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Giving Tuesday 2018

November 27th, 2018 by oliviam

ITC makes a point to donate to charitable organizations all year round through the Sharing and Caring Committee. For #GivingTuesday we wanted to hear from the ITC Team about what causes they’re passionate about and why.

Benjamin’s Hope – Shelly Bangma, Quality Technician

Benjamin’s Hope is a “live, work, play, worship” intentional community where people of all abilities are connecting with one another. It is a home to 25 adults with a range of intellectual and developmental differences, including autism. It is very rewarding to be able to spend time with the residents and have them allow me to be part of their family. This is a place where the sun always shines, and happiness is overflowing! I am so thankful for all they do and am blessed to be a part of their journey. Learn more about Benjamin’s Hope: www.benjaminshope.net

 

Michigan CASA – Kelli Gierz, Marketing Manager

I have been involved with Michigan CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for six years and was recently elected to their board. I feel strongly about CASA because the organization helps to break the cycle of abuse and neglect of children in our state by providing these kids an opportunity to see a positive path with supportive people to guide them. Learn more: www.michigancasa.org. 

 

 

Compassion International – Melissa Shinsky, Quality Admin

Compassion International is a Christian child development organization dedicated to releasing children from poverty. Through sponsorship, children are able to participate in a church-based program that offers life-changing benefits such as educational opportunities, health care, and nourishing food. Learn more about Compassion International: www.compassion.com

 

 

Grand Rapids Griffins Youth Foundation – Marie Britton, Purchasing Associate

 The Grand Rapids Griffins Youth Foundation (GRGYF) is a free hockey program for kids in 1st through 12th grades.  Established in 1995, the foundation provides hockey equipment, ice time and coaching staff for approximately 360 kids each year, allowing them the opportunity to participate in a sport that they otherwise may not be able to afford to play.

This program not only teaches kids how to play hockey.  It teaches them respect, discipline and how to work within a team.  There is diversity among players and the participants often play on coed teams and with players who have physical and mental disabilities such as hearing impairment, ADHD and Autism.  In addition to that, the foundation promotes community involvement, healthy lifestyles and academic excellence among the youth of West Michigan, enhancing their lives through hockey and ice-related sports.

I have donated my time and resources to this organization for the past 11 years because my son has been an active participant for all of those years.  I enjoy giving back to a program that has given so much to the kids in my community. Learn more: http://www.griffinskids.org.

Hope Water International – Todd Sadler, Sales Account Manager

Hope Water International is a non-profit organization that raises money to drill deep water wells that do not dry up during the dry season in West Africa.  This is the most reliable method to provide these people access to clean water.  I have previously run three ½ marathons for this great cause.  Each person raises money in support of their marathon run.  This year our team has raised over $125,000.  All proceeds go to Hope Water International to provide clean water to the people of Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Learn more: https://www.hopewaterinternational.org/

 

BISSELL Pet Foundation – Olivia Mashak, Social Media Marketing Assistant 

BISSELL Pet Foundation (BPF) is a nonprofit organization that helps to reduce the number of animals in shelters/rescues by providing funds for adoption, spay/neuter programs, microchipping and foster care. I have served on the BPF Junior Board of Directors for four years. I support BPF because they work every day to help shelters animals find loving, “furever” homes, while also working to put an end to puppy mills through funding and education. Learn more about the BISSELL Pet Foundation: www.bissellpetfoundation.org.

 

Gugma sa Kabataan – Marilou Calvert , Engineering Program Manager 

Gugma sa Kabataan (Love for the children) is a local non-profit organization in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines that provides a place for street children to enjoy survival, development, protection and participation towards a transforming community with HOPE, FAITH and LOVE. Their goal is to prevent the children (who are victims of abuse and neglected by families) from choosing the street to be their home or place of livelihood. I am donating to this organization because the Volunteers work so hard to mentor these kids who are facing tough life challenges. They help them grow emotionally, academically and spiritually. To learn more about this organization, visit: http://www.gugma.org/index.php?id=33&L=1


ITC Celebrates Boss’s Day 2018

October 16th, 2018 by oliviam

October 16 is Boss’s Day, a day dedicated to showing appreciation for leaders and improving relationships between supervisors and employees. At ITC we’re lucky to have managers who consistently think outside of the box and work together to create innovative and effective business practices, while keeping in mind their staff. In honor of the day we asked some of our management team what their leadership style is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ITC President Speaks on Employee Engagement

July 20th, 2018 by oliviam

An ongoing concern for business is the recruitment and retention of employees. On July 19, ITC President, Mike Camarota presented to the Hudsonville Chamber of Commerce on how to create an engaged workforce. ITC Incorporated was awarded the Most Engaged Workplace Award in 2017 by Michigan Celebrates Small Business. Throughout his presentation, Camarota discussed why employee engagement matters, how having an engaged workforce benefits employees and the employer, and how to create an office environment that cultivates engagement.

