The Death of Innocence

I’ve recently been playing with my new toy from Christmas, a MIG welder.  I suit up in my gloves, jacket and welding hood with a glee in my eye.  As I strike the arc with the gun I’m lost in another place as two pieces of steel melt and fuse together as one.  It’s amazing! Two pieces of STEEL,  METING!  The heat created by the arc is near the temperature of the Sun.  In my youthful jubilation I try to share my wonder with others as they shrug and move on.  “The heat of the Sun!”.  “Steel Melting!”  They shake their head, pat me on mine and move on to important things like the next text message.

I’ve been following stories about self-driving cars.  The car accelerates, brakes and turns all by itself.  IT IS DRIVING!  This has been coming for a while.  We already have cars that parallel park themselves.  This was inevitable.  Now I can’t say I’m looking forward to this as I love to drive, BUT THE CARS DRIVE THEMSELVES!  You know they will be safer than humans.  They don’t text or talk on the phone.  They don’t care what the next song is on the radio and they didn’t just break up with their boyfriends.  It’s coming.  This is absolutely amazing.  Your car driving itself.  Yet people talk about self driving cars with the same enthusiasm as they talk about the weather.

The next bold leap for man is artificial intelligence.  I don’t know how far it will progress in my lifetime but it’s coming fast.  I already talk to SIRI while driving my car.  “Hey SIRI, Send a test message to my wife”. Siri promptly answers, repeats the message back to me and sends it.  I spent a couple of hours the other night talking to a Google.  “Hey Google, Did you have a nice Christmas?.”  She answered me and we  continued on with our conversation for thirty minutes. People seem to enjoy Siri, Google and Alexis but I hear little amazement in their voice when they talk about them.  I carried on a conversation with artificial intelligence.

Last week I sat outside my office watching planes on their final approach to the airport.  We are located directly in their path.  I saw an airliner slowly descending as it passed over and was caught up in the fact that this huge aircraft filled with people and luggage was floating overhead. I know the science of flight, with Bernoulli’s Theorem, air pressure, lift drag, blah blah blah.  But what I saw was this beautiful aircraft hanging in the sky.  WOW!

My wife often tells me I am immature.  It’s not an insult.  It’s one of the traits she loves about me.  Is immaturity a bad thing?  I still see the wonder in the world and of man’s accomplishment.  I look at the world with the same opened-eye wonder as those that sought to go to the moon in 1961. The world is an amazing place. My concern is fewer and fewer of us do.  We come to expect everything and are amazed at nothing.

Man has inhabited the earth for about 200,000 years.  They matured to what we think of as humans about 50,000 years ago and have been civilized for only about 6,000 years.  Mankind is moving into maturity.  We are loosing our innocence.  That scares me.  It is our innocence and immaturity that has driven us to such amazing accomplishments.  It is those who see things with amazement that have the immaturity to dream “What If?”.  If we stop looking at the world with wonder we will no longer have the inspiration to ask “WHY?” or “WHY NOT?”.

If mankind continues to mature and loses its sense of wonder we will no longer advance.  When everyone takes man’s accomplishments for granted then there will no longer be dreamers to take us to the next level.  When we lose our innocence, real progress will end.  The NEW ideas and NEW dreams will stop.

I hope this never happens.  I hope that there will always be a few that will still be amazed by their surroundings and have the courage to be immature and ask “What If”.  I hope that there will always be those that dream of going to the moon even though the technology doesn’t exist.  I pray that there will always be two brothers that look to the birds and wonder “What if I could fly?”.

The world is an amazing place.  We have not scratched the surface of what we can accomplish, as long as there are those that see the world with amazement and ask “What If”.  The dreamers.  The immature that never lose their innocence when looking around them.  You can become one of them.  Stop right now.  Think of what you are reading.  Imagine me sitting in front of my lap top computer, at my dining room table, in a different place, at a different time pecking these words on a key board.  They were spell check (hopefully) and formatted into this text.  When I hit send they magically floated up onto a cloud to be stored for all time.  As you look at your phone, tablet or computer today, you summon these words from the past.  They float down from that cloud and appeared before your eyes.  My rambling thoughts, shared with you across space and time, Magically.  Don’t think about the science.  Don’t just take it for granted.  Allow your self to be amazed. The world is a wonderful place.

