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2014 NO LOST TIME ACCIDENTS

Accidents are a very costly expense to a company.  We would like to recognize those employees who worked the entire year of 2014 without any lost times accidents.

The following is a list of those individuals who worked at least 1400 hours in 2013 with no lost time accidents.  We would like to thank everyone for working safely.  All of these employees receive an additional $75 and are placed in a drawing for $1000.

The winner of this year’s drawing is:  Shawn Buckels

Floyd Ankrom

David Babyak

Levi Beatty

Raymond Beckett

Jared Berdine

Robert Black

Francis Bobcheck

Benjamin Bowman

James Bowman

Shawn Buckels

Steve Bunnell

John Burns

Elliott Clark

Justin Donkers

Carl Dorsey

Larry Drummond

Lloyd Duvall

David Evans

Mark Evans

Neal Fankhauser

J. Scott Finch

James Foley

Dee Frazee

Darrell Grant

Tyler Haines

Stephen Hanko

Michael Hathaway

Brian Haught

Troy Hennige

Timothy Hinerman

Jeremy Holoka

Kenneth Hughes

Vincent Kozlowski, Jr.

Vincent Kozlowski, Sr.

Rich Lapping

Charles Lawson

Rich Lemasters

James Lewis

Daniel Mankey

Jordan Marsteller

Ian Martin

John Maskil

Luke Mason

Michael Miller

Rodney Minnix

Robert Moore

Dru Rabe

Michael Reha

Chris Ringelstein

John Roach

Michael Rudash

Dan Shaneyfelt

Steve Shawley

Adam Sibert

Les Siebert

Shane Snodgrass

Jerry Stire

Michael Stire

Jeff Stire

Kevin Studt

Jesse N. Tetrick

Cody Tharpe

Ralph Thomas

Travis Vliet

Aaron Walters

William Whipkey

Donald White

Troy Wiltrout

Alan Yanak, Sr

Kory Yocum

 

 

2014 PERFECT ATTENDANCE AWARDS

Congratulations to the following people who have achieved perfect attendance during 2014!

Everyone did a great job in 2014.  Let’s keep up the great work for 2015!  Out of approximately 130 hourly employees, there were 21 people who did not take a personal day.

To qualify, you had to have at least 1400 hours and must not have taken any personal or sick days during 2014.  They must be consecutive years or it is considered your first.

All winners were placed in a random drawing for a $1500 gift card to the store of their choice.  This year’s winner was  Carl Dorsey

TEN YEARS:              Neal Fankhauser     Steve Shawley

NINE YEARS:            Dru Rabe

EIGHT YEARS:          Rich Lemasters        Dan Mankey

SEVEN YEARS:         Jeremy Holoka

SIX YEARS:                 Ralph Thomas

FIVE YEARS:             John Roach

FOUR YEARS: Les Siebert   John Burns

THREE YEARS: Robert Black   Adam Sibert

SECOND YEARS: Justin Donkers

FIRST YEAR: Levi Beatty    Jared Berdine     Carl Dorsey     Ian Martin

                        Carl Meeks     Bob Moore           Mike Reha      Jesse N. Tetrick

 

 

HOW TO GO ON ICE AND SNOW

AAA Winter Driving Tips

Severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous for travel.  Here are a few tips from AAA to keep us all safe.

Before you get started:

T Never warm up your vehicle in an enclosed area.

T Make certain your tires are properly inflated. 

T Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.

T If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.

T Do not use cruise control when driving on a slippery (wet, ice, sand) surface.

T Always look and steer where you want to go.

T Of course, use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.

T Make sure your car is winter ready: Check electrical system, brake system, tires, exhaust system, heating system,

       windshield wipers, washer, glass and exterior.

*Tips for long-distance winter trips:

*Watch weather reports

*Pack your Winter Emergency Driving Kit

*If you become snow-bound, stay with your vehicle.  It provides temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to

locate you.  Don’t try to walk in a severe storm. It’s easy to lose sight of your vehicle and become lost.

*Don’t over exert yourself if you try to push or dig your vehicle out of the snow.

*Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna or place a cloth at the top of a rolled up window to signal distress.  At night,

keep the dome light on if possible.  It only uses a small amount of electricity and will make it easier for rescuers to find

you.

*Make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow, ice or mud. 

*Use whatever is available to insulate your body from the cold.  Including floor mats, newspapers, paper maps.

*If possible run the engine and heater just long enough to remove the chill and to conserve gasoline.

Driving Techniques

Getting Underway: Be seen: clean off all snow and ice from the entire vehicle-hood, roof, trunk, lights and windows. Ease out of parking space with gentle pressure on the accelerator. If you need more traction, use mats or abrasive material in front of and in back of wheels. If necessary, use the rocking method.

