Joseph Bliss, John & Stacey Travis and Ryan White
On April 25, 2013, John and Stacey Travis, co-founders of Drop in the Bucket, a non-profit organization that drills wells and constructs sanitation facilities in Uganda and the South Sudan visited with JBC owner and president, Joseph Bliss. John and Stacey specifically flew to North Ridgeville, Ohio to present Joe and the entire staff with a framed picture of a newly completed well at the Bishop Ilukor Secondary School in Kumi, Uganda.
In December 2012, Joe financed the digging and building of a well so that one more small village would have access to clean, drinking water. The young girls in these villages are considered to be the primary water gatherers of their families and they miss an average of one full week of school per month to walk 3.75 miles or farther to collect water. They then have to carry 44 gallon containers full of water back at least another 3.75 miles to their families. These lengthy absences from school make the girls feel that they are so far behind in their schoolwork that often times they just drop out of school. This is the reason the drilling of these wells near primary and secondary schools is so vital.
Because of Joe’s generous donation the young women in the village of Kumi can attend school on a regular basis and still provide their families with safe, clean, drinking water.
Students at Bishop Ilukar Secondary School
The Lorain County Manufacturing Council (LCMC) is a 501 (c-3) organization working in partnership with Lorain City Commissioners, Lorain County Community Development, Lorain County Community College, Lorain County Chamber of Commerce, GLIDE and the local manufacturing business community to retain and grow manufacturing in Lorain County. The Council provides members with experienced manufacturing leadership to proactively work with them to understand the issues they face and create solutions for those issues. Those solutions could include new manufacturing techniques, identifying products and services that could increase revenue, and providing educational programs. Most importantly, the LCMC provides an environment in which members can interact with each other and with respected members of the manufacturing community to solve mutual manufacturing related issues.
As part of the LCMC focus on bringing mentorship to its member, Joe Bliss, President and Owner of JBC Technologies was asked to present at the Council’s monthly meeting on January 23, 2013. Joe began his presentation by sharing JBC’s 25 year history of manufacturing in Lorain County and the evolution from distributing seals to becoming an advanced engineering solutions provider. Joe also shared with the Council that one of the things that makes JBC different and has allowed JBC to weather tough economic storms is our holistic approach to innovation, design, and manufacturing. The business opportunities at JBC are part of an interconnected system in which we seek to align our culture, job placement, environment, and technical depth to identify and overcome any challenge. JBC has continued to build on this interconnectedness to achieve a strong competitive advantage, improve our ability to sell, create greater customer satisfaction and grow the bottom line.
At the end of the evening one of JBC’s team members that attended the event overheard an attendee from Team Lorain County talking with Joe. She was anxious to share with Joe that his story was “inspiring, and one of the best stories” she had ever heard. What an honor and privilege to invigorate and motivate other area manufacturers.
At JBC Technologies, we truly understand the importance of providing our customers with quality customer service. We train all of our associates to understand that superior customer service is not just the responsibility of one department, but is the responsibility of everyone. That is why we always feel such a sense of accomplishment when a customer provides us with positive feedback. During a recent phone conversation between a customer and our Senior Sales Specialist Mark S., it was conveyed to him the pleasure of doing business with JBC. Below is a summary of that conversation:
“Excellent Job. You are one of the better companies I work with and I praise JBC to our internal people as much as I can. I’d like to put special emphasis on what a great job Faith C. does for us. She always responds, she always takes care of what we need and she just makes my job easier.”
When Mark asked our customer for permission to place his comments in print, he did not hesitate one moment in saying, “By all means feel free to use my comments. It is not everyday that we get to recognize talented people doing an outstanding job.”
Thanks to our customer for those kind remarks. You are why we are here!
The Design 2 Part Tradeshow in Schaumburg, Illinois is the largest Design and Contract Manufacturing Show in the Midwest and JBC Technologies is going to be there. We invite you to visit us at Booth 419 on May 7th and May 8th at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois.
Manufacturers nationwide rely on Design 2 Part tradeshows as the most effective place to meet high quality, reliable, American job shops and contract manufacturers. When you visit with JBC you will discover that we are a full service die cutter and fabricator centered on processes and materials. We have a diverse selection of state of the art machines and a full assortment of support equipment that allows JBC to produce any type of die cut part while controlling costs, responsiveness and quality from raw materials to finished products.
Admission to the tradeshow is free of charge and you can register at http://d2p.com/Registration .
Our team of sales professionals look forward to meeting you and showing you how “We Make Doing Business Easy”!
Lori S., JBC Customer Service Manager, packed this minivan so efficiently that there was barely enough room for it to be driven!
Charles Schultz, the creator of Peanuts, once said, “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone”. The employees at JBC Technologies have taken these words to heart this year. With the unemployment rate in Lorain County currently at 7.6% many families are hurting financially and are having difficulty finding the necessary funds to purchase gifts for their children. In accordance with our company Core Value, “We Care”, JBC employees reached out to the Intake Supervisor at Lorain County Children Services, to learn how we could make the Christmas lights shine a bit longer for the children in Lorain County.
Lorain County Children Services provided JBC Technologies with the names, ages and wish lists of children who were in need of Christmas cheer. JBC employees were then given the opportunity to choose whichever child they would like to help, and in many instances, employees chose more than one child. This year in the spirit of “doing a little something extra for someone” JBC employees provided 75 children in Lorain County with coats, clothing and toys to enjoy on Christmas morning.
