Fabrication – A Trade We’ll Teach! Now Hiring!

Flipping channels the other night, my husband tunes into that History Channel show with those two guys from Iowa that travel the country to buy junk. For some reason he finds this show entertaining. I find it annoying. Please don’t take offense, this is just my opinion. I know many people like and enjoy this show and I do recognize the value in some of the items these guys come across. I usually skim past the show as it just really isn’t of much interest to me. Knock, knock, knock. Enter compromise. The television remains on the channel and he continues to watch so I pick up my book and read a few pages. I glanced up and saw a guy on the show talking about chopping down the roofline of an old rusted out car. What really caught my attention was that he was wearing a t-shirt that had a definition style to it – definition – like a dictionary (yes, I know I’m dating myself!). But that shirt was pretty unique!

Fabricator

noun. (fab-ri-keyt-r)

Someone who makes something you can’t.

I thought “Hey – that’s us – that’s Stellar!” We’ve got fabricators, welders, assemblers, material handlers, painters and more! We have this great big team of employees that all have a hand in making something that not just anyone can. They use their hands to make something that our customers find value in. And I do have to say it’s a pretty great feeling when you are out away from home and see that Stellar Industries, Inc. logo on a work truck, crane or a piece of equipment that you actually know who helped build it. Knock, knock, knock. Enter hometown pride.

So maybe I did glean a benefit from watching the antiquing show…. I get it now. The stuff Mike and Frank are finding during their episodes is what has led us to where and who we are today. It’s our history. That piece of history was made by someone, someone who used their hands, spent their time and effort and put a lot of sweat into creating or fabricating “something” much like our team members do here.

We are resourceful. We are dedicated. We are owners.

And – we are looking for people to join us!

P.s. We will train!

Check out our current openings:

www.stellarindustries.com

www.indeed.com

www.iowajobs.org

Active Ingredients – Interns

As our interns prepare to head back to school I realize the summer has flown by – WAIT! When did that happen? It seems as if they have just joined our family and now they have started to leave our nest. Over the last 10 weeks we have encouraged and nurtured them while basking in their successes as only a proud parent would. We are hoping that the information, skills and manufacturing insight we have provided has instilled a confidence in not only their choice of internship but the manufacturing industry and their chosen career paths.

Stellar Industries views our offered internships as a partnership between the student and our company. In order for this partnership to be successful, a number of factors (magical potion if you will) must be combined. We offer the opportunity, defined learning objectives/goals, work experience that continues their classroom learning, supervision and guidance as well as feedback that support the objectives/goals. The student offers their time and commitment to the internship, the knowledge they have gained thru their education, their ability to make the connection between concepts, theories and practice. The student comes to us with their goals for learning and we work together to create an environment where both partners feel the internship is a success.

So to our 2015 Interns, thank you for choosing Stellar Industries, Inc. as your summer family! It’s hard to say goodbye when you have left us with such lasting impressions. We are proud to partner with you in your learning experience. We wish the best for you in your future and hope that when you look back on your time at Stellar, you smile. Spread your wings and fly!

Our People. Our Health.

Friday, June 12th at the Iowa Association of Business and Industry’s Annual Meeting and Conference, Stellar Industries, Inc. was recognized as the first place winner in the Large Employer – Western Division of the state for the Healthiest Employer Award.  This award recognizes organizations that proactively improve the health of their population measuring many components:  Culture & Leadership Commitment, Foundational Components, Strategic Planning, Communications & Marketing, Programming & Interventions and Reporting & Analysis.  The Healthiest Employer Index shows the National Average at 48.74% with Iowa coming in just below average at 45.74%.  Stellar’s index in this reporting came in at 53.46%!  This tells us that our wellness program is working compared with other companies not just in the state, but on a national level.

As an employee owned and self-insured company, the Stellar Industries, Inc. wellness program is in each employee’s best interest.  Since the program’s inception in 2007, our active participation in the Stellar Wellness Program has proven that our individual health matters!  We continue to educate our employees in becoming smarter consumers of Health Care.  By partnering with Hancock County Health System/Workplace Wellness (HCHS), we are able to maximize each participant’s benefits of this program by essentially customizing each participant’s wellness plan to what is best for that individual.  Annual physicals, bloodwork and recommended screenings based on age (colonoscopies/mammograms) in addition to on-site health coaching really tailors our wellness program to each individual, their wants and needs.  The Stellar Wellness Program is employee driven.  Though our program continues to evolve, one thing has stayed constant.  The health and well-being of our employees is the purpose of this program.

Our wellness program is making a difference in the lives of our employees.  Our employees have not only improved their overall Behavioral Risk Scores from July 2013 to January 2015 but overall improvements in HDL and LDL Cholesterol, Fasting Glucose, Triglycerides and Blood Pressure have improved, some dramatically!  21% of our Wellness participants showed an improvement in their total cholesterol levels and a whopping 63% of participants showed an improvement in their triglyceride levels.  An even better indicator of how our wellness program is succeeding is that 8 wellness participants in the High Risk category made healthy lifestyle changes moving them out of High Risk into the Medium Risk category and one participant moved from the Medium Risk category into the Low Risk category.  Overall, 196 participants showed improvement in their numbers.  These numbers are telling us that we are headed in the right direction and helping our employees to make healthy lifestyle changes.

