Connie Ashcraft, of Little Rock, Ark., and the safety director of ACE Glass, passed away on Sunday, May 23, 2021, at 76. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Linda Ashcraft; his daughters, Kim Ashcraft Gregory and Kelly Long; grandchildren, Max and Sam Long; siblings, Jolene Dunn, Marylon Kushmaul and Glenda Smith.
Ashcraft was born on October 10, 1944, and began his career with ACE Glass in October 1992. He rose through the ranks to become the project superintendent who would supervise most of the monumental projects that the company worked on. His contributions are seen in the buildings that he worked on and in the lives and careers of the many employees that he trained, according to a company statement.
“Connie always took his work personally. He felt responsible for making sure that the people on his crew not only knew the proper methods for completing the work efficiently and correctly, but he also wanted things done safely. His management strategy evolved with the changes in the workforce and the construction industry, as he became more diplomatic in educating the people who worked on his jobs. He took things very personally and felt a huge responsibility for not only the aesthetics of a project, but the performance of the building, and the growth of the people on his crews,” according to a company statement.
At the end of 2015, the decision was made to add a safety director to the list of permanent positions at ACE Glass, and Ashcraft was chosen for the job. In this role, he was responsible for directing the safety policy and operations for employees across the company. He never shied away from the latest technology used for communication and record-keeping. According to ACE Glass, the programs that he helped put in place have consistently lowered their worker’s compensation insurance modifier and made ACE Glass and CenterLine Systems safer places to work.