LaForce Life at a Glance

LaForce doesn’t hibernate in the winter – we’re just as busy as ever! Besides consistently bidding, analyzing, and completing new projects, employees enjoy a rich selection of internal events and opportunities. Many of these are also highlighted on our company Facebook page, which you can “like” to receive regular updates.

December

Over 100 games collected for Green Bay area elementary schoolsGame Collection Drive

The Volunteer Committee in Green Bay identified two local elementary schools that serve under-privileged children, and organized a board game drive just before Christmas. They collected over 200 games from employees, and a contingent of volunteers even took time to help kids at one school pick out and wrap gifts for their families.

Salvation Army bell-ringing

Volunteers from the Madison office rang bells for the Salvation Army at a local grocery store.

Humanitarian Service ProjectChicago volunteers for the Humanitarian Service Project

A large group of Chicago staff sorted gifts for the Humanitarian Service Project on four separate days in December. Their time and dedication brought joy to many people who struggle during the holiday season.

January

Packer Tailgate

This tailgate scene is from a warmer event, earlier in the season.
This tailgate scene is from a warmer event, earlier in the season.

The wildly popular LaForce Packer tailgate events wrapped up with the January 3 Packers-Vikings game.

Over 150 people attended and enjoyed food, drinks, and fun.

 Jeans Day for Charity

Every month on a Friday, one of LaForce’s 12 locations gets to choose a local charity. The company will then host a “Jeans Day for Charity” and participation costs $1. On January 15, the Appleton office chose the Children’s Hospital of Neenah, resulting in over $350 in donations.

Einstein ProjectThe Einstein Science Expo is a huge hit in the Green Bay area.

Around 20 LaForce employees teamed up on Saturday, January 13 at the massive Einstein Project Science Expo in Green Bay. The Expo aims to expose children to science, and kids of all ages stopped by the LaForce booth. Countless kids and parents went through the L-shaped booth to experience a hands-on key-cutting demonstration, camera display, and complimentary LaForce branded key chain that featured a light and a whistle.

Water Challenge

LaForce’s Wellness Committee organizes monthly events and challenges to encourage healthy habits. This month, half of all LaForce employees participated in the “H20 Challenge” by tracking their daily water intake. In addition, several offices hosted “Water Pong” tournaments for some friendly competition and hydration.

WASB Trade ShowLaForce's WASB Trade Show booth

Seven Milwaukee team members interacted with school board members and other school officials who browsed our booth on January 20-21 at the Wisconsin State Education Convention. The booth display highlighted Security Integration and Building Specialties products. The salesmen used a “Spin To Win” game to draw in attendees, and gave away many LaForce branded prizes.

 

February

Online Company Store

With the goal of offering affordable, branded company apparel to all employees, the LaForce Marketing team launched the first online company store on February 1. This collaboration with Eagle Graphics in Kaukauna, WI allows employees a seamless shopping experience for internal promotional items and clothing.

Go Red for WomenGo Red for Women

To show support for the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign, the Wellness Committee encouraged employees to wear red on February 5. Funds raised from a $1 Jeans Day were donated to the American Heart Association.

52 Club Treat

Cookies and hot chocolate served in Green Bay

The 2015 Community Campaign generated over $23,000 across all 12 offices. Funds were distributed to locally chosen charities: Hunger Task Force in Milwaukee; Second Harvest Food Bank in Madison; ALS Great Chicago Chapter in Chicago; Habitat for Humanity in Detroit; Cure SMA in Phoenix; Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Appleton; and Friends of Bay Beach and Take ‘Em Outdoors at the Green Bay headquarters. Employees who donate $52 or more are automatically a part of the “52 Club.” To thank these employees, LaForce sponsors small appreciation events throughout the year, like this cookies and hot chocolate treat in Green Bay on February 10.

Join Our Team!

To explore the possibility of working for a team that is dedicated to hard work, local communities, and having fun, visit our careers page.

Next week, we will dive back into technical content and explore the ins and outs of LaForce’s Keying Department.

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