2015 brought us the addition of covered spouses to our wellness program as well as adding a Diabetic Education Program to all covered employees and their dependents diagnosed with diabetes.  As we move forward and our wellness program continues to evolve we are dedicated to look for more ways to improve our program, knowing that it is making a difference in our employees’ lives.  Wellness is a continuous commitment that is constantly changing.  In order for a wellness program to be a success, employee involvement on all levels is imperative.  The challenge is keeping that buzz going – keeping it fun and yet beneficial.  If employees can take ownership of their health and a responsibility for their choices a feeling of excitement and motivation ensues.

As important and personal as wellness is, you would think that it wouldn’t take the back burner as often as it does.  Wellness is not a Band-Aid®.  It takes support, strategy and time from the company and the employee.  With only 24 hours in a day, we are looking to fit as much in as possible.  Isn’t it “more time” that we are all after?  Shouldn’t it be “better time?”  Wellness is a means to enhance that time, to enhance that quality of life.

Our wellness program’s success is because of the dedication of our employees and their commitment to making healthy lifestyle choices, no matter how big or small.  One single step can lead to great things!

 

 

 

My Wellness. My Way.

I believe we are a product of our choices; that 90% of who we are is a direct result of the choices we make.

Choices – I can choose. I can choose to wake up earlier than normal and get on the treadmill or I can choose to pour a cup of coffee, have a seat on the sofa, watch the morning news and tell myself that’s what I “NEED” to do to wake up in the morning. It’s my choice. I can choose to let bad news affect my day. Now granted, in some instances – there really isn’t any getting around some of those big life altering events, BUT ultimately I can still choose how I react. And in those normal, everyday situations – crabby kids, the day not going according to MY plan, discovering that the car is just about out of gas on one of the coldest days of the blessed year – I can still CHOOSE to see a silver lining. Sometimes it might not be so simple when you are standing next to the gas pump with 40 mile per hour winds and a wind chill of -30 degrees – but somewhere that silver lining is there. I have the money to pay for the fuel; at least the gas is cheaper now than it was a year ago; that cup of coffee will be nice and toasty warm after standing out in this Iowa breeze!

As we kick off our Stellar Wellness Challenge 2015 – Your Way, I find myself faced with choices for today and future tomorrows. Beginning March 1st, I can choose to drink more water, incorporate more activity into my daily life, and eat healthier. I can choose what I want to do, hopefully replacing bad habits with better ones. I can choose what will work for me as we all know that one size does not fit all. This is all on me. It is my responsibility to take control of what I want, how I attain it and how I follow thru. My results at the end of the 5 week challenge just might net me a chance at a cool $100!

Stellar has given me the tools – the Wellness Challenge, the prize incentive, health coaching and even a way to get a new Fitbit – I buy one, turn in my receipt and get reimbursed half up to $50.   It’s up to me to find my motivation. That will be my biggest challenge since I have always chosen to tell myself that I am not a morning person and need that cup of coffee to wake up. It won’t be easy and I’m sure that I won’t always have that warm fuzzy feeling, but it is my health, my wellness and I’m doing it my way.

Every minute of every day we have choices. Life may not always be fair and just, but it is how we respond that makes us who we are. And even if I don’t win that $100, I can still choose to try again next time!

Our Christmas Letter To You

Mailboxes are a bit fuller this time of year. Christmas cards and letters brighten the days leading up to this joyful holiday. So from our home to yours, tis the season!

Dear Friends,

Holiday Greetings from Stellar Industries! Looking back on the past year, we are humbled by our many blessings. This Christmas Season we give thanks for all that has led us to where we are today. Highlighting 2014 is not an easy task as there are so many great things that have occurred and continue to happen on a daily basis, but here is a recap of our year:

This year Stellar had the opportunity to assist the Garner FTC Robotics Team with one of our own Engineers helping coach the team. This was a great experience for the students and we were excited to be part of their team – GO BLOCK HEADS!

Trade Shows, Trade Shows, Trade Shows! From the NTEA Work Truck Show to the CONEXPO/CONAGG Trade Show, Waste Expo and more, our team logged numerous hours and miles with great success.

Senator Chuck Grassley paid us a visit in February, touring the manufacturing plant and held a Q&A session with our employees and in June, Governor Terry Branstad along with Lieutenant Governor Reynolds toured our factory, visited with employees and joined us for our quarterly lunch. Both of these visits were great opportunities for our team members to have their voices heard.

☆ We offered continued support by hosting a stop for the the Association of Equipment Manfacturers’ I Make America Harley Tour this summer in conjunction with our Company Picnic at the Hancock County Fair.  You should join in the movement to at www.imakeamerica.com.

Stellar Industries made the transition from a C corporation to an S corporation. This is an outstanding benefit to our Employee Stock Owners!

Stellar Stars Worldwide – we love having that international presence! From Canada, Mexico, Chile & Argentina, to Russia, Mongolia, China, India, Malaysia, Australia & New Zealand, and not to mention Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa, we are excited to become more recognizable globally!

The changing of the guard to our new ERP Software program has been challenging, but holds so much potential for our future.

We are represented! Many of our fellow employees serve on numerous committees and groups. From the TIA, NPGA, NTEA, AISBM, ANSI/ASME, ABI, Capstone, AEM, Prime Advantage Heavy Manufacturing Committee, APICS, AFLA and more – we have represented 2014 Stellar Strong!

We expanding our American Eagle Manufacturing facility! We are excited about having more room for our compressor, drawer systems and accessories division production needs.

Our customers continue to see the value in our products and for that we are thankful! We want to continue to help you be more productive and strive to provide you with quality equipment, accessories and solutions to meet your needs.

And finally (drum roll, please……) Our people. To describe how thankful we are for the hardworking and dedicated people who have made us who we are, words are not enough.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours and wishing you many successes in 2015!