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Marty Ozinga IV Speaks at Constructing Your Future Women’s Forum

January 25, 2019

On January 23, 2019, Ozinga President Marty Ozinga IV addressed a room of nearly 70 women at the Second Annual Constructing Your Future Women’s Forum in Naperville, Illinois.

Marty spoke about the future of construction for women and shared how he empowers his three daughters to see construction as a viable industry for them. He also opened up about his mother’s influence on the Ozinga company and how her legacy lives on among the owners.

When asked how he’d prepare his daughters for the obstacles that might be associated with a career in construction, Marty said “I think things are changing, and it’s because of forums like this. . . my message is more of an optimistic one. There’s nothing you can’t do. Yes, there will be people in life who make you feel like you can’t. But I don’t care if you’re a boy or a girl, you should be able to do whatever . . .”

The forum featured a full day of professional development and networking opportunities specifically geared towards women in the architecture, engineering, and construction fields. Attendees heard keynote presentations on “Building Your Career: Cementing Your Future” and “Emotional Intelligence” and sat in on one of the following break-out sessions: “Leading People, Managing Tasks” or “Teamwork: Empowering Collaboration.”

Marty also shared one of a series of videos Ozinga created featuring the amazing women who work at Ozinga in celebration of Women in Construction Week.

Follow us on Facebook to view all the videos during Women in Construction Week beginning March 3, 2019.

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December 24, 2018, (Mokena, IL) – Last night a fire broke out at our Des Plaines, Illinois facility. No one was hurt. The Des Plaines Fire Department quickly extinguished the fire. Ozinga is working with the authorities on the investigation into the cause.

Ozinga, founded in 1928 as a coal and coke yard, has been producing ready mix concrete for almost 70 years and we love what we do. So when we came across this viral video featuring Maricopa High School student Matthew Sabetta (someone who loves concrete trucks as much as we do!), we had to reach out and gift him with something special.

We contacted Maricopa High School Principal Brian Winter who was kind enough to help us send Matthew an extra special present just in time for Christmas.

We sent Matthew and his buddy Jake Marr toy Ozinga concrete trucks with working lights, fold-out mirrors, a tilting hood that reveals the engine block, and a fold-out crank that operates the mixer barrel. We also sent them both a diecast concrete truck collectible and provided one for Principal Winter as well to thank him for his help.

This year for our 90th anniversary we pledged to carry out 90 acts of kindness and Jake’s heartwarming gift inspired us to pay it forward and do something special for him and Matthew.

The Ozinga Merry Mixer brought holiday cheer and 40 toy Ozinga mixers to the 16th Annual WGN Morning News Drive-Thru Toy Drive this morning in Chicago. The trucks will be gifted to children served by the Chicago Park District.

Ozinga Executive Vice President Paul Ozinga spoke with WGN Weatherman Paul Konrad about our Chicago history and this year’s 90 Acts of Kindness campaign to celebrate our 90th anniversary. “We’re excited to be able to serve the community and give back,” he said.

The Merry Mixer, outfitted with 32,000 LED lights and animated light sequences synchronized to 11 of your favorite Christmas tunes, is visiting 30 holiday events this holiday season. This is the second year Ozinga has participated in the toy drive.

The Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry has selected Ozinga as its 2018 Small Business/Employer of the Year.

“We’re extremely excited about this award and the opportunity to serve the Joliet community for years to come,” said Marty Ozinga IV, Ozinga president. “We strive to make a positive impact on the people, families, and communities in which we work, and this award is a testament to our commitment to that goal.”

Ozinga’s Joliet Yard serves as a hub for the ready-mix concrete and materials & logistics entities of the company. The location allows us to supply vital resources for the construction process and development in Joliet and surrounding areas.

Ozinga’s ready mix operation also provided the concrete for a number of jobs throughout Joliet over the 2018 season, including projects at Joliet Cold Storage Facility, First Logistics, Will County Courthouse, and the M&E Global Group.

Ozinga will be recognized during the chamber’s Annual Dinner and Celebration of Success on January 17, 2019.

Ozinga is committed to decreasing the environmental impacts on our communities through reducing energy use. As part of our ongoing efforts to lower the energy intensity of our facilities, we’re proud to announce our partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program and the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings, Better Plants program.

The DOE’s Better Buildings, Better Plants program is a national partnership initiative to drive significant improvement in energy efficiency across U.S. industry. Through the program, manufacturers set ambitious energy savings goals, develop energy management plans, and track and report their annual progress. Ozinga has committed to a 20% energy reduction over the next 10 years.

ENERGY STAR is a U.S. EPA-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. Industrial sites participate by committing to the pre-established goal of reducing energy intensity by 10% within five years or less. We plan to meet our reduction goals through suggestions from plant managers, as well as energy tracking and benchmarking.

