Since its inception in 2012 Hydro-Thermal has celebrated Manufacturing Day/Month in a variety of ways. This year saw the return of one of staff’s favorite events, a luncheon prepared and served by Hydro-Thermal office staff. This year’s theme was Oktoberfest, complete with brats, sauerkraut, humongous pretzels and an array of delectable desserts!
In addition to lunch, all shop staff received a “swag bag” – actually a beverage trough with handles and a Hydro-Thermal collapsible mini cooler. Each employee’s trough was filled with beers, cold brewed coffee, and specialty sodas. The cherry on top for shop staff was a surprise wrapped gift that each received, which contained everything from bandanas and water bottles to a tiger stripped steering wheel cover.
Staff enjoyed their lunch al fresco on a perfect sunny 68-degree day, while the smell of cooking brats and polka music wafted over their conversations. Second shift CNC machinist Alonzo Perez said, “Today’s lunch reminded me of one of my favorite quotes, ““Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”” Today was thoughtful and really made you feel appreciated. It just made me smile.”
To culminate the day, shop staff proudly posed for a photo with Hydro-Thermal’s recently awarded Manufacturer of the Year banner. Plant manager, Andre Volheim thanked staff for all their hard work and for what they helped him learn since he started in the position. Hydro-Thermal President and CEO, Jim Zaiser said thank you to the shop staff for their ongoing contributions to making the company successful.
Just like you should be thoughtful about your sweetheart on days besides Valentine’s Day, Hydro-Thermal has a Manufacturing Day approach every day of the year. We have high school intern programs established with Milwaukee and Waukesha counties, college internships, an internal mentoring program that involves job shadowing, we host numerous company tours, as well as tours for local schools at all grade levels.
Past year’s Manufacturing Day celebrations included job shadowing with CNC staff and welders, plant tours of Hydro-Thermal, featured guest speakers, and more.