Industrial Safety

NASCAR racer and Scheck Industries bring a safety message to workers


Jul 08, 2009

Popular race car drivers often draw a multitude of sponsors, and NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer is no exception. It is easy to see why Cheerio’s and Hamburger Helper might sponsor this dynamic favorite of racing fans — but many people might not see the reason behind Bowyer’s sponsorship by Scheck Industries, a developer of power and process piping, pipe fabrication, HVAC, facility maintenance, boiler and instrumentation services. Richard Childress Racing’s (RCR) Clint Bowyer will compete in the 400, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at the Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Ill.

Scheck Industries' President, Richard Scheck, has enjoyed racing since his own drag racing days in his 1958 Chevy Impala. As Scheck Industries has grown, so has its involvement in the racing community. In 2006, Scheck Industries signed Clint Bowyer as a corporate spokesperson. Scheck's involvement with NASCAR provides a highly visible platform for the company to expand into new markets through networking with clients, other sponsors and brand-loyal racing fans.

More importantly, Scheck has utilized its affiliation with NASCAR to spread the message of safety to its workforce, clients and others throughout the construction industry. Bowyer has spoken at numerous locations on behalf of Scheck, including jobsites, operations meetings and social events, stressing the great importance of safety.

Bowyer’s high regard for safety is very prevalent when he is walking Scheck’s project sites and speaking to the craft employees about their daily safe work plans. In 2008, Scheck Industries was recognized by the Mechanical Contractors Association of America for their excellent safety record: 1,102,681 work hours with no lost work time. Safety is so important to Scheck, they have developed a workplace program called JAWS: Job Aids for Working Safely, which includes daily talks and other components to help keep workers aware of safety concerns. Scheck was recently awarded the Most Innovative Safety Program by the Mechanical Contractors Association of Chicago for its JAWS Program.

Prior to their affiliation with RCR, Scheck has teamed with former Nextel Cup Champion, Rusty Wallace, in sponsorship of his race team Rusty Wallace, Inc. RWI team drivers have included Jamie McMurray, Jeremy Mayfield, Steve Wallace, and others.

Family owned and operated since 1984, Scheck has grown from a 15-person team in 1984 to its current status as a thriving corporation with 2,000-plus craftspeople. Scheck’s seven facilities throughout the country provide local and national support to a client list that includes the power, petroleum refining, food & beverage, renewable energy, healthcare, semiconductor, commercial and institutional markets.

For more information on Scheck Industries, visit For more information on driver Clint Bowyer, visit