By John Clayton, Machining Manager
“Technology” is the buzz-word of our lives. We are reminded daily of the latest technological advances that will improve our lives and all of the reasons why we can’t live without them; from smart phones, huuuuge flat screen TV’s and cars that run solely on batteries to GPS navigation systems that have maps forever sequestered to the glove box (if they even exist). PRIER Products has accepted the challenge and the allure of technology to advance their manufacturing capabilities. In the last couple of years, the company has invested in four Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) machine tools to manufacture their water hydrant components in-house. This enables the company to have greater control of quality, productivity and easier prototyping for development of future products.
By Joyce McMurray, Customer Service Representative
PRIER believes the well-being of our communities has a direct effect on PRIER’s success and that of our associates and fellow citizens. We take our mission, “to enrich lives to become all they are meant to be,” beyond our factory walls and into the communities we call home. With that, PRIER strongly encourages employees to volunteer their time in the community to give back.
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.