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Foundation Repair Contractors Attend 2-day Production Management Training in Omaha, NE


Over 32 owners and production managers of foundation repair contractors throughout the United States and Canada attended Best Foot Forward, Excellence in Production Training in Omaha, NE on May 7th-8th at Foundation Supportworks® (FSI) Headquarters.  The first morning of training focused on the role of the production manager, and the importance of focusing on high value activities while delegating low value activities to help their production team achieve excellence.  The next topic discussed was creating a healthy “One Team” mentality between the sales and production departments.  These two departments can have strained relationships, but with intentional effort and leadership, a team atmosphere and unity will develop over time.  Training continued with discussions on how a production department’s success can be impacted positively by being organized and having the right tools and equipment available.  The Best Foot Forward program has several examples for production managers to follow to better their crews organization.  Two custom software solutions were also demonstrated:  Tool Tracker™  and Crew Organizer™ .  Tool Tracker™  is a thorough systematic approach to keeping track of serialized and consumable tools by location.  Crew Organizer™  is a great solution for assigning people and equipment to jobs based on skills and abilities of the crew members, as well as availability of equipment.

After lunch, training resumed with a discussion on building a great team.  Many topics were covered, including how to recruit for exceptional production workers, hiring, orientation, setting expectations, compensation, ongoing training, and conducting meetings.  After a short break, the final training session for the day discussed measuring and incentivizing performance, as well as quality assurance procedures.  Confirming quality is important and this is done with a crew scorecard, where each foreman is given a net promoter score by their customers.  Quality is further confirmed by explaining how to inspect what you expect with job site inspections.  The day completed with an evening reception where owners and production managers were able to network with their peers from other parts of the country.

Day two started by discussing the office component of production.  Production scheduling was discussed and production managers were challenged to set scheduling parameters for their crews in addition to having their call center do the scheduling if they aren’t already doing so.  A professional crew has responsibilities before the job a_MG_3184nd these responsibilities were covered, including a call to the customer on the way to the jobsite.  Once the crew arrives at the jobsite, their professional responsibilities include a systematic approach of communicating with the customer to instill confidence in their crew and the crew’s abilities.  Lastly, the attendees discussed the process of conducting the final walk-through a crew leader should conduct with the homeowner upon completion of the project.  After lunch, BizWiz® presented their latest innovations with the functionality of a hand held tablet for crews at the jobsite.  Training concluded with a discussion on implementation and next steps for each attendee.

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Foundation Supportworks Earns ICC-ES Evaluation Report

ICC Approval on helical foundation systemFoundation Supportworks, Inc. (FSI) is pleased to announce the issuance of the International Code Council Evaluation Services (ICC-ES) Report (ESR) 3074, confirming compliance of our helical foundation system with the International Building Code (IBC). Evaluation of the FSI helical foundation system followed product design and testing in accordance with AC358, Acceptance Criteria for Helical Foundation Systems and Devices. AC358 is the only published standard for establishing system capacities for helical foundations.

“By applying for and now having an ICC-ES report issued on our helical product, Foundation Supportworks has again demonstrated our commitment to providing high-quality products that satisfy a standardized testing and certification process. The ICC-ES report assures customers, design professionals and code officials that these products can be trusted to perform as indicated,” says Don Deardorff, Senior Application Engineer for Foundation Supportworks.

ICC-ES evaluation reports offer independent, verified evidence of a product’s code compliance, as well as summarizing relevant installation requirements and testing references. ICC-ES is an independent subsidiary of ICC, created in 2003 when four national building product evaluation services were combined to provide consistent, professional evaluation of building components, products and processes.

Foundation Supportworks offers a complete line of foundation stabilization products for the remedial repair of existing structures as well as deep foundations for new construction projects. The Foundation Supportworks product line includes helical pile and helical anchor systems, push pier systems, lightweight cellular concrete and geopolymer stabilization products. Our international network of contractors consists of some of the most sophisticated foundation repair experts in the world.

Foundation Supportworks is committed to being the leading manufacturer of helical foundation systems and is proud to have completed this important phase in verifying code compliance of our products. For more information on Foundation Supportworks or the products we offer, please visit our website at

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Foundation Repair Contractor in Denver, CO Receives ACE Award

Complete Basement Systems was recently honored with the Associated General Contractors ACE silver award for “Meeting the Challenge of a Difficult Job.”  The foundation repair company located in Denver, CO was recognized for their work installing helical piles on the Alta Vista Charter School in southeast Colorado.

The award was presented to Complete Basement Systems on November 4th at the 2011 Associated General Contractors ACE awards banquet.  The banquet was attended by more than 550 contractors and industry leaders who gathered to recognize and celebrate the outstanding commercial construction projects completed within the last year.  The AGC of Colorado presented a total of thirty-one awards at the ceremony, including 14 ACE awards.  The 36 entries in 14 categories, submitted by 27 AGC member companies, demonstrate the outstanding creativity, skill and excellence of Colorado’s builders, architects, engineers, and subcontractors.

