Team Fishel enjoyed participating in Festival Latino in Columbus last weekend! This year’s celebration was an outstanding success for the entire Columbus community and the family-friendly atmosphere welcomed all. Perfect weather all weekend helped make the festival an irresistible destination. Initial estimates pointed toward the highest attendance ever, possibly more than 200,000!
Festival Latino is the largest Hispanic/Latino event in Ohio, and attracts a multicultural audience from throughout Ohio and the surrounding states. The annual festival is a celebration of the cultural diversity that makes Columbus such a great place to live and work. Team Fishel is proud to be part of it and we’re already looking forward to next year.
The largest Hispanic/Latino event in Ohio is here! Festival Latino 2017 happens this Saturday and Sunday, August 12-13 at Genoa Park in downtown Columbus. With music and dance, artists and authors, and plenty of activities for kids, this family-oriented celebration of Latin American culture will be fun for all. Get ready to experience some phenomenal performers on the Main Stage!
Of course, a major attraction at any festival is the food and Festival Latino will feature some of the best! Festival guests will enjoy a wide variety of cuisine from Latin America and beyond that is sure to satisfy everyone’s appetite. And that’s where you will find Team Fishel. We are hosting the Dining Area this year and we invite you to our table. Pick up some delicious food, join us in one of the dining tents and enjoy!
Festival Latino 2017, this Saturday and Sunday, 11am-8pm both days – we’ll see you there!
In just over two weeks, Ohioans will once again enjoy a taste of Latin America! Festival Latino 2017 will be held August 12-13 at Genoa Park in downtown Columbus. The free, family-oriented festival gives the entire community an opportunity to experience both traditional and contemporary Latin American culture. Lively music and dancing, cultural and art workshops for children and adults, and authentic Latin American cuisine offer something of everyone. Festival Latino promises an enjoyable time for all and Team Fishel is ready to join the fun!
The literal translation is “across the table,” but Sobremesa actually refers to a Spanish tradition that is truly delightful. Sobremesa means the time we spend chatting and relaxing with family or friends right after a meal. Team Fishel would like to see folks enjoy that special time at Festival Latino as well! To help make that happen, we are very pleased to sponsor the Dining Tents at this year’s event. That’s where the festival’s theme of food and family will come together, the perfect place to enjoy a great meal, good conversation and some time out of the sun.
We can’t think of a better way for Team Fishel to support this exciting community event. After all, Team Fishel has been a family-owned company for more than 80 years, and our family has grown to a workforce of nearly 2,400 Teammates across the nation. We are immensely proud of each one of them and the strong core values that all of us share. Of course, we love good food as well, and being close to all the delicious Latin American cuisine at the festival is an added benefit!
Festival Latino is the largest Hispanic/Latino event in Ohio, and attracts a multicultural audience from throughout Ohio and the surrounding states. It is a celebration of the cultural diversity that makes Columbus such a great place to live and work. Team Fishel is delighted to be part of this great summer event in our hometown. Festival Latino, August 12-13. Mark your calendar, bring the family and have a great time!
In the Spirit of competitiveness and camaraderie, our fearless Teammates and friends once again made us proud. Buoyed and supported by some of our finest Marines and Navy personnel, they trudged up 6.2 miles of unending hills, conquered multiple obstacles and pushed through a lot of mud! All to prove they were up for the challenge of the annual Marine Corps Mud Run at Camp Pendleton, CA, the weekend of June 10th & 11th. Many other mud warriors eager to compete joined us for the exciting – and exhausting – two day event.
Thanks to the Marines, Navy, corporate sponsors and all the community support, the Camp Pendleton event is recognized as one of the biggest and best mud runs in the country! A special OORAH goes out to United Rentals for their sponsorship of the event and the VIP treatment for our teammates and friends. Especially welcomed were the hot showers at the end of this grueling race. With grateful hearts and sore bodies, thank you United Rentals!
Exhausted and exhilarated, our team accomplished this event in “High Performance Mode”, just as Team Fishel does on a daily basis throughout the nation.
The Camp Pendleton Mud Run is sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Command and organized by Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS). Revenue generated by MCCS activities supports quality-of-life programs for our Marines, Sailors and their families. Team Fishel is proud to be part of the event and we join our fellow Americans in thanking all the men and women serving in our Armed Forces.
Summer is here and the great city of Atlanta holds first place on the Team Fishel travel agenda for June. And why not! The Southeastern Electric Exchange Annual Conference & Trade Show happens in Atlanta this month and we’re ready to go!
