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Furthered Education at Optimus Steel

Our mill had the pleasure of offering an opportunity to send two employees back to school to further their education. 10 candidates were considered, and from those applicants two were chosen for an apprenticeship through a series of interviews, job performance reviews, attendance, and work ethic.
One candidate selected for the apprenticeship is Jordan Harrison, a talented Multi-Craft Apprentice A in the melt shop. Jordan went to trade school for instrumentation which has helped him with many skills and learning new skills in his current role within the mill where he has worked for 10 years.
The other candidate selected for the apprenticeship is Joseph Wineland. Or “Joe” as most people call him, an Multi-Craft Apprentice A Millwright in the rolling mill at Optimus Steel. Joe has worked at the plant for 7 years, he started in production and worked his way to his current position.
Joe has followed in the footsteps of his father, Clifford Wineland, who also worked for the Beaumont mill or approximately 15 years as a Millwright. Joe expressed his excitement to finish school and officially start as a millwright like his dad, with “big shoes to fill”. Joe saw this “as an opportunity to further his education, gain more knowledge, improve himself and Optimus Steel”.
Joe and his entire family have been involved in all the company’s social responsibility events like, the Julie Richardson 5K Color Run, Optimus Steel softball games, adopt a highway, and volunteering at SETX food bank. He is also a member of the Optimus Steel Social Responsibility Committee. Along with his incredible efforts to be involved in the community, Joe is also part of the Joint Health and Safety Committee. Joe joins forces with other employees throughout the mill, to discuss safety topics and potential safety hazards to keep all workers at Optimus Steel safe.

Jordan along with Joe have both been dedicated to attending night classes after work for the past three years. “We sometimes don’t get home until 11:40pm, then have to be up again by 6 am”, says Jordan who agrees his family will be glad he is graduating in May. Both men have stood out through their work ethic and their dedication to their families, their teammates and the company.

Both were asked what advice they would give high school students who are considering trade school. Jordan said, “I would say choose something that interests you. In my case I studied instrumentation which involves more electrical work, but what I really like doing is more mechanical work.”

“(Learning a trade) is a really good opportunity to get a really great job and have less debt. Craftsmen are a dying breed, but they are not going away. Pick up a trade for a skilled position, then you will have a good job.” Said Joe.

We want to congratulate our two apprentices and thank them for their hard work and commitment not only to their own futures but to the future of Optimus Steel as well. Thank you, gentlemen and congratulations on Striving for Perfection!

Optimus Steel participates in Julie Richardson Procter Gift of Life Colo Rush 2019

On a beautiful, sun-kissed day in Beaumont Texas, 40 Optimus Steel employees and their family members participated in the Julie Richardson Procter Color Rush. With employees from many different roles within the mill, we truly had the entire Optimus Steel team represented at the Julie Richardson Procter Gift of Life Color Rush.

According to information obtained via website, The Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program was established in Beaumont, Texas, in 1994 by Regina Rogers as a tribute to her mother, Julie, a breast cancer survivor, who had a double mastectomy in 1988 and who died following complications from a stroke and heart attack in 1998. Originally dedicated to providing free mammograms for medically underserved women, in the past twelve years, the organization’s services have multiplied and the agency has grown into one of the largest cancer screening initiatives of its type in the state of Texas.

In 2000, the “Gift of Life” broadened its breast cancer mission to include prostate cancer, offering free screenings and educational presentations for men.

Providing free mammograms and prostate cancer screenings along with educational outreach, the agency of “Gift of Life” has consistently integrated complementary programming into its organizational framework. Striving to investigated new avenues in cancer awareness, prevention, and early detection have remained at the forefront of their mission. Over the years, the following activities have been added to create the current slate of services:

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month Kick-off;
  • Heightened Awareness Campaigns during Prostate and Breast Cancer Awareness Months;
  • Survivors’ Celebration honoring breast and prostate cancer survivors;
  • Annual Health Forum, a complimentary continuing education conference for Southeast and East Texas medical professionals that focuses on cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment;
  • Collaboration with BASF and TOTAL Miracle Match for Life to increase knowledge about the importance of donating blood and bone marrow and detecting cancer in its early stages, especially within African American communities;
  • School-based and community-wide smoking cessation and prevention initiatives;
  • Prostate Cancer Support Group;
  • Testicular Cancer Outreach; and
  • Acquisition of a minivan to transport clients (who lack access to a vehicle) to and from the program’s cancer screening tests and exams.

Today, the “Gift of Life” is the only organization of its type in Southeast Texas which approaches the fight against cancer in such a holistic manner, including increasing awareness about the importance of early detection; providing free cancer screenings and access to follow-up health care for medically underserved persons; educating our medical community on the latest innovations in cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment; and providing both formal and informal support for cancer patients and survivors.

Optimus Steel is committed to being active participants in our community. We were happy to take advantage of an opportunity to give back for a worthy cause.

