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Through our company blog we want to engage our customers, share industry related news and insider stories. Our leadership team will contribute thoughts and we hope you find our articles interesting!

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Understanding ASTM Symbols & Labels Can Keep Your Feet Safe

by Richard Kallis

The demands that construction jobs put on workers' feet make it essential to have the right pair of boots. While many things need to be taken into consideration when purchasing work boots, none are more important than safety. Learn about labels and symbols to look out for when picking the right work boots in this guest blog post with information from aboutboot.com

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Drones: Coming To A Jobsite Near You!

by Kristin Dispenza

Soon, you may use drones to improve everything from jobsite safety to your company’s marketing efforts. Kristin Dispenza, AEC Editorial Manager at Constructive Communication, Inc. - the leading marketing communications firm specializing in the concrete industry - evaluates the opportunities in this Harris guest blog post.

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A.H. Harris & Kenseal Give Back!

by A.H. Harris

As we celebrate 100 years of service in 2016, A.H. Harris made it a mission to give back to charities close to their hearts. On November 18, 2016 the A.H. Harris and Kenseal Charlotte, NC branches came together to donate their time to volunteer to the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte Meal Team. The RMH strives to help families who are going through rough times and provide them with a more comfortable 'home-away-from-home'. 

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Meet the Team Part 40: Chris Moeller

by A.H. Harris

In part 40 of our ‘Meet the Team’ series, we have the pleasure of interviewing one of our dear colleagues over at Kenseal! Chris manages operations for Kenseal's New England Region, which includes the Kenseal Boston and West Haven offices. Chris is the vital link between the sales, purchasing and operations team in the region. His primary responsibilities include managing inventory, overseeing delivery schedules, ensuring a safe and efficient work environment, increasing warehouse productivity, hiring new operations team members and much more. He is a true team player and always willing to lend a helping hand! Let's hear more from Chris about his role at Kenseal!

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Meet the Team Part 39: Ken Pfrommer

by A.H. Harris

In part 39 of our 'Meet the Team' series, we had the pleasure to speak with Ken Pfrommer, a member of Kenseal's leadership team! Ken is the Vice President of Sales at Kenseal and he strategically leads the Kenseal sales team, process and related activities. Here's what Ken has to say!

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Branch Spotlight: Meet Kenseal's Raleigh Team!

by Alyssa Miller

Located in the capital of North Carolina, the Kenseal Raleigh team services the bustling city and surrounding suburbs of the Research Triangle. We opened for business in July of 2006 in Garner, NC by virtue of acquisition of Design Materials, a regional distributor of EIFS and Stucco products. We moved to 2539 Noblin Road, just off Interstate 440 in 2010 where you can still find us today.

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Combat The Rising Cost of Healthcare

by Jennifer Vedrani

Providing health benefits is an important tool for building a competitive workforce. For job seekers, the strength of an employer’s benefits package may be nearly as valuable as salary. Therefore, companies, like us, that strive to hire the best, most productive employees must be prepared to pay the price in attractive, competitive health care benefits.


For many employers, however, the price of benefits has prompted the question – how do we manage this?

Let’s start with what we know:

  • Health care coverage is the largest employee-related expense for U.S. employers with the average cost of a comprehensive benefits package rapidly approaching 40 percent of overall payroll expenses!
  • Average annual premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage continue to grow, reaching $15,745 in 2014, with workers paying on average $4,316 toward that cost, according to a survey report by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust.

So what is our plan of attack?

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Two Lanes Are Better Than One

by Alyssa Miller

The Virginia Avenue Tunnel (VAT), owned by CSX Transportation, in southeast Washington, D.C. is a crucial component of the East Coast railroad network. The single-track tunnel provides a bypass around Union Station and serves as a passageway for freight moving between ports, manufacturing centers and consumer markets. The 100 year-old, 3,800 ft tunnel can only accommodate one train at a time and has deteriorated throughout its years of service. Because of this, CSX is rebuilding and replacing it with two new structures to maximize capacity. The reconstruction will increase the tunnel width to hold a second track enabling northbound and southbound traffic to pass through simultaneously. It will also raise the height of the tunnel roof to make room for double-stack intermodal container trains.This will allow CSX to better serve customers and reduce rail and highway congestion.

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Recent Anniversaries

by A.H. Harris

At A.H. Harris we take great pride in the work ethic and dedication that all associates have. We want to say a big congratulations to associates who are celebrating milestones. Congratulations on your years of dedicated service! Thanks for all you do!

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Fleet Upgrades - Harris Delivers Even Better In 2017

by A.H. Harris

Out with the old, in with new! We are excited to announce some changes to our Harris trucks. Our partner Ryder gave us the opportunity to modernize our fleet of delivery vehicles. As you can see from the picture above, we started replacing existing trucks with Volvo tractors.

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