FWE Celebrates Earth Day 2019

Earth. What more is there to say about it that hasn’t already been said? She has been the only home we have ever known, in the wide unknown of the universe. It is a single blue light in adrift in an endless sea of stars.

We are the caretakers of this world and its sustainability falls on each of us. Food Warming Equipment Company understands the challenges facing our home and takes part in several initiatives to do our part in protecting this planet.

VIRTUALIZATION OF THE DATA CENTER

One of the lesser known benefits is our reduction in IT Server space. We took several physical servers and consolidated them onto a Virtual Machine. This allowed us to reduce our server space by 3 times! Even better, our employees can access the server remotely by using a virtual desktop, reducing the amount of waste at the end of a piece of hardware’s life cycle.

PACKAGING

FWE uses recyclable corrugated board. We also work with Vendors to reduce the amount of packaging required to get products delivered safely. Over the years, FWE has experimented with the reduction of our packing materials to safeguard the environment while assuring product to market requirements. In addition to corrugated board, FWE cycles containers, boxes, paper goods, wood, shipping skids, and metal.

TREE PLANTING

    FWE has given or planted over 350 trees through its effort of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and has reduced the company’s overall impact on the environment through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions outside the four walls of the factory.

REDUCE

As most manufacturing facilities know, paperwork is an essential requirement to keep production organized and timely. Leading edge factory techniques have given birth to an in-house hyper “E-manufacturing environment” at FWE we have reduced paperwork and drawings in the factory by 99%. While no organization is completely paperless, FWE has taken considerable effort in reducing its paper needs to only a fraction of what would have otherwise been used in a traditional manufacturing facility.

Visit our Community and Sustainability page, here, to learn more about how FWE gives back the planet that has given us so much.

Sharing Some of our Employee’s Favorite Holiday Treats

We are gearing up for our annual FWE Christmas party, which means many of us are pulling out our secret family recipes to treat our friends and family this Holiday season. Today we are treating our readers with something that will satisfy any sweet tooth, Gigi’s Peanut Butter fudge! One of our employees here at FWE likes to make his coworkers this delicious fudge, a recipe that was passed down to him from his mother, Gigi, every year during the holidays. He is able to make large batches of this delicious, wintry treat using one of our FWE Cold Temp Refrigerators.

How do you make it? Don’t worry, we have all the details.

First you need to gather all your ingredients:

  • 6 Cups of Sugar
  • 3 Sticks of Butter
  • 10 oz of Evaporated Milk
  • 1 ½ Cups of Creamy Peanut Butter (Gigi uses JIF)
  • 13 oz of Marshmallow Cream
  • 1 Tbsp of Vanilla Extract
  • Wax Paper
  • 1 Baking pan 15” x 10” x 1”
  • 1 Heavy Duty Aluminum Kettle (A kettle not strong enough will scorch the fudge)
  • 1 Long Spoon (Preferably metal with a wooden handle)

Prepare the baking pan by lining it with wax paper, as the fudge cannot set for long before it starts to harden.

Mix the sugar, butter and evaporated milk in the kettle over medium heat until it comes to a rolling boil. Once it starts bubbling well, continue mixing for 5 more minutes, scraping the sides and bottom of the kettle with each pass so that it does not scorch the fudge. If you notice some light scorching, turn the heat down.

Once the 5 minutes are up, turn off the heat and add the peanut butter, mixing it well in the kettle. After that, you will need to add in the marshmallow cream and, you guessed it, stir more.  Now it is time to add in the final ingredient, one tablespoon of vanilla extract, mixing well.

Pour the entire contents of the kettle into the baking pan – it should fill the entire pan – then let it cool down. We recommend putting it in a FWE Cold Temp Refrigerator for about 10 – 15 minutes. Once cooled you can pull out the fudge, tip the pan over onto a clean cutting board, and peel off the wax paper. Then cut into 1 x 1 inch portions.

Viola! You have yourself one of the sweetest Holiday treats straight from Gigi’s Kitchen. Gigi recommends that you have a nice cold glass of milk with the fudge.

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!