‘Tis the Season to Give

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Last week we wrapped up our annual Holiday Food Drive at Vulcan and it was a major success! 2015 marks the 6th year we have held the Food Drive and it is always amazing to see our employees come together to provide for those in need in our local community. Last year was the first year we combined our annual United Way Giving Campaign with the Food Drive, which is the way it was structured again this year. We are extremely excited to announce that the employees of Vulcan raised over $10,000 in food and donations.

In the world we live in today, it is so easy to get caught up in the stress that comes along with the holidays, but this is just one example in which that age old saying rings true… it is better to give than to receive.

Thank you to those that helped us reach our goal and also to those that worked so hard in organizing this worthy cause!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our family at Vulcan to yours.

Merry Christmas from Vulcan, Inc.

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To our valued customers and friends, we extend our sincere best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Alabama Gulf Coast! Although we may not be experiencing a white Christmas as our neighbors up North are accustomed to, sunny and 75 degrees in December makes for a pretty perfect day at the beach to shoot our Christmas card. From the employees of Vulcan, Inc. we send warm wishes to you and your family and look forward to a prosperous 2016!

Thanks A Million

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There is no doubt that thoughts of sweet potato casserole, turkey, dressing and all the trimmings preoccupy approximately 98% of our brain power during the week of Thanksgiving. However, when it is finally time to sit down and chow down… what is it that comes to mind as the reason to give thanks?  My mind started to wander, thinking about all of the obvious answers… family, friends, pets, hobbies, the delicious meal we get to enjoy… and then timed to perfection, an unsuspecting email was delivered to my inbox.

From: Kyle Potts
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2015 8:39 AM
To: Vulcan Team
Subject: Thanks a Million

NEWS FLASH

Another great Vulcan Sales Meeting has taken place in Foley, Alabama.

Just a brief note to say thank you for all that you do to make Vulcan Inc. such a great place. Once again, I left Foley with a new flare for my job, our customers and the great people that I work with.   

I love and appreciate you all!!!

Kyle R. Potts – Sales Representative
Vulcan, Inc.
901 Vulcan St. | Foley, AL 36535
An Employee Owned Company!

Kyle is a Sales Representative for Vulcan, based in Texas. He had just returned home from Sales Week which is hosted once a year at our home base in Foley, Alabama. For Kyle, the week was filled with sales planning, presentations, tours of upgrades to our manufacturing facility, training and most important of all… time to interact with his co-workers which he spends a large majority of his day emailing and calling.

We all know that work relationships can be challenging at times, but at the end of the day, we must remember that we are all working together to accomplish the same goal. We can choose to have a positive or negative attitude to combat whatever challenges come our way, however, today I am truly thankful for Kyle Potts and his regards that meant so much to all that received his email. This short, heartfelt note made the incredible people I work with shoot to the top of my “thankful” list.

We wish all of our customers, vendors, and employees a very blessed Thanksgiving holiday!

Blog Post Courtesy: Cody McCurley, Marketing Manager for Vulcan, Inc.

Vulcan Aluminum Renovation Complete!

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The renovation of Vulcan’s oldest production facility is now complete! Built in 1968, this building was in need of several cosmetic updates. Included in the renovation was a re-design of the employee entrance which included improved space planning and a widened side walk, as well as a new break room and bathrooms. The size of the break room has been doubled by removing an existing wall, allowing for much more elbow room during high-traffic times of break and lunch. Two new refrigerators were also purchased to allow for more cold storage space. A 70” LED monitor was also purchased and mounted in the break room to aid in communicating safety training and company announcements. All new plumbing, lighting and flooring was installed, while walls were also painted for a more modern feel.

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A new conference room was also created inside the office area. This facility was the only one on Vulcan’s campus that did not have a meeting space such as this, so the sales team is extremely excited about having a space to congregate and meet with customers.

