In recognition of International Women’s Day and Women's History Month, we want to introduce you to some of the women of Marine Solutions. Just like women across the globe, they face challenges every day, but still find a way to go above and beyond in their work life and home life. Marine Solutions supports a work/life balance that allows all employees an opportunity to meet life’s challenges and celebrate their achievements. Here is what the past year looked like for these women!
17th Annual Best Places to Work in Kentucky Award Winners Announced
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 4, 2021) – The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM) and ClearPath Mutual Insurance Company announce the 100 companies (in alphabetical order) that made the 17th Annual Best Places to Work in Kentucky list.
The winner rankings will be announced at an awards dinner Thursday, June 17, 2021, at the Central Bank Center (formerly Lexington Convention Center).
Click here to view the alphabetical list of winners.
Winners from across the state have been selected in three categories: small companies of 15-149 employees, medium companies of 150-499 employees and large companies consisting of more than 500 employees (categories based on number of U.S. employees, only Kentucky employees surveyed). The selection process, managed by Best Companies Group, is based on an assessment of the company’s employee policies and procedures and the results of an internal employee survey.
The competition is a multi-year initiative designed to motivate companies in the Commonwealth to focus, measure and move their workplace environments toward excellence. Numerous studies show a strong correlation between profitability and creating a good place to work.
For 75 years, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has represented the interests of member businesses throughout Kentucky – from family-owned shops to Fortune 500 companies. As the state’s premier business advocate, the Kentucky Chamber is a recognized and respected voice across the Commonwealth, working every day to unite business and advance Kentucky.
Kentucky SHRM consists of 13 local chapters that provide ongoing education and leadership opportunities for over 2,700 human resource professionals throughout the Commonwealth.
For more details about Best Places to Work in Kentucky, visit www.bestplacestoworkky.com.
Since October of 2018, we have been supporting the construction of the New Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge. We have been providing diving services for both the construction and engineering phases, including inspection, demolition, and new construction. Upon completion of construction, we will perform a post-construction underwater inspection to ensure design compliance. This is and has been a historic project we have been honored to assist with.
#MakingWavesWednesday Our Marine Solutions family wanted to help brighten the holidays for some families that were impacted by this historically difficult year. Everyone can use a little kindness this year, and a little effort can go a long way. If you're able to sponsor a family or help out people in need, please check out your local Salvation Army or food banks to help give a family a Christmas to remember.
We mourn the loss of our friend and colleague Adam Davis, 36, who passed away from Leiomyosarcoma, peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, October 7, at his home in Lexington, KY. Our hearts break for his wife, Jamie and two children, Stella and Charlie, to whom he was devoted and loved wholeheartedly.
Adam Davis was a Senior Project Engineer and had been at Marine Solutions for 8 years specializing in bridges and marine structures. He was the first engineer hired by Marine Solutions and was a leading character in the story of this company that shaped our early chapters.
He was a very special person and kind in a world where kindness is important as ever. Adam was a great person with a smile that would light up a room. He was someone that inspires those around him to be better.
No matter how hard the situation was, Adam did not give up. He remained positive, and by doing so he changed the world. He changed us. Adam reflected the best qualities of an engineer, colleague, and friend. He was an inspiration for us all. We will miss him dearly.
If you would like to donate to the Leiomyosarcoma Support & Research foundation in memory of Adam, you can do so here.
We are proud to announce that we are expanding by opening an office in Paducah, Kentucky! We have purchased a facility that fully supports immediately offering local engineering and commercial diving services to Paducah and beyond along the Mississippi Valley.
Sean Anderson, native to far western Kentucky, will lead the office and local activities. Bob Hendricks, Business Development Manager, has already relocated to join Sean in Paducah to continue supporting our existing clients and developing new relationships throughout the region and beyond. Additional staffing and equipment realignments are in progress as we occupy the new office location to support full service capabilities.
