No. 54- February 2013

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Gardner Continues To Be Lean

Gardner North Wilkesboro recently provided continuing Lean training to 68 employees in 3 classes in an effort to renew and replenish our commitment to Lean. David Beard was the Lean Manufacturing Facilitator through a contract with Wilkes Community College. He has over 25 years of manufacturing experience and has helped companies all across the US. Lean training focuses on the plant floor, involving workers, and encouraging them to discuss their ideas for modifying a process or streamlining an operation.

"People have great ideas," said Roger Miller, EVP of Operations. "We are committed to listening to our teams and implementing their great ideas. In the end, we will ALL win by thinking creatively, focusing on eliminating waste, and communicating."

Gardner Glass Products is committed to Lean Manufacturing. We've been undergoing training and development in Lean since 2005. Without a doubt, it has been one of the keys to our success and survival during the economic downturn, and it will give us the momentum to grow in 2013.

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David Beard, Lean training facilitator, conducting a training session


Lighten Up!

Richard Blaise

Jarred spaghetti sauce is a staple in many pantries, but it can often be loaded with sugar and salt, two things that are not good for your heart. What to do? Make your own next weekend! It's healthier, and completely customizable to your tastes,…and always ready for a quick dinner when poured over pasta, chicken, or ground beef. Preparation time: approx. 2 hrs [from chef and author Richard Blais - above]

• 3 Tbs olive oil
• 1 large yellow onion - minced fine
• 8 cloves garlic
• 2 - 28oz cans tomatoes in juice
• 1/4 c. sausage, salami, prosciutto, or flavorful meat (optional) - finely diced
• 4 tsp. dried oregano
• Salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in a large saucepan over MED heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, break up coarsely with a totato master or fork, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer 1 hr.
If tomatoes are still chunky, mash again. Add diced meat (if using) and oregano and cook until very thick, about 30 minutes more. Season sauce with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
Once cool, pour into an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 1 week. You can also store in a freezer bag and keep in freezer up to 3 months.


National Heart Month

Every journey begins with one step, whether it’s climbing a mountain or preventing heart disease. The CDC is offering simple tips for better heart health so you can take your first step on the road to maintaining a healthy heart!

1. Eat a healthy diet
2. Maintain a healthy weight
3. Exercise regularly
4. Monitor your blood pressure
5. Don't smoke
6. Limit your alcohol intake
7. Have your cholesterol checked
8. Manage your diabetes
9. Take your medicine

To read the entire CDC article on heart health, click here.


Randy Brooks Flies To New Heights as Chairman

Randy Brooks
Randy speaking to the crowd at the annual Chamber Dinner

Our President, Randy Brooks, recently became Chariman of the Wilkes Chamber of Commerce. We're very proud of this accomplishment for the recognition it brings to Gardner Glass Products, as well as the leadership and inspiration that Randy shares. He has been on the Wilkes Chamber of Commerce Board since 2009.

“The economy is showing real signs of improvement in many sectors such as retail and home building and it is being evidenced by local growth,” said Brooks, at the chamber's Annual Membership Celebration on January 24th, 2013.

In his speech, he stressed the role of each individual and their impact upon the community. “What you do and say makes a difference," Brooks stated. "You will impact more people with the things that you say and do, the decisions you make and the actions you take, than you will ever know.”

In closing, Randy referenced the "butterfly effect" that each of us has in the world. The phrase refers to the idea that a butterfly's wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that may ultimately alter the path of a tornado or delay, accelerate, or even prevent the occurrence of a tornado in another location.

Had the butterfly not flapped its wings, the trajectory of the system might have been vastly different.

It's this seemingly small impact that each of us has through our actions, words and deeds that can have very large consequences in the lives of those close to us, or even very far away.

We should strive to be intentional, prayerful, and, as Randy said in his speech, we should each be "careful how you flap your wings."


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News from GANA Annual Conference
by Mandy Marxen

The week of January 21st, I had the pleasure of representing Gardner Glass Products at the Glass Association of North America (GANA) Annual Conference. I worked on task groups and subcommittees that worked on creating decorative glass industry standards, presentation classes for architects, website designs and information bulletins on mirrors and decorative glass. I also served as Chair of the Mirror Division and direct the work that its many groups create, and was able to attend some excellent talks and panels about issues affecting our industry.

My involvement with GANA is driven by the huge wealth of information that GANA provides to commercial glaziers, architects, and designers. The documents worked on by GANA sometimes take years to develop, and we are constantly updating them and keeping them current with other industry standards. But the glaziers, architects, and designers are the demand drivers that make our business go. It's important that we lead these efforts to educate them to establish Gardner Glass Products and the Dreamwalls family of products as the leader in the mirror and decorative glass industry.

Keith Boswell
Keith Boswell, FAIA Technical Director of SOM Architects, San Francisco, giving a talk on innovative glass and glazing design.

February Holidays & Celebrations

Feb.11th- 8th = Random Acts of Kindness Week
Feb. 13th = Ash Wednesday
Feb. 14th = Valentine's Day
Feb. 18th = Presidents Day

Feb. 20th =
Hoodie-Hoo Day

On this winter day, people go out at noon, wave their hands over their heads and chant "Hoodie-Hoo". It is a day to chase away winter and bring in spring. After all, everyone in the northern hemisphere is sick and tired of winter at this point and a little crazy from not seeing the sun enough. Hey, it's worth a shot!




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Compiled by Kobi Yamada

A collection of uplifting and inspirational quotes for daily life about the heart, the will to do and the soul to dare.


Employment Anniversaries

Eddie Ward
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Employee Involvement
Jim Archibald & Rebecca Johnson

Personnel Events
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Health & Economic Issues
Mary Adams


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