New USF residence hall will provide community living and learning environment

As students return home for summer or scale back their course work, colleges and universities ramp up construction.

The University of Sioux Falls might lack most of its student population during the summer, but the campus is currently abuzz with activity thanks to the construction of a new residence hall—the first new dormitory in more than a decade.

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A rendering of the new residence hall (c/o Koch Hazard)

The plans call for a three-story residence hall that can house up to 188 students— making it the largest dormitory on campus. Gage Brothers was awarded the precast concrete building contract in late June and will manufacture more than 70,000 square feet of precast concrete for the project.

Gage Brothers is the top producer of precast concrete materials for residential halls in the Midwest. Recent collegiate projects include Placer Hall (SDSM&T), Jackrabbit Grove (SDSU) and the award-winning 17th Avenue Residence Hall (University of Minnesota).

The project addresses both USF’s commitment and the city of Sioux Falls’ desire to bring more students into campus housing. The residence hall is the latest in the university’s series of investments and redevelopment projects that USF has planned for the coming years.

Other than the newly-conceived project, the Sullivan Faith and Living Center (2005) was the most recent dorm constructed on the USF campus.

Construction of the new residence hall—the $11.7 million price tag includes additional parking— began on July 7 with the demolition of Patterson Hall on the corner of 22nd and Summit. Patterson was an iconic building in its time, but was in need of modern amenities the 40-year-old building could not accommodate. Safety at this intersection had also become a concern with limited sightlines and increased traffic in recent years.

The renovated corner will feature open spaces and landscaping designed to provide better sightlines and an overall better image for the liberal arts university.

To create space for the facility and accommodate increased parking, several university-owned houses will be removed.

USF took a unique approach to the building’s design. In order to best suit the needs of modern university life, they conducted conversations with both current and prospective students along with their analysis of critical trends in student residence life design.

“We integrated current best practices in the field of student development with the needs and desires of a contemporary college student, gathering ideas not just from current students but also prospective students and their families,” said Corey Ross, Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students at USF.

Ross added that university officials sought to be flexible, functional and forward-thinking with the design because the needs of students and the institution can change throughout the years.

The residence hall will mirror USF’s other residence halls and buildings in many important ways. Students will be held to the same code of conduct in place in other similar campus housing spaces, and resident assistants will live on site.

The currently unnamed residential hall is being designed by Sioux Falls-based Koch Hazard Architects.

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Jackrabbit Grove

Gage Brothers has collaborated with Koch Hazard on more than 100 building projects since 1970. Recent jobs include the Jackrabbit Village and Jackrabbit Grove residential communities at SDSU and Vance Thompson Vision, a 2014 AIA South Dakota Design Honor Award winner.

The two firms are also working together on the new 10,000-sq. ft. Stockwell Engineers offices in Sioux Falls.

USF awarded the construction contract to Sioux Falls Construction, a firm that Gage Brothers has worked with for more than 50 years, giving the housing project very strong local ties.

“USF does its best to support local businesses, and we are blessed to have quality choices in this geographic area,” said Marsha Denniston, the school’s Vice President for Business & Finance.

The three-floor residence hall will feature: 94 rooms that contain two large (11’ X 20’) double rooms separated by a private bathroom. Other amenities include common areas and study spaces on each floor, multipurpose rooms and kitchen facilities, as well as a fitness room, laundry room and theater for the residents to share.

Added Ross, “Our interior is designed to be as stylish and as comfortable as a modern home, replete with bedrooms on the wings that encircle a ‘commons’ in the middle of every floor for students to gather, relax and share ideas.”

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Thin-brick cast in Gage Brothers precast concrete adorns the 17th Avenue residence hall at the University of Minnesota

The predominant structural design consists of thin-brick cast in quality Gage Brothers precast panels meant to complement the exterior of other buildings located on the academic quad, while providing a strong presence to the northeast corner of campus as approached from 22nd Street.

The precast structural components to be produced at the Gage Brothers plant are: 44,179 sq. ft. of corefloor, 24,485 sq. ft. of architectural panels and 2,114 sq. ft. of walls for the elevators and stairs.