Ozinga is dedicated to monitoring and implementing best energy management practices across our operations wherever the results will be impactful and cost effective. Here are five easy ways you can join us on our quest to reduce our energy intensity and save energy at home:

  1. Replace the light fixtures and bulbs throughout your home with ENERGY STAR qualified lights, which last roughly 15 times longer than incandescent ones and use 70-90% less energy.
  2. Up to half your annual energy bill comes from heating and cooling costs. Installing a programmable thermostat and proper maintenance can save you $180/year.
  3. Buy ENERGY STAR-qualified home appliances, electronics, and homes.
  4. Find and seal any air leaks with insulation, weather stripping, and caulk. It could shave upwards of 10% off your annual energy bill.
  5. Use the Energy Star Home Energy Yardstick to see how else you can save.

Ozinga is using some of the tips above as well. We’re increasing our installation of LED retrofits, and our Mokena and Chinatown offices both have programmable thermostats. Plus, our McCook plant (pictured above) averages a 92% energy reduction with best practices—the largest reduction in the ComEd region.

Ozinga’s commitment to our communities extends beyond energy use to our products as well. From ready mix concrete to recycled materials to barging operations, we offer a variety of sustainable solutions for your business.

November 28, 2018 (Mokena, IL) – On November 26th, an Ozinga employee passed away following an accident at our facility located at 11400 Old Lemont Road in Lemont, Illinois. Ozinga is cooperating with authorities in the ongoing investigation of the accident.

Marty Ozinga, President of Ozinga, said in a statement, “We are deeply saddened by this tragic event. We are working with officials to determine the cause of the accident. The Ozinga family extends our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of our coworker.”

Ozinga has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by the Chicago Tribune for the fifth year in a row. The report ranked Ozinga 34th among 55 mid-sized companies. Ozinga was one of 150 employers recognized in the annual workplace report.

The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. For this year’s survey, companies were judged on workplace culture; specifically connection, execution and alignment.

“This is such an incredible honor to be named a Top Workplace by the Chicago Tribune for the fifth time,” said Marty Ozinga IV, Ozinga President. “Continuing to produce a winning culture at Ozinga, and seeing results from our coworkers’ surveys, shows that people are the key to our success.”

The rankings were revealed at an awards ceremony on November 1, 2018 at the United Club at Soldier Field and The Chicago Tribune published the complete list of Top Workplaces in a special edition published on November 2, 2018.

Eleven Ozinga plants in Indiana teamed up this holiday season to provide food for needy families in their communities. Plants in Bremen, Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Plymouth, South Bend, Warsaw, Cedar Lake, Crown Point, Gary, Valparaiso and Wheatfield collected more than 600 pounds of non-perishable food items.

Officials from the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana and Northern South Bend Indiana visited our Crown Point and South Bend plants to collect the donations on October 19. Ozinga coworkers received a tour of the food bank’s new 72,000-square-foot Merrillville facility as well. Our coworkers’ generosity will provide needy families with 300 meals this holiday season.

“We are extremely grateful for the partnership we have [with Ozinga] and we hope for it to grow more so in the future,” said Food Bank of Northwest Indiana Events and Outreach Associate Riley Egan.

The food bank distributes 4.5 million meals each year.

One of Ozinga’s values is service, and projects like these help us bring our values to life. Learn more about our story and our mission below.

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and for the second year in a row, Ozinga is bringing joy to people throughout the Chicagoland area with the Ozinga Merry Mixer®. Although our signature red and white striped ready mix trucks already don the Christmas colors, the Merry Mixer is adorned with more than 32,000 programmed LED lights to bring you an animated display set to 11 holiday tunes that play for 45 minutes. This year, we’re kicking off the season at the Christmas Lighted Parade in Shipshewana, IN on November 10, 2018.

The Merry Mixer is a 2019 Kenworth T880 McNeilus Bridgemaster ready mix truck fitted with custom-fabricating speaker brackets mounted to the back fenders. More than 100 feet of speaker cable is used to connect two JBL outdoor speakers that deliver 250 watts of power each—and the driver can control all of this right from the cab.

This year’s Merry Mixer also includes a new custom-wrapped bumper and has been fitted with updates and technology to keep it gasoline free. Not only does the ready mix truck run on compressed natural gas (CNG), but we’ve also made the following updates and changes since last year:

  • Installed a POTEK 3000-watt power inverter hooked up to three deep cell batteries
  • Batteries are hooked up to the truck’s alternator to continuously provide power to the lights
  • All wires and computer equipment are welded inside a custom-made barrel
  • Show can also be powered by two lithium-powered generators

The Merry Mixer debuted last year at the Mokena Parade of Lights and attended 22 holiday celebrations, including being featured on the WGN Morning News Toy Drive and ABC7’s Great Chicago Light Fight.

This year, the Merry Mixer is already scheduled to appear at many different events throughout the Chicagoland area, including Six Flags Holiday in the Park and Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic.

Don’t miss the Merry Mixer this year. Visit our website to see where we’ll be next, or come enjoy the Merry Mixer Merrymaking Event taking place at our Mokena office on November 29.