A New Start to a New Year
By John Beattie
With the bustle of the holidays receding, most of us have returned to the shop for a brand-new calendar year and all that will arrive in the coming months.
I like the beginning of the year. We’re busy putting plans in place to take our shop and craftsmanship to the next level (check out Mark Inboden’s blog post on this subject earlier in the week). One of my focus areas will be to increase our teamwork efforts. When you have 20-plus people in a production area, it’s important to work as a team. With a solid teamwork ethic in place at UCEC, our job as the Management Team is to envision the next level. Our talented team members deserve no less.
Our primary focus is to take care of the customer. So, lately, I have been planning the best ways to do that with the team. One player cannot win the game; you need the rest of the team to get there. We have some areas we can improve on even with our seasoned staff. Everyone, everywhere, can always improve.
One thing I know we’ll work on: improving cross training. We have skilled teams in mechanical, wiring and shipping/receiving. As our team members increase their knowledge base and technical skills, we will shift cross-trained resources where needed.
Different people are motivated by different things. I’ve learned you can’t just put people in a single bucket. So, we’ll be working toward becoming a more cohesive team and creating an expanded team-player environment. I look forward to seeing where 2016 takes us!
John is Operations Manager for Production for UCEC.
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In October, UCEC will celebrate its 60th anniversary.
From the beginning, the founder of UCEC, Howard Lacy, felt that he could make a better control panel at a better value than the control panels he was purchasing from others. My father-in-law, Chris Kitsos, took this concept beyond the municipal markets, and provided even better control panels and customer service to the private industry. It is amazing to think about how far UCEC and industrial control panels have come since 1958. We can all be proud of the role UCEC has played as a leader in our industry.
Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoy this special time of year with your loved ones and friends. I am very excited about what’s in store for 2018, and for the opportunity to work with all of you to make it happen. Thank you to our customers, vendors and employees!
Whew! It's been quite the ride in 2017 with a very busy shop, working with talented co-workers and of course, the reason for what we do: creating our valued customers' electrical control panels. Here's a look back and a few stories that made our year.
Our customers often bring us cutting-edge challenges—and we love it! Recently, one of our vendor partners CPI came to us with a project we couldn’t resist. CPI’s customer wanted to revamp the HMI (Human-Machine Interface) screens that are installed in each of their electrical control panels at a large beverage canning facility. (Side note: UCEC is fortunate to work with many partners. Meet more of our vendor partners here, here and here.)
Editor's Note: This fall, we published a series of posts about how UCEC is preparing for the future. We heard from our Executive and Management teams, and after reading their vision for UCEC's next chapter, we're pretty jazzed for what's ahead. Below, please find the entire series.
Growing up, my family was a model “use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without” type of clan. Throwing things away was not an option. It’s a character trait I’ve passed on to my kids, and also one I’m proud to say that UCEC observes whenever possible.
What does the UCEC customer of the future look like? One things is sure: they are getting younger! From newly minted engineers to mid-career engineers to factory management teams, our median customer age is skewing downward.