Siting and design of the new hall will complete the historic USF campus quad and frames the view into campus from 23rd Street.

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Original drawing of the Sioux Falls College library (1964)

Students will also have fewer excuses for not studying since the residence hall will be attached to the Mears Library—making USF one of the few campuses in America where students are living in the same building as the university library.

Talk about living in the library during finals week.

Gage Brothers has a unique connection to this student housing project. The first campus building awarded to Gage Brothers was the Sioux Falls College (as it was called at the time) library in 1964.

A precast concrete ramp was added to the building in 1998.

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Original drawing of the Jeschke Fine Arts Center (1968)

“It’s always fun to dig up old drawings and to re-visit projects like the USF library—a building that is not only part of their history, but part of our company history as well,” said Gage Brothers president Tom Kelley. “This building contains some of the first architectural panels we ever made and they’ve definitely withstood the test of time.”

Other campus buildings that were constructed with Gage Brothers precast concrete products include: Jeschke Fine Arts Center (1968), Glidden Hall (2001), McDonald Center (2007) and the Salsbury Science Center (2008).

Gage Brothers also provided more than 16,000 square feet of tread & risers, architectural panels and trim for Bob Young Field at the USF Sports Complex.

Kelley added, “We’re excited to help make this corner of campus a showcase for the whole university and make it someplace special.”

The residence hall is projected to open in fall of 2017.

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Gage Brothers hosts a successful FUN-raiser for Feeding South Dakota

13316810_1308574365823993_5753253394886054117_oIn celebration of the second annual Red Nose Day, Gage Brothers Concrete partnered with Feeding South Dakota for a FUN-raiser on Thursday, May 26.

Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign run by Comic Relief, Inc., that aims to raise awareness and money for children and young people most in need, in the U.S. and around the world.

Gage Brothers felt that hosting a Red Nose Day fundraiser would be an easy way for people in Sioux Falls to donate and become engaged in the fight against hunger.

According to the USDA, one in seven Americans struggles with hunger.

For every person who stopped by the Gage Brothers office on May 26 and had their photo taken wearing a red nose, Gage Brothers donated one dollar to Feeding South Dakota.

“We are pleased to be working with Feeding South Dakota to support our mutual beliefs that no one in our community should go hungry,” said Gage Brothers president Tom Kelley. “We wanted to use Red Nose Day to help us raise awareness about the issue of hunger during a time in the year when donations to food banks have a tendency to dwindle.”

13268081_1308575219157241_3226842594563087784_o (2)More than 250 people dressed up in silly costumes and said “cheese” for a good cause. Mascots from the University of South Dakota, University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Canaries and the Sioux Falls Skyforce were on hand to entertain the crowd and pose for photos.

Gage Brothers pledged one dollar for every photo and added an additional gift of $500.

Feeding South Dakota was presented with a check for $775, which will translate into more than 3,800 meals made available to those who need it most.

As the city’s hub for integrated food poverty assistance, Feeding South Dakota provides temporary food assistance to more than 190,000 hungry individuals and families in South Dakota on an annual basis. In addition, their BackPack Program gives food every weekend to more than 5,000 kids who otherwise might go hungry.

Feeding South DakotaFeeding South Dakota is part of Feeding America, an organization which offers relief to families in need through its nationwide network of food banks. This network spans 200 food banks and about 60,000 food pantries in the United States today. Last year, Feeding America served more than six billion meals to individuals in need.

“We feel extremely blessed to have the opportunity to partner with Gage Brothers on such a fun event,” said Kerri DeGraff, Development Director for Feeding South Dakota. “The event was a unique way to bring people together to share in laughs, while also helping to raise funds to help children who need it most.”

She added, “Thanks to Gage Brothers generous support, 3,875 children in need will be provided a nutritious meal.”

“A core value of Gage Brothers has been to give back to the community in which we live and work,” added Kelley. “We look forward to continuing a partnership with Feeding South Dakota in the years to come.”

Thank YOU to everyone who participated in Gage Brothers’ Red Nose Day FUN-raiser this year!

