Bender by day……Marathon runner by night!

Congratulations to Shawn Cory Bartels and Shannon Dacey Bartels on completing The TC Medronic 10 mile run/race! Shannon and Shawn were able to raise $1500.00 in donations. They paired with Project Purple which is an organization that works to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer. Great job guys!

Keys to Success

Dependability- Our key to decades of success

How has Tube Bending Specialists been able to stay in business for almost 30 years?

♦ One answer: Dependability, consistency and dedication.

Since 1989, TBS has been able to stay competitive due to the hard work we, as a team, put in each and every day. This hard work can be seen in all facets of the company. Being able to stay consistent in the work we put out has always been important. Better Consistency = Better Dependability.

We are confident knowing that we are able to deliver what it is that our customers want, and need. This dependability is not only important in the products we make, but also in the experience that our customers experience while working with us. Being able to understand and work with our customers is necessary in what we do, so being consistent and timely in our interactions is important. We live up to our Word.

 

Women in Manufacturing

True or False: Manufacturing is a male dominated industry.

Answer: Manufacturing is a male dominated industry.

After looking over industry records, I found that women within the manufacturing industry only currently hold 27 percent of manufacturing jobs. According to the congressional report only 17 percent hold board seats, 12 percent are executive officers, and just 6 percent are CEOs.

For an industry that offers so much opportunity and growth, why aren’t there more women?

  • In August 2014, Women in Manufacturing (WiM) surveyed 877 women to uncover the divide between young women choosing a career and women with experience working in the manufacturing industry. Less than 10 percent of women in the 17 to 24 age range selected manufacturing among their top five career fields. Less than half thought the work would be interesting or challenging.
  • Among women already in the manufacturing sector, 82 percent said they found their field offered interesting and challenging work. Additionally, 74 percent of women felt it did in fact offer multiple career opportunities.
  • Sen. Klobuchar stated, ”We need to expand mentoring programs, improve workforce training and strengthen science, technology, engineering and math education so that more women and girls can see this sector for what it is: increasingly high-tech, innovative and critical to the future of our economy.”

What is Tube Bending Specialists doing to help with this movement?

Here at TBS, we have made it a point of emphasis to not only spread the word to middle/high school age females currently in the education system, but school age kids in general. Just like Sen. Amy Klobuchar, we feel that there needs to be more exposure for kids in the education system. In the past, students had the opportunity to take hands on classes (shop class, woodworking, etc.) Unfortunately for the manufacturing industry, many of those classes have been removed from schools altogether.

Our team has made it a priority to try and regain exposure for our industry. Some recent examples of this would be attending the “Wunderkammer Tech and Training Exploratorium.” The Wunderkammer model asks technicians to enthusiastically spark the innate curiosity about unexplored living wage career opportunities for workforce ready youth. Another example would be participating in a mentorship program with Henry-Sibley High School to help show the students valid career options that they may not have thought about or have been previously exposed to.

Debunking Manufacturing Myths

Myth #1: Manufacturing jobs are low paying.

Hourly compensation is 18 percent higher in manufacturing than in other industries.

Myth #2: Manufacturing is a dangerous and “dirty” industry.

Manufacturing is a clean, safe, and regulated industry.

Myth #3: You can’t get a manufacturing job unless you have experience.

Industry leaders are desperately seeking employees who are willing to not only learn new skills, but be willing to go all in.

Myth #4: Manufacturing jobs are repetitive.

Manufacturing offers many opportunities to create new things, build new technology, and take advantage of all that industry has to offer.

Myth #5: U.S. manufacturing can’t compete with China.

Manufacturing in the United States of America is huge business and one of the highest contributors to our overall economy.

Manufacturing is more than just a job. It can be a lifelong, fulfilling and rewarding career. Here at Tube Bending Specialists we make it a point to give each and every member of our team the opportunity to grow and learn. Transitioning and growing through the company is something we encourage and try to help prosper every chance we can!

Congratulations!

 

Nichole has recently graduated from a program called Emerging Leaders. This program is given by the Small Business Administration, and provides a free mini-MBA training program for small to medium-sized business owners and CEOs in the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs. There are some criteria that must be met in order to participate in this program:

  • be located in the cities of Minneapolis or Saint Paul or surrounding suburb,
  • generate revenues between $400,000 and $10 million,
  • have been in business for at least three years,
  • have at least one employee besides the CEO participant,
  • and commit to attending 13 workshops and completing required homework.

The only catch is that not all applicants are excepted! Nichole had to go through an interviewing process in order to be chosen to participate in this program. The Emerging Leaders training focuses on small, poised-for-growth companies with potential for job creation.  The seven-month intensive, executive entrepreneurship education includes approximately 100 hours of classroom time per participant and provides the opportunity for small business owners to work with experienced mentors, attend workshops, and develop connections with their peers, city leaders and financial communities.