This renovation has been a breath of fresh air for the employees of Vulcan Aluminum and everyone has been diligent about keeping these new areas clean and tidy.  All employees definitely appreciate the investment Vulcan made in them!

Web Launch Announcement |The New and Improved Vulcan Aluminum Mill Website

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First and foremost, we want you to know that we’ve moved! If you visit us at our old url (vulcaninc.com/vam) you will automatically be redirected to our new web address www.VulcanAluminumMill.com. Once you enter the new site, you will notice things look a little different… Indeed they do! However, don’t be alarmed. We are still the same faces and same company exhibiting the same excellent customer service!

The upgraded site includes new and unique features such as an animation that illustrates the Continuous Casting Process of Aluminum versus the Direct Chill Casting Process. Be sure to check out the Media and Blog page where you can view and download the Specs for the three different alloys we manufacture and click on the link to read our latest blog post on The Blacksmith’s Hammer.

The new site is conveniently organized and boasts both educational information, as well as technical specs that we are sure you will find engaging. So, what are you waiting for?! Get out there and explore the all new VulcanAluminumMill.com to find out how our state-of-the-art products and services can benefit your business.

 

Meet Linda Wilson | Automotive Sales Manager for Vulcan Aluminum

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Vulcan is growing! It’s already been one month since Linda Wilson, Manager of Automotive Sales for Vulcan Aluminum, joined our team and already she is making big strides. After a brief Q & A session, we think you will see why we are excited to have her on board!

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Vulcan: Linda, you are based out of the Detroit area. Have you always lived in Michigan?

Linda: Yes, born and raised.

Vulcan: We are all about family at Vulcan, so tell us about your fam jam!

Linda: I have a wonderful husband, one sister, one brother, and three nephews, and last but not least, my only child has four legs….her name is Ginger and she is our 14 year old yellow lab.

Vulcan: What would you say is your personal motto when it comes to sales?

Linda: Be honest and be you…which leads to trust…which leads to customers for life!

Vulcan: With your background being in the steel industry, what have you identified as the major difference between the steel and aluminum industry?

Linda: Well, I have been in the metals industry for 30 years, 15 of which has been concentrated on aluminum and stainless. I find the non-ferrous end of the business has far fewer competitors, much more tendency to create long-term customers without the “cut-throat” pricing environment.

Vulcan: Are you excited to be starting this new chapter with Vulcan?

Linda: Very much so! My biggest driving force in joining Vulcan is the tremendous amount of respect I have for the company, as well as its employees. Together as a team, we are going to make great things happen!

Vulcan: We must now ask you a very serious question… Do you root for Michigan State or The University of Michigan?

Linda: Well, since I graduated from a boring business college, neither is my alma mater. That having been said, U of M is definitely first choice (which didn’t work out so well in the last 10 seconds last weekend).

Vulcan: Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

Linda: I love the outdoors, especially if it involves water, and when I can get out there, the golf course. The bad part about Michigan is our summers are entirely too short!

Cha Cha Changes | The All New Vulcan Safety Team

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Always changing, always improving… the Vulcan safety program encourages and encompasses the definition of continuous improvement. The most recent improvement was just announced and we feel certain that the change is going to have a definite positive impact across the corporation.

So what’s changed you ask?

  • The name of the group of individuals in charge of safety at Vulcan. Previously dubbed The Vulcan Corporate Safety Committee, this group was comprised of a select group of managers. This group has now been renamed The Vulcan Safety Team and has been restructured to include one hourly employee and one salary employee from each division.

What difference will this make?

  • The word team when compared to committee is a much better representation of what we are striving for. We want safety to be a TEAM effort, not just a set of rules outlined by a group that doesn’t have direct involvement in the concerns at hand. As our program has evolved, it is obvious that some of the best suggestions, recommendations and ideas are derived from employees working on the production floor every day. By developing a diverse group of hourly and salary employees, we are able to now analyze, discuss and decide on safety items while considering all angles.

What will stay the same?

