By Brady Poskin, Plant Manager
In most manufacturing organizations, there are nearly unlimited ways to improve the manufacturing process and at PRIER, we certainly embrace the mentality of continuous improvement. One way we determine how to improve is by looking at return on investment (ROI). ROI is one of three ways PRIER makes money (the other two, as stated in our Mission Statement, are through profitability and cash flow management), and in doing so, we weigh a project’s net present value, payback (ROI in years) and feasibility. There may be 100 things we can or should do, but we have to ask ourselves, which 2-5 projects can we accomplish this year while getting the biggest bang for our buck?
By Pat Hogan, Regional Sales Manager
What do you know about this very special holiday? If you were to ask, most American’s couldn’t tell you why Memorial Day exists. In fact, it was established for some very important and significant reasons. Most Americans aren’t aware of some of these reasons, simply because Memorial Day isn’t celebrated quite like Christmas, Easter or even the 4th of July. For example, did you know...
By Cindy Coats, Controller
As the head of Human Resources at PRIER, PRIER Partner wellbeing is very important to me. Health and fitness translate into increased productivity and less turnover. When I find things work in my personal life, I like to share them with everyone at PRIER. For example, one of my pilate’s instructors, Melissa, gave me a recipe for “Superfood Bark.” I couldn’t remember the name, so instead I told everyone it was Power Bark. However, I decided that if I was going to share it with the followers of PRIER’s blog, I should do a little research on what “Superfood” really means. What I came to find out was that “Superfood” is actually just a marketing term. “Superfoods” have more nutritional value than other foods in their particular food category.
By Cheryl Landsman, Customer Service Manager, A/R, Collections
I recently read this article regarding multitasking. According to the article only two percent of us multitask effectively, but I’m sure many of us think we do it well. Many of us can actually multitask; and do it daily. With children, work, spouses, lists running constantly through our brains, we at least try to do it. But, the question is, do we do it effectively?
By Nick Manning, President
It’s that time of year…
This is the time of year where our inbound calls from homeowners absolutely blow up! They are using their wall hydrants (outdoor valves, faucets, spigots, sillcocks, call them whatever you like) for the first time this year and for whatever reason, there are issues. This year, we’ve had an especially cold winter so people who have never had issues are even calling.
By LaTausha Taborn, Manufacturing Assistant
Here at PRIER Products Inc., we strive to be our best in all aspects of the company. Continuing education and training is certainly a priority at PRIER. One thing we are doing this year to continue associate education and training is preparing the manufacturing team for the APICS certification. APICS is the global leader and premiere source of the body of knowledge in supply chain and operations management, including production, inventory, materials management, purchasing and logistics.
By Sarah Arnold, Marketing Coordinator and Customer Service Representative
How often do you call a company to ask a quick question and end up spending an hour on the phone talking to a robot? For me, this happens quite often. Whether it’s a cell phone provider, a question on a utilities bill, or a retail concern; it’s hard to find live customer service representatives these days.