Over the last 50 years CM has built on its success year after year due to our quality of people. Many of these people have started at various levels in the organization and moved up to new roles to help us continue to be successful. This process has been very successful but can limit growth if our personnel resources are unable to keep up with our physical expansion rate. In the first half of 2016 we will add two brand new locations in Homestead and Sarasota, FL. More expansions are expected as the construction economy continues to improve.
Construction Materials now employs over 300 people and operates 18 branches in 6 states. With just another 10% growth this would equate to 28 more people needed to maintain our level of service that our market requires. Some of our most successful employees have started and occupied multiple positions in their 20-30 years of being part of the CM Team.
To fill our future needs at all levels of the organization CM is embarking on a new tactic of recruitment. We are actively recruiting on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. We are targeting those currently enrolled in their Concrete Industry Management program. This program focuses on Concrete Management including on-site training in Redi-mix yards, testing companies and industry manufacturers of concrete related products.
We will be recruiting for two different areas for candidates. This is focused on the MTSU campus but not limited to this program. We are also interested in other similar programs and recent graduates with a variety of skills that can help fill our needs in future as a company.
In 2016 CM is planning on employing 2-4 Interns in various locations throughout the company. The Construction Materials Internship is designed to allow the Intern to learn many aspects of working with a commercial distributor.
Our interns will become a valuable part of our local branch team during their time and are able to gain a complete understanding our business. This will give the Intern an opportunity to evaluate their desire to become a long term member of the Construction Materials team after graduation. At CM will be able to see which candidates are a good fit to bring into our organization and invest in our Sales & Management training program after they graduate.
This program is designed to allow the qualified candidates to enter into our organization slowly and understand all aspects of our operations before moving into the Sales or Operations areas of CM. All candidates will undergo a minimum of one full year of training in various levels of the organization. These levels include:
After one year in these different positions these recruits will then be integrated into the local branch that they were trained or in some cases transferred to another branch that may need additional support.
In 2016 we already have one recruit working in Ft. Pierce, Nathan Kanjanabout, who started in February. We hope to add at least two more this year and more in the following years. These new employees will become the next generation of leaders at CM and help us continue to grow and succeed for another 50 years and more!