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Building the next generation

image Nearly 60 girls attended the Block Kids event.

DALLAS/FT WORTH - The construction industry may have a labor shortage, but there is no shortage of young ladies who are enthusiastic about construction! United Rentals and Kiewit teamed up with Girls Inc. and the National Association of Women in Construction’s (NAWIC) Dallas chapter to host a “Block Kids” event.




    “The purpose of this event is to introduce young girls, ages 6-15, to the construction industry,” United Rentals outside sales rep and NAWIC executive board member Laurel Wesson says.  “This year, we had 57 girls attend.”
    In addition to a building challenge, the girls listened to a women’s panel of industry experts, learned construction safety tips from Kiewit’s safety coordinator Edward Garcia, went through a MetaPosture stretching routine and got a closer look at construction equipment. The event ended with the girls swinging at piñatas supplied by United Rentals. –mjm

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Melissa Jones-Meyer dfweditor@constructionnews.net