Just saying…..

TODD

Lear

Yes Virginia, There is More.

 

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

My name is Virginia.  My mother wrote to you in 1947 with a question regarding Christmas.  You really helped her.  I also have a question regarding Christmas.  I hope you can also help me.

It’s early afternoon Christmas Day.  The Christmas Feast has been devoured and presents have been ripped opened and flung around the room.  The kitchen is piled with dirty dishes, the only remnants of the Holiday Meal .  The trash is overflowing.  Wrapping and boxes are strewn about the family room and my wonderful family that I love is lying around in a food coma.

I have spent over a month preparing for this.  Worked over-time to get Christmas cash.  Dug my toes in to keep from sliding off the roof as I hung over the gutter stringing lights.  I fought with the dogs to leave the tree alone that I tramped out in the cold to get and spent an afternoon decorating.  I got up early last week to go to the supermarket before the crowds and purchase all the ingredients for the meal.  I mixed, baked, thawed and cook for the last three days.  Dragged piles of bags and packages like a homeless person from store to store on a quest to find the perfect gifts.  Stayed up late at night and trolled Amazon hoping to find those last few gifts with two-day  shipping. Too sum it up, I’m exhausted!

And now here I am.  The credit card bills haven’t even arrived and in a couple of hours it’s done? The meal was eaten, the presents opened and it’s over?  It’s over other than climbing back on the roof to take the lights down in the January cold and spending a weekend un-decorating and cleaning the house.  Over except the next three hours cleaning dishes and picking up the house as my family snoozes.

IT’S OVER????

THAT’S IT?????

IS THIS ALL??????

IS THIS THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS???????

PLEASE TELL ME THERE IS MORE.

Best Regards,

Virginia

 

REPLY FROM THE EDITOR:

 

Dear Virginia,

I want to refer to two experts in this field to answer your question.

 

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Linus

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night, and lo the angel of the Lord came upon them and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid, and the angel said unto them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a savior, tis Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly hosts, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”

Linus from A Charlie Brown Christmas

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Dr Seuss

The Grinch stole all the presents. He stole all the decorations.  He took the Christmas feast including the roast beast.  He even took the last can of Who Hash. He took the Christmas tree from every Who house.  He even grabbed the stockings from the hearth and the candy from the children’s very hands. He stripped away everything the Who had prepared for the big day.  And as the sun rose on Christmas morning what did the Grinch see?  He saw all the Whos in Whosville, in the town square.  They held hands and sang and rejoiced, It was Christmas morning. Every Who in Whosville singing without any presents at all.  He hadn’t stopped Christmas form coming.  It came.  It came without ribbons, It came without tags, It came without packages, boxes and bags.  Then the Grinch thought. Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.  And with that realization the Whos in Whosville say that Grinch’s tiny heart grew three times that day.

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None of those other things are what Christmas is all about.  The lights and garland, presents and meals are nothing more than a side-show, a distraction from the true meaning of Christmas.  Christmas is about love and caring.  It’s about family and friends.  It’s about accepting others for who they are. It’s about the Whos in Whosville on that Christmas morning, in the town square. It’s about hope. It’s about belief, belief that miracles really do happen.  Hope that a little bit of the love, and caring for others of the season will follow us through the new year.  Hope that we can keep the laughter and excitement for life without the lights and trees in the days to come.

It’s about hope that things really can be a little better than they are, if it starts with me..

So to answer your question Virginia, NO, This is not ALL, these things are NOT the true meaning of Christmas.  Look beyond what is in front of your face to what CAN BE, if you want it to be. That’s the true magic of Christmas.

The Editor.

MERRY CHRISTMAS CHARLIE BROWN

Just Saying………..

Todd

Todd

Something to Live For

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For those of you as old as I, you will probably remember the Heinz Ketchup commercial that used Carly Simon’s song Anticipation in the background.

Anticipation.

I am sitting here, looking out my window at a light mist and the leaves falling from the trees. That’s a picture out my window above.

My mind wanders. They are predicting snow tomorrow.  I’m so excited for snow to come.  It’s a week before Christmas and I look forward to our visit from Santa Claus for my son Daven.  The economy seems to be turning, oil prices are rising and it looks like business is going to turn around after a two- year drought. That’s really exciting.

