Visitors to the Jasper County Fair July 14-20 may have sat on or seen some customized memorials made by Co-Line. Prior to the fair, Co-Line was contacted about making two benches, two flower planters, and a backdrop, all in memory of Bernie Van Der Pol, a dairy and cattle herdsman from Sully who passed away in April. Co-Line worked with Bernie’s wife, Carlene, to make her vision a reality. The project had extra special meaning for Rail Brand as Bernie was Rail’s very first employer. (If you can imagine Rail in the teenage years, Bernie definitely had his hands full!)
Co-Line had a hand in helping a hotel be built in downtown Denver, CO, recently. In particular, Co-Line made pieces for an awning structure completed at the dual-branded AC Hotels by Marriott/Le Meridien Hotel by Starwood.
Back in March, Co-Line made three each of four different tapered tubes made from 10 x 4 x 3/8 wall tube on the tube laser. Co-Line also made 42 different plate part numbers totaling 839 pieces, all made on the laser with several parts having secondary operations, including VMC, bend, and bevel. Most of the laser parts were welded to long tubes, which can be seen in the photos pictured here.
Tool & die team lead David Hobbs had an idea for a fun Friday start-up meeting idea that could showcase employees’ interests and hobbies outside of work.
Employees from all departments were encouraged to drive, drag, pull, fly, or ride their favorite motorized “thing” on July 21. Motorcycles, a Cat tractor, show cars, race cars, and more made the 6 a.m. start-up a meeting to remember. Also memory making was Ty Clark riding in on a mini-bike with short shorts, a wife beater shirt, boots, and a doo rag. He later led stretches, stretching those short shorts further than many wanted to see! And no car show is complete without a mega burnout, compliments of Co-Line owner Rail Brand on his Harley-Davidson. Co-Line hopes to make this an annual tradition!
Co-Liners met in the south building for second quarter review on July 27. After enjoying fresh, warm cinnamon rolls by Julie Roose, Eric Brand introduced 16 new employees and six staffing agency employees to their first quarterly meeting.
Linda Russell gave an update on the wellness program with 48 employees and 24 spouses earning cash rewards totaling $2,850 for the second quarter.
An update on the upcoming ISO Audit and review of safety hours was shared. The current bonus structure, how it is calculated, and eligibility were reviewed as well as how the quarter ended up by the numbers. Co-Liners were again treated to a sizable second-quarter bonus, something most companies do not offer.
Eric reviewed his recent trip to Italy with a slideshow of pictures. His trip included tours of five job shops and five manufacturers. Co-Line’s competition is not just local or in the U.S.A but also globally now, and he toured several shops that are on the leading edge. Something Co-Line can continue to improve upon was focusing on 6S and technology advancements. “It was a solid second quarter, and the year continues to be strong and looks to finish strong. Our competition and markets are more global than ever; we must stay diligent. 6S efforts must continue regardless of workload. This is our foundation for competition in a global marketplace. Congratulations and thank you, Team Co-Line,” concluded Eric.
A retirement party was held in Terry Oswalt’s honor on Friday, July 14. About 30 people enjoyed a piece of cake and some punch at the 9 a.m. break and wished Terry the best as he worked his last day as a Co-Line employee. Terry also hung around on his last day for an after-work party at Lake Seven-A with co-workers. After being at Co-Line for about 2.5 years, Terry is retiring to Florida so he and his wife can be closer to family. Terry shared that he has enjoyed working at Co-Line, and he feels blessed to have met so many great people here. He promised to come back to visit!
The welders, projects group, and material handling of the south building and their families enjoyed a group outing at Slideways in Knoxville on
Monday, July 3. The group’s outing was a reward for working 10 weeks of 10-hour days, accepting and improving on some new weld jobs, and above all having some fun together after hours. The go-cart competition was fierce, and rumor has it Jamie Tyrrel should not be allowed to drive anything. Not sure how that works since his main job is a forklift operator at Co-Line! Several head-on collisions happened, and they all promise it wasn’t intentional on hitting Eric Brand! In the final race of the day, Ty Clark was the self-proclaimed winner. The group finished off their fun at Tonya and Dan Schutte’s house with a grill out.
Chris Russell received the Circle of Excellence Award from Manpower on July 6. Chris started at Co-Line through Manpower in February and converted to a full-time employee on July 3. The Circle of Excellence award is given by Manpower to associates who demonstrate excellence in attendance, performance, and following procedures while working at an employer. Manpower representative Kelly Walters, from the Pella office, was pleased to present the award to Chris. Chris’ co-workers from the laser department joined him in the presentation.
Jeff Heishman and Wayne Kerns from Productivity, Inc. came to Co-Line to provide on-site training June 14-15. They spent their time in the VMC department in the north building teaching and working on Co-Line projects. Bryce DeJong, Mark Schultz, and Wayne Munsterman all benefited from their knowledge. The trainers spent time on programming style and material utilization with macros and bar feeder, as well as the C Axis program and feed cycle.
Mark said, “It was great to have them on-site, rather than go to them and sit in a classroom and work on things that aren’t relevant to us.”
It was a battle between two buildings at the 6 a.m. start-up meeting on Friday, June 30, right before the long four-day holiday weekend. The south building team quickly lost three players, leaving Nick Burch as the lone ranger. But Nick held his ground, dodging, deflecting, and catching several balls. In the end, it was Luke and Mike versus Nick, and Nick went down. The north building team members each received a $20 Co-Line coin. And Nick received winnings from Eric’s wallet after Faye stole it!
North building winners were Josiah James, Mike Helleur, Luke Weishaar, and Sam Collins. South building participants were Ryan Johnson, Ty Clark, Nick Burch, and Christian Rozeboom. Bragging rights go to the north until the next match up!
Lynnville Day on June 17 culminated as a fun day celebrating the city’s deep sense of community pride, history, and leadership. One lifelong resident in particular, Al Terpstra, was recognized for his commitment to Lynnville and the instrumental role he played in the development of the Lynnville ball field, named in his honor. Co-Line played a role in recognizing Terpstra by creating the signage for the field entrance.
As part of an effort to update the field, the area at the top of the ball field with the refurbished Lynnville School bell was landscaped. The Co-Line projects group built the arch, bell frame, and sign posts for the bell. Also, a storyboard there was designed by Stefanie Van Wyk. It explains the history of the Lynnville School, which used to be located at the ball field site.