Quarterly meeting recognizes safety accomplishment

Hawaiian shirts and leis were seen in abundance at the employee quarterly meeting held on Thursday, Jan. 26, at noon. The luau-themed meeting included a free Hawaiian lunch for Co-Liners paid for by 1st State Bank.

New employees and temporary employees were welcomed to their first quarterly meeting.

A total of $2,580 in cash was awarded to the 45 employees and 19 spouses who participated in fourth-quarter Wellness Program challenges.  The first-quarter wellness challenges were reviewed with employees encouraged to participate.

From right, Marty Cross, Mike Helleur, James Welch, and Jeff Schut load up on ham, fruit cabobs, baked potatoes, and more! Some Co-Liners thought the baked pineapple was cheesy potatoes, their taste buds got a surprise!

From right, Marty Cross, Mike Helleur, James Welch, and Jeff Schut load up on ham, fruit cabobs, baked potatoes, and more! Some Co-Liners thought the baked pineapple was cheesy potatoes, their taste buds got a surprise!

Also at the meeting, an announcement was made that Co-Line had reached over 250,000 working hours without a lost-time injury. Hooded sweatshirts recognizing this achievement were distributed to employees. As of Jan. 21, Co-Line had worked 50 days without an OSHA recordable injury and 211 days (251,343.62 hours) without a lost-time injury. Keep up this very important work, Co-Liners!

Team member assessment forms as well as wage evaluation guidelines were reviewed with the evaluation schedule for January through June released.

Looking at the fourth-quarter bonus factors, only on-time delivery contributed to the bonus given out in January. October was a weak month with labor and overtime hours high compared to sales. November was an average month, and December was affected by less working days, year-end expenses, and years of service bonuses.

Looking forward, the first quarter looks to be promising with good opportunities in the works. Reinvestment in equipment will continue in 2017, including a 440-ton Whitney press brake, Roemer 3D laser scanner, and Toyota forklift and forklift scales. Laser automation, saws, and plasma upgrades are being considered. Co-Liners have seen a strong start to 2017, and all indicators point to continued growth in 2017.

When there’s a luau-themed meeting in the midst of an Iowa winter...this is the look you get! (Looking good, Elliott Mapes.)

When there’s a luau-themed meeting in the midst of an Iowa winter…this is the look you get! (Looking good, Elliott Mapes.)

Dan Schutte – who could be confused for a hula girl – is ready to eat his free meal.

Dan Schutte – who could be confused for a hula girl – is ready to eat his free meal.