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  • Susan Griepsma

    Happy New Year to all of our Chinese friends and colleagues!

    Spring Festival, which most Westerners recognize as Chinese New Year, begins on February 19 this year and ends on March 5. It marks the first day of the Chinese Lunar Calendar and it’s one of the most important festivals of the Chinese people, dating back 4000+ years to the Shang Dynasty.

    Ever wonder why red is such a prominent color in Chinese New Year celebrations? Red is the main color of the festival, and you’ll find it everywhere, from lanterns hanging in the streets to red envelopes, a common gift presented during the Festival. The red color is a symbol of good luck and is meant to ward off evil spirits.

    We wish happiness and prosperity to all in the new year, especially to all our friends at Gorbel Tianjin.

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    I thought I remembered us starting our blog way back in January or February, so I went back to look over our first few posts. Hard to believe our little blog just celebrated its fifth birthday. I hope you've enjoyed reading just as much as we've enjoyed writing for you.

    As I was looking back to our first posts, I found this one about the dangers of castellated beams. Well, here we are five years later, and this is still an issue, so it seemed like the perfect thing to repost. If you have beam that looks like this in your plant, you NEED to read this post.

     

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    The evolution of manufacturing in the US is a pretty amazing thing. The massive machines that exist to do just about everything; the endless hours of engineering and planning that’s gone into making things safer, more productive, more efficient; the way products and processes constantly change to meet the changing needs of the industrial world. It’s a lot to take in. But how often do we think about how things used to be?

    Lewis Wickes Hine. Ever heard of him? I hadn’t either, until I scrolled through EHS Magazine’s Dangerous Jobs: ‘The Way We Worked’ Photo Gallery. Lewis Hine was an American photographer best known for the photos he took of child labor in the early 1900’s as part of the National Child Labor Committee. Child labor was a widespread practice, but one that employers tried to keep hidden. Hine used a variety of creative cover stories to gain entrance into workplaces to sneak these photos.

    This photo gallery on the History Place website (a fabulous site to explore for anyone who loves history!) is especially haunting. They are photos Hine took from 1908 to 1912, showing children as young as 5 years old working long hard hours in dark, dangerous places. As a parent with a young child, and as someone who has worked in the manufacturing world for 15+ years, it’s sobering to think how different the American workplace was 100 years ago. It makes you really appreciate just how far we've come, but recognize there's still so much ahead.

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    It's January of an odd-numbered year. That used to mean that all the biggest names in material handling would be packing up their warmest clothes for a trip to Chicago for the ProMat Show (lovingly called SnowMat by those of us who have shivered through some chilly booth set-ups with those freight doors open at McCormick Place). But MHI heard our pleas, and moved the show to March of this year, and for that we are forever grateful.

    So are you going to be there for the 2015 ProMat Show, March 23-26 in Chicago? If so, don't miss the Gorbel booth (#1259). In addition to our Free Standing Work Station Cranes, we're also going to be rolling out exciting new additions to our Tether Track line of Rigid Rail Fall Arrest Anchor Systems and to our Easy Arm line, plus we'll be showing innovative new tooling options for the G-Force Intelligent Lifting Device. We'll also have some computer stations there so our Gorbel staff can walk you through our latest and greatest from a technological standpoint.

    We'll see you there!

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    Most of the snow has melted around Western NY, thanks to temps in the 30's and 40's these past few days, so it looks like we'll be having a green Christmas this year. I'm sure all the road warriors hitting the Thruway with me over the next few days are as thankful as I am that weather shouldn't be much of an issue this week. But a green Christmas seemed like the perfect time to tell you about a green initiative we have going on here at Gorbel.

    As part of our commitment to a "greener Gorbel", we recently installed 741 new solar panels on our main factory/office building at our headquarters in Fishers, NY. The new panels will provide an estimated 25% of the electrical load for that building, which currently houses manufacturing space for our work station and jib cranes and our fall arrest systems, plus office space for our Manufacturing, Customer Service, and Applications Engineering staff.

