National Oreo Day – March 6th!

According to foodimentary.com – March the 6th is National Oreo Day.   In order to pay homage to this cornerstone of snack cookies – we offer a link to a video on the History channel titled
Oreo Cookies where you can learn more about the many ways there are to eat a Oreo Cookie!

Did you know that the Oreo has a SONG?  You can download that by visiting Oreo Website and you OReoLadybugcan learn more about the “Wonderfilled” cookie known as Oreo there too!   There are Oreo recipes and Oreo games… it’s a great site!  And there are links to the Oreo Facebook page too!

Did you know that according to the Mondelez Website, the Oreo cookie is marketed in the following countries:  Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Philippines.

The Oreo cookie and brand definitely have a life of their own – and Peerless Food Equipment is happy to celebrate National Oreo Day!

Celebrating the Noodle in March

According to “foodimentary.com” , there are plenty of reasons to celebrate in the month of March.  Not only is March designated as National Nutrition Month, but it also serves as National NoodEgg_noodlesle Month AND National Flour Month.    Flour is a common ingredient used in Peerless Mixers everyday.   And, Noodles, can definitely be a product of the dough produced in a Peerless mixer.
So, celebrating the Noodle certainly seems like a good idea!

According to the Wiki definition, “ In the United States, noodles are flour paste products in various shapes.  In Britain, noodles generally are long, thin strips of flour paste products. The material composition or geocultural origin must be specified when discussing noodles. The word derives from the German word Nudel.

Also according to Wiki, ” The earliest written record of noodles is found in a book dated to the Eastern Han period (25–220) of China. Noodles, often made from wheat dough, became a staple food for people of the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE).During the Tang Dynasty, the noodles were first cut into strips, and in the Yuan Dynasty, the making of dried noodles began.”

The noodle also has a long history in other parts of Asia, Europe and the Near East.   This staple food has been paired with sauce, served in soup and can be pan fried or deep fried.   The noodle can take on the shape of a flat strip, a round string, a tube or a shell.  The noodle can be made from flour, wheat, corn millet… the base ingredient is limited only by the cooks imagination.  So join us in March as we celebrate the Noodle!

2014 Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River Watershed

On July 18th,  ten Peerless volunteers, along with 64 others, canoed and walked the riverbanks to remove 3,120 pounds of trash and 54 tires from a 12-mile, Shelby County stretch of the Great Miami River.  This was more than three times the amount of trash and tires removed from this stretch of river in 2013.  Clean Sweep Volunteers

Volunteers: (front row L-R) Joe Lawson, Chris Walker, Darryl Mann, Bob Moore, Johnathan Hale, Thomas Ludwig, JD Poling (back row L-R) Linda Knecht (Kathy’s sister-in-law), Aspen Weldy (Kathy’s daughter), Gary Ellis, Stephanie Wilson, Sara Ellis (Gary’s wife), Kenzie Weldy (Kathy’s daughter), and Kathy Weldy

Some of the most interesting items pulled from the river were a hot tub and a purse with driver’s license and social security card. Our very own JD Poling and Thomas Ludwig made the hot tub find. The Great Miami River Cleanup is a strictly volunteer event focused on removing trash and restoring the health of the Great Miami River.

The event stretches over 60 miles from Indian Lake to the Ohio River. This annual event is coordinated by many partners and held in November in the lower region of the river and in July in the upper reaches.

This event is for a great cause, but it is also a lot of dirty, grimy fun.

Safety Awareness Is Everyone’s Responsibility

safety 5We take safety here at Peerless very seriously.  We want all our employees to go home the same way they came in!

Safety – it’s every employees’ responsibility.

Peerless has 13 Safety Teams ranging from Personal Protection Equipment, Job Hazard Analysis, Electrical, ER Response, to Travel Safety and Lifting Safety,  just to name a few.  All employees are active participants and meet as a team weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.  Each team has a team leader and facilitator who is in charge of organizing and leading the meetings and each team has goals and tasks that they accomplish throughout the year.

Do you have a safety program similar to ours? We would like to hear about it!

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recycling-symbol1Several years ago, Peerless created its own “Green Team” in an effort to “Go Green” and improve our sustainability.  Through this process of recycling, conservation and foot print awareness, we discovered The University of Dayton Industrial Assessment Center right in our own back yard.   This program conducts free assessments for mid-sized industries and provides valuable feedback regarding energy-saving recommendations.

On January 27, 2014 The University of Dayton Industrial Assessment Center (US-IAC) came to Peerless to identify and evaluate opportunities for energy efficiency improvements. During the one day visit, the team gathered data, met with plant management and identified several substantial cost saving methods.  HVAC, Lighting, Compressed Air and CO2 emissions were all evaluated.  The results were amazing!!!  Our results showed we could decrease our current plant utility costs by about 35% and CO2 emissions by about 26% per year with a 4 month simple payback.

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Sustainability and being responsible for our foot print is something we all need to think about and this audit by The University of Dayton certainly was a valuable tool for Peerless.

Peerless rings the bell for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign

KettleEach year, Peerless employees volunteer to take an hour out of their day to ring the bell for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign.  On November 27, 2013, seven employees rang the bell from 10 AM – 5 PM at the local Kroger grocery store in Sidney, Ohio.

Kettlebell1-480x330The Salvation Army is an extraordinary organization that is worldwide and assists more than four-and-a-half million people during the Thanksgiving and Christmas time periods.  Kettles are now used in such distant lands as Korea, Japan, Chile and many European countries.

Peerless Stand By Its Community

Peerless Food Equipment’s 2013 United Way campaign contribution is the highest it’s been in 3 years! With our parent company ITW’s match, Peerless is among the top employers in Shelby County supporting the efforts of the United Way.

United WayIn addition to the generous employee pledges, silent auctions are held, luncheons where all proceeds are donated to the United Way are planned throughout the year and employees volunteer their time and efforts to help several outreach  programs.

In 2013, Peerless supported the following non-profit programs:   New Choices, Clear Creek Farms and Samaritan Works.  Peerless employees along with several local business’s donate time and Clear Creek 2013material to fix, repair and update facilities so it’s newly painted, more energy-efficient and safer for the people who utilize these programs.  Peerless is very proud of these employees and look forward to another success United Way campaign for the community.