A PUBLICATION BY BENTON FOUNDRY, INC.
Congratulations - Employees of the Quarter
Congratulations to Deb Martz, Benton Foundry’s 1st shift Employee of the Quarter. Deb works in the Quality Depart-ment as a quality technician and has received this award in the past. She has been employed at the Foundry since 2000. Deb lives outside of Benton and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and cooking. She is the fourth of the Wilson’s (her maiden name) to work at the foundry.
Congratulations to Dave Straub, Benton Foundry’s 2nd shift Employee of the Quarter. Dave has been employed at the Foundry since 2010 and he works in the Molding De-partment. Dave resides in Watsontown with his wife Brenda. He formerly worked at Watsontown Foundry for 17 years. Dave would like to thank the melt department for their assis-tance in reaching his production numbers.
Knoebels Picnic 2015
New Maintenance Department
One of our long-term objectives is to continue growing the company. We currently have 300 tons per day of melting capacity, but we do not have the capacity in the other departments to support that elevated tonnage. Roughly two years ago we began the planning and engineering to address our long-term needs. The first step was to relocate and enlarge our maintenance department. This building project began in the fall of 2014 and was completed in July, 2015. We are still in the process of moving into this 12,000 square foot addition which includes maintenance offices, an engineering office, electrical fabrication room, tool room, flammable materials room, maintenance lift for rolling stock, steam cleaning area with a catch basin for the rolling stock, millwright capabilities, two high bays with overhead cranes, several work cells for fabrication, hydraulic fittings, air tools, etc…, consolidated mechanical and electrical stores with a high-density storage unit, keyless security and video surveillance. Also included is an electrical substation for additional capacity and improved power distribution. The addition also houses a second air compressor/air dryer plant. The heat generated from the air compressors will heat this new addition during the winter months. This is the first step of a multi-year plan. In the last forty years there have always been busy and slow business cycles. The philosophy has been to have a modernization plan and to implement it in the slow times so that we can take advantage of the additional productivity in good times.
Safety, Health & Other Concerns
Common Myths about DUIs in PA
What everyone need to know about Pennsylvania's DUI laws
We’ve all heard the phrase “knowledge is power.” That is especially true when planning a night out or even simply having a glass of wine and then getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. Over the years. I’ve learned there are a number of common misunderstandings when it comes to Pennsylvania’s DUI law. This month, I share the top five myths I’ve seen.
Myth #1 - ”It’s not really a crime.” Pennsylvania considers it a crime to drive, operate or be in actual physical control of the movement of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alco-hol with a certain specified percentage blood alcohol content as well as when you are incapable of safe driving. This is a loaded statement. First, it is a crime. Many people believe that since the offense involves a car or is in the vehicle code, it is not a crime and that it is somehow different than other crimes. It is not. In Pennsylvania, DUI is a misdemeanor.
Myth #2 - “I have to have a .08% blood alcohol content (BAC) to be arrested.” You can be ar-rested for DUI even when the lowest blood alco-hol threshold, .08 percent, is not met. If you are not capable of safely driving in the estimation of the police because of alcohol consumption, you can be arrested for DUI. Keep in mind that the crime in Pennsylvania is not “drunk driving” but rather “driving under the influence.” That can be a huge difference. You may not feel or be drunk but you may be under the influence of alcohol which impairs your driving ability. In fact, people often tell me “I only had two drinks.”
Myth #3 - “I can’t be arrested if I pull off the road.” You are not immune if you pull off the side of the road. The phrase “in actual physical control of the movement of a motor vehicle” is a specific basis for an offense under DUI statute. In other words, if you pull off the side of the road with indications that you are able to control the vehicle, you may find yourself arrested for DUI. Some of these indications include, but are not limited to, occupying the driver’s seat, pos-sessing keys or having them in the ignition or nearby, or having the engine or lights on.
Myth #4 - “Once I’m at the threshold BAC, it doesn’t make any difference if my BAC is higher.” Many people believe that once you reach the threshold, which is presently .08 percent, it doesn’t make any difference how much over you are. This is incorrect. DUIs in Pennsylvania fol-low a tiered system. The severity of the penalty you face is a combination of both your blood alcohol level as well as how many prior offenses you have had. Additionally, if you are under the legal drinking age of 21, the blood alcohol threshold is lower. Presently, it is .02 percent, significantly lower than someone of legal age. Penalties for those between 18 and 21 may be more severe.
