Friday, February 11, 2011

Spectrum Industries Receives Distinguished Honor

The Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) honored Spectrum Industries, Inc. yesterday with the Outstanding Achievement by a Business award. WEDA’s primary objective is to increase the effectiveness of individuals involved in the practice of economic development in Wisconsin by encouraging cooperation, exchange of information and promotion of professional skills. Spectrum, in turn, was honored for its innovation, its positive culture to facilitate employee development, and its dedication to community programs.

“It is an honor to be recognized by WEDA for Outstanding Achievement by a Business. This award is a testimony of Spectrum strengths and values of providing innovative and high value products and services to customers, putting us on top of our industry market!” said Scott Dorn, Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing at Spectrum Industries.

Spectrum looks forward to continued growth, innovation, and community participation. Thank you to all our stakeholders for you continued support!

Happy Birthday, Tommy!

If he were alive today, the 164-year- old Thomas A. Edison would have seen a few of his predictions of innovation come true.

Most people when asked the question, “Why is Thomas Edison famous?” would probably come up with this answer; “He invented the light bulb.” Although it is true that Edison was a prolific inventor with nearly 1,100 patents in his name, he did not invent the light bulb … but I’ll get back to that in a moment.

Edison, as a semi-retired inventor, spent many hours speculating on innovations to existing inventions. He had some misses among the predictions, but he was also right on with many of his speculations. Robots doing manual labor, steel replacing wood in furniture, the rise of electric trains over the steam-powered trains and even the smart phone were among his ideas that, in many ways, have now come true.

Now, back to the light bulb. Edison did not invent the light bulb, but he advanced the design of the existing light bulbs until he came to today’s modern incandescent light bulb. Edison also had innovations on the fluoroscope (X-ray machine) and the motion picture camera among the long list.

"While we maybe don't have quite the faith in technological progress that his generation did," said Paul Israel, director and general editor of the Thomas A. Edison Papers Project at Rutgers University in New Jersey. “Edison as a symbol of American innovation still resonates in the culture."

American innovation runs deep at Spectrum Industries, Inc. Founder/president Dave Hancock was an early inventor of plastic manufacturing processes going back to the 1950’s. Spectrum continues to be known for its innovation today, and much like Edison, we know that being able to add value to peoples’ lives requires being familiar with existing technology. As technology changes at a lightning-fast pace, we’ve also discovered that listening to our customers is key to success.

Certainly a big “thank you” goes out to our wonderful customers for their support and their ideas. And especially today, thanks goes out as well to the great American innovator Thomas A. Edison for laying the groundwork for future innovators.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Congratulations Green Bay Packers!

Quite often success is so sweet that we forget the potential barriers that were hurdled just to get there. Such was not the case for the current Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers. It has been very well documented that Green Bay had 16 players placed on injured reserve this season. Time after time, it seemed that players came out of nowhere to successfully fill the voids left behind from each subsequent injury. This continued even into the ultimate NFL game, with injuries to key players being overcome to win the Super Bowl.

But to achieve the ultimate NFL season goal, there was certainly more to the Green Bay organization than what was seen on the surface. It took continuous adjustments to strategy while preparing the entire team for game-changing obstacles. Equally as important, the Packers had the team chemistry to overcome challenges during the entire season. How often do we see high-profile free agents being brought in attempt to press the “Easy” button and make things right? Sometimes it works, but sometimes it disrupts the locker room to the point where season goals are not met.

Overcoming challenges is a service specialty at Spectrum Industries, Inc. Our customers often have major obstacles to overcome such as budget constraints and special project needs – even when financing is available. We go out of our way to find the best solution for our customers to obtain grants and funding for their projects. When other companies say “Here’s our product – take it or leave it!” Spectrum will find the right solution, even if it is not in our catalog.

Custom orders present their own set of obstacles when drawing upon different resources – be it material or personnel – to get the job done. But we’ve been there before. Spectrum will not push the “Easy” button to get cheap oversees materials. Nor do we feel the need to tap our competitor’s talent base. We take pride in using the best local materials available, while our team chemistry is second to none.

The outcome? Our products are built locally and built to last. Our entire catalog is based on customer needs, and our customer service is legendary. When we hurdle potential barriers, we simply call it “Continuous Improvement”. And when we make sure that our customers’ obstacles are overcome, everyone’s season goals are met.
Way to go Packers!