By Julie Henry, G&A Assistant
PRIER Products is definitely known for the manufacturing, selling and distributing of brass cast plumbing products but there is something else it’s manufacturing that is less obvious. PRIER is creating a pay it forward type culture within its company. There is a little known trick to the trade that the PRIER management is nailing; they are completely devoted to making their people happy. When I was job hunting I noticed this commitment through the words used in their mission statement. I noticed articles on the walls during my interview where the CEO was quoted regarding the respect and appreciation PRIER shows its employees. “Nothing matters without the people,” Joe Poskin said in a 2005 article. That was 11 years ago and PRIER still has an impressive welcoming package for a new hire such as myself. Through this blog I want to invite all of our customers to consider the impact employee morale has on their products. I will share a few aspects of coming into this new job that made me realize PRIER is top notch as a place to work.
By Angelo Balistreri, Southeast Regional Sales Manager
Disconnected! No, I am not talking about your wifi connection or your phone charger. I am talking about our disconnection with each other, from humanity. Over the years, with the advancement of technology, we have lost touch with one another. Which is ironic since most of these advancements are in the fields of communication. However, the forms of communication being used today are taking away from the one-on-one, in-person connection. We are all guilty. Sending an email or text is so much quicker and easier for us, but what does this do to our relationships with each other?
By Cindy Coats, Controller
For most of my life, my father and I have traveled the world together. As a child, I was an army brat and now that my father is retired, my vacations from PRIER are spent accompanying him on his continued search for new places and new experiences. At the time, growing up the way I did seemed like a burden. Now I realize how fortunate I was and how those experiences have opened doors for me. They taught me to relate to the new people I meet every single day. I have learned that saying “hello” and “goodbye” to the people in my life is an opportunity and that living in the moment and enjoying each day, as it presents itself, is a treasure.
By Ieshia Mayes, Accounts Payable Specialist
Here at PRIER, we are constantly evolving. In the beginning of 2016, we switched to software that required more an upgrade in our technology (i.e. tablets, scanning equipment, cloud usage, etc.). This was an exciting yet arduous move, but we needed our employees to switch gears; sort of like a bicycle.
May 10, 2016 - Grandview, MO - PRIER Products proudly hosted the Kansas City ASPE Chapter this past week for a tour of their Manufacturing Plant and newly constructed Sales, Training and Distribution Center on its property in Grandview, MO. PRIER presented the new facility, including training rooms, sales and engineering offices and warehouse alongside their A-quality manufacturing processes.
By Scott Jones, Warehouse Manager
Any company can be in business employing several good people and never be successful. A professional baseball team can have a few great athletes and still be unable to have a winning record. To become a winning team you need much more than good or great people, you need the right people. The right people don’t always have to be the best or hardest working members of the team but rather the ones who have the desire to do more or give more than others to reach a higher standard of success.
By Mary Mertes, PRIER Intern
When thinking of the most awkward experiences one might have on the job, I’ll bet that going to a sexual harassment seminar with your father isn’t on most people’s lists. I’m lucky enough to have it on mine. For most teenagers, moving away from home is something they look forward to, to get away from their parents. Maybe I’m just different. There’s a plethora of things I could be doing with my spring break, I chose the one that lets me see my dad at lunch every day.