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Manufacturing Day 2017

Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing. This day has inspired thousands of manufacturers to open their doors to show the public modern manufacturing in action and inspire the next generation of skilled workers. Manufacturing Day also gives companies an opportunity to tell the company’s story, dispel any outdated myths about manufacturing, and discover what else is being made in your community.

For the second year, Lenawee County participated in Manufacturing Day. This year, the number of students participating was approximately 400, nearly double that of last year! Each student participating in Manufacturing Day had the opportunity to talk with two local companies before enjoying a lunch with peers and industry representatives.

Anderson Development welcomed several students on October 5th for Manufacturing Day. The students were provided a tour of our R&D facilities as well as the production plant meeting many chemists and engineers. It is our mission to help students learn about the many opportunities within manufacturing so students can see how we apply what they learn in school, the types of materials we produce and the types of potential career opportunities are available to them within the chemical manufacturing industry.

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iChallengeU 2017

iChallengeU a two-week educational opportunity for high school students to work with area teachers, corporate, civic, and community leaders to develop solutions to real problems posed by the corporate/civic/community partners. Teachers trained in project based learning will work with the partners to identify “driving questions or challenges” that reflect real issues or problems in the participating companies and organizations. Student teams will have two weeks, through their own research and evaluation processes and by working with assigned teachers to propose solutions to the real life questions or challenges.

This was Anderson Development’s third year participating in the program. The challenge presented to the students was in the area of Quality Assurance. The driving question/challenge was how can ADC improve our customer satisfaction program and how to get increased participation and more quality responses?

ADC had a team of five students who worked at our facility for 2 weeks doing their own research on the challenge and worked on their propsal. At the conclusion of the program, the team presented their solutions to ADC and also participated in a competition involving other participating teams. ADC is planning to implement some of the ideas the team came up with into our business in the near future.

You can view the team’s presentation here (YouTube video): ADC iChallengeU 2017 Presentation

ADC iChallengeU team 2017

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Hazwoper Training–Why it’s Important:

Protecting our employees and surrounding community is very important to us at Anderson Development Company. In an unlikely event that we experience an emergency at our facility, Anderson Development Company is prepared to safely handle any situation. Anderson Development Company has an extensive safety program and HAZWOPER training has been an established program for our employees who work with or handle hazardous materials or waste. Each year, Anderson Development Company partners with locals emergency responders/fire departments for this training. This relationship provides an open line of communication, familiarity of our facility and products/chemicals we produce which not only helps keep us safe, but emergency responders safe also.

If you are unfamiliar with HAZWOPER, it stands for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response. HAZWOPER is a set of guidelines produced and maintained by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) which regulates hazardous waste operations and emergency services in the United States. Within the guidelines, the US Government regulates hazardous goods from inception to disposal. This training is covered under OSHA Standard 29 CFR Part 1910.120. Training is for all employees who are exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous substance, including hazardous waste. OSHA’s HAZWOPER standard requires workers to be trained to perform their anticipated job duties without endangering themselves or others.

HAZWOPER training is designed to train employees how to identify these chemicals or hazards, how to handle them and how to prevent any possible accidents or contamination from happening. The training teaches employees and first responders how to properly use as respirator for protection against chemicals, along with several other methods of personal protective equipment (PPE). HAZWOPER training is critical for any facility that manufactures, handles or transports hazardous materials. Sending our employee’s home in the same condition they came to work in and keeping our community safe is our number one priority. Anderson’s most recent training was held in May 2017–see photo gallery of training session below.

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Job Shadowing, Internships and Co-ops:

On any day at Anderson Development Company (ADC), you can walk the halls of our buildings and run into several young students who are enriching their education by applying what they have learned in school in our facility. We partner with several local schools and programs to allow students from middle school, high school and college to share in these experiences.

As part of this effort, ADC participates in many events within our local community. One program, “Payback for Education,” partners schools with local businesses to allow students to come in and learn about different careers. Another event, “Manufacturing Day,” is a program where students visit local business, but specifically within the manufacturing industry. Students visit manufacturing sites within our county to learn about the many opportunities within manufacturing. We also give tours for local science classes so that students can see how we apply what they learn in school, the types of materials we produce and the types of potential career opportunities are available to them within the chemical manufacturing industry.