 

 

Gage Brothers recognized as an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite

Gage Brothers has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping its employees eat better and move more.

ucm_483457This is the fourth straight year that Gage Brothers has been recognized by the AHA as a fit-friendly worksite. The company attained gold-level status from 2013-2015.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Platinum Level Fit-Friendly Worksite,” said Gage Brothers president Tom Kelley. “Advancing the health, safety and well-being of our workforce is an absolute priority; it’s a commitment that encompasses the environments in which our employees work and the communities in which they live.”

He added, “”We’re offering smart eating options, physical activities, tools, tips, and incentives, and it’s rewarding to see our employees making better, more confident decisions about their health and wellness.”

Through the Fit Friendly Worksite program, AHA recognizes employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health. It rewards organizations for their progressive leadership and concern for their staff.

Platinum-level employers:

  • Offer employees physical activity options in the workplace.
  • Increase healthy eating options at the worksite.
  • Promote a wellness culture in the workplace.
  • Implement at least nine criteria outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture.
  • Demonstrate measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness.

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Gage Brothers supports a wellness culture in a variety of ways and employee surveys show health initiatives are making a difference. Gage Brothers’ healthy initiatives, which led to the Fit-Friendly award include:

  • Gage Brothers employees who are insured through the company’s health insurance provider receive a free membership to GreatLIFE Malaska Golf & Fitness. Team members are also encouraged to combine community involvement with physical activities by participating in golf and bowling tournaments, fun runs and walks benefitting various charities.
  • Employees have easy access to information on exercise and nutrition, as well as tips on how to change and keep habits. Gage Brothers offers a variety of incentives, such as corporate wellness challenges, along with free flu shots and biometric screenings, to help team members stay on track and reach their goals.
  • Office employees participated in a discussion that highlighted the dangers of prolonged sitting and were encouraged to install a StretchClock break reminder on their computers.
  • A corporate tobacco cessation program: five employees have completed the four-week course and remained smoke-free since the program’s establishment in late 2013. There are currently 13 employees enrolled in the program.
  • Gage Brothers partnered with a local medical facility to offered free, on-site skin cancer screenings to employees.

Employee-stretching_2-765x1024Thanks to these initiatives and others, more Gage Brothers employees are reporting increased physical activity, less stress, and improved health.  In addition, Gage Brothers employees are, today, more knowledgeable about their own health data than ever and many who participate in company team-based challenges continue the activity for an eight-week period.

Recognition is a critical component of the Fit-Friendly Worksites program. Employers that join this program qualify for official recognition by the American Heart Association. Qualifying worksites also have the right to use the program’s annual recognition seal for internal communications and with external, recruitment-related communications.

“We are very proud to be one of only a handful of companies in Sioux Falls to be recognized as a Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association, now for the fourth consecutive year,” said Cassie Nicolai, Gage Brothers Human Resources and Safety Manager. “In the past few years, we have really tried to focus the program’s efforts on bringing education and services, such as health screenings, on-site to where the employees are working. Of course these efforts have a positive effect on the company’s bottom line but more importantly it shows our team members we are invested in them as a person.”

Gage Brothers is one of 11 organizations in the State of South Dakota to be recognized as a Fit-Friendly Worksite. Here is the complete list:

Augustana College
Gage Brothers Concrete Products, Inc.
POET
Raven Industries, Inc.
Vast Broadband
CNOS
Regional Health (formerly Rapid City Regional Health)
Avera
City of Sioux Falls
DAKOTACARE
Synchrony Financial

The American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite program is a catalyst for positive change in America’s workforce; through helping worksites make their employees’ health and well-being a priority.

American employers are losing an estimated $225.8 billion a year because of healthcare expenses and health-related losses in productivity, and those numbers are rising. Many American adults spend most of their waking hours at sedentary jobs. Their lack of regular physical activity raises their risk for a host of medical problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Employers face $12.7 billion in annual medical expenses due to obesity alone. The American Heart Association is working to change corporate cultures by motivating employees to start walking, which has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity.

For more information about the Fit-Friendly Worksites program and how it’s helping to improve the health of Americans by focusing on the workplace, call 800-437-9710 or visit heart.org/worksitewellness.

