Back to School

Posted on Aug 30, 2011 by Craig Uhlenbrauck

While Miron Construction projects represent a wide variety of industry sectors, one of our strengths lies in educational construction. During the past decade, Miron has made the grade on more than 100 educational projects, totaling more than $600 million. Our completed projects include elementary, middle and high schools, as well higher education facilities in the public and private sectors.

This past spring/summer, Miron worked on a number of educational projects, including school upgrades in the Sharon, Lake Mills and Hartford School Districts and additions and renovations in the Jefferson School District. Miron is also continuing work on the new Lakeshore Residence Hall and Food Service Facility on the UW-Madison campus and on projects at numerous other UW-campus locations.

Although summer is winding down, there’s still some time for a little fun before hitting the books. Here are some interesting facts to get everyone into the back-to-school swing of things:

  • There’s no lead in a lead pencil. The primary component of all those freshly sharpened pencils, which will be put to use in the next few weeks, is graphite (a form of carbon) mixed with a clay binder. Lead has never been used as the marking substance in a pencil. (Source 1, Source 2)
  • Crayola produces nearly three billion crayons each year, an average of 12 million daily. The average child in the United States will wear down about 730 crayons by his or her 10th birthday. (Source)
  • Though pink is the preferred color for erasers among American school children, erasers are made of rubber compounds and can be dyed virtually any color. (Source)
  • Who is the namesake of Elmer’s Glue? The standard school glue used by generations of students was first made by the Borden Company, a dairy and food producer, in the 1950s. Borden used the image of Elsie the Cow as their mascot. Elmer the Bull was Elsie’s husband. Borden no longer owns Elmer’s Glue, but Elmer continues to grace the labels. (Source)
  • The spiral notebook was born in the 1930s. It was featured as a new innovation in “Popular Mechanics” and patented in 1938.

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About Craig Uhlenbrauck

Craig Uhlenbrauck brings more than 15 years of experience to Miron’s Marketing team. He serves as Vice President of Marketing, leading a diverse team of marketing professionals who develop and implement various strategies and tools to promote Miron in the marketplace and community. Craig’s other key responsibilities include business development in the educational sector, which includes primary, secondary and higher education markets, in particular, providing referendum assistance to schools wishing to make improvements to their facilities.

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