Following: Increase following distance to eight or 10 seconds when driving on icy, slippery surfaces.  Avoid changing lanes because of potential control loss when driving over built-up snow between lanes. Once underway -  Keep going! When approaching a hill increase speed, within reason, near the bottom to give you extra momentum. Observe other drivers and keep a safe distance behind so that you can maneuver around and avoid stuck vehicles. As your reach the crest, reduce your speed and proceed downhill as slowly as possible. Minimize brake use on very slippery, icy hills of further speed reduction is needed, gently, slow brake application (Use squeeze or threshold braking, if no ABS).

Steering:  Snowy or icy surfaces make steering difficult and require smooth, careful, precise movement of the steering wheel.  You may need to take evasive action to avoid a collision.  Steering is preferred to braking at speeds above 25 mph because less distance is required to steer around an object that to brake to a stop.  One emergency steering methods to use is the push-pull-slide method, another is the fixed-hand steering method.

Braking: Stopping on slippery surfaces requires longer visibility, following and stopping distances.  The stopping distance required on ice at 0°F is twice the amount of required at 32°F.  Always try to focus your attention at least 20 to 30 seconds to allow for the greatest margin of safety in front.

Skids: Stay calm.  Rear-wheel skids: 1. Continue to look where you want to travel. 2. Steer in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go. 3. Don’t slam on the brakes. 4. When the rear wheels stop skidding, continue to steer to avoid a rear-wheel skid in the opposite direction.  Front-wheel skids: 1. Look in the direction you want to go. 2. Steer in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go. 3. Don’t slam on the brakes. 4. Wait for the front wheels to grip the road again. As soon as traction returns, the vehicle will start to steer again. 5. When the wheels have regained their grip, steer the wheels gently in the desired direction of travel.  Use Squeeze Braking if your vehicle in non-ABS.

 

WINTER EMERGENCY DRIVING KIT

Winter can bring dangerous road conditions and accidents do happen. It is always wise to be prepared. 

AAA recommends everyone travel with these items in your car.

Abrasive Material (sand, salt or cat litter)       Rags/paper towels/t.p.                       First aid kit

Small snow shovel and/or brush                      Booster cables                                    Gallon of water

Ice scraper                                                         Blanket/extra clothing                      Non perishable food

Traction mats                                                   Flashlight                                           Warning flares or triangles

Cash, including coins                                       Washer fluid                                       Cell phone (charger)

Gloves, mittens, hat, scarf                                Medication                                         Poncho/rain gear

 

OFFICE PHONE DIRECTORY

724-222-6810

Jim Leckie                              Ext - 13

Murray Johnson                     Ext - 15

Bob Marsteller                        Ext - 11

Tom Crooks                            Ext - 14

Rob Golden                            Ext - 12

Justin Leckie                           Ext - 17

Marc Pugliese                         Ext - 28

Jamie Cook                            Ext - 10

Amy Carter                             Ext - 23

Steph Hallowich                     Ext - 24

Beth Endres                          Ext - 27

 

 SHOP PHONE DIRECTORY

Dial: 724-222-6810, then  Ext: 

General Shop (John B.)       Ext - 40

Carpenter Shop (Gary K.)    Ext - 41

Rick Lewis                           Ext - 44

Max Vincenzo                     Ext - 42

Hercy Willis                        Ext - 48

Specialty Shop (Ed F.)      Ext - 50

John Lint                           Ext - 52

Troy Barnhart                    Ext - 53

Specialty Serv. Floor        Ext - 60

 

HERE'S WHAT'S NEW

Congratulations to Chris and Heather

Ringelstein who welcomed Baby Caden Brock on December 1, 2014. He weighed 6lbs 1oz.

Jared Berdine has a new Grandson: Hayden Douglas Berdine was born on 1/7/15, 7lbs 5oz - 21inches.  Congratulations, Grandpa!

Welcome to the RGJ Family:

Nathan Schneider

Welcome back:

Jeff Pawloski

 

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RECIPE CORNER: RAVIOLI & VEGETABLE SOUP

Warm, comfort food but healthy to keep you on track with your News Year’s Resolution.

Ingredients

 1 tbs extra-virgin olive oil

2 cps frozen bell pepper and onion mix, thawed and diced.

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper or to taste

1 28oz can crushed tomatoes, preferably fire-roasted

1 15oz can vegetable broth or reduced sodium chicken broth

1 1/2 cps hot water

1 tsp dried basil or marjoram

1 6-to 9-oz packed fresh or frozen cheese (or meat) ravioli

2 cps diced zucchini (about 2 medium)

Freshly ground pepper to taste

Preparation:  Heat oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat.  Add pepper-onion mix, garlic and crushed red pepper (if using) and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.  Add tomatoes, broth, water and basil (or marjoram); bring to a roiling boil over high heat.  Add ravioli and cook 3 minutes less that the package directions.  Add zucchini; return to a boil.  Cook until the zucchini is crisp-tender. about 3 minutes.  Season with pepper. Serve

Nutrition:  264 Calories; 9g Fat; 28mg Cholesterol; 38g Carbohydrates; 11g Protein; 8g Fiber; 763mg Sodium; 762mg Potassium

Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

 

 


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