The Alta Vista Charter School was constructed in 1917.  In 2011, the school planned a “historic” renovation to 6,240 square feet of the existing building as well as construction of a new addition of 18,000 square feet (view case study).  Helical piles were selected as the ideal deep foundation stabilization option for this site given the subsurface conditions, groundwater levels, ease of installation and ability to efficiently size the piles for the various design working loads that were needed.  The team at Complete Basement Systems completed the job by installing 136 piles in approximately two weeks.

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Engineering Seminar in Springfield, Illinois is Attended by more than 250 Professional Engineers

Jeff Kortan, Director of Engineering for Foundation Supportworks, was invited to speak at an engineering “boot camp” in Springfield, Illinois during the week of October 4th. The 4-day event, sponsored by the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE), was attended by over 250 professional engineers from the state of Illinois. The attendees were allowed to choose from a variety of break-out seminars during the week, with each seminar earning them professional development hours towards their registration requirements. Foundation Supportworks was asked by the ISPE to facilitate presentations for three of these seminars. Maintaining a focus on deep foundation solutions, Jeff presented on the following topics: Helical Systems 101 – Applications and Case Studies; Helical Systems 201 – Getting Technical; Hydraulic Push Piers – Retro-Fitting Foundations.

During intermissions, the attendees were able to spend time in the exhibit hall and meet with companies from around the area to learn about the different products and services they provide. Ben Good of Foundation Supportworks by Woods, and Josh Wennmacher of MidAmerica Basement Systems had a booth in the exhibit area displaying the foundation stabilization systems they provide.

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Foundation Supportworks is Nominated for the “Innovator of the Year” Award

Foundation Repair Company AwardedFoundation Supportworks is pleased to announce that on Thursday, March 31st, our company was recognized by the Omaha Chamber of Commerce as a nominee for the “Innovator of the Year” award.

The Big O! Excellence Awards are part of a new program designed to recognize the contributions of Greater Omaha individuals and businesses in the Omaha business community. The “Innovator Award” recognizes an organization that has both envisioned and executed on an opportunity and acknowledges innovators who are creatively making a difference and likely to be leaders in their field.

Foundation Supportworks was founded with the intention to not only provide fully-engineered, quality foundation stabilization products, but also provide foundation repair contractors throughout North America with the proper tools and training to assist them in building more successful businesses. Our mission statement is:

To be the industry leader,
relentless in our pursuit to be extraordinary
with support, service, training and products
that inspire success.

Foundation Supportworks has truly envisioned and executed on an opportunity to revolutionize the foundation repair industry by creating and implementing new innovations in the specific areas of engineering, sales, marketing and training. We’re honored to be nominated for this outstanding award!

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Engineering Seminar in Denver, CO Educates Design Professionals on Helical Foundation Systems

Complete Structural Systems, a division of Complete Basement Systems in Denver, CO, recently hosted a 5-hour engineering seminar for design professionals from across the state. Complete Structural Systems has been providing engineers, architects, general contractors and homeowners with foundation repair and stabilization solutions throughout Colorado for more than a decade. The seminar was held on March 10th, and attracted over 65 engineers looking to increase their understanding of deep foundation solutions, while also earning 5 professional development hours. Foundation Repair Seminar in Denver, COFoundation Supportworks, a leading manufacturer and distributor of foundation stabilization equipment headquartered in Omaha, NE, was represented by their Director of Engineering, Jeff Kortan, PE. Jeff facilitated the event, which enabled attendees to ask questions and interact throughout the seminar. His presentation allowed the engineers in attendance to expand their knowledge about typical applications, design considerations, capacity calculations, and material selection for Foundation Supportworks helical foundation systems, helical soil nails, and push (resistance) pier systems.

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Larry Janesky Publishes His Newest Book, “The Highest Calling”

Larry Janesky, Co-Founder of Foundation Supportworks, is an authority on creating and growing businesses for the benefit of business owners, employees and customers. Larry is a highly successful author of five books, acclaimed speaker, inventor with 24 patents, business leader with 27 years of real world accountability and success, and has big plans for the future.  

The Highest CallingHis latest highly anticipated book, “The Highest Calling,” an inspirational novel about business and life, struggle and success, can be ordered now at  The book is more than an inspirational book. For those that seek, it is a powerful entrepreneurial education; one that will improve lives and make a difference in businesses around the world.

Larry’s vision and leadership is part of what makes Foundation Supportworks a leader in the foundation stabilization industry.  Foundation Supportworks offers a complete line of foundation products including helical pile, helical anchor, and push pier systems that support residential and commercial buildings, stabilize foundation and retaining walls, support tower foundations and many other deep foundation applications.

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