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Spring 2018 Corporate Sponsorship Awards Benefit Two Great Causes


The Native Sons Motorcycle Club and a regionally-ranked Taekwondo competitor are the recipients of the Spring 2018 P1 Group Corporate Sponsorships.

Twice each year, in the spring and fall, P1 associates are invited to apply for a Corporate Sponsorship award. The sponsorships allow P1 to serve our communities through the organizations that are meaningful to P1 associates.

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P1 Apprentices Ace State Competitions in Pipefitting and HVAC


Congratulations to Kyle Cullen and Andrew Maginness on winning state craft competitions in pipefitting and HVAC, respectively.

The purpose of these competitions is to see how well unions across the country are learning different skills and to improve skills overall as a trade.

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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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P1 Charity Bracket Challenge raises $1,160 for the American Heart Association


LENEXA, Kan. -  Ron Schwatken, the father of P1 associate Sonja Raye, won P1 Group’s March Madness Bracket Challenge.

Each year, P1 Group associates, family and friends are invited to fill out NCCA Tournament brackets for ten dollars per bracket. The winner receives half of the proceeds while the other half is matched by P1 and donated to the charity the winner chooses.

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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 assisting customers with R-22 phase-out


LENEXA, Kan. – P1 Group is responding to new OSHA regulations by providing customers with updated information on how to proactively convert and replace HVAC systems.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a phase-out of the production and importation of ozone-depleting substances under the Clean Air Act. The act calls for the former industry-standard refrigerant R-22 to be phased-out. R-22 will not be produced anymore in the U.S. after Jan. 1, 2020.

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P1's pipe shop completing unique panel fabrication job


LAWRENCE, Kan. – P1 Group‘s fabrication shop is taking on more panel fabrication work and recently landed a significant contract to build room pressure reference panels for a lab client.

These panels track the pressures in a room space versus a neutral space and/or an adjacent room’s space for the building automation system. This ensures that rooms hold their negative or positive pressures when doors are opened, fume hoods are used and heating/ cooling systems ramp up or slow down.

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P1 Charity Golf Tournament raises $12,260


Paul Smith, P1 Group, presented the tournament proceeds to Cynthia Randazzo, CEO (left) and Rose Simone, Director of Development., The Research Foundation.

LENEXA, KS – The 15th annual P1 Group Charity Golf Tournament raised $12,260 for The Young Traffic Offenders Program (YTOP) of The Research Foundation. Paul Smith of P1 Group presented the check recently to Foundation staff.

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Kansas educators talk buildings at P1 Group


LENEXA, Kan. - New and aspiring Kansas school superintendents spent time at P1 Group’s Lenexa office this week, learning about procuring and funding facility improvements.

The superintendents are participating in the BOLD (Business Operations Leadership Development) program of the Kansas Association of School Boards.

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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 Awards Fall 2017 Corporate Sponsorships


LENEXA, Kan. - An outdoor learning area at an elementary school and a competitive softball team are the recipients of the Fall 2017 Corporate Sponsorships.

The P1 Corporate Sponsorship program provides financial contributions to selected organizations nominated by P1 associates. The sponsorships provide a way for P1 to serve the community through the activities, events and organizations that are meaningful to P1 associates.

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P1 Group recognized in Aquatherm case study


LAWRENCE, Kan.  - Aquatherm Pipe has published a case study on a project at Berry Global, which was completed by P1 Group.

Berry’s Lawrence plant produces food-grade plastic cups and containers, operating 24/7 all year long. The plant uses an injection molding system and the steel piping that circulated cooling water was corroding, slowing the process down.

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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 Group awarded work at Wolf Creek Generating Station


BURLINGTON, Kan. – P1 Group has been awarded the Essential Service Water (ESW) / Containment Area Coolers (CAC) Replacement Project at Wolf Creek Generating Station.

The scope of the project will include prefabrication of piping assemblies prior to the refuel and the replacement of approximately 540 feet of ESW pipe. Additional work will include replacement of twelve cooling coils and eight associated manifold header pipes on the CAC units.

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More efficient by going paperless

P1 Group is more efficient by going paperless

To reduce inefficiencies and utilize new technologies, P1 is replacing stacks of paper drawings at many project sites with electronic plan documents that can be viewed on tablets in the field.

P1 has also integrated our SharePoint project management system with Bluebeam, a PDF solution that is used by construction, architecture and engineering firms to mark up and edit electronic documents. This allows P1 to provide up-to-date project information to the project foremen, at their fingertips.

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P1 Group’s flexibility helps Magna continue production through project

Magna work in Excelsior Springs by P1 Group

P1 Group’s millwright project at Magna Excelsior Springs involved the demolition of three existing storage and retrieval systems and replacing them with new structures. The towers weighed 9,000 pounds and each one had to be operating before the next system could be removed.

P1 provided flexible labor hours to work with Magna to provide efficient and cost saving concepts.

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P1 Group’s medical gas solution for expanding hospital

Obstetrics and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) building at Olathe Medical Center

P1 Group Inc. is completing the mechanical, plumbing and sheet metal work for the new Obstetrics and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) building at Olathe Medical Center.

The  “Umbilical Phase” of the project – when the new building’s medical gas system was connected to the old building – presented a challenge. P1 earned high praise for the team’s efforts to connect the system during night shifts to maintain operational status during business hours. This made the outage much shorter – lasting a few hours instead of days.

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The Earth, Energy and Environment Center at KU

University of Kansas work by P1 Group

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Work is well underway at the new Earth, Energy & Environment Center at the University of Kansas.

P1 Group is completing the plumbing, electrical, sheet metal and telecommunications work. Adjacent to Lindley Hall, the EEEC Center will bring together geology and engineering faculty and students for energy and environmental research.

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