    The panels were installed as part of a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) initiative for solar or alternative energy investments.

    "We believe that 'going green' is the right way to run a business. But recently, the costs of these options have not been justifiable," said Brian Reh, President of Gorbel. "The incentives NYSERDA offers however, have now made solar an economically feasible option for Gorbel. We are thrilled this this investment and thank our friends at NYSERDA for helping to make it possible."

    The solar panels allow Gorbel to offset its power consumption in excess of 21% in the highest usage building on campus. Predicted to generate power for 20 to 25 years, the cost savings generated by the panels will pay off the investment within only four to five years.

    (Special thanks to Beth Lane from our Marketing Department for getting up on the roof on a cold, windy day a few weeks ago to take these pictures.)

     

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    What did you do for lunch today? I sat in the Gorbel Training Room, eating brats and potatoes and sauerkraut, munching on a soft pretzel, while my co-workers and I gazed upon a sea of 200+ bottles and cans of beer, wondering which lucky 6 we were going to take home with us.

    Today was the Gorbel Beer Swap. It’s an annual event put on by our Application Engineering department, and it has grown in popularity every year. This year we had close to 30 people participate. Anyone who participates brings in a 6-pack of their favorite beers, and we all put them on tables in the middle of the room. We end up with over 200 bottles and cans to choose from, and believe me, if you're a beer lover like me, it's a beautiful sight. 

    We enjoy a delicious lunch while we work out our strategy for which beers we want, and then the fun starts. We do 6 rounds, and everyone gathers around the table, eagerly eying the first beer they want to grab. Six rounds later, we all have 6-packs full of new beers to try, and we’re anxiously awaiting the clock to hit 5 so we can head home and take that first sip. It’s an hour of great food, great laughs, and hopefully, great beer.

    What fun events does your company do?

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    Lots of interesting characters around the 'ol Gorbel campus today. Either we've hired a bunch of eccentric new employees, or it's Halloween! Enjoy a sampling of the costumes we found around the company today:

    Sales Analyst Audrey Blakeslee poses for a pic before her afternoon cat nap.

     

    Watch out! These devils wear Prada (the always fashionable Mark Dean from Customer Service and Krista Compton from Materials)

     

    The face doesn't look familiar, but the voice sounds an awful lot like Jeff Carpenter (Customer Service/Sales).

     

    Katie Baker and Josh McDowell from our fabulous Maintenance department ham it up.

     

    Guy Fieri stopped by to whip up BBQ for us (and wow! Does he ever look like Tim Loughlin from our Sales department!)

     

    It's Wayne's World, and we're just living in it (Wayne Ahlquist, our Training and Organization Development Coordinator)

     

    An array of creative costumes from our awesome Finance Group (Amie Crowley, Dan Coccia, Wanda Morgan, Margaret Belt, Bobby Green, Valerie Velepec, Beth Embling, and Joanne Wilson)

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    “Bring Your Bow to Work” Day. When fliers promoting our Fall Festival started appearing around the buildings of our New York headquarters with “Bring Your Bow To Work” splashed across them, we were more than a little intrigued. Would there be an archery contest? Would someone be shooting apples off someone else’s head? And most importantly, who had to hold the apple?

    Turns out our Fall Festival involved no apples, but lots of archery, and lots of inspiration. Our special guest was Matt Stutzman. Matt won a silver medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London and currently holds the world record for longest accurate shot in archery. Really impressive, right? What if we told you he was born without arms and shoots his bow with his feet? Things go from impressive to incredible.

    Some of our Gorbel archers

    Matt spent some time with the archers who brought their bows in, and then gave a rousing talk about pushing past limits and really embracing your potential. Then we got to see him in action, and it was truly inspirational to watch. Thank you for sharing your insights with us, Matt! And do yourselves a favor and check out Matt in action on YouTube.

