Weitz Supports, Encourages Women in Construction

Samantha Pinkal Business Development Manager

             Samantha Pinkal

Samantha Pinkal, Business Development Manager at The Weitz Company’s Phoenix office, was recently interviewed for an article in the July/August issue of AZRE which addresses the role and wages of women’s in the commercial real estate industry. Samantha shared her personally and professional journey from her early years as a girl scout member receiving an award for constructing a gazebo to earning a degree in construction management to joining Weitz as a Project Engineer in 2006. Since then, Sam has steadily accelerated her way up the organization and credits Weitz’s leadership who provide an inclusive environment with opportunities to learn, lead, and have fun. Sam states, “The leaders of our industry should be actively encouraging their female employees to seek leadership positions and provide them with the resources they need to do so… I know my career would have been very different had I not had a mentor and a champion for me at Weitz.”

Check out the full article on AZRE in which Samantha and others share their thoughts about women in construction.


Part 3: Food Safety. Traceability



Traceability has permeated every aspect of our lives. We have social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, and passport numbers. Our cars have VIN numbers. Our online purchases have tracking numbers, and our store bought goods have bar codes and receipts. It’s hard to imagine buying a used car without a Carfax report. In some food categories, we want to understand non-GMO, organic, gluten free, fair trade, not from concentrate, or made with real sugar. Now that consumer consciousness and technology make traceability of food both expected and possible, what steps should food producers take?

Traceability Support: IT Systems

An IT system can support traceability if it can demonstrate the following roadmap. In the first, two steps, utilize the inventory management system to identify and label containers.

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Follow those three steps above in order to have a comprehensive process for traceability.

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Can you maintain the environmental conditions in your facility to produce food at its highest quality level? Enable a historian data collection system to record these parameters and marry them with production runs.

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Does your equipment come with sufficient instrumentation to document the different parameters you need to record? Include these equipment and instrumentation requirements in the corporate engineering standards.


Major Breakthroughs in Food Safety

There was a time when major breakthroughs in food safety and quality came in the form of GMP’s and worker training. The next major breakthrough was process automation. The current wave of breakthroughs is coming in the form of packaging innovation.

The future wave of food safety breakthroughs will come from IT systems and “smart” manufacturing plants coupled with “smart” supply chains. The customer expects traceability and the food industry is capable of delivering.

Did you miss Part 1 and Part 2? Click the link below to read the complete 3-Part Series on Food Safety…

Part 1: Food Safety. The Power of People

Part 2: Food Safety. One Standard



MATTHEW CHANG, PE Market Sector Leader-Food, Beverage & Consumer Products

Market Sector Leader-Food, Beverage & Consumer Products

JIM COSTA Managing Director, Solution Engineering and Project Management CO., LTD

Managing Director, Solution Engineering and Project Management CO., LTD


Slipform Construction Complete at the Ozark Mountain Poultry Feed Mill Facility

IMG_0123Weitz is excited to complete the slipform construction of the Ozark Mountain Poultry Feed Mill Facility located in Magness, AZ. The new $24.5 million plant has a manufacturing capacity of 12,000 tons per week of animal feed and 11,100 tons of ingredient storage. The scope of work included project development, engineering, permitting, site development, civil, structural, mechanical, and millwright installation.

The main mill structure was built using the slipform method of concrete construction and has a roof elevation of 189’-0”.   The receiving system includes truck and rail receiving of whole corn and soft stock ingredients.  Two (2) feed processing and pelleting lines; steam generating building; liquid ingredients tank farm and containment; and warehouse and welfare structure have also been installed.


Weitz Standardizes Quantity Takeoffs to Improve Information Flow with Bluebeam Revu

image-cs-weitz-1Greg Martin, Senior Manager of Operational Excellence at Weitz, developed a case study to describe the standardization of information using Bluebeam Revu. This type of technology is key to lean construction in the market place.

“As part of this effort, Weitz has been focused on improving their lean processes, including the flow of information downstream. “Lean is a big thing at our company,” states Martin. “It’s based on the foundation of standardization, so you can take that standard and improve upon it. But, it can be a challenge for a company of this size to capture what the standard is, train on it, and continuously improve.”

Check out the latest article from Bluebeam, in which Greg Martin and other experts improve quantity takeoffs to improve information flow.

Groundbreaking of The Ranch, an Epworth Senior Living Community

Weitz Senior Living is thrilled to announce the groundbreaking of The Ranch, an Epworth Living Community located in Stillwater, Oklahoma. This is one of the few greenfield continuing care retirement communities in the country. The community will offer Independent Living, Assisted, Skilled Nursing, Memory and hospice care.