Nichole not only worked her Tube Bending Specialists job by day, but she also attended classroom lectures, completed homework assignments, and met with her classmates by night. It is obvious that she put in numerous hours and dedication into this program in order to grow TBS.

Great Job Nichole!

Employee Spotlight

Say “Hello!” to the newest member of the TBS Crew!

Shawn and his wife, Shannon, have a 2 year old daughter named Scarlett, and have added to the family this past September! Savanah is the newest member to their family (and to the TBS crew).

Shawn has been with Tube Bending Specialists since 2014. When he first started, he was a fabricator with little experience. In the short amount of time he has been here, he has managed to learn how to do all operations out in the shop. Not only that, but he is also our most knowledgable and experienced bender (which he learned here in only a few years). One thing that makes Shawn such a great employee is the constant mindset that what we do here may be difficult, but we can figure it out. Shawn embodies what it means to be a leader, a team player, and a role model of our core values. He is always willing to help others learn from what he knows, and is willing to learn from others.

Keep up the good work and Congrats Shawn!!

 

 

The Color Murple

Here at Tube Bending Specialists, we have a logo that has been used since the inception of the company. This logo is one that was created by one of the founders of the company, Mary Mundis. As her and George were starting up the company, they both knew that they would need to create a logo that would stand apart from the rest. The only question was, what would that logo be? After trying out different designs and drawings for this logo, there still was no finalized logo made yet. Mary started doodling on a napkin one day while out to eat, and after looking at what she had drawn, she realized that what was on her napkin was the perfect logo for TBS.

Since 1989, TBS had kept this logo as its identity. Fast forward to present time, and Nichole (daughter) is now running the company. One of the main challenges for her was trying to keep the company true to what it has always been, but also putting a little twist on the ways things are done to make it unique to her. One of the ways this was done was by keeping all the same designs and logos that George and Mary created, but then adding a little color into the mix. Nichole decided that this color would be purple.

There are some reasons why this color was chosen, and below are a few of those reasons (and a few fun facts about the color purple);

  1. The color purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, and ambition.
  2. Purple is also said to represent creativity and imagination, which are two of the main strengths here at TBS.
  3. Purple is a very rare color in nature; some people consider it to be artificial.
  4. Purple combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red.

Fun Fact: Here at TBS we like to call our signature color “murple.” Working in the manufacturing industry there are a lot of men, so we tried to make sure that the guys we have working here knew that it was a “manly purple”, hence why we like to call it murple.”

Employee Spotlight

          This months employee spotlight features John Meyer. John has been with the company for over 10 years. When John first came to the company he was a welder/fabricator, and over the years he became a self-taught tig welder. John is our on-site welder, and takes great pride in his work. John is also on the safety committee, so he is in charge of all safety related operations in the shop. John was chosen for these roles due to his experience/knowledge in both welding and safety, and for his reliability

          John is the type of employee that every company loves to have. He is the guy who is always on time, only needs to be told what to do once, and is as reliable as they come. When TBS is slow, John will keep himself busy by keeping the shop clean and tidy, and when TBS has a hectic schedule, John is always the guy you know you can count on to help out with any job needed of him. John comes to work everyday, puts his head down, and works hard. Having an employee like this really boosts all aspects of TBS and who we are.

We appreciate the effort and the time you have put into your job in the time you have been here!

What Are Pets “Doing” in the Work Place?

It has been estimated that more than 60% Americans own a pet. It is not a huge surprise that these pets are slowly starting to become more accepted in the workplace. There have been many studies done on the affects that this very topic can have. There is research to back up the fact that owners express a bit more of their personalities. Empathic symbols—like plants and artwork—are suggestive overall of warmth and comfort. Empathic symbols may encourage more social interaction by providing a neutral field where employees can connect with each other. Psychologically, they convey the perception that someone is approachable and friendly.

Here are some of the benefits of workplace pets:

  1. relieve stress in the workplace
  2. make the office more friendly
  3. provide a positive diversion

A study shows, “it was found that the presence of a companion dog in a group work setting encouraged participants to be more cooperative, communicative, and friendly toward each other than in groups where there was no companion dog. This supports the proposal that pets may help break down barriers to social interaction by providing a pathway to conversation.”

Not only does this provide the workplace with these benefits, but it also give the employees a sense of flexibility. Nichole has been bringing her two rat terriers (Lady and Lucky) to work for about a year now ever since learning that Lady was starting to have seizers in her rising age. It was either go home sporadically throughout the work day, or bring them to work in order to keep an eye on them. Being able to have her dogs with her at work not only gives her the benefits listed above, but it also makes it so she is able to stay at work longer on a crazy work day without having to worry about getting home to let her four legged children out. In addition, pets need to go outside throughout the day, but so do we! Being able to take these breaks and breath in some fresh air rejuvenates us and makes us more productive.