Most recently, ADC participated in Junior Achievement’s Job Shadowing program (Junior Achievement of the Michigan Edge). ADC welcomed 3 high school students who have an interest in becoming chemists or engineers. Two students with an interest in chemistry shadowed two of our chemists in our research and development labs and one student with an interest in engineering shadowed a group of engineers. The students spent a half day with our employees to see what their job consists of. Our goal in participating in this program is to help the students gain a better understanding of their career choices within the chemical manufacturing industry. Our industry supports over 30,000 very stable, good paying jobs just in the state of Michigan. Our hope is they truly enjoyed their experience and that ultimately they will go on to become chemists or engineers who love their careers.

While the Job Shadowing program is only one day a year, ADC has R&D internship program as well as Engineering Co-op programs that never end! We typically host 3-4 R&D interns and 1-2 Engineering Co-ops at all times. Our interns and co-ops are given real life projects that give them the experience they need to be successful in their future employment. It must be said that not only does the student benefit, but ADC does as well. These real life projects are valuable and extremely important to our company. In some cases the students need to apply the skills they had already learned in school, but in other cases the students need to learn cutting edge commercial solutions. We appreciate the hard work and dedication they give to our company and we hope that their experiences at ADC help them to grow and develop the skills that they will need to be successful.

One question that a reader may wonder is, “Why do you do it?” It’s really pretty simple… At ADC, we care about the future of our company, our community and our world. We want to show the next generation that there are endless opportunities within Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for them to explore. 96% of all manufactured goods are touched by the business of chemistry. Often times, the idea of chemistry is very abstract to students (and many adults!). Our approach of chemistry is down to earth, simply solving our customers’ problems. We would like to share our love of using science to solve problems with the next generation! Chemistry is part of everyday life and our products are a part of many people’s lives, even though they don’t realize it!

It is also important for students to experience that there are many careers in the business of chemistry that don’t involve becoming a chemist or engineer. In fact, in order for ADC to be successful, it takes everyone working as a team. There are many other career opportunities within manufacturing that are crucial to keep us going every day. We need technicians to learn to operate processes so that they safely and efficiently produce the products that our customers need. We need mechanics who are good working with their hands who can fix things and keep our plant running. There are opportunities within sales, customer service, accounting/finance, purchasing, quality control, safety, environmental, product stewardship, human resources, shipping & receiving, personnel management and many, many more. Each of these departments are like parts to an engine; the engine doesn’t run unless each part does their job.

We hope that opening our doors to the next generation will give them a real life experience that will help them choose a career within the chemical manufacturing industry. ADC truly enjoys the time we get to spend with students who visit and work for us.

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Sustainability: It’s Not a Destination–It’s an Ongoing Journey

Written by Chris Goeloe, VP, Quality and Responsible Care

Sustainability. What is it and why is it so important? A simple definition of sustainability is the ability to carry on. According to the Brundtland Commission, “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Sustainability is a complex topic with a number of elements and methods of measurement. Society, environment and economy are key elements of sustainability and sustainable development. And doing well in all of these areas are critically important. According to Anderson Development Company’s President and CEO, Mark Kramer, “This is the way that would allow our business to thrive for the next 200 years.”

Protection of our local and global community is vital. Anderson Development Company (ADC) follows the principles of Responsible Care® which aims to continually improve performance related to the environment, health, safety, and security with a focus on our stakeholders.

 

Picture from a food and fundraising drive for The Daily Bread, a local food pantry.

There is an old adage, “Think globally, act locally.” As members of our community, we take that to heart. ADC supports local groups including Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill Industries, Lenawee Cares, United Way, Stubnitz Environmental Education Center and Lenawee Intermediate School District. Anderson Development partners with local groups to host community Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events. ADC works closely with local emergency responders including providing an on-site training area. Anderson Development promotes pollution prevention and waste minimization including recycling, which helps minimize impact on the environment.

 

 

Anderson Development provides value-added solutions that solve customer problems. One example is a high performance powder coating product for the automotive market that eliminates the need to use solvents and promotes cleaner air. Also the excess powder can be reused, unlike traditional solvent based coatings. Our Michigan based company competitively supplies customers across the globe. Due to our ability to provide innovative solutions, we are able to provide great job opportunities and other direct including taxes and indirect benefits which further strengthens our community.

 

Sustainability is not a destination. It is an ongoing journey. We appreciate working collaboratively with our stakeholders along the journey.

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Surviving the Holidays by Keeping your Family Safe

For many of us, Christmas is the best time of the year. There are decorations, presents, parties, music and spending family & friends. The Holiday Season can truly feel magical. Most of us have decorated Christmas trees in our homes, extra indoor and outdoor lights, a holiday scented candle burning and lots of extra time in the kitchen as meals and desserts are prepared for loved ones.