Anticipation.

Anticipation motivates and gives us something to work toward.  It drives us and gives us a reason to get up each day.  Anticipation is a good thing?

As all of these things run through my mind, I pause and look back out the window. The tress are brown and yellow, orange and red.  They really are beautiful.  Those leaves, float down in an almost dancing motion, swaying left and ride as they ride the invisible wind down.  It really is am amazing view.  I almost missed it.  It is a moment I will never get back.  As I began moving ahead in my mind, anticipating the future, I almost missed the present.  I didn’t see the colors and the beauty of right now.  I was becoming so wrapped up in what MIGHT BE that I almost missed the wonder of what IS.

It is often said, “Do not live in the past”.  We should learn form the past but not dwell on it.  We should take the lessons from the past and apply them to our lives today, but not get wrapped up in them.

The future and anticipation are no different.  It’s good to have hope. It’s important to plan.  It’s invigorating to anticipate the future, BUT not at the cost of today.  Today might be all we have. If you knew today was your last day on earth, would you spend it thinking about tomorrow.  Unless your thinking of the here after, I really doubt it.  Today is the gift your given.  This minute in life is the only thing you have, it is and will never be again.

Take the lessons from the past, plan for the future but LIVE TODAY.

If you will excuse me, I’m going to go outside and enjoy my back yard.

Just Saying….

TODD

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The Double Edged Sword

The internet.  A world-wide sensation.  It has intertwined itself in our lives both personal and professional.  It has allowed corporations to work in real-time from across the globe.  The internet has changed the way we shop, listen to music, the way we work and the way we communicate.  The greatest thing ever?

My first answer would be yes.  I couldn’t do this blog without it.  I can operate my computer at work from home.  I do my shopping on it. I use email and text messaging.  I am an avid fan of the internet. I even met my wife on the internet.

But there is another side that emerges from this technology.  A darker side.  A different form of communication that brings out the worst in people.

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Facebook appears to be a wonderful communication tool.  You can post pictures and movies.  Your able to find and stay in touch with long-lost friends.  You can find others with common interest and share your passion.  These and much more is the possibilities you find with Facebook.  The reality is what you usually find is the worst o fhuman nature.

Political discussions on Facebook are common. It starts with someone posting their views.  It ends with vile comments and personal slanders among many that jump on to crucify the author.  It is rarely a spirited debate using facts and figures to defend ones views. It is mostly an on-line hate fest with each side vying for the gotcha comment. Very few of these people would ever voice their opinions in person, but in the security of their own home they spew their “expert” opinions, usually displaying their IQ at the same time.

And then there are the little people.  I mean people of little spine and backbone.  People of little integrity and character.  They sit in the corner of their darkened room with a little smile typing away.  It could be a scene from the Grinch seated behind their keyboard or tablet.  They spread lies and hate.  They broadcast insults and hurtful post.  They are there to tear everyone else down.  They have not the spine to say any of it in person but in the security of their dark little corner they tap away.  They will show everyone.  They have little sense of self-worth and only derive pleasure from tearing others down.  They are the dark edge of the technology sword.  They use this incredible tool to hate and destroy.  I see it over and over again.  You see it in the news with the high school student that commits suicide over what was posted on Facebook.  You see it as often in adults.  I have seen those I love furious and in tears over Facebook posts.  My daughter suffered an attack just last week.  These weasalie pathetic excuses for humans tap tap tap in their darkened room.  They will get them.  They tap tap tap in delight spreading pain and sorrow.

As with everything the internet is only a tool.  It is up to us as to how to use it.  Regretfully, human nature shows itself again utilizing this amazing tool for their selfish evil purposes.  I for one say if you can’t ignore it, delete Facebook and take their power away.  they are only as strong as we let them be.

Just saying.

TODD…..

The Few

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It’s Sunday evening following Thanksgiving.  I’ve heard so many talk about what they are they thankful for.  I’ve heard about families and good health.  I’ve heard about friends and success.  The one thing I didn’t hear people giving thanks for are the “FEW”.

