More Modern on the Inside
The plant was built in 1972, when brutalism was all the architectural rage. Inside, though, the people are quite pleasant, leading many since then to work their whole lives under this roof.
Just Starting Out
Shop worker Bryant Stevenson celebrated his one year anniversary a day before this picture was taken in January. Plant manager Vicki Davis says that once people make it past one to two years, they usually stay a while. Voluntary turnover was 4.6% in 2018.
Employees can earn up to a 5% bonus each quarter by meeting goals in safety, on-time delivery and productivity. With access to real-time data on the shop floor displays, workers can keep score on how well they are doing.
Defects have dropped by 7% since 2015. Part of this is due to workers being encouraged to recommend solutions to problems in weekly meetings.
Room to Expand
This giant room is now used for copper tube fabrication, but soon will expand to large commercial HVAC production.
Assembly is still all done by hand, but industrial robots are now picking up the slack, and sheet metal, in the fabrication department.
Safety has improved to the tune of $1.9 million in annual savings since 2009, with zero lost time incidents since 2010. Leadership preaches that anyone and everyone can make a big difference with small changes.