December, 2011 - Jerry Garrett
Garrett has been selected the Morris, Inc.
Employee/Safety Employee of the Month for December
Jerry is our grading
crew supervisor and has been with Morris, Inc. since
He came to us with many
years of construction supervisor experience and has
been a huge asset to our general services
Jerry is a kind,
patient teacher and is an excellent listener.
He is someone for our
younger, less experienced operators to look up to in
the way he runs and cares for equipment.
He is always on time,
he plans ahead, and has a very good safety attitude.
Jerry does a quality
job from the beginning of the project to the last
day, and does not compromise in any area.
He is willing to go the
extra mile, often before the sun comes up or after
it goes down.
Jerry explains his
goals and what is expected from all of the employees
he’s working with.
He is particular about
all of the equipment on his job and ensures that it
is maintained both mechanically and in appearance.
Some words used to
describe Jerry are conscientious, proactive,
positive, and mentor.
Morris, Inc. is
grateful to have Jerry on our team.
Jerry and his wife,
Mary Ellen, have two sons working for Morris, Inc.
as well…Joey and Jesse.
Thank you, Jerry, for
all you do to provide a safe jobsite and a quality
product every time!
November, 2010 - Joey Garrett
to Joey Garrett for being selected the
Employee/Safety Employee of the Month at Morris,
Inc. for November 2010.
Joey has worked since September ’05 as our
“expert in the field”, literally.
He is a field service technician and travels
from jobsite to jobsite, and from aggregate mine to
mine, analyzing and servicing our heavy equipment to
keep everyone up and running to produce material and
get our general services jobs done in a timely
Joey is always on the job early and ready to go to
applies his skills as if they were second nature.
Joey likes to keep busy, and standing around
does not set well with him.
He is quiet, yet knows the importance of
representing the company professionally.
Joey is always willing to do what it takes to
get the job done.
There are many departments and jobs that rely
on him to address their equipment needs, usually at
the same time, but Joey never complains.
He is always willing to learn and expand his
knowledge, keeping up with cutting edge mechanic
technology as times change and electronics and
computerized components become more and more the
norm in the industry.
We are fortunate to have Joey on our Morris,
Inc. mechanics team.
Thanks, Joey, for all that you do to keep us
up and running strong at Morris, Inc.
October, 2010 - Phil Karber
Karber has been elected the Morris, Inc.
Employee/Safety Employee of the Month for October
Phil was hired in May 2008 as a mechanic for our
He came to us with two years of Diesel
Technology training and nine weeks light/heavy
wheeled mechanic experience in the Army National
Phil has been a huge asset to the shop and
approaches his work with quiet confidence.
He is very safety conscious and looks out for
himself and those around him.
Phil is not outspoken, but when he talks,
everyone listens as they know what he has to say is
He is always at work, on time, and ready to
perform any task that is assigned to him.
He is willing to come in early and stay late
when the need arises.
Phil is eager to learn, always wants to do
the right thing, and stays busy.
He has been working in the field, as well as
in the shop, which exposes him to new challenges
that he has stepped up to and taken on without
Phil has a positive attitude and is very
friendly to both inside and outside customers.
He is always willing to help out and offer
suggestions, and we are grateful that Phil is part
of the Morris, Inc. team.
Thank you, Phil, for your hard work and
September, 2010 - Brent Coon
Inc. would like to congratulate Brent Coon for being
selected our Employee/Safety Employee of the Month
for September 2010.
Brent came to Morris, Inc. in April 2008
after working at Robins Water Conditioning for
almost two years.
At the time, Brent was looking for a career
change and started with us as a Laborer/Equipment
In the short time since coming to work for
our aggregate production department, Brent has
worked his way up to a foreman position.
In this position, Brent is responsible for
maintaining a safe and clean work environment.
His crew is regularly inspected by the Mine
Safety and Health Administration which has strict
safety and health codes that must be adhered to, and
Brent and his crew had zero citations written during
their most recent MSHA inspection.
This is a very commendable accomplishment!
Brent does a good job of keeping the wash
plant maintained and operating smoothly.
He has a good relationship with his fellow
employees and his customers, and has earned the
respect of both.
Brent has a safety first attitude and is
always courteous with both inside and outside
Brent is a quick learner with a good,
positive attitude, and we are glad he’s part of the
Morris, Inc. team!
August, 2010 - Peanut Van Houten
to Keith “Peanut” Van Houten for being selected the
Morris, Inc. Employee/Safety Employee of the Month
for August 2010.
Peanut has been with
Morris, Inc. for 29 of our 40 years in business.
He was a mechanic for
most of that time, but has been in the shop foreman
position for the past two years.
Peanut is the go-to guy
for all types of mechanic issues, from small engines
to large, heavy duty equipment.
He is a great problem
solver and mentor to our less experienced
He has a great attitude
and sense of humor, which makes him fun to be
around, and he treats people with respect.
Peanut stresses safety,
and expects everyone in the mechanic shop to live up
to his high safety standards.
Although the transition
from mechanic to foreman has not always been easy
for Peanut, he has accepted the challenge and has
been willing to do what it takes to hone his
He has stepped up and
does what’s necessary to run a productive shop in
order to serve our internal customer’s needs.
Peanut is not satisfied
until everything is working properly.
