Jose Martinez has been with Mid-States Concrete Industries for 13 years and has been a foreman for 12 of those years. He started his career with Mid-States in Elematic on second shift. Jose credits hard work and learning fast for helping him achieve foreman so quickly. He added there were also great guys that showed him the way - Rafael Carbajal, Freddy Rodriguez, and Apolonio Picon.
What Jose enjoys most about his work is the team he works with as he has known many of them for a very long time. He also really enjoys teaching his newer team members about the job. The most important thing Jose has learned from working at Mid-States is safety. Jose wants to make sure he is around for his kids, and teach them how to be safe.
Jose continues to do the work he does to provide for his family and help the company, which he said has given him so much. One thing people might be surprised to learn about Jose is he works with two of his nephews, one brother and his son-in-law.
Matt Stringini has been with Mid-States Concrete Industries for six years and has been a foreman for about one year. He started his career with Mid-States on the Wet Cast set up crew, then moved to second shift finishing on a wall panel bed, and then he was part of the absent relief operator pool, filling in wherever he was needed. During that time, Matt worked in every single department, except Cage Tie. He credits his knowledge gained, as well as his can do attitude and giving 110% every day with helping him to achieve foreman.
The thing Matt enjoys most about his work is the team he works with. He said they are a great, positive group who get along really well and all pitch in to get the job done together. The most important thing Matt has learned from Mid-States is safety. Everyone really looks out for each other. He has even implemented some of the safety programs here at home.
Matt continues to do the work he does to take care of his children, and because he has always loved building. One thing people might be surprised to learn about Matt is that he used to play semi-pro football and is a two-time national champion with the Roscoe Rush.
Jeremiah Lerch has been with Mid-States Concrete Industries for four years and has been a foreman for three-and-a-half years. He started on second shift pouring crew and credits hard work and being willing to take on anything with helping him achieve foreman.
What Jeremiah enjoys most about his work is the guys he works with. He said they are easy to talk to and get along with. And while some days can be really tough, especially hot and humid days, Jeremiah really enjoys what he does. He likes physical work and being outside and does what he does to take care of his family.
One thing people might be surprised to learn about Jeremiah is that he was an MMA fighter from the ages of 27-34 and only gave it up when he didn’t have time for it anymore.