ERT At Optimus Steel

“At the end of the day, the goals are simple: safety and security.”- Jodi Rell

Safety and security of our employees at the Optimus Steel Mill is always at the fore front of our minds. The ERT is the team in place to prepare, respond, and resolve to emergency safety events.

What is the ERT at OSM Steel you may ask?

The ERT team is comprised of volunteers who are specifically trained to respond to a wide variety of emergencies that can arise.

These team members are trained in Forklift, Man-lift, Confined Space, Technical Rescue, CPR/AED/First Aid, Incipient Fire Fighting and Environmental Response. These specialty skills enable the team to response and resolve many different concerns and safety events that happen within the mill.

In many events, time is of the essence and having the ERT team on site ensures that we can respond much faster than calling first responder teams. Thus making the site and our employees much safer and closer to aid in the event of an incident happening.

“Over the years the team has been provided training that keeps our knowledge and skills current and relevant. I take great pride in that I have the ability to rescue someone if the situation arises. The Emergency Response Team is a rewarding experience that I have personally enjoyed. I look forward to future training and improving as a member of the team.” Said team member Oscar Vazquez.

Currently we have around 19 active members of the ERT.  In additional to those current members we have around 5 to 6 new members that have expressed interest.

Several managers are constantly available to support the team in their various areas of expertise. The members are on shift with their regular crews and serve all areas of the mill as needed.

How does having the ERT on site impact the daily life at the mill?

The team members are most experienced with the equipment and the environments that may be encountered in the course of an unexpected emergency situation. They bring an invaluable amount of knowledge and experience to the table when precious moments are most important.

It’s important for us to understand the day to day goals of the ERT in keeping our employees safe, but also to understand the long term goals and effect the team can have at the mill.

In the short term, we would like to make sure that we procure the best training services for our members. We have a dedicated group that is tasked with being the best at everything we do. We want a world class team in keeping with our vision of striving for perfection in all that we do.

In the long term, we would like to expand the team to include around 40 active members. We would like to expand our training facilities onsite to include some additional training structures and equipment to better mirror some actual areas in our facility that may require rescues. We always desire our employees to be empowered to be great. We see nothing but great things in the future from this team.

“#SafetyMatters! This is important to remember not only in the work place, but in the real world as well. Our Emergency Response Team is equipped to handle real world issues in real time, with confidence and exceptional professionalism. We stand guard to response whenever the need arises.” ERT member Frank Relford said proudly.

If you or someone you know wants to be a part of the Optimus Steel Family and possibly on the ERT team, don’t hesitate to reach out to us via our website, LinkedIn, or Facebook for more information on applying!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Class and …..

World Class and…

“World Class and bad @##”, was one of the ways a customer described our recent open house. We were excited to have a group of customers and vendors visit our mill to see how we are returning our mill to its preeminence in steel making in North America. Optimus teammates worked for weeks to get ready while making sure we produced quality wire rods, on time, every hour of every day. It is a constant strive for perfection.

Other comments included, “Thank-you again for hosting us in Houston and at your Beaumont Mill … I enjoyed the event and the opportunity to chat with your management team … You have a great team at Optimus and your drive for perfection is very apparent.”

We had the opportunity to take many smaller groups thru the mill to see our day to day operations.

“Thank you very much for hosting me in Houston and Beaumont the past two days, which was first class all the way. It was great to meet some of the ownership group and left a very favorable impression of our future partnership with Optimus. The mill tour guides were top notch; the speaker was fun and relevant; … I felt very appreciated as a customer”, said a valued partner after his tour.

Breathing new life into the mill and investing in the future of Optimus Steel has been at the forefront of our minds from the start of this venture and to have our customers and partners recognize it will continue to drive us. We were proud to showcase all the changes and improvements Optimus Steel has brought to the Beaumont Mill since purchasing it.

“Gentlemen, thank you for the excellent hospitality you extended. I can tell that Optimus has been a breath of fresh air for the plant and we wish you the best success” another customer wrote.

After the mill tours and presentations were concluded the team at Optimus Steel and our guests were able to enjoy a lunch to connect with several employees.

“Optimus Team, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for having me down to your open house. You achieved a “World Class” experience for those that attended, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the mill and your team. The takeaway that spoke loudest to me was the re-energized attitude of all your teammates. They appeared to prefer to care about the organization that they represent, and your management team has been successful in providing them support, investment, listening, and caring that they desired. Due to this I truly believe they will accomplish greatness that will exceed your expectations. Keep up the good work and I look forward to being involved in your growth.”

Another very important step in this journey is the Holiday Open House this Saturday. It will be an opportunity for our employees to show their families where they work and contribute to our success. We are expecting over three hundred employees and family members! We want to thank all the attendees and the many employees that made this a success. We know the Holiday Open House will be as good or better!