By Scott Brady, Research, Development and Engineering Manager
Anyone who has studied Quality, like myself, has heard of Dr. W. Edwards Deming. Deming was an engineer/professor/consultant best known for his work in Japan after WWII. He worked with the leaders of Japanese industry and is credited for being the inspiration that helped Japan rise from the ashes to become the second most powerful economy in the world. Deming championed the work of another Quality guru, Walter Shewhart, who originated the concept of Statistical Process Control (SPC) and the use of control charts. Deming took this concept and applied it to industrial production and management, leading to his theory of management. He saw that these ideas could not only be applied to manufacturing processes, but also to the processes by which enterprises are led and managed.
By Carla Boungjaktha, NorPac Manfuacturer's Representative
For some of us, the end of the year can be a time of personal reflection of the events that transpired throughout the year; a time to reflect on our performance, achievements and contributions. But more importantly, it is a time to reflect, appreciate and honor individuals who have helped make our personal successes a reality.
By Cindy Coats, Controller
I remember the first time I received a call from Joe Poskin at PRIER Products, Inc. After hanging up the phone, I logged into PRIER’s website and read that the website had recently been updated by Nick Manning. I didn’t know either of them from Adam, but after reading the rich history of PRIER Products, I wanted to know more. My family has always been interested in our lineage and how we got to be who we are today. I feel like knowing PRIER’s past makes me a part of the family and a part of PRIER’s future.
By Emilie Ospino, HR Assistant
At PRIER, we love to support Kansas City and foster a sense of community within the company. In fact, we have a committee dedicated to bringing everyone together in an effort to build comradery. So far this year, PRIER associates have gone bowling, created a company picnic at Longview Lake and attended a Royals game. This fall, we intend to keep the spirit going with a costume contest for Halloween and a traditional Thanksgiving feast.
By Angelo Balistreri, Southeast Regional Sales Manager
Karoshi. This Japanese word literally means “death by overwork”. It has been such a common occurrence that a society actually gave it a word. Now this may be a little on the extreme, but it does bring to light a serious matter in today’s occupational world. A matter in which employee’s struggle to find balance between their professional and personal life. Finding that middle ground and establishing work-life balance could just save your life.
By Stephen Ludwig, Vice President of Ludwig, Smith and Walker
“Big shoes to fill” is a phrase I kept hearing over and over for years. My Father is (at least in my mind) a legend in this industry. He spent 43 years traveling the Carolinas, many times spending up to 5 days on the road, but when he would finally make it home, his number one focus was his family. I try to remember how hard it was for my mom with him being gone so much, unfortunately one full afternoon of riding bikes with me and coaching my baseball team overshadowed his absence during the week. He taught me the meaning of hard work, honesty, integrity and compassion.