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Employment Opportunities

Gage Brothers is currently seeking qualified applicants to fill positions at various levels of the precast concrete engineering process.  For a current list of openings available at Gage Brothers, visit our careers page here.

About Gage Brothers 

Gage Brothers Concrete Products Incorporated (gagebrothers.com) was established in 1915 by members of the Gage family and now employs more than 250 employees in northwest Sioux Falls. Employee-owned since 2008, Gage Brothers has a proud tradition of being a leading manufacturer of innovative architectural and structural precast concrete products. Products manufactured at the Sioux Falls plant can be found throughout the upper Midwest, including projects throughout Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.  The Midwest’s premier precast concrete company registered $61 million in sales last year.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, the organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters working tirelessly to eliminate these diseases. It funds innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to save and improve lives. The AHA’s nationwide organization includes 144 local offices and nearly 2,700 employees.

 

Gage Brothers wins 2016 Excellence in New Communications Award

TCB-SNCR-logo250The Society for New Communications Research of The Conference Board (SNCR) has recognized Gage Brothers Concrete with a 2016 Excellence in New Communications Award. The prestigious awards program honors organizations for their exemplary use of digital, mobile and social media.

Gage Brothers received top honors in the Visual Storytelling Category for the Corporate Division.

“We are happy to honor Gage Brothers as a winner of this distinguished award,” commented SNCR Senior Fellow Paul Gillin, chair of the SNCR Excellence Awards & Best Practices committee.

Gage Brothers was recognized for a broad-based social media and public relations campaign that spotlights both its employees and products. The efforts produced tangible results; including a significant increase in social media followers, more local news coverage and improved employee satisfaction.

Since January of 2015, the fan base for the Gage Brothers Facebook page has more than doubled, while the company’s Twitter following has increased by 44.3% in the past four months.

13241169_10104025240921847_4238959482543131465_nTools used in the campaign included employee-engaged videos, time-lapse construction videos, weekly trivia, dozens of digital photo albums and the creation of a company blog.

Added Gillin, “The case study they submitted is a perfect example of how companies can use social media to create a sense of community within the business, not only increasing engagement internally but also creating an attractive employer brand externally.”

Accepting the award on behalf of Gage Brothers was marketing manager Stephanie Pendrys.

“I am deeply honored to be here to accept this award on behalf of the nearly 250 fellow employees at Gage Brothers who made winning this award possible,” said Pendrys. “It is humbling for us to be recognized by an organization with such a rich history of bringing business leaders together to share insight and best-in-class practices.”

13227117_10104025240956777_6072646779514868903_nThe 2016 Excellence in New Communications awards were presented at a cocktail reception and ceremony held at the Conference Board’s Manhattan headquarters on May 18, in conjunction with the 21st Annual Corporate Communications Conference.

The SNCR Excellence in New Communications Awards program honors individuals and organizations for the exemplary use of digital, mobile and social media. Awards were granted in six divisions: Corporate, Government, Nonprofit/NGO, Media, Technology and Academic, and in seven categories. The top winners include:


Social Marketing                                                                                                                              

Corporate Division: Marriott International

Innovation, Digital and Marketing Experience

Corporate Division: John Hancock

Media Division: KCET Media Group

Social Data and Social Listening

Corporate Division: Johnson and Johnson

Government Division: The City of Calgary

Visual Storytelling

Corporate Division: Gage Brothers Concrete, Inc.

Nonprofit Division: Endeavor

Internal Social/Online Internal Communications and Communities

Government division: Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, Ltd

Mobile Experience

Government Division: The City of Calgary

Digital Program Performance Metrics

Corporate Division: Mambo Media

In addition to the top award winners, Commendations of Merit and Commendations of Excellence were presented to ten other organizations that submitted case studies in the awards program. In its ten-year history, SNCR has honored over 300 organizations and individuals through this prestigious awards program and all the winning case studies are available to members of The Conference Board at www.conferenceboard.org/sncr.

