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Breath of Fresh Air
Reflecting on 54 Years
You Don’t Find Companies Like This
Some of you have been lucky enough to know and have worked with Al Henry. It’s not every day you have the good fortune to meet someone like Al. He’s been with Airtron since it was Marathon Sheet Metal and continued at Airtron Dayton and Cincinnati until this year, when he retired to take care of his wife, Peggy. Al’s impeccable work in sheet metal and his dedication to his trade make him an incredible team member and friend to many of us.We’re sad to see him go and we wish him and Peggy the best.
Al Henry and his wife, Peggy, enjoying a fishing trip
Here’s more about Al’s experiences at Airtron, in his own words.
And because my dad died when I was 12, I was used to hard work.
When this opportunity opened up at Airtron, at the time the business was known as Marathon Sheet Metal. After graduating from high school, I had the opportunity to go into the four-year apprenticeship program that really led me to where I am today. I’ve used many tools for my work, but my hammer has a lot of sentimental value.The employees who first taught me at Airtron gave it to me. It’s smaller than a regular hammer.They told me, “You need this hammer to put the sheet metal fittings together so they’re nice and smooth, so when you send it out to the installer, it looks good, and when it gets to the homeowner, it looks much better.” I got that hammer in the ‘70s, so it’s at least 50 years old or better. On the day of my retirement party, I was going to get my tools, but I couldn’t find my hammer.Turns out my coworkers had put it on a plaque and surprised me with it at my retirement party.
Greg Faris, current Airtron President,Al Henry, and Jim Jennings, Ex-Co-Owner/Former Airtron President
I’ve been with Airtron for 54 years. I was a sophomore in high school when I started.The story goes like this: I attended church with a sheet metal salesman, Russ Lo. He came to our house one day and told me one of their employees had been drafted for the VietnamWar, and he asked if I’d be interested in a job working in the warehouse. I said yes. Prior to that, I had two paper routes, and I worked on the farm planting onions nine months out of the year with three months off in the winter, so having one job seemed much better.
We have a great group of ladies and gentlemen here. I have great friends in all departments, and after Airtron Dayton and Cincinnati were
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Some Grit A note from the desk of greg faris Over the course of your lifetime, you’ll be faced with situations that’ll test your will, challenge your determination, and define your character.Yet even though your personal limits may be challenged, quitting shouldn’t be an option.The key is to show some grit and face the situation head-on. Of course, that’s easier said than done — we’re all human. The fact is that the difference between a winner and an “also-ran” isn’t always that the loser fell on challenging times — it’s how the loser faced the adversity.While some people boldly stare difficulty in the eye, others are quick to surrender to it. Reach deep down into your soul and give it all you’ve got.There will be times when you’ll reach your limit, and everything inside you will tell you to stop.Those are the real moments of truth. Many people throw in the towel on the one-yard line, not knowing how close they were to the goal.When you get to that point, remember why you started your journey, and make the extra effort to cross the goal line! While determination builds character, quitting is habit-forming.When quitting becomes routine, you won’t think twice about giving up next time. On the other hand, every time you overcome a challenge, you’ll gain the strength and conviction to confront your next challenge with confidence and fortitude. “a winner never stops trying.” –tom Landry
combined, I met new coworkers who became really good friends too. The community here is like a family.You get to know your coworkers and their families. I’m an ordained minister, and I’ve even presided over marriages for some of our employees and for their children. Like I said, Airtron is like a family, so if someone has a baby, everybody knows about it, and that’s what I’ll miss.We all get along, and it’s more of a team environment than an individual effort. It makes work a whole lot better. I can’t say enough good things about our management at Airtron. There’s always been an open-door policy as far as management is concerned.Whether it was the current vice president of Airtron Dayton, James Tobias, or ex-co-owner Rich Siefring — no matter who was in the management role, I was always able to talk to them, and they were fantastic at communicating. I’ve had some very good people who directed me. James Tobias actually worked with me in the warehouse in Dayton. He has done a phenomenal job in making Airtron Dayton successful. One thing is certain — he knows what he’s talking about. He learned from the best and from the ground up.This is my thinking: If a person has been in the trenches and has done their job and they get promoted to management, they understand the business and they get the in’s and out’s of it. Of the lessons I’ve learned at Airtron, there’s always been a priority to do the job well. In the apprenticeship program, they teach you the long way to do the layout, and it took two times longer for the fitting. I’ll tell you, I had two good people who taught me the layout work when I first started, and both told me, “You can be fast, and it will look like it’s been thrown together.We want you to be fast, but it should look neat when it’s done.” I always prided myself on being one of the fastest sheet metal people in the trade. With my wife going through health problems, it’s God, family, and Airtron. Once you get those priorities straight, you’re good. I’ve worked with a good group of people, and they understand this.When my wife was diagnosed with cancer, they told me that my No. 1 priority was to take care of her.They told me, “Your job will be here. Don’t worry about anything.” You don’t find companies like that. I will miss working, but more than anything, I’ll miss the people — Airtron really is all about people, and that’s a big deal.
