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Back-to-school 101: Tips and Tricks from P1 Group's Ann Liggett


When you raise six kids, you know a thing or two about getting them ready for back-to-school time. P1 Group Proactive Solutions Consultant Ann Ligget is mom to a half dozen (and only one girl), ranging in age from 13-27.

When it comes to getting them back to school, Ann says organization, preplanning and a certain level of autonomy are key.

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Project Profile: Lakin Elementary Kitchen Remodel


When class is dismissed for summer, P1 is working fast to complete school projects.

Main image: One of the most significant changes in Lakin Elementary's kitchen will be unseen by most people - the new kitchen hood exhaust and makeup air unit, which will alleviate air leakage issues.

Each summer, P1 Group has at least one significant school project to complete on a compressed schedule. As August 1 got closer, P1 school job crews put in the extra work to finish, making sure buildings are ready for students and teachers to return.

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New P1 Group Coil Line Slashes Manufacturing Time

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P1 Group can now manufacture standard lengths of duct at a fraction of the time in the Lawrence, Kansas, fabrication shop.

The recently acquired equipment is called an Iowa Precision Coil Line. P1 Group “adopted” the previously owned machinery from a contractor in Boston. The equipment was shipped in pieces on four semis and installed by P1 Millwrights.

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Associate Profile: Brian M. Embraces Work and Relaxation in Las Vegas


“It’s not exactly what you think of when people say ‘Vegas’,” P1 Group Senior Project Manager Brian Maginness said of the scenery pictured above. From distant mountain peaks dusted with snow to the all-terrain outdoor scenery, it didn’t take long for Brian to embrace the western landscape.

A native of the Kansas City area, Brian picked up from his Blue Springs, MO, home in 2015 and moved his wife, Jamie, and son, P1 Group Apprentice Andrew Maginness, to Las Vegas where he joined the P1 Group office led by Vice President Brad Davis.

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P1 Group included in Bluebeam guidebook


P1 Group’s document management system has been featured in “The Bluebeam Guidebook: Game-Changing Tips and Stories for Architects, Engineers, and Contractors.”

Black & Veatch engineers Rachel Atteberry and Jason Hascall wrote the guidebook and included a five-page case study on P1 Group’s work with Bluebeam Studio Enterprise. P1 Group's Vanessa Taylor, IT Special Projects, and Sarah Garcia, Corporate Trainer, connected with Rachel and Jason though the Kansas City Bluebeam Users Group.

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P1's Grit Award goes to Carey Minihan


Carey Minihan (center) with Kollin Knox (left) and Bruce Belcher (right).

Carey Minihan is the recipient of the April 2018 Grit Award, which is part of P1’s Commitment to Excellence award program. Kollin Knox presented Carey with the award at the All Office Annual Meeting on Friday, April 27th.

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Palmer awarded JATC apprentice of the year


TOPEKA, Kan. – Kaleb Palmer, a fifth-year apprentice for P1 Group, was awarded apprentice of the year for Local 226 by JATC. Palmer participated in an apprentice contest, which consisted of a hands-on and written portion. Palmer has primarily worked on projects in central Kansas with P1 Group. His work was judged and he received the highest overall score. Palmer advanced to the 2018 IBEW 7th District contest, which was held on March 24

P1 Group named a 2017 Top 600 Specialty Contractor


P1 Group has been named a 2017 Top 600 Specialty Contractor by the Engineering News-Record (ENR). P1 Group was ranked 110th among all specialty contractors and also placed 38th on the “Top 50 Firms in Mechanical” list.

The ENR list combines 16 categories of specialty contractors and ranks them by annual revenue. The contractors listed had combined revenue of $113 billion in 2016, up 12% from $110 billion in 2016. The mechanical and electrical trades accounted for 49 percent of the total revenue.

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Smitty Belcher makes Ingram's business leader list


Smitty Belcher, P1 Group CEO, has been named to the Ingram’s 2017 list of the 250 most powerful business leaders in the Kansas City area.

In its profile of Smitty, Ingram’s said: “Well-known across the country for safety and craftsmanship, P1 is under the leadership of a one-time certified welder for nuclear plants who knows what it means to care about a job well done. As CEO, Smitty Belcher maintains a focus on both quality work and quality of life for his workers. With turnover of less than 2 percent and 2016 revenue of $220 million, Smitty’s shop seems a good one for employees and customers alike.”

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P1 Group honored with Bluebeam eXtreme Award


Some of P1 Group's Bluebeam team are (back row, from left) Bo Wempe, Cody McCray and Patrick Loecker; (front row, from left) Vanessa Taylor, Matt Damon, Sarah Garcia, Laura Adkins and Cameron Cooper.

