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.
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 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.