The “FEW” are those individuals that give up being home with families giving thanks so they can be out there providing us all the things we take for granted we should be thankful for.  This is a Thanksgiving tribute to the few.  To the few that sacrifice so much for the many.

To the 19 year old, feeling a chill while standing guard in a tower in South Korea with his rifle every vigilant. To the father skyping his family while sitting in closet sized room on aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean Sea.  They stand guard so we may celebrate in peace at home.

To B Shift at the firehouse.  They just got interrupted from the turkey dinner they were trying to share to race out on a call.  They have no idea what they will face when they get there but they know someone needs help and that’s all that matters.

To the ten year veteran police office sitting in her cruiser waiting for a call for help.  She knows the bad guys don’t take off Holidays so neither does she. When the call comes she responds.  She has a whole city to protect.

To the two paramedics on their way to the chest pain call.  They hope it’s indigestion from too much turkey but they respond as it’s life or death because they know it might be.

To the nurse and aid catching a turkey sandwich in between patients buzzing for help.  They know none of their patients want to be at the hospital on Thanksgiving and that’s why they have to be at their best.  They try to offer much more than medical care, they offer a friendly ear and warm smile to help make this day a little easier.

To the lineman, cold in his bucket trying to fix the broken transformer.  Everyone depends on him for light and heat and so much more.  It doesn’t matter it is Thanksgiving, he will keep the power flowing because that’s his job.

To the backhoe operator digging up the broken water line.  There is never enough light to see what he’s doing at night but he works on.  People need water.  He and the crew will get it back on in a couple of hours.

To the swimmer and flight crew aboard the rescue helo in Alaska. As a Coast Guard diver he knows he may need to jump in those icy waters but it’s what he trained for.  He’ll be there if he’s needed, Thanksgiving and every other day.

There are many others out there. The FEW.  They are the ones we often don’t see or think about that quietly do their jobs, serving the rest of us.  They will be there on Thanksgiving and on Christmas and every other day.  It’s what they do.  They ask very little in return yet offer us all so much.

So what am I thankful for?  I’m thankful for the few that protect and provide so much that makes my life so much better.  Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

Just Saying…

TODD

Todd

 

Made in the USA

Ford’s Executive Chairman of the Board, Bill Ford recently contacted President Elect Donald Trump to inform him Ford will NOT move it’s Lincoln MKC luxury SUV plant from Louisville, Kentucky to Mexico.  YEA!!!  Won one.

At the same time, Audi is finishing up construction on its $1.3 billion factory in Mexico that was considered for Chattanooga Tennessee.  BOOO!  Lost one.

This is the day-to-day battle to retain and attract auto manufacturing jobs to the United States.  The problem is two-part, the two-edged sword of trade agreements and lower cost workers in other countries.

Mexico have been masters at creating free trade agreements across the globe.  They currently subscribe to forty different agreements that give Mexican exporters duty-free access to markets that contain 60% of the worlds economic output. Ten of these agreements give their exports duty free export to 45 different countries including Europe, Latin America, the Asian Pacific and the U.S. and Canada.  In contrast the U.S. has free trade agreements with only 20 countries, mostly smaller such as Chili, Jordan and Panama.  It costs BMW’s U.S. plant a 10% tariff to ship cars to Europe.  On a luxury SUV that costs $50k that is $5,000 in export tariff.

So the easy answer would be for the U.S. to strike similar agreements across the globe, Right?  It’s not that simple.  The free trade agreements allow all signed nations to ship to one other without tariffs.  Good Deal!  Not so fast.  Many of these countries have government subsidized manufacturing and offer lower labor costs.  This is an incentive for U.S. manufacturers to take advantage of the cost savings in those countries, bringing the cars back to the states tariff free.  That means lost jobs!  U.S., Mexico and the U.S. are currently members of a free trade agreement called NAFTA.  Many site that as the reason for all of the lost jobs to Mexico.  Due to NAFTA, Canada has seen most of its auto manufacturing disappear.

The United States is currently negotiating a similar agreement with Asian Pacific countries called the Pacific Partnership.  No tariffs on trade between the nations.  Lost Jobs for the U.S.?  Opponents say yes.  President Elect Trump has vowed to kill the agreement when getting to office.