Paducah is a classic river town and strategic hub of the inland river system situated in the midst of the confluence of four navigable rivers (Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, and Cumberland). It serves as a center for barge commodity switching, vessel maintenance, as well as the corporate headquarters to many inland river towing and support companies. It is also the home of the USCG Towing Vessel Nation Center of Expertise.
This opportunity and countless more on the horizon are the fruit of our teams diligence to perform with integrity, work safely and efficiently, be dependable, and stand out by going above and beyond.
New Office Location:
250 Lovelaceville Florence Station W
Paducah, KY 42001
At Marine Solutions we strive to do the best job possible, not only for all of our clients and our company, but also for the environment and the future. We strongly believe that it is important to leave the world better than we found it. We want to create a sustainable environment not only for ourselves while out on the job, but also for our children and generations to come. We are launching our Making Waves™ initiative to be more proactive about what we do to create this sustainability. We are committed to going above and beyond to create a better future for our community, our environment, and our economy. To learn more, check out our page on how we are Making Waves™.
Frankfort, Ky. (September 9, 2020) – Edward Jones, Houchens Insurance Group and MiddleGround Capital were ranked the 2020 Best Places to Work in Kentucky by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM).
During the 16th Annual Best Places to Work in Kentucky virtual awards ceremony, presented by ClearPath Mutual Insurance Company, nearly 2,000 joined the online celebration of the 100 Kentucky companies who were recognized for their commitment to focus, measure and move their workplace environments toward excellence.
The list of companies who made the 2020 list was announced in January. Then in March the COVID19 pandemic changed our world. With social distancing becoming our new norm and affecting the way we interact with each other, the awards ceremony shifted to a virtual celebration of our winners and their rankings. The 100 winning companies participated in a comprehensive survey process and were then ranked according to those results. The list consists of three categories: small companies of 15-149 employees, medium companies of 150-499 employees and large companies consisting of more than 500 employees (categories based on number of U.S. employees, only Kentucky employees surveyed).
Edward Jones, the top winner in the large category, offers associates flexible, family-friendly workplaces and gratifying work helping clients in neighborhoods where they live and work. Financial advisors and branch office administrator teams who serve clients well earn the firm’s highest honors. Edward Jones has made the list for 15 years and last year was ranked first in the large category.
Houchens Insurance Group, the top winner in the medium category, is a family of agencies, taking the success of each individual agency and utilizing their expertise to create the power of HIG, directly impacting the clients they serve. Houchens Insurance Group was ranked third in the medium category last year and has made the list seven years.
MiddleGround Capital, the top winner in the small category is a private equity firm, which makes it a priority to invest in its people as equally as its companies. Doing so has earned respect, loyalty, and dedication of its employees who feel challenged yet valued every day. MiddleGround Capital has made the list for the first time.
Now in its 16th year, the Best Places to Work in Kentucky program has recognized a combined 308 unique Kentucky companies with 213 of those making the list more than once. Special recognition to the two companies that have made the list for all 16 years – Dean Dorton and KORT Physical Therapy - The Best in Rehab.
The Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM) state council and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce are proud to host the Best Places initiative, as both organizations support the value of workplace excellence as a key component in moving Kentucky forward.
“HR professionals are the CEO's strategic partner in creating an adaptive advantage for Kentucky's employers. The Best Places to Work in Kentucky program recognizes those employers who set an exemplary standard of excellence for both employee engagement and business success,” said KYSHRM Chair, Patrick Smith, SHRM-CP, PHR.
According to Kentucky Chamber President and CEO, Ashli Watts, “In order to help Kentucky’s economy thrive, we must be able to educate and employ current Kentuckians, while also creating workplaces that attract talent from outside of the state. The Best Places program does just that.”
For more details about Best Places to Work in Kentucky, visit bestplacestoworkky.com.