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ITC Kaizen Event

June 29th, 2018 by oliviam

Kaizen /’kīzen/ (noun): a Japanese business philosophy of long term continuous improvement of working practices and personal efficiency, that result in small, attainable systematic improvements over time.

Kaizen training events review and ensures that each step in a process is standardized, done properly, and efficiently, with the goal of creating an on-going corporate culture of improvement.

Kaizen events are just one of the tactics ITC uses to facilitate continuous improvement of our production process, as well as the products themselves. This process can be used with existing production or as new products are put into production. Using the Kaizen method allows our cross-functional teams to participate together in closely monitoring our processes and making small adjustments that lead to big increases in efficiency and consistency over time. Event participation also provides each team member a better understanding of our product and what goes into the production of it. This insight gives the team the ability to provide better service and information to our customers. Having a versatile group participate in Kaizen events also provides a wide knowledge base to gather feedback to initiate process improvements.

ITC recently held a Kaizen event at our Hudsonville production facility. Led by ITC Production Coordinator, Trent Rezny, this event served as an audit of the standardized production process for one of ITC’s new linear lights. Team members from our production, quality, customer service, engineering, sales, purchasing, and marketing departments were in attendance.

Each ITC production work cell has a printed, standard process protocol posted in the cell. The protocol is a detailed written explanation with step by step photos of each step to be performed within the cell. The posted protocol serves as a guideline for team members, whether they have performed the process before or are new to it. This allows leaders the flexibility to shift team members to positions, as workloads fluctuate, with assurance of a consistent quality result.

During this ITC Kaizen event, Trent read through the proposed production steps/work instructions exactly as they are written. While the instructions were being read aloud, a production team member completed each step exactly as advised and the other attendees observed. Together, the team examined the process step-by-step while looking for things that could be confusing or cause a potential problem. The team also identified any processes that could be completed in a different manner or order to enhance the quality or reduce production time.

“The power of collaboration is really important for events like this,” said Trent. “Each department sees things a little differently and together we are able to find the right path.”

While this type of training can be tedious and time consuming, it’s important because it catches errors that may have been otherwise overlooked and allows for additional quality checks to be put in place.

The Kaizen event at ITC was a successful endeavor that brought the team together in a partnership to ensure best practices are in place as we launch our new linear lighting product.

 


ITC Incorporated Adds Diversity in 2018 With the Introduction of Two New Brands

May 29th, 2018 by oliviam

ITC expands into the Transportation and Horticulture industries with the launch of innovative LED product collections for each industry.

The ITC Transportation brand introduces LED lighting products that enhance automotive and public commuter travel. Safety and convenience features, that also provide style and ambiance, are the focus for ITC’s Transportation product development. Working closely with automotive and bus manufacturers, ITC is upgrading common forms with added function and creating technology that today’s travelers require.

 

Horticulture lighting is ITC’s other major innovative advancement introduction. A result of nearly two years of researching, studying, testing, and prototyping is about to be launched in the form of several new LED lighting products. ITC has worked closely with local farm-to-table hydroponic growers, aquaponic growers, floriculture growers, and university researchers to develop a series of LED lighting products specifically designed to enhance growth. ITC Horticulture products are also designed with consideration of maximum coverage while reducing energy usage and improving installation of lights as well as electrical drops.

Stay tuned for ITC Transportation and ITC Horticulture websites!

See related: ITC’s Rebrands elio into Three Distinct Brands


ITC Incorporated Announces New Branding for Three Growing Industries

May 29th, 2018 by oliviam

ITC is positioning for its next phase of growth by moving from one umbrella identity to three distinct industry brands. This separation will give each brand the ability to more closely identify with their customer base and provide tools and information tailored to each industry’s needs.

The elio brand, launched in 2008, has been the overarching brand for three different industries: commercial interiors, retail display, and architecture and design (A&D). This growth in all three industries and the addition of several product lines in each, has led ITC to break commercial furniture and retail display off into their own brands while leaving A&D under the elio brand.