As a chemical company, safety is always our number one priority. We want to make sure that our employees go home in the same condition they came to work. We also want our employees to be safe when they are home as well. Safety in the home this time of year may not be to the forefront of people’s minds when they are trying to relax and enjoy themselves, but it is important to address it as the festive season means a lot of activity that is out of the norm in the household. Remember these safety tips so that your family stay safe during the most wonderful time of the year.

Fire Hazards

Many holiday decorating ideas involve very combustible materials such as tissue paper and flammable cottons. These materials should be avoided in your home if possible. If they cannot be avoided then you should keep these materials away from bare electrical wires, fireplaces, or candles so that they do not become ignited easily. While cooking meals, be sure to stay in the kitchen while cooking. Unattended cooking equipment is the leading cause of home cooking fires (NFPA). If possible, switch candles to battery operated candles. Open flames with candles can catch decorations on fire. In order to be prepared, you also should have an emergency fire plan in place for you and your loved ones. Having a smoke detector in each room of your home can be one of the best measures to prevent being hurt in a house fire. After this, you must also have a plan of action. Make sure everyone who will be in your home over the holiday season knows where to meet and what to do if there is a fire. Also, make sure you have at least one fire extinguisher in your home to combat small house fires.

 

Christmas Trees

Christmas trees are often the centerpiece of many Christmas events. They hold decorative and nostalgic ornaments that bring joy and happiness to your family. However, Christmas trees may also bring danger to your household. Real Christmas trees are at risk of catching fire far more easily than artificial trees. If you have a real Christmas tree make sure that you choose a live tree that has green needles that do not break easily. The tree should also be sticky with resin and only have a few loose needles. Be sure to keep your live tree fresh by watering daily. Dry trees can be a serious fire hazard. Real trees and artificial trees should be kept away from vents, radiators, fireplaces, and candles. Plus, for both types of trees you should only use flame-resistant ornaments.

 

Electrical Safety

Christmas decorations often light up or have an electrical component. Be sure to inspect electrical decorations for any damage before use. Cracked or damaged sockets, loose or bare wires and loose connections can cause a serious shock or start a fire. It is also important not to overload your electrical outlets and never connect more than 3 strands of incandescent lights together. Not only can it blow a fuse, but it can also start a fire.

 

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Manufacturing Day 2016

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Students getting hands-on experience at ADC during Manufacturing Day.

Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Manufacturing Day also addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. Manufacturing today is not what it was in the 1950’s. Manufacturing today is full of high-tech jobs, robotics, cleaner environments and a vast array of career opportunities. By working together during and after Manufacturing Day, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

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Local students visit Anderson Development Company on October 7th for Manufacturing Day.

Lenawee County launched a first ever Manufacturing day on October 7th, 2016 sending hundreds of students to 13 area manufacturers. This year, an estimated 220-225 students from Hudson High School, LISD TECH Center, Onsted High School, Southern Michigan Center for Science and Industry and Tecumseh High School participated. The students were put into groups of 15 and completed two tours around the County.

Participating companies included: Aerospace Services, Anderson Development Company, Axis Engineering, General Broach, Glycon, Hi-Lex, IDIDIT, Inteva, Kirchhoff Van-Rob, L&W, Meridian Mechatronics, Adrian Precision Machining and Plastic Omnium. The tours of these companies showed how high-tech and exciting manufacturing can be and also the variety of careers within Lenawee County.

Anderson Development Company was eager to allow students into our doors and show students what types of careers are available within our company. Students were given tours of our manufacturing plants, research and development labs, and information on the different types of products we produce and learned how these products are used in the industry.

This year, Manufacturing Day in Lenawee County was a collaborative initiative planned by the LISD Tech Center, Southern Michigan Center for Science and Industry, Lenawee Now, and Michigan Works! Southeast. The response has been very positive and plans for Manufacturing Day 2017 will be in the works.

View a video compilation of Lenawee County’s Manufacturing Day 2016 produced by LISD TV.

 

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ADC Attends Powder Coating Summit 2016

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Technical Discussion at PC Summit

Powder Coating Summit:

The PC (Powder Coating) Summit is a two-day seminar that brings the latest in powder coating innovation to engineers, technologists, scientists, and marketing and management professionals. The event is put on by the Powder coating Research Group, Powder Coated Tough magazine and The Powder Coating Institute. This year’s even took place in Columbus, OH on October 4th and 5th. Anderson Development Company attended the conference and had a table-top display with information on our Almatex GMA Acrylic Resins.

