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Birthdays are the best time to celebrate with family and J.V. did just that celebrating Chris Weiser’s birthday and treating all the employees to a quarterly lunch catered by Whole Hog BBQ. Chris received a special birthday gift from the guys on the compactor line who presented him with a custom hand painted Cram-A-Lot welding helmet. Not to worry though...we want to keep our great quality and we will only let him wear it for show and tell…:)

Congratulations to Mike Walker for celebrating his 20th Anniversary of employment with J.V. Manufacturing. Mike started his career with J.V. as a painter before being promoted to lead foreman over the paint department. Mike was part of the team which initiated the Quality control in our facilities and he now holds the position of Quality Technician. Mike is also part of the Arkansas Quality Award as an examiner. Mike is the 30th employee to celebrate their twenty-year milestone with us.

Congratulations to Don Smith for celebrating his 20th Anniversary of employment with J.V. Manufacturing. Don started his career with J.V. in the maintenance department and soon became Maintenance Area Foreman overseeing the whole department. Don has been very instrumental in automating our assembly processes and upgrading the machines that fabricate the parts to build our equipment. He helped bring JV from the dark ages to the modern world. Don is the 29th employee to celebrate their twenty-year milestone with us.

Some people fit helping the community around their work schedule. Chris Weiser squeezes his work into breaks between his commitments to his community.

Weiser was named the Springdale Chamber of Commerce's 2014 Civic Service Honoree at its annual ceremony Friday.

Weiser said he was surprised that he received award.

Weiser credited his mother with setting an example for him, and he said her drive and focus rubbed off on him.

It’s the spookiest time of the year, when Cram-A-Lot kids roam the halls to Trick or Treat and fill their bags with goodies. We enjoyed a chili hotdog lunch with all the fixings and sweets to follow. It was a hauntingly good time!!!

We held our 5th Annual Health Fair where all the employees received free health screening, flu shots and blood work. We had a great turnout with 98 employees receiving a flu shot and 95 taking advantage of the blood work screening. Registered nurses were on site to review blood results and offer health counseling. Several of our health providers also joined us and visited with the employees covering vision, dental, life insurance and much more!! After going through the health fair all the employees received a free breakfast and entered for a chance at door prizes.

Today was a beautiful day in Springdale and a great day for grilling outdoors!!! We took advantage of the nice weather and treated all the employees at the Springdale plant to a hamburger lunch for our quarterly gathering. While we had everyone together we used this time for our United Way campaign. J.V. Employees have always been very generous through the years and we anticipate to have 100% employee participation for the 9th year in a row. THANK YOU to our employees for supporting the United Way and for giving back to our local community! We also celebrated another J.V.

Today we celebrated the 20th anniversary of yet another J.V. family member! Congratulations to Doug Hardman for celebrating his 20th Anniversary of employment with J.V. Manufacturing. Doug first started out at J.V. as a welder on our horizontal baler line, and then moved into engineering as a draftsman. In 2002 he was promoted to Regional Sales Manager for the Midwest Region. Since that time he has been recognized as our top grossing salesperson on multiple occasions. Doug is the 28th employee to celebrate their twenty-year milestone with us.

On April 12 & 13 we hosted our annual service school at our corporate offices and main factory in Springdale, Arkansas. We had around 40 of our authorized service providers in attendance who traveled across the US and Canada to be there. The attendees were split up into several small groups for more "hands on" question and answer time. Some of the classroom topics covered were: