Congratulations to Ricardo Chapa & Patrick Dougan our latest ‘Extra Mile Award’ Winners!

CELEBRATING & RECOGNIZING OUTSTANDING FWE EMPLOYEES
Ricardo Chapa & Patrick Dougan Earn Award for Their Hard Work & Commitment to FWE

Ricardo Chapa

Ricardo Chapa Holding His Extra Mile Award
Ricardo Chapa Holding His Extra Mile Award

Arturo Perez nominated Ricardo for the Extra Mile Award.  Arturo says “No matter what you ask Ricardo to do, he eagerly tackles the job and gets it done.  Even if it is cutting insulation (which no one likes to do) or crawling under the shear to clean and lubricate it, he does it and doesn’t complain.  For these reasons he is someone I can always count on.” Since he started on 1/25/16, Ricardo has worked in Door Assembly, served as an Expeditor, and for the last four months has worked in Final Assembly on the Blue Line. For his efforts, I want to nominate Ricardo for FWE’s Extra Mile Award.

Patrick Dougan

Patrick Dougan Holding His Extra Mile Award
Patrick Dougan Holding His Extra Mile Awar

Patrick started at FWE on 6/11/12 as a temp helping Geoff Buhrow with painting the new facility, which makes him the very 1st individual hired at Portland.  After 4 months as a temp, he was hired fulltime on 10/15/12.  During his tenure, Patrick has worked in numerous areas, doing whatever he was asked to do.  His first position was Polishing/Deburr/De-tab.  Later he moved to Production Floater where he probably helped every department at one time or another.  In May of 2016, Patrick found a new home in Small Parts Assembly in Electrical.  For his versatility and willingness to tackle any job, he is well deserving of the Extra Mile Award.

Please help us congratulate Ricardo & Patrick on their awards!

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

Congratulations to Annette Kirby our latest ‘Extra Mile Award’ Winner!

CELEBRATING & RECOGNIZING OUTSTANDING FWE EMPLOYEES
Annette Kirby Earns Award for Her Hard Work & Commitment to FWE

Annette Kirby holding her Extra Mile Award!
Annette Kirby holding her Extra Mile Award!

Here at F.W.E. we have quite the mix of employees. Annette not only does her job very well, but she is quite the support person for any and all that ask for her help. This includes helping with insurance problems, legal problems, helping with shop floor, putting in for vacation, finding a place to live. You name it she will help you get it.

She does not boast about extending her assistance to others, we believe it’s just her nature and the ones she has helped truly appreciate it. We feel a little recognition goes a long way and she deserves a pat on the back for all she does.

Please help us congratulate Annette on her award!

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

Congratulations to Erickson Vidro Gonzalez our latest ‘Extra Mile Award’ Winner!

CELEBRATING & RECOGNIZING OUTSTANDING FWE EMPLOYEES
Erickson Gonzalez Earns Award for His Hard Work & Commitment to FWE

Erickson Gonzalez
Erickson Gonzalez, Extra Mile Award Winner

Erickson has been nominated for the Extra Mile Award for his work on the Blue Line producing heated products.  He has been with us since 6/29/15.  In the last 5 months he has helped train several new hires in Final Assembly including Adam Cruz, Jathan Rodriguez, Luis Rodriguez, and Daniel Huey.   Erickson rarely misses work and frequently works overtime to get the job done.

Thanks for going the extra mile to make FWE successful!

Please join us in thanking Erickson – you make a positive difference for FWE every day of the week.

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

Congratulations to Chris Malo our latest ‘Extra Mile Award’ Winner!

CELEBRATING & RECOGNIZING OUTSTANDING FWE EMPLOYEES
Chris Malo Earns Award for His Hard Work & Commitment to FWE

Chris Malo, Extra Mile Award Winner
Chris Malo, Extra Mile Award Winner

Inventory has come and gone.  2015 inventory was by the smoothest inventory to date.  Much of this was due to the huge effort put in by Chris Malo and his inventory team to have things ready to go.