In 2018, the commercial interiors brand became ITC Workplace Interiors and retail display transitioned into ITC Retail Display.

Please excuse our digital dust as we work to update our websites.

See related: ITC Ventures into Two New Markets


National Safe Boating Week

May 23rd, 2018 by oliviam

May 19-25 is National Safe Boating Week. Led by the National Safe Boating Council, the annual campaign aims to promote safe boating practices and encourage boaters to always wear a life jacket.

Boating has been a fundamental part of the ITC culture since we were founded in 1982, only minutes from Lake Michigan. One of the first ITC products was a stainless-steel ski tow and we continue to provide a number of products to marine manufacturers around the country. ITC courtesy and functional lights provide added safety features to boats, but there is still a lot of responsibility left to individual boaters.

At ITC, we believe that the best way to stay safe on the water is to be informed. As you’re taking your boat out of storage and getting ready to head out onto the lake for the first time this season, don’t forget to remind yourself of the safe boating practices we have outlined below.

Be prepared. It is vital to make sure that you, your passengers and your vessel are prepared for each and every outing. Taking a boating safety course will provide you with a foundation of operator and safety information. Keep a pre-departure list (see our example) and use it before every trip.

Wear your life jacket. Life jackets have evolved over the years. You no longer have to maneuver around a bulky, uncomfortable life jacket. There are numerous styles and fits to fit a range of boating activities. Regardless of which life jacket style you prefer, there must be one life jacket for each passenger aboard. The regulations regarding children and life jackets vary by state. In Michigan, anyone under 6 years of age is required to wear a life jacket at all times. To view the regulations in your state click here.

While the law doesn’t require all boaters to wear a life jack at all times, it is always recommended—no matter how skilled of a swimmer you are. 2/3 of drowning victims are good swimmers and 83% of victims are not wearing a life jacket (learn more).

Don’t drink and boat. Boating while under the influence doubles the probability of an accident occurring and is the leading factor in fatal boating accidents. The sun and motion from the water can accelerate the rate of impairment. Impaired operators have a reduced reaction times, less coordination and compromised vision.

Alcohol consumption lowers body temperature, increasing the chance of hypothermia. Impairment slows the time in which your brain can process information which can lead to confusion and disorientation while in the water. Caution should be used even if you will not be operating the boat.

Boating while impaired is illegal in all 50 states. Make sure you always boat responsibly.

National Safe Boating Week is just before Memorial Day weekend, but safe boating practices are something to keep in mind any time you are on the water.

Learn more about National Safe Boating Week and the Safe Boating Campaign here.

Download our pre-departure list.


Dim-To-Warm LED Technology Creates Human Centric Benefits

May 15th, 2018 by cassiel

Human Centric Lighting has been one of the driving forces behind much of the latest LED technology developments. Dim-to-Warm LED technology gives consumers the ability to adjust lighting from task to task, as well as create light levels around the natural Circadian Rhythm. As more and more Americans hit the road either as full time RVers or as weekend warriors, the demand for more lighting control is increasing.

Click here to learn more about the advantages Dim-To-Warm brings to consumers and manufacturers.

*Dim-To-Warm is an ITC patent pending product


Follow ITC on Social Media

March 22nd, 2018 by oliviam

Follow our various social media pages to see product updates and applications, job openings, community outreach efforts, ITC in the media and more!

     

 

 

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National Day of Unplugging

March 20th, 2018 by oliviam

March 9th was National Day of Unplugging. Launched in 2010, National Day of Unplugging was founded by Reboot and is a 24 hour digital detox. Stemming from Jewish traditions, National Day of Unplugging takes place during the traditional Sabbath, from sundown Friday to sunset on Saturday. Regardless of your religious beliefs, National Day of Unplugging provides an opportunity to rid yourself of digital distractions and be present in the moment. From email and television, to social media and smart watches, we’ve found a variety of ways to constantly be plugged in. Even if you can’t participate for the entire 24 hours, National Day of Unplugging can be observed by making the conscience decision to unplug for even an hour or two. By unplugging, even for a brief period of time, individuals are able to reconnect with family and friends, the environment, and things they are passionate about.

At ITC, we recognized National Day of Unplugging by asking a group of employees what they unplug for.

To learn how you or your organization can get involved click here.