FWE Donates Over 75 Units of Blood!

On Wednesday, November 7th FWE hosted our very own Blood Drive with the help of the American Red Cross staff in Portland, TN. We had 17 employees participate in the blood drive yesterday, in 2018 alone we have donated 76 units of blood. we’re so proud of everyone who gives to this great cause.

The blood that has been donated will be used during blood transfusions that are given to patients in a variety of circumstances such as serious injuries, surgeries, childbirth, anemia, blood disorders, cancer treatments to just name a few. The American Red Cross ensures that your donated blood “journeys through many steps and tests that ensure [their] blood supply is as safe as possible and helps as many people as possible”.

Your willingness to donate blood helps save people’s lives every day, lives like our teammate, Brandon Justice. Brandon shared his survival story with us regarding a car accident that resulted in life-threatening injuries back in October 2017.

“Life Flight transported me to Vanderbilt and they had to give me two units of blood during the flight. At Vanderbilt, they did emergency reconstructive on my leg and I had to have another seven units of blood during my operation. While I was in the hospital recovering, I required teo more units of blood. Thanks to volunteer blood donors, there were 11 units of blood available when I needed it.”

Brandon not only gave blood during FWE’s drive yesterday but encouraged many of his fellow coworkers to donate, too. Helping those who need it is a big part of the culture here at FWE, we proudly encourage our team to give back when they can. If you are looking to find a blood drive near you, go to the American Red Cross page and type in your zip code where the “Find a Blood Drive” is located in the top right-hand corner. You can also apply to host your own blood drive, just like we did at FWE.

Geoff Buhrow & Virgil Guerrero Earns Award for Their Hard Work & Commitment to FWE

Please join FWE in congratulating our two newest recipients of the Extra Mile Award, Geoff Buhrow and Virgil Guerrero!

During the process of setting up the 3rd laser, Geoff put in many long hours, including work on Saturdays and Sundays. He went above and beyond the call of duty working with Amada to get the laser up and running. We feel his work to help bring this project to completion definitely qualify as an “Extra Mile” effort.

At the same time, Virgil was here constantly getting the laser ready. He put in countless hours, including working Friday evenings, and weekends. Without his help, this project would have taken much longer to complete. The type of effort he put forth clearly demonstrates going the “Extra Mile.”

-About Food Warming Equipment-
Food Warming Equipment Company, (FWE) was founded in the 1940s in the suburbs of Chicago, pioneering the “HOT-SERVE” line of Food Warming & Conveying Cabinets and Portable Bars for Pepsi-Cola. The Company incorporated in 1953. FWE offers Low-Temperature Cooking – Holding Ovens, Full Line of Heated Serving products and cabinets, Utility Cabinets, Mobile Refrigeration / Freezers, Portable Bars and the “PHTT”…the advanced and Intuitive Climate Control™ technology that automatically maintains the set levels of heat and humidity for short or long-term holding. For more information, visit www.FWE.com

Deron Lichte Volunteers at St. Vincent’s

The executive committee receives instructions before starting their day of service at St. Vincent de Paul, Madison, Wisc.
The executive committee receives instructions before starting their day of service at St. Vincent de Paul, Madison, Wisc.

Recently, Food Warming Equipment Company’s President, Deron Lichte, and his fellow NAFEM executives took time out of their day to travel to Madison, Wisconsin. While there they went to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry to volunteer with the staff there.

“NAFEM is an association of 550+ foodservice equipment & supplies manufacturers providing products for food preparation, cooking, storage & table service.”

The St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry is an organization that helps disenfranchised families in a certain area with food costs.  Here is how the Madison pantry operates:

FWE President, Deron Lichte, stands with the other NAFEM Executives as they prepare to volunteer at the Madison St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.
FWE President, Deron Lichte, stands with the other NAFEM Executives as they prepare to volunteer at the Madison St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.