The SEE 2017 Conference will be held at the newly renovated Marriott Marquis Atlanta from June 28 -30. As always, the SEE delivers a full, information-rich program including sessions on electric distribution, transmission and substations. Team Fishel, along with Teammates from our subsidiaries Team Power Group and JL Malone, will be on hand throughout the trade show at Booths 113 and 212. We look forward to visiting with our Customers and meeting new folks from electric companies that we haven’t worked with yet. Stop by for a chat about your company’s needs in distribution, transmission or substation construction!
See you in Atlanta! And if you’re playing in the annual pre-show GE Golf Tournament on 6/27, enjoy a spectacular day at St. Ives Country Club. Great city, great golf, great conference!
Team Fishel Commercial Security enjoyed a great day at the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) Annual Seminar & Exhibit on May 18th. Sponsored by the ASIS Columbus Chapter, the event focused on the security needs of companies throughout Central Ohio. It was the first time Team Fishel exhibited at an ASIS event, and the day was definitely time well spent.
This year’s program was attended by Security Directors, Facility Managers, CIOs and IT Managers from a cross-section of industries. Team Fishel had the opportunity to meet people from several vertical markets that we serve including Healthcare, Manufacturing and Logistics/Distribution. Those conversations brought some good news! While introducing our Commercial Security Solutions, we were pleased to hear that recognition of the Team Fishel brand is very strong. We received great feedback about our work in both Low Voltage Technology Solutions and Utility Construction. We’re confident that we can achieve the same positive brand recognition for Commercial Security expertise as well and, in fact, we have a great story to tell!
Team Fishel is a true full service integrator of enterprise-wide Low Voltage Technology Solutions including Structured Cabling, Data Center infrastructure and installation, Wireless Networks and, more recently, Commercial Security. We are capable of enhancing our Customers’ operations on multiple levels. And when you think about it, comprehensive Low Voltage Solutions that encompass Commercial Security make very good economic sense. When an organization is installing communications network cable throughout a facility, including security cabling in the project saves time, saves money and adds value.
Today, Team Fishel Commercial Security offers fully customized Access Control and Video Monitoring solutions that Customers demand for their unique environments. We also provide reliable Fire Alarm systems and commercial Intrusion Detection systems adaptable for single facility or campus-wide environments.
As Team Fishel continues introducing its Commercial Security solutions to companies in Ohio and Kentucky, being an active member of ASIS will remain an important part of our plans. They are an extraordinary resource for the commercial security industry and we are proud to participate in their efforts. See you at the Annual Seminar & Exhibit next year!
Team Fishel’s 2nd Annual Summer Safety Challenge kicks off in June. The timing couldn’t be better! Summer is our busiest and potentially most dangerous work season. The longer work days and hotter weather create additional stress for Teammates and also increase the risk of accidents. The Safety Challenge contest helps everyone focus on daily safety awareness while adding a bit of friendly competition to the work day.
Scoring for the Safety Challenge will work the same as last year. Throughout the contest, each Area is evaluated and awarded points based on key performance indicators: injuries, job damages, vehicle accidents and DOT score. Points are also awarded for High Impact Training and Job Site Inspections.
Divisions 11 and 30 ultimately emerged as the overall winners for 2016. But with Teammates throughout the country putting in the extra effort to work safely, the truth is that we all won big. Very big! As we head for our busiest season once again, let’s focus on staying Accident Free and make the 2017 Summer Safety Challenge even more successful!
The Team Fishel Wellness Program enters its ninth year in 2017 and we will once again be hosting onsite Wellness clinics this coming June.
As in past years, Team Fishel has partnered with HealthCheck360° to offer clinics which combine an onsite screening and a short health assessment questionnaire. The results give Teammates an objective view of their individual health risks and the opportunity to improve their health. Each participating Teammate receives an individual report from HealthCheck360° which provides a basic understanding of his or her health, expressed as a numerical score which can be compared from year to year. The indivual report is prepared exclusively for the Teammate and the content is not shared with Team Fishel.
After receiving their individual report, Teammates have the opportunity to speak with a health coach to identify risk factors and develop a plan to improve and optimize their health. Ongoing health coaching is available throughout the year as well.
Last year, 1,433 Teammates and spouses participated in the on-site screening clinics and a Health Risk Assessment. It was the largest number of annual participants in the program’s 8-year history and, based on the aggregate data provided by HealthCheck360°, Team Fishel’s overall average score continued trending upward!