    Matt Stutzman, the Armless Archer, with Gorbel President Brian Reh, holding Matt's Silver Medal

     

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    We just got back from the IMTS Show in Chicago, where our Easy Arm and G-Force Intelligent Lifting Devices again drew a lot of attention. And despite the ever growing popularity of Intelligent Assist Devices in the industrial sector, we still find there are lots of questions about them, what makes them different from traditional lifting devices, and what sets Gorbel devices apart from the rest. Maybe this post will help.

     

    THE BASICS

    Intelligent Lifting Devices (ILDs) allow operators to ergonomically lift and maneuver heavy loads. They use exclusive patented technology and an industrial processor controlled servo drive system to deliver unmatched lifting precision and speed. Their fusion of advanced technology and basic human guidance maximizes productivity while minimizing the risk of injury to the operator. First developed in the late 1990s, ILD usage has significantly increased in the past five years.

     

    WHY ILDs?

    • Studies show ILDs allow for increased productivity and decreased product damage
    • Speed vs. Precision - we've found that users value precision, or a combination of speed and precision, where traditional lifting devices offer just one or the other.
    • The 100 lb. paradigm - For loads weighing 100 lbs. or less, depending on physical ability, workers are more likely to choose manual lifting because traditional lifting devices are too cumbersome.

    Why Gorbel ILDs?

    Customers choose Gorbel ILD's for a variety of reasons, including the ones listed below. Browse our gallery of application videos to see why Gorbel was the right solution for so many different applications.

    • Integrated process and control systems
    • Standard intelligence features
    • Customizable Software
    • Combined collector/air swivel allows the handle to continuously rotate without damaging electrical conductors of coil cord or optional air coil.
    • Custom end tooling maximizes speed, precision, safety and ergonomic benefits

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    I know I say this every time IMTS rolls around, but I love Chicago in September. Especially on the even-numbered years when over 100,000 people who are passionate about Manufacturing converge onto the city for the IMTS Show. How can you not get excited about all the new products, new processes, new everything being shown at McCormick Place this week?

    If you're in the area, stop by the Gorbel booth in E-5284. We're tucked into the back of the Lakeside Hall, but it's worth the walk to see our Easy Arm® with its chuck loading simulation, our G-Force® Intelligent Lifting Devices (one showing a brake rotor application with our Force Sensing Handle and one showing our Virtual Limits capabilities), plus our free standing Work Station Crane system. And if that's not enough to entice you (Really? All that?), you can stop in to talk to a big chunk of our Sales crew and ask them all your questions about crane technology, ergonomic lifting, or fall protection.

    You can also check out our Easy Arm® in the Hainbuch America Corporation booth in W-2413.

     

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    Most successful companies share one common priority: their employees’ safety. Upholding that priority often comes with the need for fall protection. Yet with regulatory requirements to meet and an often steep price tag, fall protection can seem like a daunting undertaking. However, with the right knowledge, implementing a fall protection system can easily fit into any company’s workflow and budget.

    Legally, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates that fall protection be provided at: 4ʹ in general industry; 5ʹ in shipyards; 6ʹ in the construction industry; 8ʹ in longshoring operations; and any height when working over dangerous equipment or machinery.

    In some instances, companies can “engineer” the hazard out of the workplace and eliminate the fall hazard altogether by simply changing a work process. Minor adjustments such as moving work to the ground level or relocating equipment are simple ways to eliminate a fall hazard. When possible, this is one of the more budget-friendly ways to ensure worker safety as it usually does not involve purchasing much extra equipment. However, in some cases, changing the workflow or moving equipment can be more costly than the price of other fall protection options.

    When the risk cannot be eliminated, companies should look to prevent the risk with equipment such as handrails, safety gates, guardrails and rooftop railings. This type of equipment is generally less expensive than a custom-engineered system. However, if work processes change, such equipment may no longer protect against falls, necessitating the need for more equipment or a more in-depth fall protection system. Because these systems cannot adapt as the company’s processes change, such methods are often not the most long-lasting of investments.