At Marine Solutions, we focus on the development and education of our interns. We provide training and mentoring from senior engineers so that our interns are given the opportunity to perform many of the same duties as our Project Engineers. Our interns are significant members of our project teams, traveling, performing fieldwork and a variety of tasks, so that they can fully experience our unique service areas and career paths. It is our hope that armed with this knowledge and experience our interns can make an informed decision on their ultimate career path and in turn begin their chosen career on sound footing.
This summer we had three incredible engineering interns, Nick Clark, Ilana Shmukler, and Brian Wulfeck.
Nick worked out of our Kentucky office this entire year and traveled throughout Kentucky and Maryland to perform the following work on 13 projects:
Key project: U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Support Activity Annapolis Waterfront Facility Inspections
Ilana worked out of our Maryland office this summer and traveled throughout Maryland and to Delaware to perform the following work on 10 projects:
Key project: Chesapeake Bay Bridge Underwater Inspection
Brian worked out of our Kentucky office this summer and traveled throughout Maryland and Virginia to perform the following work on 5 projects:
Key project: Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Waterfront Facility Inspections
Our summer interns were a fantastic addition to our family and will be missed. We look forward to their future accomplishments!
If you’re interested in an internship with us, please check out our Internships page for more info. We are currently filling positions for full-time summer 2021 with the option to continue work part-time throughout the year.
Marine Solutions has been awarded the Phase II project to repair the substructure at the Under Armour Tide Point Facility in Baltimore, MD. The project consists of the selective demolition and repair of 600 cubic feet of concrete beams and 200 timber substructure units. The project is underway and is expected to be completed by mid-November 2020. Marine Solutions was awarded and completed the Phase I project last year. Project Manager: Scott Nugent, On-Site Supervisor: Jeff Brown.
It’s National Lighthouse Day! Marine Solutions is completing repairs to the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse in the Chesapeake Bay. Built in 1875, it is the last remaining screw-pile lighthouse still in operation in its original location. This project is the result of numerous pro bono inspections completed over the last several years by Marine Solutions engineers. Check out this article for more information. https://wtop.com/anne-arundel-county/2020/08/chesapeake-bay-lighthouse-repairs-nearly-complete
We are pleased to announce that Clayton Niemiec, PE has joined the Marine Solutions team as a Project Manager located in the Maryland office! He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a licensed engineer, and professional diver with extensive experience performing inspections of bridges and marine structures as well as rehabilitating and designing new waterfront and coastal structures. Clay will be serving a variety of clients, mentoring engineering staff, and further developing our waterfront engineering services.
Contact Clay at:
23 Fontana Lane, Ste 102
Rosedale, MD 21237
Yesterday we completed our first of many dives assisting CJ Mahan with the demolition and removal of Lock and Dam Number 52 on the Ohio River.
The Ohio River’s system of lock and dams begins in Pittsburgh, PA at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers and ends at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers near Cairo, IL, where more commerce traverses than any other location on the entire U.S. inland waterways.
Lock and Dam Number 52, completed in 1929, is located about 1.5 miles downstream of Brookport, IL (near Ballard County, KY) at mile 939 below Pittsburgh. The locks are located on the Illinois bank of the river. Twenty-three miles downstream is Lock and Dam Number 53, approximately 11 miles upstream of Cairo, IL. These older locks are frequently congested, sometimes taking as long at 15 to 20 hours each to transit.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently completed the Olmsted Lock and Dam that will replace lock and dams Number 52 and Number 53. It was the largest Corps project since the Panama Canal. It consists of two 110-foot by 1,200-foot locks adjacent to the Illinois bank and a dam comprised of five tainter gates to control the amount of water that flows downstream, 140 wickets, and a fixed weir on the Kentucky bank.
With the Olmsted Lock and Dam now operational, demolition of Lock and Dam Number 52 is underway. For the next year and more, Marine Solutions will provide underwater construction services assisting CJ Mahan with the demolition of Lock and Dam 52. These services will include underwater inspections, sediment removal, timber pile removal, steel sheet pile removal, removal of wicket gates and beartrap gates, and multi-beam bathymetric surveys.