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About the Society for New Communications Research of The Conference Board

The Society for New Communications Research of The Conference Board (SNCR) is a nonprofit research organization and think tank dedicated to the advanced study of new media and communications tools, technologies and emerging modes of communication, and their effect on business, media, culture, health, law and society. In February 2016, SNCR became part of The Conference Board, a global, independent business membership and research association working in the public interest. Founded in 1916, The Conference Board is an objective, independent source of economic and business knowledge with one agenda: to help our member companies understand and deal with the most critical issues of our time. Visit http://www.conferenceboard.org/sncr for more information.

About Gage Brothers

Gage Brothers Concrete Products Incorporated (gagebrothers.com) was established in 1915 by members of the Gage family and now employs more than 250 employees in northwest Sioux Falls. Employee-owned since 2008, Gage Brothers has a proud tradition of being a leading manufacturer of innovative architectural and structural precast concrete products. Products manufactured at the Sioux Falls plant can be found throughout the upper Midwest, including projects throughout Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.  The Midwest’s premier precast concrete company registered $61 million in sales last year.

Mitchell School District Performing Arts Center (In Progress)

Passersby might have noticed that the massive structure going up across the street from Mitchell High School (S.D.) looks a lot different than it did just one month ago.

From a steel skeleton surrounded by dirt and heavy-duty vehicles has emerged a building coming to fruition—the Mitchell School District’s new performing arts center.

With a target completion date of around Christmas, much of the work still remains on the sprawling facility, though the structure is taking shape.

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Rendering ( c/o MSH Architects)

Excavation began last June on the 65,000-sq. ft. performance venue, which is being designed by MSH Architects of Sioux Falls. Building features include a 1,200-seat, 3-tier auditorium, rooms for the school’s choral, instrument and performing arts programs, and a smaller black box theater.

The predominant feature is the main auditorium—the largest high school theater in the state of South Dakota. The new theater is expected to boost the city’s music economy by bringing more state-sanctioned events and high caliber performers to Mitchell.

A naming rights deal has yet to be announced for the venue, which will be connected to part of the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy. This location functions with the existing buildings on campus and allows for options without disrupting the existing high school building when a new high school is constructed in the near future.

Gage Brothers has provided more than 21,000 square feet of insulated panels and 7,000 square feet of corefloor planks for the $15.3 million project. It took the company approximately 22 days to manufacture the precast in its Sioux Falls plant.

The placement of steel and precast concrete is being completed by Mitchell-headquartered Puetz Corporation. Founded in 1952 by Clarence Puetz, the third generation company offers services ranging from architecture to crane rentals and construction management.

Mitchell Performing Arts Center (In Progress) from Gage Brothers on Vimeo.

Gage Brothers is no stranger to city of Mitchell. The century-old company has worked on more than 150 jobs in Mitchell, dating back to the old Armour Creamery in 1959. Other projects of note in Mitchell include the new Avera Grassland Health Campus, Joe Quintal Stadium and the DWU/Avera Sports and Wellness Complex.

Gage Brothers also manufactured precast concrete products for the former Soukup & Thomas International Balloon & Airship Museum, which resided in Mitchell from 1992-2001 before being relocated to Albuquerque.

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Balcony Rendering (c/o MSH Architects)

Work is steadily progressing on the facility. Puetz has installed the corefloor planks and the roof bar joists. Performance spaces like the black box theater and practice rooms have gone from dirt to concrete floors.

Gage Brothers has been working with the Puetz Corporation since the mid 1960’s, when they manufactured concrete for school additions in White Lake and Alexandria, S.D.

Gage Brothers has collaborated with Puetz on a total of 75 building projects since 1964—38 in Mitchell alone, including the DWU Graham Hall remodel (1967), Mitchell Country Club (1973), CorTrust Bank (2000) McGovern Library (2005) and Jackson Plaza (2007).

IMG_2495Most recently, Puetz served as the general contractor for the new Dakota Wesleyan University/Avera Sports and Wellness Complex. DWU’s $10.5 million fieldhouse opened in February and was constructed with 87,000 square feet of Gage Brothers precast concrete products.

