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It is nice to be recognized locally. We were notified we won the Best of Richmond Award. See the attached press release. #Quality 

http://richmond.richmond.awardservice.org/PressReleaseub.aspx?cc=DDZ-GQG4-B8ZZ

 

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This is your heads up… Periodically this month we will be posting facts/ myths and information about Breast Cancer Awareness on our Facebook. According to Breastcancer.org “About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.” Now fellas, if you think this doesn’t affect you, think again. “About 2,360 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in men in 2014. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.”

Think about that. Do you work with 8 women, have more than 8 female friends, have more than 8 female family members?? Do you think men regularly check themselves either? This can affect any one of us.

Currently there is no prevention, but awareness of Breast Cancer, facts, and tips of self check can help catch it early. Cancer doesn’t discriminate!

Keep posted on our Facebook site.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Contract-Industrial-Tooling-INC/737010179660164

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HAPPY MONDAY!! I know I know. Mondays are typically not our favorite. We all struggle to get motivation, optimism, and most of all good positive attitudes. Well you absolutely HAVE to watch this video it will help put you in a better mood. According to a blog post by Dale Carnegie a great training source, “Very little, if anything, is gained out of negativity. Conversely, a positive attitude can improve all aspects of your work life. Those who display and maintain a positive attitude tend to see career success, a reduction in stress, tend to be healthier, more motivated and enjoy stronger interpersonal relations — not just in the workplace, but also in life.” Who couldn’t use that??

I challenge you all to wake up and be like this girl in the video about your day like we did when we were young. =) #BePositive

 

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Thirteen years ago our country lost a piece of history and many lives. Those who were just in their morning commute to work, those who were riding on a plane, those who lay their lives down every single day for others.

At CIT we haven’t forgotten, and we won’t. Thank you to all who have sacrificed and will continue to sacrifice for our freedom. Our thoughts go out today for all involved.

This picture is priceless. Thanks USATODAY.com   The marks and burns in the flag represent our country. You can tear and try and burn it, but it stays unified… UNITED States of America

HYDRATION!!! A holiday weekend is coming up and many will be outside playing cornhole (like CIT employees will be Friday), family picnics, celebrating in remembrance for the holiday, and just plain spending time in the sun. Remember when it is as hot and humid out, you have to make sure you stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and if you already have some dehydration…. boost it with a sports drink with electrolytes (see fun video below). =)

Hydration is extremely crucial to your entire body but especially your heart. “It’s critical for your heart health.
Keeping the body hydrated helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. And, it helps the muscles remove waste so that they can work efficiently”, according to the American Heart Association.  This means less muscle cramping and fatigue that can ruin your weekend.

Even though Manning encourages it, you don’t have to sweat it to get it. Stay hydrated friends!

 

For more information from the Heart Association on hydration, see below

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At CIT we are constantly figuring out new ways to improve on time, efficiency, and quality.  The video below is of our new automated Drill and Tap machine that we designed, built, and even have touch screen installed to run. If you watch this machine is taking our 1 x 1 pieces of metal and first drilling the ends, then it moves them to the front to be tapped.  The machine itself saves 2 minutes per part over using our manual way where there is more room for error and was taking 3 minutes per part before.

Ask CIT how our innovative ideas can help with your fabrication needs.

 

 

Upon hearing the news of an amazing and influential actor passing, I can recall how inspiring his words and movies have always been.
Sometimes we all are in need of reminders in personal and especially professional life of persistence. This article has 52 of the best quotes for persistence. 52 weeks in a year, coincidence? I think not. Print these and each week make one your focus for the week and tape it to your monitor if that helps. Words and ideas CAN change the world.

http://www.inc.com/david-van-rooy/looking-for-extra-motivation-try-one-of-these-52-awesome-persistence-quotes.html

 

 

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I don’t want to name names, but I’m sure many of you have heard about the customer service incident that went GLOBAL via the internet this week.
So this week let’s talk customer service. Below is a nice little read. Most people even if they like your product, service, or company in general will let customer service incidents affect their position on continuing business, ESPECIALLY if there are close competitors. In professional relationships, having the last word is not NEARLY as important as having a great working relationship and continuing business. Even if they are wrong (which the customer never is) it is better to value the customer and resolve the situation. Hmm not too bad advice for those personal relationships either. =)

http://video.about.com/marketing/Tips-for-Customer-Service-Best-Practices.htm

Excuse me as I deliberately disrupt you! Did you know Nokia once upon a time made rubber boots, and that Samsung used to have low quality technology? Times have changed, but mainly because “those companies that were bold enough to burn down their businesses, defy their success and reinvent themselves for future victories.” All through deliberate disruption.

 

See the article below, it is a great read.

 

http://www.industryweek.com/innovation/masters-disruption-nine-manufacturing-reinvention-stories-slideshow#slide-9-field_images-141171

For some of us/ you it is quarter end and semi-annual report time. Your  brain may be overworked and over used.. Take a break and check out this video on Brain Power. It’s pretty magical (pun intended).

or see their website for other great videos too.

http://www.ted.com/talks/keith_barry_does_brain_magic#t-517223