    For companies who have not found success with eliminating hazards or preventing falls, restraint systems can be a worthwhile budget spend. These systems can either keep workers from reaching an area where the fall hazard exists, or enable workers to perform their duties from the height required while attached to the system. Though relatively inflexible once installed, when practical, restraint systems can be a reliable and long-lasting investment.

    In many instances, none of the above practices fit a company’s needs or workflow. For these cases, fall arrest systems are the perfect option.

    Fall arrest systems stop the fall in a controlled manner with either wire rope or rigid rail. Wire rope systems require additional fall clearance due to the initial sag of the wire and the stretch of the line during a fall adds to this distance. After a fall however, a wire rope system must be replaced and recertified by a qualified engineer—adding to the overall cost of the system.

    Rigid-rail fall arrest systems stop the fall in a shorter distance by eliminating any sag. Injuries occurring after the fall, such as swinging into objects, are also minimized with rigid rail, as the system doesn’t sag thereby minimizing the total fall distance. In the event of one worker’s fall, the rigid-rail system does not bend or deflect like a wire rope system, thus eliminating the risk to another worker and allowing other workers on the system to continue moving freely and safely allowing them to assist in the rescue of the fallen worker. Often thought of as more expensive than other fall protection methods, rigid-rail systems allow for longer distances between supports without sag, which reduces both material and installation costs making them no more expensive to install and less expensive over the life of the system.

    It can be overwhelming to select a fall protection option when balancing so many factors—productivity, profitability, safety and budget. Yet, fall protection comes in many forms and when such systems are necessary it is imperative to prioritize safety over all other objectives.

     

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    Manufacturing is vital to us here at Gorbel, and we think it's a pretty great field to get into to. That's why we get excited about things like MFG Day.

    What is MFG Day? From the MFG day website, "MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry." This year, MFG Day falls on October 3 (though different MFG Day events are going on throughout September, October, and November.)

    I love the ways MFG Day reaches out to students. There's a scholarship progam with a variety of scholarships available to students interested in different facets of the Manufacturing. And companies can host events where they open their doors to people to show what manufacturing is really like and to let students know about all the exciting opportunities that exist in their facilities. Here's a map to MFG Day events across the country. Stop in. Check them out. Get excited about manufacturing!

    Oh, and if you're wondering how crucial Manufacturing is to our economy, check out the great infographic here. US Manufacturing is the 8th largest economy in the world. THAT is impressive. Aren't you proud to be part of that?

     

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    Every year, Gorbel and our neighboring company Retrotech put on something we call the Carnival of Caring. It's not only a chance for us to get outside on our lunch hours to enjoy some beautiful Western New York summer weather and see co-workers from other buildings that we email every day but haven't seen in weeks, but it's also a chance for us to raise money for local charities. This year's Carnival ran for the past 2 weeks, and it benefits our local Foodlink Backpack Program, which provides meals to local school kids during weekends and holidays when schools are closed. Just $200 can feed a child for an entire year through this program, and we're happy to report that although donations are still coming in, we've already raised about $3500 - enough to feed 17 kids!

    This year's event included a Battle of the Bands, DodgeBall, a Silent Auction, Tug of War, a 50/50 raffle, lots of chances to eat, and even a wing eating contest that included chopsticks and wooden spoons! Thanks to all of the Gorbel employees who participated, and to all of our local vendors who donated things to help make this another success.

    Our first ever all-female Gorbel Tug of War team pulling together to end hunger. Awesome job!

     

    Some of our employees rocking out during the Battle of the Bands.

    Sure, anyone can eat chicken wings the normal way, but how fast can you eat them with chopsticks?

