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As the warm days dwindle down, LaForce is taking a look back at the good times we have had this summer. Between our Volunteer and Safe & Well programs, to kicking off Packer Season and office events, employees had a full schedule of fun at work.
LaForce prides itself on our employees drive to give back to the community, which didn’t take a summer vacation this season. Employees across our locations chose to volunteer both in and outside of the office in efforts to better their community. LaForce employees volunteered at the Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin – Green Bay Strider Bike Camp, hosted a school supply drive for Jefferson and Doty Elementary schools and continued helping local veterans with yard work. Check out the slideshow to see more photos of LaForce employees volunteering throughout the summer.
Safe & Well
Living a healthy and safe life is pertinent to trends and culture. LaForce encourages employees to get up and be active to live their best life. We provide fun safety events and exciting wellness games that can provide incentive, knowledge and occasionally bragging rights! Locations across LaForce put their best foot forward this summer and participated in local runs, volleyball tournaments, tornado drills, and more. Take a run through the slideshow to view how we value safety and wellness.
Joe LaForce was an active Packer fan, and the trend continues for many of our employees and customers. Our Green Bay employees kicked off the 2017 football season with a LaForce employee tailgate, just across the street from Lambeau Field. It was a true Titletown celebration with good food, games and a Packer preseason win.
Everyone wants to have fun in the summer, and at LaForce, we encourage just that. Whether we are having our annual company picnics, golf outings, or eating some chips and dip, we want our employees to be excited about work. This summer was no exception!
Special thanks to Rob Russell, Security Integration Operations Manager, for providing the latest news and updates regarding LaForce’s expertise in electrical components.
In November, we discussed industry changes that affect how intelligent and electrified door hardware are specified in construction projects. Division 8 represents building openings (including door hardware) and Division 28 represents Electronic Safety and Security. The Security Industry Association (SIA) and Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) decided to move all intelligent devices for a door opening into the Division 28 category.
While this update will take several years to fully integrate into all construction practices, LaForce has already adjusted to the new norms. This allows us to be a great resource for not only General Contractors (GC’s), but also Electrical Contractors (EC’s), who usually work within Division 28 but may need support with door hardware components.
Why was this change implemented in the industry? The purpose of moving items from Division 8 to Division 28 was ultimately driven by end users. They require product and service providers who do not just supply products, but also provide installation, service, and support in addition to supplying the products.
LaForce provides the ideal solution in the Division 8/28 realm. We are a reliable resource for GC’s, EC’s, and end users. We are not just a hardware distributor, but a total opening solution provider. Our solutions essentially go beyond product distribution and focus on ongoing service. To GC’s and EC’s, this means taking care of the end user and ensuring their satisfaction. This involves commissioning and programming the intelligent hardware products as well as comprehensive training and ongoing technical support for the end user.
LaForce has access and expertise with many lines of hardware, power supplies and software, which gives us the ability to satisfy all of our customer’s needs. As technology and the IoT (Internet of Things) evolve within the door hardware industry, we will continue to take care of GC’s, EC’s and end users. These groups can lean on LaForce for their total opening solution. Read more about our Security Integration team in this link!
Stop 9: Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute in Ohio
LaForce handles construction projects across the country!
In this special series, we’re exploring 12 such projects.
The brand-new Ohio State Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute, part of the Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, OH, offers sports medicine research and treatment services. LaForce is honored to have supplied wood doors, hollow metal doors, frames, hardware, and security products for this beautiful new facility.
Doors, Frames, & Hardware
Providing both accessibility and security were high priorities throughout this project. For example, some doors had to be operated by automatic door openers to allow people to pass through them hands-free. In addition, we provided locks that are manufactured exclusively for Ohio State University.
Security Products & Services
We supplied electrified hardware and a flexible access control system so facility managers could monitor traffic and access to areas housing sensitive information or materials. Some of these locks are WiFi-based and some are PoE-based (Power over Ethernet). These technologies allow facility managers to monitor doors, change codes, and perform a variety of other operations.
Having fun at our annual golf outing is par for the course! This year was no exception. Over 150 LaForce employees enjoyed golfing, dinner, and prizes on Friday, June 23. We are especially grateful to our many event sponsors who made the day especially enjoyable.
Golf Outing Fun
Want to read more blogs like this one? Check out last year’s golf outing re-cap!
Thank You Sponsors!
Let’s close out National Safety Month with information that applies to everyone – Home Safety. We recently celebrated “Safety Days” at LaForce, giving employees an opportunity to learn practical safety tips and strategies. Here are the highlights!
- Home Safety Checklists are a great way to assess your home for safety concerns. Check out some examples from Home Safety Smart Check:
- Proper smoke alarm procedures and fire alarm precautions are essential homeowner skills. Click here for a fire extinguisher cheat sheet. Next, check out our video of LaForce’s on-site fire extinguisher demonstration, compliments of the Green Bay Metro Police Department.
- Kitchen safety and cleanliness should also be observed. These guidelines from the Education Network provide practical tips for maximizing food and kitchen safety.
- Finally, severe weather awareness is vital for family safety. A severe weather safety tip sheet for your home can be found here, courtesy of the National Weather Service.
So far in this series, we have covered Life Safety and Jobsite Safety. Today, we zero in even further, showing how LaForce prioritizes and promotes safety in the workplace.
We have an active Safe & Well program that provides resources for employees to learn about safety and wellness topics. They can even earn points for participating in a variety of health and safety-related activities.
In addition, we encourage team members to report potential safety concerns through our ongoing Safety Ideas in Action Program. Since 2015, this program has generated 85 ideas, over 75% of which have been implemented. As a thank you for their safety awareness, LaForce provides employees with a chance to win money for submitting good ideas. So far, employees have taken home $2,800 in incentives from this program!