While we can certainly celebrate the success of our Team Fishel Wellness Program for 2016, let’s also stay focused on the program’s goal: to create an environment in and around Team Fishel where accountability for health and wellness is shared by Team Fishel, its Teammates and their families. To keep each of us headed in the right direction, we encourage all Teammates to take advantage of the resources provided by HealthCheck360°. On-site wellness clinics begin in June. Mark it on your calendar today!
Team Fishel has been named Overall Winner of the 2016 William H. Feather Safety Award by the National Utility Contractors Association. The prestigious award was presented March 6th at the 2017 NUCA Convention in Las Vegas. The NUCA Safety Awards program recognizes member companies that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to safety within their organizations. Judges consider each company’s OSHA recordable injuries as well as Company Safety Statements and safety programs. The awards are given for several categories based on hours worked, as well as to an overall winner. Team Fishel previously won the NUCA safety award in 2015 for the largest category of 1 million or more worked hours.
Safety Manager Warren Graves believes the things we do internally are what separates Team Fishel from other utility contractors. “Our leadership has always been committed to our values,” Graves says. “We made ACCIDENT FREE our #1 Core Value and we live by that value from the top down.”
By leading with the value to be ACCIDENT FREE, Team Fishel has experienced a steady reduction in Teammate injuries. As a result, our OSHA recordable injury rate has decreased each year over the last three years and is now well below the industry average.
Team Fishel also pays very close attention to instructing new Teammates, the group most susceptible to accidents and injuries. The focus on safety begins the very first day on the job.
“Our goal is to onboard new Teammates in a manner that makes them feel part of the team from day one,” says Craig Mathes, Vice President of Safety and Human Resources. “And a big part of that process is making them understand Team Fishel’s unwavering commitment to Safety.”
To achieve that goal, each new Teammate receives a Welcome Package that includes an employee handbook and the primary items of Personal Protective Equipment – new hardhat, safety vest, safety glasses and work gloves. New hires also participate in Team Fishel’s Roadmap to Fishelization, a series of seven 1-hour orientation sessions covering Fishelosophy, Benefits & Wellness, Policies & Procedures, Profit Sharing, Teammate Development & Training, Operational Excellence & Planning, and Accident Free. Once in the field, new Teammates participate in Team Fishel’s Mentoring Program in which experienced Teammates monitor and coach the newest members of their crew.
Winning the NUCA Safety Award instills a sense of pride among Teammates and increases the confidence Customers have in Team Fishel. And while being the Overall Winner definitely celebrates work well done, it is also a huge incentive for even greater achievements in the future.
“One characteristic of great companies is that they don’t recognize the status quo,” Graves said. “That’s our belief at Team Fishel. No matter how good we are, we always want to be better!”
There were plenty of spectacular moments at the Arnold Sports Festival 2017, held March 2-5 in Columbus, OH. But the finest of those moments occurred when contestants gathered to compete in the Festival’s first powerlifting competition for people with disabilities. Columbus PSG Teammate James Spurgin was among them.
Spurgin, a Teammate at our Professional Services Group in Columbus, bench pressed a mighty 176 lbs. – using one arm! A few minutes later, he literally stepped in to assist a fellow contestant whose feet had begun losing traction during a lift. Spurgin anchored the contestant’s feet with his own, providing the stability needed to successfully complete the lift. Other competitors achieved equally impressive lifts, but Spurgin believes it’s the “doing” that’s most important.
“The competition isn’t the point,” Spurgin noted in a Columbus Dispatch story about the event. “It’s the fact that we can still do these things.”
Indeed, the former U.S. Marine struggled to adapt after losing the use of his right arm in a 2006 motorcycle accident. Years later, powerlifting became a source of inspiration and motivation, renewing his self-worth and confirming that he could achieve his goals in life.
Spurgin never planned on becoming a role model. But his participation in strength competitions brought more visibility and people have been inspired by his success. Today he has become more open to using his story to help other people.
“My goal isn’t to become a professional athlete,” he said. “It’s to spread the idea that you can still be strong and still be worth something, even if you’re hurt.”
James Spurgin’s powerful story can also enrich our understanding of the Core Values that we share at Team Fishel. Think of it when you hear about Being the Solution – embracing challenges, finding innovative ways to perform our work, and overcoming obstacles. Remember it the next time you think about our Commitment to High Performance. And if James’s experience inspires you to achieve something very special in your own life, go for it!
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