(Seguin, Texas) — Minigrip TX held its bi-annual Job Holders meetings on October 17th and 18th at the Se- guin Coliseum.
From the most senior managers to rst-day operators, all employees were informed and engaged in this meeting, which covered corporate alignment goals, team building exercises, and quality assurance, among other subjects. Garth Bielke, General Manager, Whitney Grant, HR Specialist, and Bill Sweaney, Director of Consumer Brands, were the keynote speakers, giving attendees information on operations, service and training awards, incentive programs and sales activity, respectively. e meetings were held over a two day period at the Coliseum, giving everyone the time to attend without interrupting plant operations.
“Our Job Holders meeting is an integral part of our success,” said Bielke. “It provides the opportunity to inform our colleagues about the status of the company, allowing for the kind of business transparency that engages everyone to move the company forward with the same agenda, goals and benchmarks. It is also how we acknowledge each other’s daily contributions and other important personal and business accomplishments. It’s always an interesting, educational, and I hope fun, two days.”
Discussions and presentations included safety, qual- ity, productivity, nancials, and sales; how Minigrip protects its current business; and the positioning of the business for future growth. Employees were reminded about the Inteplast Improvement Initiative Program and the quarterly awards winners were recognized. Training awards were acknowledged for those operators who successfully completed the classroom and machine training. e recognition of personal milestones such as marriages and births, along with the introduction of new hires/promotions, was given by Grant. Sweaney took care of the presentation of all sales and marketing.
The meeting also included a guest speaker from Unit- ed Way, heralding the beginning of the Minigrip United Way Campaign for 2014. Minigrip’s contributions to the United Way yearly campaign usually accounts for almost 30% of the United Way budget.
Next on the agenda was the Milestone Anniversary Award for 25 Years of Service to Minigrip colleagues, Jose Castillo and James Cheatham. Bielke explained, “It was an honor to recognize Jose and James for their contributions over the last 25 years. ey are dedicated workers who have given us a quarter century of their time and expertise. ey are
the ones that move our business forward through knowledge and dedication, which they then pass to newer people at the company. We can’t thank them enough for their continuing contributions to our business.”
Over the two days, Minigrip colleagues participated in some fun and entertaining team building exercises. Since it was the month of Halloween, a Candy Slogan Trivia Game was held. Teams were divided into a total of six colleagues and each team had four minutes to match the name of a candy bar to its slogan. Winners of the competition received Whataburger gift cards.
“It was really an entertaining and engaging exercise,” said Bielke. “To have some fun with your co-workers at the same time that you are learning and gathering information
is what makes our Job Holders Meeting successful, year after year.”
by Ellyn Solis, President’s Office
Minigrip General Manager Garth Bielke talks to the assembled Minigrip colleagues at the Job Holders Meeting.
Jose Castillo and James Cheatham received the Milestone Anniversary Award for 25 Years of Service at the Minigrip Job Holders Meeting.
Team Building exercises provided all Minigrip folks with the opportunity to learn and have some fun.