Co-Line has been working with the Pella Career Academy to build an apprenticeship program for job trades including welding. Two students from the Career Academy came to Co-Line on Feb. 13 to job shadow in the welding department. Dan Schutte met the students and gave them a tour and overview of the variety of projects and work done in the south building. The students, Tyler Sterk and Carson Reynolds, shadowed several Co-Liners during their visit. Tyler worked with Mike Moore and Brian Van Wyk, and Carson worked with Zach McClellan and Jack Rumer (whom he knew previously from school). The students observed several different projects and learned there is a lot more to welding than what they do in school!
On Monday, Feb. 11, Co-Line hosted local firefighters, EMT’s, and first responders from three area fire departments. In appreciation for all of the local volunteers, Co-Line treated the group to a dinner cooked and served by Lynnville’s Smokin’ J’s. The snowy weather made for a smaller crowd, but 20 volunteers braved the snowy roads. After dinner, Co-Line owners reviewed their emergency action plan, gave the group a tour of their south facility, and answered any questions.
“As our organization and facilitates continue to grow, it’s important for us to prepare our local emergency response teams as much as we possibly can. During the tour, we identified our new storm shelters in our south facility, our high-risk areas for fire, and our flag system in time of need of an ambulance. We keep our aisles wide and clear in nearly every area of our two buildings in case of the need for an ambulance. The ambulance can be driven throughout our facilities to the location of need. For the ongoing safety of our employees, we host the local firefighters and first responders every other year or so,” shared Dale Brand.
To help the departments continue to serve our local areas, Co-Line donated $1,000 to each department in Reasnor, Lynnville, and Sully. “It’s a small token of our appreciation for their dedication to help our local areas in time of need,” concluded Dale.
Co-Line participated in the FFA welding competition hosted by Lynnville-Sully School on February 19. The event was held in Pella at the Pella Career Academy, where 29 welding students from 10 high schools across the south-central part of the state convened to test their skills.
Dan Schutte, Brian Van Wyk, and JT Walker served as judges for the event. Co-Line provided the blueprints, parts, and scoring criteria for the competition. Vendors like Lincoln Electric came through in a big way to provide prizes to the first, second, and third place individual finishers. The top-scoring school received a new Lincoln welder and welding kit, which included a new helmet, gloves, leather jacket, and other items.
There was a wide array of welding skills displayed, and the judges had a hard time determining a winner. In the end, Pleasantville High School scored the most points to be the first-place school. Individual winners included: First place – Chase Collier of Pleasantville; second place – Teagen Hinrichs of Southeast Warren; and third place – Trett Langstraat from Pella High.
The competition was an excellent way to showcase Co-Line’s welding opportunities and offered a chance for our welding experts to impact the next generation of welders!
Co-Line employees surprised Dale, Tana, Eric, and Faye Brand by wearing blue, teal, and pink to honor Dale’s sister Lisa, who was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer. They also handed out awareness wristbands. #Teamcoline’s message is: “In this family, nobody fights alone — #teamlisa.”
The Brand family thanks everyone for their support and is so touched by their surprise gift.
Team Co-Line unite around a fellow employee who has been diagnosed with colon and liver cancer by donating 330 hours of their own paid-time-off and $2,655 to help him through his recovery. Prayers for strength and complete healing from your Co-Line family. Get well soon, Dave Beckham!
Thank you to all who donated. Your generosity is inspiring!
1. CO-LINE GOES VERTICAL in material handling with space savings and efficiency gains in vertical structural tube storage. Addition of two Hubtex forklifts allowed narrow aisle storage solutions. Look for more vertical space saving gains in 2019!
2. 2018 MARKED THE LARGEST INVESTMENT IN New EQUIPMENT and the future of Co-Line with fiber technology in tube and flat steel. Another fiber tube laser, first fiber flat laser, five Toyota forklifts, several modular weld fixtures, and welding equipment, and new capabilities with a Schroder folder were added in 2018.
3. EMPLOYEES KICKED BACK AND ENJOYED A BACKYARD COUNTRY PICNIC with live music, Redneck Wind Chime Contest, cannon shooting, watering hole, log sweeper, games, and prizes, capped off with an over-the-top fireworks show!
4. RECORD BREAKING SALES YEAR, NEW CUSTOMERS, and DIVERSITY OF PROJECTS
made the list the for the second year in a row.
5. ANOTHER RECORD $104,950 was handed out in years of service bonuses. That’s 1049 years of collective manufacturing expertise!
6. AS A CONTINUED EFFORT TO KEEP CO-LINE A PREMIER EMPLOYER OF THE AREA, announcement of health insurance premium increases were fully covered with no additional costs for employees.
7. CO-LINE RECEIVES A RECORD NUMBER OF applications WITH 779 PEOPLE interested in joining team Co-Line. We welcomed 42 of these to the Co-Line family.
8. RAGBRAI CENTURY LOOP RIDERS take a break at Co-Line for free water, restrooms, and tours. Spontaneous tours along with dozens of scheduled customer, vendor, school, and college tours solidify that Co-Line is always TOUR READY!
9. FABULOUS FRIDAYS kicked off the final six weeks of the year including tailgating snacks with flag football, dodgeball, and donuts, Sharing is a Piece of Cake, Freaky Fast Friday, Free Shirt Friday, and concluded the year with a company-wide potluck. The FUN will continue in 2019.
10. FARM & COMMERCIAL REPAIR SHOP CLOSES AFTER 40 YEARS. With new projects and continuous improvement ideas, the skills of this department will be invested in our own projects for the next 40 years!
Friday, Dec. 21 was the 2018 company-wide Christmas lunch. The free lunch served by Julie Roose and the Country Catering Crew was delicious, especially the yummy cheesecake! After lunch, names were drawn to participate in the Plinko game and seven lucky winners got to choose from seven mysterious prizes. While only a select few were chosen to participate in the games, everyone won when bonus checks were handed out to all employees based on their years of service. Christmas cheer was shared by all.
Co-Line’s second annual food donation drive netted 627 pounds of non-perishable food products for the East Jasper Christian Food Pantry.
For each pound of food donated by employees, Co-Line matched monetarily and on Monday, Nov. 26, the company presented East Jasper Christian Food Pantry with a check for $627 in addition to the two pallets of food.
“Instead of catering in a big feast for our employees the day before Thanksgiving as we had for years, we started a new tradition last year encouraging employees to bring in food pantry donations in exchange for a free pizza lunch. The response was greater than we could imagine and together Team Co-Line is blessing many others during this holiday season,” shared the Brand family.
The food donated for the Thanksgiving Food Drive filled a van and was quite a load to sort and count. Luckily, third generation Co-Liners, Carter and Abigail Brand, had it all sorted and weighed prior to the van arriving.
Co-Line employees kicked off their Employee Quarterly Meeting with creativity and fun on Friday, Oct. 26. Following a free BBQ meal, a Halloween costume contest was enjoyed by all.
BEST OVERALL: Oscar the Grouch — Wendi Beason
MOST CREATIVE: Super Mario — James Heimbuck
FUNNIEST: Maid — Jason Teft
BEST IMPERSONATION: Scooby Doo — Mark Van Wyk
It was a small showing for Motor Mania on Friday, Sept. 21 at 9:00 break, but the burnouts and fun times still abounded. Questionable weather earlier that morning and a busy time of year kept some employees saving their pride and joy on wheels for another time. Josh Good was named burnout king with his Chevy S10 truck. The next Motor Mania will be scheduled in the spring.