  • Our commitment to putting the safety of our employees and campus visitors first and foremost. Our Plant Safety Teams (consisting of a rotating group of production employees) will also remain in place and will work alongside the Vulcan Safety Team.

We are excited about these changes and would like to encourage our customers, vendors and industry affiliates to make the same commitment to safety by:

1) Making safety a priority.

2) Developing a plan to incorporate safety into every aspect of your business.

3) Working to continuously improve the safety program you put into place.

 

Stop, Collaborate & Manufacture | Manufacturing Day 2015

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Ding ding ding da da ding ding, ding ding ding dad a ding ding…. Vanilla Ice, Ice Baby. Come on, sing it with me!

Oh, the 90s… It was a great decade. Saved by the Bell, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, crimped hair and oversized basketball jerseys… there is so much awesomeness wrapped up in that one sentence and in the entire decade for that matter.

Ice, Ice Baby will forever and always be a 90s classic. There is no disputing this. So when planning began for Vulcan’s first ever Manufacturing Day, there were quite a few millennials at Vulcan that were excited about the theme for our inaugural celebration of Manufacturing Day 2015. STOP, COLLABORATE & MANUFACTURE.

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No, we can’t make this cheesiness up. It really was the theme of this year’s event. Above is the decal that was fabricated at Vulcan to give to each student that joined us for a tour.  The creative person who developed this catchy slogan deserves credit for his epic idea. So on that note, thank you to David Lee, Sales Representative for Vulcan Aluminum Mill for developing this slogan for our event.

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David Lee, Sales Representative for Vulcan Aluminum Mill, 1999

 

Manufacturing Day 2015

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Lately around the Vulcan campus, there has been a lot of prepping going on… prepping for an invasion of 240 high school students that will occur on Monday, October 5th! We are excited to announce Vulcan will be participating in Manufacturing Day 2015 for the very first time.

What is Manufacturing Day?

Good question. Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. In partnering with Foley High School, students 9th-12th grade will be touring our campus all throughout the day.

Why celebrate manufacturing?

Why not for crying out loud?! In today’s market where more and more goods are fabricated overseas, we take extreme pride in the fact that our products are manufactured in the United States. In 1975, Vulcan was the first corporation in Alabama to become employee owned and we remain that way today. We are a medium-sized business with 280 employees, who are like family. We aren’t just making traffic signs, utility signs, aluminum coil, blanks and metal stampings. We are investing in the livelihood of our employee-owners, their families and our community. All that being said, a celebration is definitely in order so don’t ask again!

What is the goal?

Our goal is to show these students that quality, American-made products are being produced right here in Foley, Alabama. Our hope is that a spark of inspiration will be ignited so that they can envision the endless possibilities if they decide to one day make manufacturing a part of their future.

Who is behind National Manufacturing Day and where can I learn more?

Manufacturing Day is co-produced by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute (MI) and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). You can learn more by visiting http://www.mfgday.com/

#mfgday #manufacturing #madeinamerica

 

The Voice of Vulcan

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He grew up in a family that ran the local radio station, WHEP, in Foley. This circumstance required that he develop a supreme radio voice at a very young age. Clear, concise, booming, impeccable inflection and tone… he’s got it all. If you don’t recognize this face, or have never heard his unmistakable voice, you have truly been missing out on knowing a very large piece of Vulcan’s history. Jim Stewart, the Senior Vice President of Vulcan Signs and Vulcan Aluminum, began his career on July 1, 1974. This photo, taken in 1981, is the perfect illustration of why the title of this blog post is The Voice of Vulcan.

It is company-wide knowledge that Jim is The Voice of Vulcan. He has performed several voice-over sessions for Vulcan company videos and it never takes long for both employees and customers alike to pick up on the fact that the robust voice they are hearing is in fact, Jim Stewart!

Jim, thank you for your charm, your wit and for always bringing a certain level of nostalgia to the table. Most of all, thank you for your dedication to our company.