Every Audi Q5 SUV that is exported from Mexico will be $6,000 cheaper than it would have been if manufactured in Tennessee.

Mexico has nothing to lose and everything to gain by these free trade agreements.  They are the nation of less expensive labor.  Most Mexican auto workers make in a day what U.S. auto workers make in an hour. On average, Mexican auto workers make $8 per hour, including benefits.  G.M. UAW auto workers make $58 per hour on average and Non UAW U.S. automakers, like the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee make $38 per hour.  Even at these wages, the Mexican jobs are highly sought after with Mexico’s minimum wage of $4.50 per DAY.

As you can see it is complicated issue.  Free trade agreements would work fine if their were level playing fields but they are not.  The reality is that America has a great deal to lose with fair trade agreements.  President Elect Trump has promised to negotiate better trade agreements with other countries to bring jobs back to America.  I wish him the best.  He has seen early signs of success with the Ford announcement and Mexico’s announcement that they would be willing to re-negotiate the term of NAFTA.  Made in America still means something.  Put our workers back to work.

 

Just Saying…..

TODD

 

 

Todd

Elections Have Consequences

Newly elected, President Obama, when asked to consider a GOP bill said, “Elections have consequences, and I won”. So what are the consequences of our recent election?

Well, here is one you probably haven’t considered.  For those of you holding college degrees, you should ask for a refund.  According to the news pundits, this was an election won by  uneducated, narrow-minded, blue-collar bumpkins.  Really?  If so, they out maneuvered, out strategized and out did all of you highly educated grads.  Maybe you should ask for a refund?

Okay, this is not about college grads versus non-college grads.  This is about the media.  The all-knowing, “UNBIASED” reporters that try to headline the stories themselves.

Early on election night, Donald Trump had 24 electoral votes to Mrs. Clinton’s 8 and held a lead in Florida.  I was watching CNN with Wolfe Blitzer hosting.   The music came up and the screen showed a “Breaking News” graphic and then a shot of Wolfe.  Wolfe in a very excited tone proclaimed Secretary Clinton had taken the lead in Florida.  You could see the excitement on his face.    He knew this was the beginning of the end for Trump and things were going to be okay.  I thought he was having an orgasm on live TV.

I switched between NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN and Fox.  As the night wore on and states continued to fall for Trump you could see an obvious shift in the commentators demeanor.  Their early enthusiasm shown during the early exit poles pronouncing it Hillary’s night was gone.  Every network emphasized the non educated electorate driving the Trump victory.  Over and over emphasizing that the voters supporting Trump were somehow second class citizens.  One commentator said America was choosing the dark vision of America over Ms. Clinton’s positive vision.  They talked about Trump dividing America.  Dividing America?  Seriously???  After presenting the majority of the voters as second class, non-educated people, they talked about Trump dividing America!  They continued characterizing Trumps vision as dark and negative.  I’m not sure who I was listening to but I heard him talk about making America great and how it was going to be amazing.  If that is negative and dark I must have missed something they taught in those college classes I didn’t take.

Many of the second class citizens the media were portraying are in manufacturing, as I am.  I was offended!  Manufacturing actually creates something.  They make the things these college educated voters purchase.  They create the products America trades with other countries.  It could be done without accountants, lawyers and consultants with college degrees.  They would not exist without us.

I am NOT being critical of college educated professionals.  Many of my friends hold degrees and life is better with these professional guidance.  Many people in the manufacturing field hold degrees and many educated professional voted for Trump. You can’t categorize people.  everyone is an individual and hold their own importance in our great Nation.  Saying that, I am going to generalize and categorize a group of people.  The Media.  They made no effort to hide their biased during the election.  They chose sides and made an effort to influence the process.  I have only one thing to say to them;

                                        ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES.

Just Saying….

Todd

 

Thanks Al

Al Marrufo, our Quality Assurance Team Lead didn’t realize it but he is guest author for this week’s Blog.  He posted the following article on facebook and I am using it for the Blog.  Thanks for the day off Al.

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The Slinky

Somehow if the song had gone: “A spring, a spring, a marvelous thing! Everyone knows it’s Industrial Equipment Stabilizers,” it wouldn’t have been quite as catchy.