Myth #5 - “I don’t have to agree to a blood or breath test.” Once you receive a driver’s license in Pennsylvania, you have given your implied consent to testing. Today, blood testing is most common although breath testing is also still used. It’s important to know that it’s an officer’s choice which method to use, not yours. Anything other than unqualified participation in the method chosen by the police can be deemed a refusal which carries additional penalties.
By Janet Catina, Community Contributor
Do Not Call List
Unwanted telemarketing calls can be a nuisance and an intrusion upon your privacy at home. In 2002, Pennsylvanians were first given the opportunity to avoid these calls by registering for the Do Not Call list. In fact, one million citizens registered in a single two-week period that year, and millions more have registered through the past few years. The process is quick and easy. Use the link below to enroll your telephone numbers, verify your enrollment, review details about the Do Not Call law or file a complaint if you have been receiving calls in violation of the law. If you prefer to enroll by telephone, call the Do Not Call hotline at 1-888-777-3406.
Consider these tips:
- All adults in a household can individually register under Do Not Call, even though they will be listing the same home phone number.
- Be conservative about which businesses you choose to give your phone number. Entering a contest, signing-up for a promo-tion cancels your Do Not Call registration with that business since authorization to call you was given and a business relation-ship has commenced.
- There are exceptions to the Do Not Call law allowing politicians, charitable organizations, and entities with whom there is a business relationship to place calls to your phone number.
- Consumers can revoke or cancel the business relationship and request placement on the business’ internal Do Not Call List.
Eat Your Way to Brain Health
- Olive oil, green tea and leafy greens (broccoli, spinach and kale) Each of these antioxidant superfoods helps fight inflammation. And while inflamma-tion is the body’s natural response to inju-ry, uncontrolled inflammation over time can damage the brain. Intervene with these anti-inflammatory foods before neurons die and you may be able to restore normal brain function, says Paula C Bick-ford, professor of neurosurgery and brain repair at the University of South Florida.
- Beets, tomatoes and avocados: These three darkly hued foods help ensure that your brain receives the blood it needs to stay sharp. Studies suggest increased blood flow to the brain promotes neuron growth in the hippo-campus, the area of the brain associated with learning and memory.
- Nuts (especially walnuts), curcumin and pomegranates: These foods work deep in the brain to fight amyloid plaques. While amyloid is required for brain cells to communicate, when it accumulates several thousand times beyond normal levels, it forms plaques. These plaques kill neurons while creating inflammation, which kills even more neurons.
- Fish, blueberries, grapes, coffee and dark chocolate: These nutrient powerhouses have been shown to in-crease the level of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein that supports the growth of new neu-rons. “It’s like Miracle-Gro for the brain,” says Fotuhi. “Stimulating the release of BDNF not only reverses the effects of aging, but also triggers the brain to make more neurons.”
Parvin Eugene "Buzz" Cashner
Parvin Cashner, a former 2nd shift plant manager for 13 years at Benton Foundry, passed away on September 13, 2015. This Danville High School graduate followed a career path that took him to Champion Farms, TRW, Textron and Benton Foundry. Parvin had many interests that included sports, hunting, fishing, gardening, woodworking and spending time with his family. He was a diehard Penn State fan.
Upon Parvin’s retirement in the Summer of 2009, Lou Sappe’, Human Resource Manager, was quoted as saying “On a personal note, during the time I was privileged to work with Parvin, I saw an experienced & knowledgeable supervisor who knew his people and was respected by them. He was always willing to do whatever it took to get the job done and was great at evaluating problems and their solutions. I also knew an intelligent man, full of humanity who was always willing to listen. He will be missed.” Those words still ring true.
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Pennsylvania College of Technology has selected Caroline Mengine and Paul Simko, both of Benton, PA, to receive the Ben-ton Foundry, Inc. Scholarship for academic year 2015/2016. Caroline and Paul are both sophomores in the Automated Manufacturing Technology Program. They will each be awarded $2500 which will be divided between their fall and spring semesters. The entire Penn College community is extremely grateful for this scholarship which helps our students fulfill their educational goals. Please know that this support is sincerely appreciated and needed.
Mike A. Mitchell
Arniel Viera Garcia
Mike P. Mitchell
The gate breakers that were introduced to the shakeout area during the last quarter have proven to be a great success. Thanks to those employees who have quickly adapted to using the new equipment.
Work completed by Maintenance over the shutdown on the Large Disa Summit line has yielded a signifi-cant improvement in machine cycle times. The bene-fits are already being seen in improved production.
Congratulations to Tyler Hartman on his promotion to 1st Shift Assistant Melt Manager.
We are glad to see Mirian Magorga in core assembly back from her non-work related injury.