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    Our last post shared some general travel tips from the Gorbel territory sales reps. Today's post is also helpful advice from our salespeople, but these tips are aimed at other traveling salespeople who make their living on the road:

    • Make an effort to experience  and enjoy what other locales have to offer (food, landmarks, culture, etc). It is very easy to fall into the rut of working all day, driving a few hours, and then just crashing in the hotel all night, but experiencing unique local attractions is a great perk of work travel. In a few years, you won't remember being tired that one day, or that Subway sub you had for dinner, but you will remember the cool landmark or amazing local food well after the trip is over.
    • Always carry safety glasses with side shields and ear plugs for visits inside manufacturing plants. Earplugs serve a dual purpose - for site visits and for hotel rooms. You never know when you're going to be staying in a hotel that has a noisy heating or air conditioning system.
    • Prep work is big. Prepare for the trip, both for the actual trip and for your absence from of the office. There are limited things you can do when you are remote and trying to get things done from the road. Getting as many of these items done before you leave the office is huge.
    • Be flexible - No agenda goes as planned and you have to be ready to figure something out on the fly.
    • The quality of your travels is generally proportional to the amount of preparation that you put in ahead of time. Make appointments with people.  Confirm in writing.  Follow up just beforehand, to reconfirm your appointment. Call if you’re going to be late.
    • Always have a Plan B – in a typical week of travel, some appointments are likely to cancel, so always have a backup plan of additional people/places to visit.
    • Spend the company’s money like you would your own money.  Be responsible, and don’t treat your expenses like you just won the lottery.
    • Travel with your own pillow – it adds a touch of home to your sleep routine.
    • Try to start your trip as far from home as you will go and work your way back so your last day is shorter.  As you plan your trip, make 3-4 firm appointments per day and fill-in the space between with "other" calls (lower level dealers, A&E firms, end user prospects and research, etc).
    • You want to make the most of your time on the road by spending it in front of customers.  However, those customers often have changing priorities that sometimes mean they can’t keep the appointments they set with you.  Always have a contingency plan so that if you find yourself with a dropped appointment, you can spend that time being productive elsewhere.
    • In today’s world of credit and debit cards, there are few places where you can’t just swipe to pay anymore.  Depending on what part of the country you are in, there are still some customer favorite local eateries that only take cash.  So always keep enough cash on hand to cover a meal with a customer or for some other cash only need that might come up.  Credit cards are invaluable on the road but cash is still king and can keep you out of a difficult situation.

    I asked the guys what they wish someone had told them about the life of a traveling salesperson before they started:

    • That it can be tough on your family life – being a physically absent parent, spouse, and homeowner can be trying at times, especially when things aren’t running smoothly back home!
    • That outside sales can be a very rewarding career! I still scratch my head, wondering why at colleges “Sales” isn’t a major, or even a course option at most schools. After all, every business has to sell their products and services. I sort of stumbled into my Sales career, but I may have done some things differently to prepare for it, had I known more about it ahead of time.
    • When you get home on Friday, don't tell your spouse/partner that you don't want to go out because you've been in restaurants all week. Chances are, they've been cooped up while you were away.
    • Don’t bother telling your spouse where you are going – if you travel enough, when you check in back home during your trip, he/she probably won’t remember where you are, anyway!!

    Thanks to the Gorbel sales crew for all their great tips and tricks. What about you? What have you learned about business travel that you'd like to share with us in the Comments below?

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    Hard to believe, but we're already mid-way through the summer. Labor Day will be here before you know it. I've been seeing lots of great summer vacation pictures being shared on Facebook, but also lots of nightmare travel stories about sleeping in airports and losing entire days of travel due to flight delays. Are travel stressors unavoidable, or can little changes in how you plan your trips make a big difference in how well those trips go? We checked in with our Gorbel road warriors - our territory Sales reps, who spend a good part of their year in airports and hotels - to see what tips and tricks they've learned through their travels to make trips less stressful.