Quality control is a
high priority, and he takes a lot of ownership in
the work that is done in our shop.
Thank you, Peanut, for
all your years of dedication to Morris, Inc.
July, 2010 - Tyrone Stith
Inc. is proud to announce that Tyrone Stith has been
selected as the Employee/Safety Employee of the
Month for July 2010.
Tyrone began working
for Morris, Inc. in May of this year and has quickly
made a great impression on his fellow employees.
Tyrone works in general
services, but has spent most of his time in our new
Stone Strong division, where he and others produce
large, decorative, concrete blocks to be used for
larger than average residential or commercial
landscaping projects and retaining walls.
Morris, Inc. is the
only Stone Strong distributor in South Dakota.
We are currently using
Stone Strong blocks on the Ft. Pierre drainage canal
project, and plan to distribute the blocks
Tyrone came to us from
Oregon, where he honed his concrete skills from 1996
to 2008 working as a laborer for a company called
He also spent years
working for Southern Pacific Railroad.
He is always at work,
has never been late, and comes with an upbeat
attitude and enjoyable sense of humor.
He is a hard worker,
very professional, and follows company safety
policies every day without having to be reminded.
We feel very fortunate
to have Tyrone on our Morris, Inc. team.
Thank you, Tyrone, for
your hard work and dedication to Morris, Inc.
2010 - Derek Boe
Boe was voted by the Morris, Inc. employees as
March’s 2010 Employee of the Month. Derek is a very
busy man both on and off work. When not at work, he
enjoys cooking his Applewood BBQ for reunions, weddings,
and other events. He also enjoys watching
his children (Miranda, Lexus, Jenna, Dalton, and Annie) bowl,
coaching Jr. League fast pitch softball, riding
motorcycles, and hopes to be able to do more fishing
this year. At work, Derek keeps very busy with jobs
using the Morris, Inc. concrete placing truck. This
truck is a convenient tool for the placement of
concrete in walls, floors, or hard to reach places
that might be difficult if not impossible to pour
your concrete. Some of the more unique and
interesting pours that Derek has done have been the
fourth floor of the Capitol Building, the second
floor of the CAT building, the bridge piers, and
basement forms…just to name a few. Derek says he
really likes what he does and enjoys his work. Derek
worked for Morris, Inc. from the age of 18 until
about 20 in our Ag-Irrigation dept. He returned to
Morris, Inc. in March of 2008 to our Redi-Mix
department. Derek was voted Employee/Safety Employee
of the Month because he watches what he and others
are doing and offers input at safety meetings. He
has an upbeat attitude and is dedicated to Morris,
Inc. and all that we do. He is willing to work extra
hours when needed in order to get the job done on
time and done right.
February 2010 - Richard Bryant
Richard Bryant was voted
Employee / Safety Employee of the Month for February,
2010. Richard grew up and attended school in the
area. He and his fiancée Judy enjoy camping together
during the warmer months. Deer hunting (and
occasionally pheasant) is another pass time Richard
enjoys during his “off” time. Richard has held 3
jobs in his life: Before moving to Pierre and
coming to work for Morris, Inc. as a truck driver,
Richard lived and worked in
There he worked 13 years as a carpenter for UBC and
then worked as a truck driver for Land O’ Lakes.
Richard was voted Employee/Safety Employee of the
Month by the Morris, Inc. employees because he
really knows what it takes to be productive and to
keep a job on schedule. He is very professional,
keeps a positive attitude, and doesn’t let others
affect his attitude. Richard jumps in to help other
drivers and helps keep them on the road. All of the
drivers respect him and take advice from Richard on
issues they have with their equipment. Richard never
complains or loses his temper, even in the most
He has really stepped up
to safety and speaks about safety issues. When he
sees an issue, he provides solutions. Richard has
taken on the responsibility of the new truck and
trailers and takes great pride in keeping them on
the road and productive.
January, 2010 - Ryen Reed
Reed was voted Employee/ Safety Employee of the month
for January 2010. Ryen grew up in Murdo where he
attended school and graduated. After a brief
reprieve from school he continued his education at
Mitchell Vo-Tech for Power Line Construction. He
where he worked as a lineman for about a year before
moving back to
in 2001. He began working in the Morris, Inc. Ag
Irrigation dept and continues to work there today.
His primary duties in Ag–Irrigation are servicing
our Ag-Irrigation customers and installing pivots,
pipelines, and pumps. Recently the Ag-Irrigation
dept. was recognized as one of the top five highest
selling dealerships in the North Central territory.
In addition to the Ag-Irrigation dept., Ryen helps
out all over the company and is considered an
important aspect to the internal operations of
Morris, Inc. He possesses excellent computer,
technical, electrical, plumbing, and equipment
operation skills and provides services to all of our
departments. Ryen works safe and keeps his people
safe. He is very knowledgeable and isn’t afraid to
take the ball and run. During the Eagle Butte
crisis, Ryen jumped in with both feet and did
whatever was needed to get things going even though
it was an extremely tough job. It was cold and we
worked long hours, but Ryen never complained.
Instead, he tackled the job eagerly. He communicated
with the people in charge and excelled. He surely
deserves to be employee of the month. He could not
have done anymore!
Employee of the Month
Winners for 2009
Employee of the Month
Winners for 2008