Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Exploring The Future - The Final Product

This past Monday, Spectrum hosted its last Chippewa County Explorer Program (CCEP) event for the year. 

The students received their final products and were able to “unveil them.” They reviewed the Bill of Materials and the many details that go into making the product, along with the costs. They learned how the final costs for a project can change once you start making more of a certain product by looking at material pricing, increasing volume of what is being built, efficiency set-up times, etc. 


Laurie Klomstad, Human Resource Manager at Spectrum, then spoke to the group about what it’s like to work at Spectrum. She introduced the concept of the Corporate Culture and what that means to the organization and the employees who work there. She also discussed Diversity and why it is important in the workplace. Diversity can range from having different opinions to having a variety of skills among employees.

Laurie Reardon, HR Coordinator, then spoke to the group about how to complete a job application and tips while in an interview. Then the students broke out with a Spectrum employee and did a mock interview.


Finally, the students received their very own Spectrum pull-over and celebrated a wonderful Explorers experience!  

For more information on the Spectrum Explorers events please contact Jennifer Lindstrom: 715-738-2169 or jlindstrom@spectrumfurniture.com


About the CCEP

Chippewa County businesses are opening their doors to youth and adults to share potential career opportunities in Chippewa County via the CCEP! The CCEP is a new program designed to assist Chippewa County young adults (ages 12-20) make a more informed decision about future careers and determine if a particular career is the right one for them. This program is a work-site based program that gives Chippewa County youths an opportunity to visit local businesses and explore the dynamics of various local careers. Career Exploring is new to Chippewa County and aims to help participants learn more about careers that can be pursued locally.

These Chippewa County businesses have made a commitment to Chippewa County’s youth and career development by hosting a Career Explorer Post at their business. Youth may choose which Explore Post they want to participate at- each post will provide insight into educational requirements, job outlook, and vocational skills necessary to pursue careers in that particular field.

CCEDC encourages all Chippewa County young adults ages 12-20 to participate in an open house opportunity and ultimately choose an Explorer Post in Chippewa County to participate in. For more information about the CCEP contact Alyssa Kellagher, Exploring Executive at alyssa.kellagher@lflmail.org or (715) 514-8418.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

New Product Spotlight: Mobile Device Carts

Spectrum Industries has been the leader in cart manufacturing since 1995. We are known for building mobile device carts that will last through many deployments of technology. Take a look at the great line of carts we have developed to securely store and charge your devices.


Cloud Series: Cloud32 and Cloud40
The Cloud Series is our #1 selling series of carts. Our redesigned Cloud Series carts are able to store, charge, and transport either 32 or 40 Chromebooks (up to 14”) with the option of adding our intuitive PowerProdigy™ charger.

Pro Series: Pro 20 and Pro32
Originally made to hold notebooks and laptops, the Pro Series of carts has also become popular with Chromebooks since the cart will hold any size device. The overhead wire management allows the charging plugs to hang in front of each device.

Connect30
Simplify your life without breaking your budget. The Connect30 Cart is a rugged and reliable cart at an outstanding value and is highly versatile with optional features which allow it to manage most tablets, notebooks, laptops, and Chromebooks.

InTouch Series: InTouch32 and InTouch42
Built specifically for storing and charging tablets, the InTouch series is compatible with devices from nearly all manufactures. The InTouch32 is the smallest footprint in the industry while the InTouch42 has all the same features, but is perfect for your larger classroom.

The quality of a Spectrum cart is unsurpassed by any other. From convenient wire management to easy rolling deluxe wheels, you’ll love all the features we have to offer. All our carts are UL-60950-1 ETL recognized and designed and assembled in Chippewa Falls, WI.

Take a look at some of the great features of our Mobile Device Cart line:

Full product information can be found on Spectrum's website:

We have carts in stock and ready to ship! Contact your reseller today to find out more:
http://www.spectrumfurniture.com/en/wheretobuy/

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Exploring the Future - Sales, Assembly, Packaging, and Shipping

This past Monday, Spectrum hosted its second to last Chippewa County Explorer Program (CCEP) event for the year. The training this week was at the Johnson Street building and was lead by Laurie Reardon, Aimee Sullivan, and Denise Parkhurst.