“We run one of the largest, busiest food pantries in Dane County. Our St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry operates on a customer-choice basis. Using “points” based on your household size, you can shop our pantry like a grocery store for the food you and your family prefer and will eat.”

Deron and the group getting down and cheesy for their volunteer work!
Deron and the group getting down and cheesy for their volunteer work!
Deron getting cheesy!
Deron getting cheesy!
Deron Lichte (L) presents Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker (R) with a NAFEM Chef Coat!
Deron Lichte (L) presents Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker (R) with a NAFEM Chef Coat!

After getting into some cheesy situations at the food pantry. Deron Lichte along with the other executives met with the Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, to discuss the importance of the manufacturing industry to the American economy.

FWE is proud to have a President that is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and help his fellow men and women in need.

The NAFEM Executive Committee with Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin.
The NAFEM Executive Committee with Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin.

Celebrating Earth Day, Every Day!

Food Warming Equipment Company has a commitment to quality above all else.

This includes being a good steward of the world around us. Sunday, April 22nd is Earth Day and FWE would like to highlight what we do every day to ensure a better, brighter, and healthier planet.

Here are just a few ways FWE takes good care of Earth!

99% Paperless: FWE is proud to declare that we have taken measures to ensure that our manufacturing facility in Portland, Tennessee is 99% paperless. Utilizing top of the line computer technology we entrust in provides many benefits over paper methods.

Energy Star Ratings: Working hand in hand with the Department of Energy. FWE certifies an ever-increasing number of products to the Energy Star standard. This has two major benefits; first, it draws less energy making it better for the planet. Secondly, because it draws less power from the wall it saves you money!

Running Hot & Cold: FWE converted to a High-Efficiency air system with programmable thermostats to reduce heating and air conditioning cost. In the hotter months, FWE volunteers for brownout periods. Similarly, in the winter, we recycle the heat generated from the day to day manufacturing process within our facility.

Visit our Community & Sustainability web page, HERE for a deep dive into FWE’s sustainability procedures!

Our equipment helps limit waste, lowers energy costs, and reduces food waste. We encourage companies and individuals alike to pledge to do your best to help the planet.

American Red Cross Blood Drive at FWE’s Tennessee Manufacturing Facility

American Red Cross Blood Drive Bus at FWE shown with FWE President Deron Lichte
American Red Cross Blood Drive Bus at FWE shown with FWE President Deron Lichte

At Food Warming Equipment we understand the needs of the greater community around us. That is why we have partnered with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive for FWE employees. Founded by a nurse who worked during the American Civil War the American Red Cross official began operations in the early 1880s. For over 135 years the American Red Cross has been saving lives not only at home but abroad. Nearly 40% of all the blood donated in the United States comes from the American Red Cross.

American Red Cross FWE Blood Drive, FWE's National Sales Manager Travis Hartley shown donating blood.
American Red Cross FWE Blood Drive, FWE’s National Sales Manager Travis Hartley shown donating blood.

Blood donation is but a small part of ARC’s humanitarian activities including First Aid, CPR, Water Safety, Scientific Research, Cellular Therapy, and many more. But the ARC is most notably known for its Disaster Relief programs during Hurricane Katrina, the 2010 Haitian Earthquake, and others.

Hosting the blood drive was an easy set up all any host needs to do are three simple steps outlined on the redcrossblood.org website. The host needs to offer a suitable location for donating. They need to help recruit donors within the organization. It is the responsibility of the host to schedule the donors for the appointment slot. The ARC does the rest.

American Red Cross FWE Blood Drive, Chris Huffman shown donating blood.
American Red Cross FWE Blood Drive, FWE’s Vice President Chris Huffman shown donating blood.

FWE was proud to host a blood drive for company employees on January 31, 2018. Many employees including company Vice President, Christopher Huffman (shown left) were present to donate. For every person that donates blood can have the potential to save the lives of up to three people for eight to ten minutes out of a day FWE thinks that it is worth every second. 

Go to redcross.org to find out more information about donating blood or hosting your own blood drive!