SOURCE: Zinc

Zinc

September 14, 2016 09:00 ET

Pepper Construction Named 2016 SuperNova Awards Finalist for Use of Zinc's Enterprise Mobile Messaging Platform

Company's Use of Zinc to Create a Centralized Communication Hub for Multiple Organizations Earns Recognition in "Future of Work" Category

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 14, 2016) - Today, Zinc announced that its customer, Pepper Construction, was named a finalist in the sixth annual Constellation SuperNova Awards, which recognize leaders and teams for their innovative application of disruptive technology in business. Dave Murphy, Safety Director for Pepper Construction, is one of seven people nominated in the "Future of Work - Social Business" category, for Pepper's use of Zinc's enterprise messaging platform, to create a central communication hub for safety issues on a large, multi-million dollar project.

Pepper Construction is building a massive $120 million industrial project in Indiana for an international manufacturing brand, spanning one million square feet across two separate buildings, divided by a highway. Because of the size of the project, communication amongst the many key project stakeholders and tradespeople on campus -- especially around important safety issues -- was difficult via email and text messaging. The company needed a more centralized safety communication platform to manage important messages and safety alerts.

Pepper Construction's safety team and partner Trinity Safety Group used Zinc to bridge communication gaps on this project. Zinc delivered a more effective way of ensuring Pepper Construction workers are up to date on safety and on-site issues. For example, if there is severe weather near the project, administrative and managerial staff can simply send out a push notification to all on-site teams and alert them to the impending danger. The safety team can also quickly deliver a summary of all activities to key stakeholders at the end of each day.

Additionally, workforces on construction projects change constantly with laborers switching in and out as the phases of the work progress. Zinc's flexibility let Pepper Construction maintain consistent, secure lines of communication with this changing cast of workers without having to worry about issuing and managing new devices.

"Zinc is a crucial piece of our project's success," Murphy said. "Safety is the top priority on every project we're a part of, so we need to be able to communicate with the various companies and contractors who are working on site and make sure they're aligned with our goals and vision for the project. Zinc gave us an easy-to-use communication platform that everyone instantly loved using."

"People working on jobsites are busy enough without having to take time out of their day to find someone's contact information, or send and read a constant flow of incoming emails," said Zinc CEO Stacey Epstein. "They just want to text -- it's easy, fast, and familiar. Zinc gives companies a single platform for their workers to text and communicate that's organized around work, so they can instantly get ahold of anyone they need to. Pepper Construction's project is a fantastic example of Zinc in action."

The SuperNova Award judges, comprised of technology thought leaders and journalists, recognized entrants who demonstrated the foresight, creativity and measured audacity to successfully implement emerging technologies for their organizations. Public voting will take place online from September 12-21. The winners will be announced at the SuperNova Awards Gala on October 27 in Half Moon Bay, California, during Constellation's Connected Enterprise.

For more information, visit www.constellationr.com/events/2016-supernova-awards

About Zinc
Zinc is a San Francisco-based company connecting deskless and mobile workers with their colleagues both inside and outside the office. Zinc combines a full-featured mobile messaging platform that employees love, with the security and administrative features that businesses need. Backed by Charles River Ventures and Emergence Capital Partners, Zinc has raised $5 million as part of its mission to inform and empower workers in industries underserved by technology. For more information, visit the website and follow @Zinc on Twitter.

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