“Puetz is a long-time South Dakota company, and we’ve done a lot of successful projects together over the years,” said Gage Brothers president Tom Kelley. “We were happy to learn that we would be working together because Puetz is a highly-respected company with consistently increasing capabilities.”

Designing and building performing arts centers require a unique level of sophistication that often makes them incomparable to other projects, explained Kelley.

The design of performing arts centers are influenced by many aspects ranging from size, acoustics and rigging to sight lines, backstage maneuvering space and rehearsal areas.

“It’s a different animal because of the levels of complexities and one of those building projects where every square foot is thought over,” Kelley said.

Gage Brothers brought a wealth of experience to this project. The company has produced precast concrete products for performing arts centers across the Midwest for more than a half-century, starting with Morningside College’s Eugene C. Eppley Fine Arts Building in 1965. Other performance spaces include Sioux Falls College (now USF) fine arts center (1968), the Washington Pavilion (1996), Brandon Valley Performing Arts Center (1999), South Dakota State Performing Arts Center (2000), the award-winning DeWitt Theatre Arts Center at Northwestern College (2002), Harrisburg Performing Arts Center, and the O’Gorman Performing Arts Center (2011).

O'Gorman Performing Arts 0274Project challenges for the O’Gorman Performing Arts Center included a winter construction start and the need to build while school was in session, which limited the space available for construction and demolition. In addition, one-hundred percent of the funding for this project came through donations, so the budget was limited and sticking to it was imperative.

Despite these challenges, Gage Brothers was able to incorporate exceptional design elements that stayed within the budget and surpassed the owner’s expectations.

By working closely with Puetz Co. and the design partners, Gage Brothers is committed to providing the highest level of project supervision and communication for the new performing arts center in Mitchell.

“Everyone I have talked to is excited about it,” Kelley said. “It’s going to be a great venue.”

 

Gage Brothers to host Red Nose Day FUN-raiser on May 26; Proceeds will benefit Feeding South Dakota

Gage Brothers is inviting Sioux Falls residents to get seriously silly and make a difference for local families in need on Thursday, May 26.

Red-nose-day.svgRed Nose Day returns this year to the U.S. on Thursday, May 26. Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign run by Comic Relief, Inc., that aims to raise awareness and money for children and young people most in need, in the U.S. and around the world.

The inaugural Red Nose Day in the U.S. was held on May 21, 2015 and raised more than $23 million. It was the first U.S. version of Britain’s three-decade old “Red Nose Day” event that’s raised more than $1 billion.

The campaign’s iconic Red Noses – which people wear in support of the official Red Nose Day on Thursday, May 26 – returned to store shelves at Walgreens locations nationwide on March 28, officially kick starting the nine-week charitable campaign.

It all culminates with a celebrity-packed two-hour primetime television special on NBC on May 26.

The Red Nose Day 2016 charity partners include Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Children’s Health Fund; National Urban League and Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization.

Feeding America collaborates with Feeding South Dakota to provide the local chapter with access to millions of pounds of food product that is donated by corporations all across America.

Gage Brothers is working together with Feeding South Dakota’s expertise to use Red Nose Day to truly make an impact on the pressing issue of hunger in Sioux Falls.

For every person who stops by the Gage Brothers office on May 26 and has their photo taken wearing a red nose, Gage Brothers will donate one dollar to Feeding South Dakota.

FSD_LOGO_4cpAs the city’s hub for integrated food poverty assistance, Feeding South Dakota provides temporary food assistance to more than 190,000 hungry individuals and families in South Dakota on an annual basis. In addition, their BackPack Program gives food every weekend to more than 5,000 kids who otherwise might go hungry.

“Gage Brothers is committed to giving back and supporting worthy causes and organizations that align with our mission and core company ethos,” said company president Tom Kelley. “Feeding South Dakota changes lives for local residents and families and we look forward to this promotion helping those in need live a healthier life.”

Gage Brothers will provide the red noses for the event. Walgreens is the exclusive retailer of the signature noses in the U.S., which cost $1 each with 50 cents contributed to the Red Nose Day Fund.

Mascots from several area colleges and sports teams will be on hand to meet and greet and pose for photos.