The ISO 9000 family of standards is related to Quality Management Systems and is designed to help organizations ensure that they meet the needs of customers and other stakeholders while meeting the statutory and regulatory requirements related to the product. Each year an organization must apply for ISO 9001 certification and recertification is issued based upon a conducted audit of the organization site, functions, products, services and processes. For the first time since JBC Technologies’ original ISO 9001:2008 certification in 2001, we have received a perfect audit with “0″ non-conformances. This is a rare accomplishment for any organization and special recognition is given to our outstanding Quality department. Scott M., our Quality Manager and his entire team of dedicated Quality Inspectors continually set the standards of excellence higher and higher and JBC’s perfect audit is a result of that commitment.
Though we use it constantly most of us think very little of where our clean, safe water comes from and the role it plays in our lives. However, 1.5 billion people in the world are suffering from parasite infections which can cause malnutrition, anemia and delayed growth, due to the presence of solid human waste in the environment. Many of these infections could be controlled with improved hygiene, clean water and sanitation (www.whrnet.org). In Africa alone, more than one-half of the people lack access to safe drinking water. Women in Africa walk an average of 3.75 miles to collect water and then carry the 44 pound containers atop their heads back to their villages. These same women are the primary caretakers of those who become sick from water-related diseases keeping them from being properly educated and economically productive.
In 2006, John and Stacey Travis took their collective years of experience in the entertainment industry and began to develop Drop in the Bucket Water and Sanitation program. Drop in the Bucket is a Los Angelos based 501(c)3 water and sanitation charity with field offices in Uganda and South Sudan. Since 2006, Drop in the Bucket has worked with hundreds of villages in East Africa to drill wells, construct sanitation facilities and introduce social programs. The Travis’ believe that education is one of the most effective ways to move a country out of poverty and that is why they employ teams of officials to engage the communities from the building of wells to addressing the complex issues associated with the world’s water and sanitation crisis.
Joe B., the Owner and President of JBC Technologies is a strong advocate of helping others in need and has ingrained in our culture the importance of benevolence. “JBC Gives Back” is a program in which all employees have an opportunity to be a source of assistance to those who are less fortunate. Previous projects include annual food drives, providing much needed clothing and toys to children in Lorain County and now supplying clean water for a village in Africa.
When Joe first heard about Drop in the Bucket he was saddened by hardships people were facing in the South Sudan due to a lack of clean, fresh water and proper sanitation. Almost immediately, the decision was easily made for JBC to sponsor the building of a well for an African village. Within the next several months JBC will have given enough monetary support to free one more tiny African village from the clutches of disease-ridden water.
More in-depth information about Drop in the Bucket and how you or your organization can become involved can be found at www.dropinthebucket.org.
Without the wells African villages are forced to obtain their drinking water from sources like this.
This little boy suffers from an intestinal parasite because of a dirty water supply he and others must drink from.
Monetary sponsorships provides the necessary means for these villages to access clean and safe water.
Education and cooperation are the ingredients for a village to successfully construct a well.
Compassion knows no boundries when it comes to JBC employees! For the 3rd year in a row JBC has conducted a food drive and donated the items to the North Ridgeville Community Care Center. Each year we have progressively collected more weight in food than the previous year. In 2010, our first year, we collected roughly 300 pounds of food. In 2011, we collected just over 500 pounds. For our 2012 campaign we set a goal of 750 pounds, and in just the first five short weeks our employees generously donated 441 pounds of food.
In an effort to garner enthusiasm and interest we gave a different theme to each week of our campaign. During weeks 6 and 7 we held a departmental challenge and that is where we really saw an explosion of generosity. We told our teams that whichever team weighed in with the most amount of food or household goods would win a deliciously catered lunch from the Cleveland area food truck The Nosh Box. What an incentive! Team D, (Warehouse, Shipping/Receiving, Maintenance, Quality, Safety and Front Office with last names SL-Z), took the challenge to heart and donated 973 pounds of food! While Team C came in second place with 300 pounds, Team B donated 156 pounds and Team A donated 103 pounds. The total amount of food collected during the challenge was 1,573 pounds of food and our grand total for our 2012 campaign was 2,014 pounds of food. The generosity continued when owner, Joe B., decided to treat all of his employees to lunch from The Nosh Box to thank them for their dedication and support to the families in North Ridgeville, Ohio.
We have all heard the saying, “It is better to give than to receive”. JBC employees truly understand the meaning of giving.
Our challenge winner, Team D, donated 973 pounds of non-perishable goods!
Collectively, all four teams donated 1,573 lbs of food!
On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, JBC Technologies was recognized as a winner of the Golden 30 at a gala dinner held at the Spitzer Conference Center of Lorain County Community College.
This prestigious award is in it’s 15th year of recognizing outstanding local business performance. The awards are based on growth in average sales and employment at for-profit companies that have been in business at least 5 years and have annual sales of at least $50,000. Winners included the top 15 established and top 15 emerging companies in Lorain, Erie and Huron counties. JBC was honored with the award in the established business category.
Mark S, Sr. Sales Specialist at JBC Technologies and several other members of our Inside Sales and Technical Sales teams attended the evening’s festivities. Mark concluded his acceptance speech by saying, “We are deeply honored by this award and to be among such a distinguished group of successful companies.” Well said Mark!
The drive for greater energy efficiency, greener products and sustainable technologies has accelerated the pace at which new products and innovations are coming to market. That’s why the 2013 AHR Expo in Dallas, Texas is the one event you don’t want to miss and JBC Technologies plans to be there. Please come and visit us at Booth 5709 at the Dallas Convention Center on January 28, 29 & 30, 2013.
We provide unequalled design support and will confidently work with you to provide cost effective and robust solutions for the HVAC industry. Come and visit us at the AHR Expo in Dallas, Texas and let us show you why “We Make Doing Business Easy”!