    Today we'll focus on general travel tips, and our next post will be tips geared specifically towards traveling salespeople:

    • Join and take advantage of every loyalty/rewards program you can (hotels, rental car, airlines, credit card, etc). Those all add up and can offer some nice perks or savings that can be cashed in for personal travel.
    • Book directly with the airline, hotel, car company, etc. It is usually the same price as the deal sites and allows for a lot more flexibility and benefits (rewards points, easier to cancel rooms / change hotels, better options when flights are delayed / canceled)
    • Fly on airlines that have reciprocal agreements with other airlines. When your flight gets canceled and your airline does not have another flight that day to your destination, ask to be transferred to another airline. This does not work if you're flying the low-cost carriers like JetBlue.
    • Get a credit card that has agreements to use multiple airline carrier club lounges. If your flight gets canceled, the club lounge will always have a significantly shorter wait to get a rerouted ticket than standing in the general help desk area of that airline.
    • Get TSA approved to go through the TSA approved security lines at the airport.
    • Sleep on the plane. Traveling can be exhausting. Take advantage of the time in the air to rest if you can. When you land, you’re on the go until the end of the day and that can be a long time away (especially if you are heading west past time zones.)
    • If you drive instead of fly, get a good night’s sleep/rest before you go.
    • Expect that travel will not always be uneventful.  Then if things go smoothly, you’ll appreciate an uneventful trip a bit more.
    • Roll with the punches and don’t get too upset when you experience flight problems.  You catch more flies with honey – so be nice to the airline employees, and you will tend to get better results.
    • If you have flight issues, avoid the long lines at the airline counter – join an airline club if you fly a lot, or at the very least, buy a 1-day pass if you are in a jam.  The airline employees in the club are among the most experienced and helpful people you will meet, and there are typically little to no lines in the clubs.
    • In the busy world we live in, time in the airplane/airport can be used as time to collect your thoughts – think, reflect, plan.  Or… catch up on sleep if you need to!
    • Keep yourself entertained – always pack books, movies, iPads, etc. to fill up big blocks of downtime. 
    • Try to fit all of your stuff in a carry-on – it saves time at the front/back end of your trip, and makes it less likely for the airline to lose your bags!
    • If you think you’re going to get stuck overnight in a layover city, call a hotel right away and make a reservation so that you don’t get stuck sleeping in the airport.

    There you have it. Hope a few of these tips will help on your next trip. So what tips keep you more sane during travel? Help us out and leave them in the comments below!

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    Gorbel's G-Force® and Easy Arm® Intelligent Lifting Devices enable operators to lift and maneuver naturally, as if the devices were an extension of their arms. Our Q and iQ model Intelligent Lifting Devices will help improve productivity, reduce the cost of product damage, and minimize work-related injuries.

    But how do you go about finding tooling to work with the G-Force® and what are some of the options? 

    We realize that some applications will require integrating tooling into G-Force®. Our Dealers have access to specialty companies who have designed and built end tooling for G-Force® applications. These companies are Gorbel preferred integrators (have been through training and have experience in G-force® integration).  Check out this video of some of the tooling that these companies have designed.

     

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    Gorbel continues to grow - and we'd love for you to be part of our team.

    Here are the current openings at Gorbel:

     

    Gorbel understands that quality deserves to be rewarded. That’s why we offer:

    • Competitive Salaries
    • Generous Paid Time Off
    • Employer Matched 401k Retirement Plans
    • Annual Profit Sharing Bonus
    • Health Plans
    • Flexible Savings Account Program
    • Tuition Assistance
    • On-site Fitness Center
    • Outdoor Recreation Area
    • Company Sponsored Functions

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    With Sunday being Father’s Day, I asked around to see what some of our Gorbel dads wish someone had told them before they became parents. I love the answers I got back:

    “Treasure the little things.  Going for walks with the family, sitting on the swings in the back yard, taking a bike ride together.  Time goes by so quickly and these are often the things you remember most.” – Kirk Preston, CraneBrain® Supervisor

