elematic, then moved into the Quality Control department, focusing on Elematic, and then became a foreman. Luis credits his work ethic, excellent attendance record, and knowledge of the Elematic product line for helping him achieve foreman.

What Luis most enjoys about his work is the team he works with. He said they get along really well and work well together. The most important thing he has learned at Mid-States is safety. He said in previous companies he worked for, the focus was on doing whatever to get the job done. Here at Mid-States, it is safety above all else.

Luis continues to do the work he does because he really enjoys it. Plus he wants to support his wife and baby on the way.


Refugio Mata, Quality Control Foreman

Refugio Mata, Quality Control Foreman

Refugio Mata is currently a Quality Control Foreman with Mid-States Concrete Industries. Refugio has been with Mid-States for 13 years and has served as a foreman for four years. He has spent his entire Mid-States career in Quality Control and credits trying his best and his experience with helping him achieve foreman.

What Refugio enjoys most about his work is being involved with the actual building of pieces. The most important he has learned while working for Mid-States is responsibility. At Mid-States, we build buildings and it can be very dangerous if we don’t do it right.

Refugio continues to do the work he does because he likes it and to take care of his family.

Meet Our Team: Adam Champlin, Israel Casique & Rafael Patino

Adam Champlin, Wet Cast Foreman

Adam Champlin, Wet Cast Foreman

Adam Champlin has been with Mid-States Concrete Industries for three-and-a-half years and has been a foreman for one year. He started his career with Mid-States on the pouring crew, then moved to the setup crew, before running a Wet Cast bed. When a foreman was needed, Adam already had the experience of running the bed so it was a natural progression. He credits hard work for helping him earn the post.

What Adam enjoys most about his work is that it is hard work. He goes home every day feeling like he has done something worthwhile. Adam continues to do what he does to pay the bills and enjoy life - go on vacations and have life experiences. One thing people might be surprised to learn about Adam is he has a passion for working with troubled youth and adults, often becoming a mentor of people he meets through his church.


Israel “Kitty” Casique, Wet Cast Foreman

Israel “Kitty” Casique, Wet Cast Foreman

Israel “Kitty” Casique has been with Mid-States Concrete Industries for 12 years and has been a foreman for seven of those years. His career with Mid-States started in beams with Rafael Patino where he stayed for just a short while before moving over to columns, where he has been forever. Kitty credits his experience and knowledge for helping him achieve foreman.

What Kitty enjoys most about what he does is everything. He takes pride in his work and always wants to do his best for himself and for Mid-States. Kitty continues to do the work he does to pay the bills and take care of his family.

The most important thing Kitty has learned at Mid-States is team work. He said it is very important to communicate well so everyone is on the same page and can work together. One thing Kitty always tries to do is give advice to new team members.


Rafael Patino, Wet Cast Foreman

Rafael Patino, Wet Cast Foreman

Rafael Patino has been with Mid-States Concrete Industries for 12 years and has been a foreman for six of those years. He began his career on the team working on Wall Panels before becoming foreman on beams. He credits his hard work for helping him earn foreman.

While Rafael acknowledges that not everyone woks the same, the thing he enjoys most about his work is the team work among his crew. He continues to do what he does to support his family.

Meet Our Team: Ben Vidal, Matt Phillips & Shawn Mundy

Ben Vidal, Wood Shop Foreman

Ben Vidal, Wood Shop Foreman

Ben Vidal is currently the Wood Shop Foreman for Mid-States Concrete Industries. He has been with the company for fours years and has been foreman for about one year. Ben has spent his entire career with Mid-States working in the Wood Shop and credits his work experience for helping him to achieve foreman. Prior to Mid-States, Ben did similar work at another company for 20 years, and served as a crew leader there.

What Ben enjoys most about his work is that it is always different and he always gets to learn something new. The most important thing Ben has learned though, is safety and quality. Safety is so important, he said, because he wants to make it home to his family every single night.

Although Ben’s days are sometimes filled with lots of changes, he truly enjoys the work he does and gets through by keeping a positive attitude with everybody. Ben continues to do what he does to provide for his family and put his kids through college.


Matt Phillips, Fab Shop Foreman

Matt Phillips, Fab Shop Foreman

Matt Phillips is currently the Fab Shop Foreman for Mid-States Concrete Industries. He has been with the company for about 14-and-a-half years and has been a foreman for more than five years. Matt started his career with Mid-States in Cage Tie, then headed to Wet Cast for awhile, and returned to Cage Tie before becoming Fab Shop Foreman. He credits his hard work and dedication, as well as having teammates who believe in him, as the reasons he achieved the role of foreman.

What Matt enjoys most about his work is the people he works with, and being part of creating meaningful buildings that young children play in. The most important thing Matt has learned though, is patience and how to be a leader at work and at home.

Despite the fact that Matt’s day doesn’t always go as planned, he feels blessed to work with this team and enjoys working for the Harker family. And family is so important to Matt. He continues to do the work he does to support himself and his kids. It is also a goal of Matt’s that if he notices someone isn’t having a good day, he tries to do something to make their day just a little bit better.


Shawn Mundy, Receiving Foreman

Shawn Mundy, Receiving Foreman

Shawn Mundy is currently the Receiving Foreman for Mid-States Concrete Industries. He has been with the company for three years and has been a foreman for one year. Shawn has spent his entire Mid-States career in receiving, and credits lots of effort and hard work with achieving foreman.

What Shawn enjoys most about his work is being able to make a difference. The most important thing he has learned though, is patience.

Although some days can be a struggle, Shawn continues to do what he does to help the company to be profitable and to earn a living that provides for his family.

Join Our Team: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Shift Openings for General Concrete Laborer

Mid-States Concrete is looking for enthusiastic, hard-working individuals who are career-oriented and can commit to being at work every day. We are looking for 20 people to fill full-time, year-round positions on 1st, 2nd & 3rd shifts.

Join our team, where being a little weird is a good thing, at a starting salary of $15.35/hour, with scheduled increases and opportunities to advance. We are a union shop.

Increase your hourly rate:

• Forklift Certification: $0.25/hour additional
• Crane Operator Certification: $0.25/hour additional
• Certified Welders: $0.25/hour additional
• Quality Control Certification: $0.35/hour additional
• Lead Man Certification: $1/hour additional
• Second Shift Premium: $0.45/hour additional
• Third Shift Premium: $0.60/hour additional

We are a third-generation, family-owned company that lives The Mid-States Way every day. Safety is above all else at Mid-States. We received our SHARP designation from OSHA in July 2017.

Concrete General Laborers will create precast concrete walls, beams, columns and hollowcore for buildings of all types in Southern Wisconsin, Northern Illinois and Eastern Iowa.

Construction skills are a plus, but we provide all the training needed. All candidates must pass an industrial skills analysis, drug test and physical evaluation to be considered for employment.