Yet that was the intended use of the springs naval engineer Richard James was developing in 1943. The sensitive springs were meant to keep fragile equipment steady on ships. Then James knocked one of his new springs from a shelf and, like a kid on Christmas morning, watched it do that famous Slinky walk down instead of just hitting the ground, as Time noted in its all-time greatest toys list last year.

He took the creation home to show his wife, Betty, who saw the potential for a new toy. After consulting the dictionary, a name sprung (sorry) to mind: Slinky, a Swedish term meaning “sleek and sinuous.” By time the toy was demonstrated in front of Gimbels Department Store in Philadelphia, during the 1945 Christmas season, it was clear it would be the Tickle Me Elmo of its time. The industrial machine James had could coil 80 feet of wire into two inches, and hundreds of Slinkys were already being sold.

That’s not all, either: The Slinky has found other uses, including as an antenna by soldiers in Vietnam and as a therapy tool. Whatever the use, everyone knows it’s Slinky.

The Seven Signs of the Apocalypse

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Don’t worry this is neither a bible study or end of the world Blog.  I want to talk about the 2016 World Series.  No No No, it’s really not a sports blog either.  This is a blog about History and current events rolled into one.  It’s about a historic event happening as we speak.  Either the Chicago Cubs or the Cleveland Indians will become World Series Champions by November 2nd.

So how is this not a sports blog?  The second longest drought without a world series championship is held by the Cleveland Indians.  It has been 68 years since they last won the championship in 1948.  Impressive as that is the Chicago Cubs have not won a championship wince, 1908, 108 years. The longest drought in Major League Baseball.  They face one another in this years World Series.  One of these teams will break the longest droughts in baseball history.  Talk about making history!

The Cleveland Indians were the feature of a 1989 movie, Major League about an unlikely group of characters making up the Cleveland Indians and winning the American League Championship.  The Indians were a perfect candidate as a team no one believed would reach a league championship. They became the American League’s punch line for many jokes. No jokes this year.  Under the watchful eye of their mascot, Chief Wahoo, the Indians had the second best record in the American league and swept their way into the world series.  There is no doubt this is a team that deserves their place in championship.  GOOO WAHOOO!

Not to be outdone, we have the Cubs.  108 years since their last championship.  a sports record.  Cubs fans have long been convinced this is due to a curse.  The Goat Curse.  During the 4th game of the 1945 World Series, Billy Goat Tavern owner, Billy Sianis was asked to leave the game because the smell of his pet goat, Murphy was making other fans sick.  (Yes, he took the goat to the game).  Leaving, Sianis cursed the Cubs, saying “The Cubs aint gonna win no more”.  The curse has followed the cubs ever since. Over the years Cubs fans have brought goats to the games tying to break the curse to no avail.  Maybe 2016 is the year the curse is lifted.  Chicago had the best record in baseball with an impressive 103 wins.  They are a young team with incredible talent.  The question is, is that enough to lift Murphy’s curse?  GOOO CUBS!!!!

Regardless of the outcome this is an exciting time for all sports fans.  For the die-hard fans of the Indians and Cubs, that never gave up hope, it’s been a long time coming. For one team this will be the sweetest championship ever.  For the rest of us (I’m a die-hard Cardinal fan) it’s still exciting.  Outside of my Cardinals I can’t think of any other two team I would like to see play.  The two longest droughts in World Series Championships are playing for the crown.  The only thing left is to

PLAY BALL

Just Saying……

Todd

Todd

 

“And the Award Goes To…”

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EBSCO SPRING!

That’s right, Ebsco Spring.  Ebsco received the “2016 Manufacturing Excellence Award for Training Innovation”.

In one year, Ebsco implemented the AS9100 Quality Management System.  This was a tremendous achievement.  Every process was touched by the change and several new processes were implemented.  It was a major accomplishment.  It required training for every team member.

The timing was perfect as we will receive our final certification audit this week.

I am very proud of the Ebsco Team.  Change is difficult but everyone embraced the changes and worked hard to perfect the new procedures.  Words like FOD and HPQC became part of the everyday vocabulary.  existing skills were re-trained and expanded to meet the new requirements.  It wasn’t easy. Everyone came through and stepped up to the challenge.

Congratulations to the Ebsco Team.