    “Try to prepare yourself for how quickly time passes between 'firsts' and 'lasts'.  My oldest daughter is graduating from high school in a few days so this month has been a series of 'lasts' ……..last recital, last dance, last musical.  Seems like just yesterday, she could not even make her way around a stage and now she acts as if she owns it!” - Rob Beightol, Product Marketing Manager

    “I wish someone would have told me that I would probably be bragging about my kids all the time and that some people would probably get tired of listening to me. Too bad for them.” – Joe Bia, Service Specialist

    “Save more. Spend Less. Loving them is easy and free and they’ll always be happy with you around.” – Joe DeMott, Territory Rep

    “How drastic your life will change. Being a father of 2, one boy and one girl,  I have the best of both worlds. Having a child that came into this world with a life threatening health condition was something that I never thought would happen to me. This is something that most fathers never even think about that could happen to them. Once it occurs, you will have to deal with their health issues for the rest of your life. It weighs heavy on my heart and mind all the time. This also drives responsibility to a whole new level for a father as well. You have to trust other people who are making decisions that are in your child’s best interest on a moment’s notice when a medical emergency arises. As you can see, my life has drastically changed when I became a father back in 2003. But one thing for sure is this - I am proud to be their father and enjoy every day that I get to spend with them.” Robbie George, Cleveland Tramrail Factory Foreman

    “Cherish the early years. Never give up a chance to spend time reading/playing/talking to them when they are young. In the moment it is hard to remember that they will grow up and become independent people and lead their own lives.” – Mike Taylor, Engineering Support Manager

    “If you have the desire to do some things for yourself (ex: take up golf), or as a couple (ex: travel), get some of it out of your system before you start having kids.  Once they arrive, it is a total game changer for a good many years! And figure out how many kids your wife REALLY wants to have, before you start down that road!!    I see a lot of young couples who really haven’t talked about it at all, prior to getting married and having kids.” – Pete Friedrich, National Sales Manager

    “Life decisions become much more difficult when you’re a parent. Do you agree to the medical procedure for a child that has risks associated with it, but can greatly improve their quality of life?   You’re no longer making decisions that impact just you, but now you're making decisions for children who are totally dependent on you to make the right decisions.” – Daryl Embling, Plant Superintendent

    “Children need time, sometimes plenty of it, and don’t forget a dose of structure. Life makes time a rare commodity but if you make enough of it for them, they will make some for you later in life.” – Bob Kramer, Production Scheduler

     

    Thank you to all these dads for sharing their insight with us. And thanks to all the amazing dads out there for all that you do. What advice do you wish you had gotten before you had kids? Share it in the comments below - and Happy Father’s Day!

     

     

     

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    My car is just a car. It gets me from Point A to Point B and makes my life easier in countless ways, but I tend to view it as a giant rolling receptacle for dropped Goldfish crackers and empty juice boxes.

    But other people have cars that are cool and sleek and beautiful. Works of art, even. And to celebrate THOSE cars, Gorbel had our 2nd annual Car Show during lunch last Monday. We got to enjoy a delicious lunch outside while we checked out everyone's sweet rides. Here are photos of some Gorbel employees with their awesome automobiles:

    Joe Bia, Service Specialist

     

    Craig Freeman, Service Specialist

     

    Brian Reh, President

     

    Shaun Alianell, Application Engineering Supervisor

     

    Frank Jergler, Technical Customer Service Rep

     

    Murray Hems, Service Specialist

     

    Bill Kramacyk, Inspector

     

    Mike Taylor, Engineering Support Manager

     

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    We went back into the vault for a few more old school Cleveland Tramrail pictures. Enjoy!

    And since there's some Arch beam in those pictures, I feel compelled to warn you of the dangers of aging Arch beam. Age and fatigue in the welds of Arch beam could pose serious risks to your employees. This link includes more information and what you should do if you have Arch beam in your facility.

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