You have what it takes to be a winner.You have the courage, skill, and inner strength to face any challenge, overcome any adversity, and hang tough until the job is done.The choice is yours. If you want to be a winner, act like one. Don’t quit. Show some grit.
congratulations! 30 + yearswith airton
Bill Duecker, Sales Manager,Airtron Columbus 41 years
Ginger Flexner, Controller,Airtron San Antonio 37 years
Rod Higgins, RNC Installer, Airtron Indy 43 years
Steve Peters, Sheet Metal Shop, Airtron Indy 43 years
Francisco Lerma, Warehouse Member, Airtron San Antonio 34 years
Ben Carwan, RNC Installer,Airtron Columbus 32 years
Dennis Rosenkoetter, Service Manager,Airtron Indy 36 years
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Operation Hydration Stay Cool at Work and at Home
At Airtron Charlotte, North Carolina, we’ve found a unique way to bring the message of health and wellness to the forefront of conversation in the Southern summer heat. In an environment accustomed to the heat and humidity summer brings, it can still be difficult to make sure everyone understands the importance of heat safety and proper hydration, as well as the risks of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.Allow me to introduce you to Operation Hydration. We started Operation Hydration as a way to bring heat safety and wellness together by integrating field and office staff with a common goal.The initiative begins during the first days of the hottest weather of the year.This year, Operation Hydration began in full force on June 20 — heat indexes were expected to reach 103–108 degrees! The foundation of the program involves having our office staff and other support team members deliver water and electrolyte drinks (in the amounts they need for proper hydration during their work day) to our hardworking field service members on job sites.The goal of this initiative is three-fold. First, it provides an opportunity for the office staff to understand the working conditions and environment of the field employees on job sites. Next, it allows the field staff to have a measurable reminder of how much they need to drink during the day to stay properly hydrated. Finally, it reinforces to all employees the benefits of health and wellness both at work and home. Working outside, in attics, or in crawlspaces provides minimal air flow while in elevated temperatures. Operation Hydration is one way we can remind them to stay safe and comfortable while also promoting wellness lifestyles at home. Having our office staff involved in this project has been very valuable because it enhances the importance of hydration across the company. Instead of simply hearing the same message from the same people, it connects employees who typically wouldn’t interact. It encourages better camaraderie and team building between the field and office as well. It’s great to see each employee’s perspective and how they have an appreciation for Operation Hydration. It reminds everyone, whether they’re mowing the grass, gardening, enjoying hobbies, or exercising, that they need to hydrate at home too. Operation Hydration is an ongoing initiative, so it’s important to me to be out there with the teams and not only during the hottest weeks. I’m in the field every week visiting job sites and, everywhere I go, I take plenty of water, electrolyte drinks ... and always my message of hydration.Additionally, Operation Hydration ensures every employee in the field has a fan and 3-gallon cooler for working in hot indoor spaces. It’s a tough job, so we try to make it as comfortable as we can.
