CAM Magazine- Jan. 2007
by David M. Miller, Associate Editor
Read the full article here, EXTENDED BENEFITS
Climbing the Sheetz Ladder
Retailer installing LadderTech systemsCSP Daily News |
ALTOONA, Pa. — Sheetz Inc. has selected LadderTech LLC’s LadderPort Ladder Receiver and Cranky Portable Winch system for installation at its convenience stores, LadderTech has announced. The LadderPort Ladder Receiver is designed to help keep their maintenance technicians and outside contractor’s safe and injury free when roof access is required, the manufacturer said.
“Sheetz is repeatedly ranked as one of the ‘Best Places to Work’,” said Michele Oras, operations manager for LadderTech (see related story in this issue of CSP Daily News), “which is not surprising given their commitment to safety. LadderTech is proud to be associated with them.”
LadderPort Ladder Receiver, a less-expensive, safer alternative to permanently mounted vertical ladders, permanently mounts to the building and holds an extension ladder firmly in place, keeping the ladder from falling, even on icy surfaces, the company said. Since the extension ladder is removed when the LadderPort Ladder Receiver is not in use, vandals and thieves lose the easy roof access available when a permanent mount ladder is installed.
The Cranky Portable winch system lifts items weighing up to 300 lbs. on and off the roof, the company said, reducing back and other types of employee injuries often associated with lifting. It slips on and off the building’s permanently mounted support post, allowing service technicians to carry it from job to job or attach it to the Cranky Truck Mount Assembly.
Founded in 2004, LadderTech manufactures a full line of ladder safety products including Roof Hatch Safety Grab Bars, LadderPort Ladder Receiver, Parapet Back Ladder System and Cranky Portable Winch system. All LadderTech products are designed and manufactured in Brighton, Mich.
Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz operates 406 c-stores in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia.
Remembering our veterans. We challenge other companies to do the same.
By: Jen Hubley Luckwaldt, PayScale.com
What can a grateful nation do for its veterans? How about give them a job?
Many companies across the United States are making a pledge to hire veterans and active reservists. It’s a way to say thank you and, best of all, it’s good for the bottom line.
And the job outlook for veterans could be getting better. In his recent tour to promote his jobs bill, President Obama announced that he will push for a tax break for businesses hiring veterans.
The proposed tax credit, called Returning Heroes, would offer up to $5,600 for companies hiring veterans who have been out of work for six months or longer; the Wounded Warriors credit would offer up to $10,000 for companies hiring wounded veterans who have been out of work for the same length of time.
“We ask our men and women in uniform to leave their careers, leave their families and risk their lives to fight for our country,” Obama said. “The last thing they should have to do is fight for a job when they come home.”
Veteran Job Protections
For companies like LadderPort, a small manufacturing firm in Brighton, Mich., adhering to the law is both patriotic and sound financial policy.
“It can be profitable for your company,” says Dick Dyk, LadderPort Director of Security. “But you need to think outside the corporate box.”
Dyk is a volunteer for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Defense Department Agency that encourages employers to sign a pledge stating that their company will honor the law and reemploy veterans, active reservists and members of the National Guard. The ESGR also acts as an ombudsman, mediating conflicts in the workplace.
LadderPort Operations Manager Michele Oras says that 20 percent of the company’s employees are veterans, active reservists and members of the National Guard. She stresses the benefits that military-trained employees have to offer companies, including specialized skills and abilities that are often hard to find in the civilian workforce, such as:
1. Specialized training
Many veterans have skills that place them in high demand for certain types of jobs in areas like engineering, manufacturing, security, and intelligence. But even the youngest and least senior members of the military have more training than the average entry-level applicant.
All veterans have been through four months of boot camp and many months more of additional, specialized training for their occupation specialty.
2. Team training
Members of the military are trained to work as a team. For manufacturing companies like LadderPort, that’s a distinct advantage.
“We need guys that can work together without being on top of each other and willing to be part of the team, rather than I, I, I,” says Oras. “The faster they can get our products out the door, the more money we make.”
3. Personal responsibility
Returning veterans and active reservists understand responsibility better than most. Very young servicemen and women have huge responsibilities in the military, far beyond the obligations that most of us face at work.
“Everybody always says there’s no ‘I’ in team. Well, that’s junk,” Dyk says. “It stands for individual responsibility … And the military creates people that do that better than anybody else.”
4. Financial considerations
Even if companies never see a dime in tax breaks, hiring veterans can contribute positively to a company’s financial picture. In addition to providing free training in a variety of valuable professional skills, it may also help keep your company in the running for government contracts, says Oras, since it’s less likely that the government would award a contract to a company that wasn’t in compliance with USERRA.