Powder Coating Institutes (PCI):

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) currently represents the North American powder coating industry while promoting powder coating technology and communicating the benefits of powder coating to manufacturers, consumers, and the government. PCI also provides forums to identify and address major industry technical issues, inform members about the domestic and worldwide powder coating activities and developments. PCI also provides powder coating education programs including a major technical conference, like Powder Coating Summit.

Powder Coating:

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Dr. Szuping Lu, chemist at Anderson Development Company talks about Almatex Acrylic Resins

Powder coating is a dry finished process that provides a high quality finish. Representing over 15% of the total industrial finishing market, powder is used on a wide array of products. Used as protective and decorative finishes, powder coatings are available in almost limitless range of colors and textures. Technological advancements have resulted in excellent performance properties. Powder coating protects the roughest, toughest machinery as well as household items used daily. Powder coating is tough and lasts a long, long time. In addition to being durable, powder coating also has environmental advantages.

Almatex Acrylic Resins:

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Anderson Development Company’s table top display

Anderson Development Company (ADC) offers Almatex GMA Acrylic resins that represent high quality crystal clear powder coating. ADC is continually developing new products, improving existing products and responding to the industry needs for higher performance properties. ADC attends technical conferences like Powder Coating Summit to learn the latest advancements in powder coating to enable our customers to make highly competitive products.

 

 

 

 

Information about PCI and Powder Coating Summit was taken from http://www.powdercoating.org/event/PCSummit16
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The Business of Chemistry: By the Numbers

Chemistry is essential to our economy and plays a vital role in the creation of ground-breaking products that make our lives and our world healthier, safer, more sustainable and more productive.

What many people don’t know, is just how impactful the business of chemistry really is in our own state of Michigan, our country and our world.

Have you used your cell phone today? Laptop? Drank your coffee from a mug or worn a bicycle helmet? If so, you, along with millions of consumers around the world, have touched the product of chemistry.

The contributions of the business of chemistry go beyond everyday household items. Chemistry is a driving force behind the growth and expansion of the U.S. economy, and the potential for future economic growth of our industry is exponential.

More than 96% of all manufactured goods are directly touched by the business of chemistry. The business of chemistry is a $797 billion Enterprise providing over 810,000 skilled, good paying American jobs—pretty amazing, right?

Did you know that in Michigan alone…

-Chemistry is the 5th largest manufacturing industry at $16 billion

-Chemistry in Michigan provide nearly 30,000 direct jobs and 28,000 related jobs

-Generates $2.3B in payroll across 387 establishments

-Michigan is the 15th largest chemistry producing state and wages are 25% higher than the average manufacturing job.

Taking an even closer look within Michigan—Anderson Development Company is located within southeast Michigan. Some major cities in this region is Adrian, Coldwater, Hillsdale, Jackson, partsMichigan of Lansing, Monroe, Saline and Tecumseh.

Within this area of Southeast Michigan, the business of chemistry employs 2,614 individuals and pays $211M in wages. The average wage within the business of chemistry is $80,506—71% higher than the state average.

Why are all of these numbers important? There is a renewed competitiveness in America’s chemical industry. This is helping to create jobs, grow payrolls and generate new tax revenue which is affirming the chemical industry’s role as the cornerstone of our country and state’s economic future.

facts used in this blog came from www.americanchemistry.com

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How Does Anderson Development Company Stay Competitive With Big Companies?

Anderson Development Company is a pretty small company and many may think we aren’t very competitive. However, about 30% of our products are actually exported, which puts us on the map in regards to competitiveness. How do we accomplish this? By focusing on our customers.

  • Listening: Listen to what the customer need in order for them to be successful and following through for them. The big competitors often won’t listen to what their customers really need.

 

  • Flexibility: Different customers require different things. The big competitors often wont’ adapt to them. Years ago, Henry Ford told people that they could have any color car they wanted as long as it was black. This approach no longer works, but some bigger companies still think like this!

 

  • Responsive: Big dinosaurs can’t move quickly! By being responsive, we can move much quicker. We need to have the products they need, when they need them and how they need them!

 

  • Personal: We can offer our customers a warm, personal experience rather than just being a number. We help our customers solve their problems and give them a good experience. Customers will remember this!

 

  • Trustworthy: Our customers need to trust us and have faith in us. As a smaller organization, we act ethically and consistently in how we treat our customers. There is no room for error here.

 

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We will always have challenges, but Anderson Development Company strives to be structured and disciplined so that we are sustainable. By being sustainable, we are able to take care of our customers long-term–therefore we are taking care of our People (safety), the Planet (environmental) and Profit. These are all essential. Our focus on our customer and the products they depend on is what defines us.

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