From the time Chris comes in our door every morning until he leaves each evening, he never stops working.  It is his daily responsibilities to make sure materials are stored, counted and distributed accurately so that the production process  can begin and move along as smooth as possible.

Please join us in thanking Chris – you make a positive difference for FWE every day of the week.

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

Congratulations to Cheryl Sparks our latest ‘Extra Mile Award’ Winner!

CELEBRATING & RECOGNIZING OUTSTANDING FWE EMPLOYEES
Cheryl Sparks Earns Award for Her Hard Work & Commitment to FWE

Cheryl Sparks, Extra Mile Award Winner
Cheryl Sparks, Extra Mile Award November 2015 Winner.

With the purchasing department being shorthanded for several weeks, Cheryl went above and beyond her typical daily job duties.  She delegated her time efficiently and prioritized the multitude of tasks to keep production supplied with material.  All of this was done with a positive attitude and a smile on her face even when faced with unrelenting pressure.

Please join us in thanking Cheryl Sparks for her hard work and continued commitment to FWE!

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

Congratulations to Megan Davis for Outstanding Customer Service!

CELEBRATING & RECOGNIZING OUTSTANDING FWE EMPLOYEES
Megan Davis Inspires FWE to Launch “Extra Mile Award” Recognition Program

Megan Davis holding her Extra Mile Award certificate.
Megan Davis holding her Extra Mile Award certificate.

With the customer service department down a team member for several weeks in a row, Megan Davis went above and beyond her typically daily job duties. She took on extra job responsibilities during this time and truly showed what it means to be a team player. It was a challenging couple of weeks and she gave it more than her all and deserves special recognition.

We are not only presenting an “Extra Mile Award” winner for the first time, but also acknowledging that she has been the inspiration to start up this award program.

Please join us in thanking Megan Davis for her hard work and continued commitment to FWE and our customers!

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

And the guest of honor is… Mr. Gerardo Reyes

Gerardo Reyes poses at resort.
Gerardo Reyes poses at resort.

FWE is proud to commemorate 35 years of service and reward it with a one week, all-expense paid vacation to Gerardo (Gerry) Reyes.

Each December, employees are recognized for 5-year anniversaries with FWE. In 2014, Gerardo was recognized for his years of service and provided with a trip of his choice. Gerardo and his wife, Martha, selected the luxurious Now Amber Resort and Spa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Gerardo and Martha are the third recipients of the 30-year milestone and vacation. Deron Lichte, President of FWE, said “We are pleased to honor Gerry, his hard work and his dedication.” Lichte added, “FWE’s success is due to heritage employees like Gerry, who provide great continuity and dedication over the years, assist in 3 facility location moves and the ability to mentor newer employees joining our team.”

Martha & Gerardo Reyes
Martha & Gerardo Reyes

Gerardo grew up with limited resources in a small town in Mexico. After graduating high school Gerry immigrated to the United States, he started working at FWE. Gerardo worked in every shop floor department, ascending to Fabrication Manager.

Currently, Gerardo is the Manufacturing Specialist, working alongside the leads of Production and Engineering. The Manufacturing Specialist verifies, reviews and implements detail-oriented, custom BOMs. Also, he assists the engineering department on modifications and provides manufacturing improvement recommendations.

Gerardo appreciates knowing he makes a difference at FWE. When asked what his life motto was, Gerardo said “Always do your best; [it doesn’t] matter what position you hold.”

 

A relaxing view!
A relaxing view!

Gerardo’s favorite moments of the trip were the lavish “welcome” to the resort, special seating at shows, relaxing in the warm weather and spending time with his wife. Whether it was ocean or poolside, Gerardo loved every minute of his vacation and wants to go back soon.

Due to winter storms, the Dallas airport was closed the day of Gerardo’s departure flight back to the U.S. Gerardo’s commitment to FWE was evident in making alternative plans to be back at his desk on Monday. His coworkers and family make fun of the fact that he chose not to stay two extra days and blame it on the weather.

We take this opportunity to thank Gerardo for helping FWE succeed and celebrate this 35-year accomplishment!