Optimism spreads within a company like Crush-It Inc. of Osprey, Florida, when the president and other officers view industry changes as opportunities for growth. In the life cycle that Crush-It has experienced over the past 12 years, Dave Richardson has navigated the ups and downs of the construction marketplace by growing his recycling company and his team. The growth has come with new employees that he hires for the purpose of growing them up through the ranks.
Training is part of the program at Crush-It because the company builds safety into its culture from the moment an employee joins the team. Richardson explains that the simplest part of training is to hire laborers and train them up.
"Almost all of our foremen were laborers once," he says. "We go over safety, pinch points, PPE (personal protective equipment). They work on the ground. Later on, which can be 12 to 15 months, they can get on the crusher. Then they can get on the loader."