Laurie Reardon, a Human Resource Specialist at Spectrum, spoke about how to apply for a job and how to present yourself during the interview. The group played Employ-ability Skills Bingo, where they had to see what characteristics they had, such good manners, good work ethic, eye contact, good writing skills, having a solid hand shake, etc. They also had to see what areas they needed to work on. The group also completed an Employee Misconduct Bingo, where they hopefully didn’t have any characteristics, like missing work without calling in, having inappropriate social media posts, rudeness, laziness, internet browsing or texting during work, etc.


Next Aimee Sullivan, Logistics Manager, and Denise Parkhurst, Inside Sales Manager, talked to the students about what happens when an order is placed and how it gets into the computer system and how product is then scheduled to be made or pulled from inventory. 


The students were able to talk with Scott Jones, Assemble To Order (ATO) Line Manager, on what an order looks like when it gets to his hands and how his staff pulls the parts and pieces from inventory to make the product. All of his staff have to be able to read the product plans and figure out how to put that product together. Many times, the ATO line will put a number of the same products together for a quicker turnaround, but there are times when a custom piece comes through and they have to make sure that is done with 100% accuracy as well.

From there, the students followed the process to the packaging area. Melissa LaBreck showed the group how she scans the product, which then gets programmed into the machine that will give her the correct dimensions for the packaging. 

Finally, the students were able to assemble and package their personal charging station project. Lastly, Aimee showed them how shipping works with all the variety of carriers that we use and the cost to ship a variety of items.

May 23 will be the final session and it will be an overview of what they learned, along with some mock interviews so they can practice their interviewing skills.

For more information on the Spectrum Explorers events please contact Jennifer Lindstrom: 715-738-2169 or jlindstrom@spectrumfurniture.com


About the CCEP

Chippewa County businesses are opening their doors to youth and adults to share potential career opportunities in Chippewa County via the CCEP! The CCEP is a new program designed to assist Chippewa County young adults (ages 12-20) make a more informed decision about future careers and determine if a particular career is the right one for them. This program is a work-site based program that gives Chippewa County youths an opportunity to visit local businesses and explore the dynamics of various local careers. Career Exploring is new to Chippewa County and aims to help participants learn more about careers that can be pursued locally.

These Chippewa County businesses have made a commitment to Chippewa County’s youth and career development by hosting a Career Explorer Post at their business. Youth may choose which Explore Post they want to participate at- each post will provide insight into educational requirements, job outlook, and vocational skills necessary to pursue careers in that particular field.

CCEDC encourages all Chippewa County young adults ages 12-20 to participate in an open house opportunity and ultimately choose an Explorer Post in Chippewa County to participate in. For more information about the CCEP contact Alyssa Kellagher, Exploring Executive at alyssa.kellagher@lflmail.org or (715) 514-8418.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Meet Our Territory Managers! May Edition

One Wednesday each month we are featuring one of our Territory Managers. This month we're introducing you to Kevin Keith, Territory Manager of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.

Kevin Keith is proud to share his hometown with the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals. As a territory sales manager for Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, his region also stakes claim to the discovery of diamonds in Pike County, Arkansas and the tallest waterslide in the world at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas. Kevin joins the accolades with his barbecue sauce recipe along with being a certified barbecue judge.

Life is pretty exciting for this former paratrooper of the 82nd Airborne who’s also passionate about Spectrum. “Our entire product line is high quality and designed and manufactured in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin,” he said. “Our management team continually strives to offer customers innovative solutions.”

His market is extremely attracted to the durability of Spectrum products. “My longstanding customers continue to be delighted with the Spectrum brand.”

With a highly responsive product line, Kevin is filling a niche with Spectrum’s new collaboration tables that appeal to both K-12 schools and higher education institutions.

When he’s not educating customers about innovative furniture, Kevin can be found with his wife of 28 years, their two daughters, and three big dogs and two cats.