LENEXA, Kan. - P1 Group, Inc. was recently awarded a Bluebeam eXtreme Award (bXa) for Advanced Use of Bluebeam Revu.

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P1 apprentice wins Missouri plumbing competition


Judges and competitors of the UA Missouri State Plumbing Contest, from left: Andy Johnson, Chris Dieckman, Leroy Bradley, Paul Nickell, Tanner Hansuld and Tony Smith.

Paul Nickell KANSAS CITY, Mo. -  Paul Nickell, a P1 apprentice, won the UA Missouri State Plumbing Contest on April 29 at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship Training Center of Missouri/Local 8.

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P1 Group apprentices win big at state competition


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TOPEKA, Kan. - P1 Group apprentices won three of the four top spots last month at the state competition of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship Training of Kansas/Local 441.

The winning fifth year apprentices were Jeremy Alexander, Plumber; Kyle Babcock, Pipefitter; and Chase Serrault, HVAC-R. All three are eligible to compete at the District 4 competition on June 6-9 at Local 455 in St. Paul, Minn. Jeremy Alexander is unable to attend, however, so the second place winner will go in his place.

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Ben Gannaway honored with P1 Group 2017 Virtue Award


LAWRENCE, Kan. - Ben Gannaway is the recipient of the 2017 Virtue Award, which is part of P1’s Commitment to Excellence award program. Ben is the Warehouse Operations Manager and works out of the Lawrence office.

Ben was nominated for the award by three fellow associates. Ben is described as being courteous and thoughtful. He works tirelessly to fulfill requests and answer questions. Ben is very patient with all associates and takes the time to teach others about the warehouse operations.

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Ingram's names Smitty Belcher a top KC business leader

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Smitty Belcher, P1 Group CEO, has been named to the Ingram’s Magazine list of the 250 most powerful business leaders in the Kansas City area.

In its article, Ingram’s said of Smitty:

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Annual Kevin Lane scholarship awarded

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LENEXA, KS. – The annual Kevin Lane scholarship has been awarded for the second time to University of Kansas student, Patrick Canny. The scholarship is in honor of the late Kevin Lane, who worked as an electrical foreman at P1 Group for more than 27 years.

As a sophomore this year, Patrick recently visited P1 Group’s headquarters. He has made some big changes in his life since he stopped by last year. After working a summer internship at an aerospace engineering firm, he wondered if a degree in mechanical engineering was the right choice for him. A friend working in New York at a medical lab then inspired him to consider pursing computer science. A few programming classes later, Patrick decided that exploring a career in data science would give him the freedom to fully reach his potential.

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Liz Ferguson honored with P1 Group 2016 PRIDE (Personal Responsibility In Delivering Excellence) award

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Liz Ferguson is the recipient of the August 2016 PRIDE Award, which is a part of P1 Group’s Commitment to Excellence program. She is a Project Engineer who has worked out of the Las Vegas office for almost two years.

Whether she’s assisting project managers with their daily tasks or helping an Estimator get a bid out the door, her attention to detail is impeccable. Liz puts a tremendous amount of pride into her work and consistently goes above and beyond to get the job done. She is conscientious and takes the time needed to ensure her work is correct and accurate. Her diligence makes processes flow much smoother.

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P1 office associates receive safety training

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Greg Sweeney gave the safety talk.

LENEXA, Kan. - P1 Group Lenexa office associates had their first Quarterly Safety Meeting this week, providing them with the opportunity to learn more about P1 Group’s commitment to a “Safety First, Quality Always” culture.

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Ingram’s names P1 a top private company

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Ingram’s, a Kansas City business magazine, has ranked P1 Group 62nd on its 2016 list of the 100 Top Private Companies in the Kansas City region.

The list was published in Ingram’s June issue. To compile the list, Ingram’s ranked companies by 2015 revenues. P1 was ranked 62nd in 2015, 64th in 2014, 69th in 2013 and 73rd in 2012.

P1 ranks within top 25 on Book of Giants list

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Contractor magazine’s annual Book of Giants has ranked P1 Group, Inc. 24th among the nation’s top 100 mechanical contractors.

P1 Group also made the list of ten largest mechanical contractors in the Midwest.

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P1 Group Electrical Apprentice Wins Top Honors

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Darin Mason, center, accepting his award with his wife, Amy, and Mark Pottorff, Training Director at Topeka Electrical JATC. A P1 Group electrical apprentice won the 2016 IBEW 7th District/ NECA District V Outstanding Inside Apprentice award.

And not only did Darin Mason win the contest on March 21 in Tucson, Ariz., he set a record.

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