“We are excited that Gage Brothers has found such a unique opportunity to help promote Red Nose Day,” said Kerri DeGraff, Development Director for Feeding South Dakota.

She added, “For every $1 donated at this event, Feeding South Dakota can provide five meals to those who are going hungry in our community.”

“Just think about it,” added Kelley. “That dollar bill you were going to put in a vending machine can put dinner on the table for a family of five.”

All photos will be uploaded and available to download on the Gage Brothers Facebook page (facebook.com/GageBrothersConcrete).

CDSvHnAW8AM9u4b.jpg_largeIndividuals who post their photos on social media can also support Red Nose Day on a national scale. M&M’S will give consumers “30 Days of Laughs” through its #MakeMLaugh campaign, where the brand will donate $1 to the national Red Nose Day Fun for every social engagement with the hashtag on May 26.

“By tapping into the extraordinary generosity of the Sioux Falls community, we hope to raise even more awareness and funds for Feeding South Dakota while also having a lot of fun,” said Kelley.

The FUN-raising event will be held from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Gage Brothers, which is located at 4301 West 12th Street in Sioux Falls.

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About Feeding South Dakota

Feeding South Dakota, whose mission is to eliminate hunger in South Dakota, is the state’s largest charitable hunger relief organization with distribution centers in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City. In FY15, Feeding South Dakota secured and distributed over 12.3 million pounds of quality nutritious donated and purchased food providing 10.2 million meals to those in need.  Feeding South Dakota is able to distribute this food through its network of over 350 charitable organizations across the state. These organizations then provide this food to individuals who are “food insecure” through youth programs, senior centers, on-site feeding programs, emergency food pantries, after school programs, and homeless shelters.  For more information on Feeding South Dakota, please visit www.feedingsouthdakota.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

About Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign run by the non-profit organization Comic Relief Inc, a registered 501(c)(3) public charity. Money raised goes to the Red Nose Day Fund, which distributes money to organizations whose work helps to achieve Comic Relief Inc.’s vision of a just world free from poverty. The inaugural Red Nose Day in the U.S. was held on May 21, 2015 and raised more than $23 million. Funds raised benefited children in all 50 states and 15 countries internationally through programs addressing literacy, education, healthcare, and nutrition. The second annual Red Nose Day will take place on Thursday May 26, 2016.  The day’s events will culminate in a two-hour entertainment TV special on NBC, featuring the country’s favorite comedians, musicians and Hollywood stars.

Half of the money distributed by Red Nose Day 2016 will be spent right here in the U.S. The other half will be spent in some of the poorest communities in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. All money raised supports projects that ensure kids are safe, healthy, and educated.

For more information about Red Nose Day Fund, visit http://www.rednosedayusa.com.

Get to Know: New safety coordinator Pedro Sosa

Meet Pedro Sosa, the new safety coordinator for Gage Brothers Concrete. Sosa brings a wealth of experience to Sioux Falls and will oversee the well-being of the company’s more than 250 employees.

P_SosaSosa recently moved to the Midwest from Georgia and spent more than a dozen years in the manufacturing textile industry.

Sosa previously served as a safety specialist for Mohawk Industries, an American flooring manufacturer based in Calhoun, Georgia. He also spent five years with Beaulieu America, the third largest flooring manufacturer and the largest carpet-only maker in the world.  a carpet and flooring manufacturing company headquartered in Dalton, Georgia. Sosa worked as both a production supervisor and internal safety coordinator at Beaulieu’s headquarters in Dalton, Georgia.

Sosa is looking forward to taking on a new set of challenges (and a new set of opportunities) in his new role with Gage Brothers.

“I enjoy my role as a safety coordinator and understand how much workplace safety can impact our lives personally as well as our overall production goals as a company,” Sosa said.

Five Questions for Pedro Sosa

Q. Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?

A. Costa Rica

Q. What was your favorite subject in school?

A. History

Q. What are your hobbies?

A. Spending time with my children ages 2 and 6.

Q. What is your favorite movie?

A. Rocky

Q. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?

A. Deer

Welcome, Pedro, to Gage Brothers!