The Best Sand in the Pacific Northwest

Craftsmen News

If you use sandpaper on the job, you probably know that it’s name is pretty deceptive. That’s because it’s made with neither sand nor paper! The ‘sand’ grit used for the abrasive is typically fine grain of aluminum oxide or garnet, and it’s applied to a backing ‘paper’ that’s usually some sort of thin cloth, such as rayon, cotton, or polyester. The mineral dust might look sand, but it’s much sharper than ocean sand, and thus why sandpaper is technically considered to be a cutting tool. If you’re looking for some real sand, we think the best place to find it is riding atop an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) on the beach. Oregon and Washington have some great dunes, with several recreational areas to ride and explore. Here are some of our favorites:

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Robotics in Construction

Employer News

Construction is one of the most dangerous occupations in the world, so we’re always keeping an ear out for new innovations that can make job sites safer. In many cases, using robots is a great solution to this because it can be more efficient and also less risky. With the labor shortage, robots are even more welcome than ever.

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The Modern Craftsman

Craftsmen News

The quintessential craftsman has an appreciation for excellence and precision in his work. And in this hurried internet age, the pursuit of mastering and honing a craft has become a rare endeavor. Because of that, we at Madden have noticed a growing demand for the men and women who never stop striving to get better and better at their work. Here are some of the characteristics that make you a more coveted craftsman today:

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New Ways to Build a Highly-Skilled Team

Employer News

We all know that the smaller pool of workers in our industry has made it difficult to hire quality craftsmen. And unfortunately, the research shows that the labor shortage is only getting worse! It doesn’t help that the school shop department is a thing of the past, and more and more students are being encouraged to go into white collar careers, even if it’s a lifestyle that doesn’t fit everybody. Thankfully, this need for talented trades people has caused some amazing innovation in our industry. Here are some avenues that employers like you can take advantage of to build a highly-skilled team that will help you grow your business:

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Protect Your Hands With The Right Gloves

Craftsmen News

In our work, it’s important to protect our hands. And although there isn’t a pair of gloves that will keep you from every possible injury, you can certainly reduce your risks with the proper choice. The key to pick the gloves based what injury you are shielding your hands from, due to the environment and task you’re involved with. Here’s a quick guide to selecting the right pair of gloves, with the specific conditions in mind:

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Innovative Wearables Making Job Sites Safer

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Construction is one of the most dangerous occupations in the world, so we’re always keeping an ear out for new innovations that can make job sites safer. Here’s some amazing new technology that’s being developed that foster safety in a completely new way.

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How To Manage Friends Working For You

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Congratulations! You just got a promotion, or maybe you started your own business. And all of a sudden, you find yourself in charge of supervising close friends and peers. It’s a tricky position to be in, and you’ll likely need to navigate it carefully. The good news is that managing friends is one of the best ways to develop your leadership skills, because you can’t fool ‘em – they know you best! Here are some tips for getting through the transition:

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A Solution for The Skills Gap

Employer News

There are 6.2 million unfilled job openings in America, which is up from 5.6 million in 2016. Companies can’t find workers that have the skills they need to hire for – in fact 45% of small businesses were unable to find qualified candidates to fill a job opening last year. And, 60% of all employers have job openings that stay vacant for a year or more! It’s especially prevalent in the trades, ranked as the #1 most difficult of jobs to fill for over 5 years now.

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How To Give Yourself a Classic Shave Like Grandpa Did

Craftsmen News

Did you ever have the chance to watch your grandfather give himself a shave? It seemed like a ceremonious event back then – they really knew how to make it into an art. Thankfully, some of the traditional methods of shaving are making a comeback. And if you want to look and feel particularly splendid for your next interview or meeting, a proper shave just might be the trick.

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The New Way to Hold on to Good People

Employer News

More and more workers are stressed out, burned out, and wiped out. And it’s not just because of on-the-job responsibilities. It’s because of the job PLUS everything else in their life that piles up and begins to wear on their health. That’s why there’s been a shift for employers to look beyond encouraging their workers to do typical “wellness” – such as exercise, eating better and not smoking – and look how they can help their people with their emotional, mental, and intellectual health.

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