Brad Heinrich,VP of Airtron Charlotte, and Mario McGee, RNC Installer
Once you get heat exhaustion, your ability to fight the heat is weakened. Our teams have been doing a good job of avoiding it — there hasn’t been a case of heat exhaustion in many years — and Operation Hydration seeks to maintain that protocol for employees on and off the clock. I say it all the time: People deserve to go home the same way they came in.
Brad shares this recipe for Airtron Charlotte’s Electrolyte Mix , created by one of our team members, Russ Tolle, who works in the field.Try it out at home!
Using a half-gallon jug, mix the following:
• 1/2 cup 100 percent fruit juice (such as apple, grape, cranberry, etc.) • 7 cups water. Enjoy, and stay hydrated!
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt • 1/4 cup 100 percent lemon juice (not lemonade)
Meme Submitted by Tamara Enfield Purchasing Manager, Airtron Dallas
Ghosts and spooks may be able to walk in the night, but we humans should have light. Light Your Halloween night Airtron wants you and your family to have a fun and safe night.To add to buckets of sweet treats, your local Airtron division will be handing out more candy and LED lights. Make the night not so dark and give your kids or grandkids a light. Check in with your monster- in-charge (HSES coordinator) to see when and where you can grab your treats and lights.
“Looks like we have another ‘lifer’ like Al Henry on our team!”
Meet Tamara Enfield
Tenure: I started at Airtron right out of high school, so I “grew up” Airtron. It will be 16 years in April! Strength: Loyalty Weakness: Loyalty — interestingly, it is my strength and my weakness. Pet Peeve: People saying,“That’s not my job.” Everyone’s job is to work together to do whatever it takes to get the job done. Quote: “Nothing is so embarrassing as watching someone do something that you said couldn’t be done.” –Sam Ewing. Tamara has done this time and time again — present her with a challenge and she will figure out a solution. Family: I have a husband, Daniel, and am the mother of two wonderful humans, Kylie and Braxton.
Meet Dawn Mezzacappa
Dawn is a CSR with the Airtron Austin team. She is originally from Stanton Island, NewYork, which is undoubtedly evident if you have ever spoken with her. She enjoys spending time with her grandson,Travis, by attending live music shows and Stars hockey games in her spare time. Prior to joining the Airtron team, Dawn worked for 10 years as a medical assistant for a pediatrician. She moved to Austin to be closer to her grandson.
Submitted by Dawn Mezzacaappa
Planet Hollywood Chicken Caesar Pizza Ingredients • 3 large tomatoes • 1 stalk red-leaf lettuce • 2 stalks green onions (optional) • 1 jar Marie Calendar’s creamy Caesar salad dressing • 1 pound chicken breast cutlets • 10-ounce can Pillsbury pizza crust (classic or thin crust)
• 2 garlic cloves, minced • 8-ounce package shredded Monterey Jack cheese • 8-ounce package shredded mozzarella cheese
• 2 ounces Parmesan cheese • Salt and pepper, to taste
Note:You can change any of the ingredients to your own taste and desire.
5. Spread garlic on unbaked crust, then layer chicken and cheeses on top. 6. Bake for 20 minutes, until crust is light brown. 7. Take salad out of refrigerator and spread on top of pizza. 8. Slice and serve. It’s messy but very good.
1. Heat oven to 350 F. 2. Chop lettuce, tomato, and green onions as if making a salad, mix in a large bowl with salad dressing, and place in refrigerator. 3. Cut chicken into small cubes, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook until half-done in a frying pan. 4. Roll out pizza crust and spread in a lightly oiled 8 1/2 x 11-inch sheet pan.
Note:You can take the salad off the top to reheat the pizza.
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54Years in the Trade A Note From the Desk of Greg Faris Celebrating Our Employees Operation Hydration Planet Hollywood Chicken Caesar Pizza 3 Tips to Help Organize Your Crazy Life
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