This year marks the second year in a row that one of our EXAIR team members will be racing in the SCORE-International Baja 1000. While I am extremely envious (not to mention mad at myself for not going), we all wish we could be there to support him and his family as they try to complete the torturous event. The Longshore Racing team has made nothing but improvements over last year when they completed over 600 miles of the event but ultimately were brought down by part failures.
Since then, they have completely rebuilt the vehicle and learned a tremendous amount about what they need and implemented it all for this year’s event. The team is a family affair for one of our Design Engineers, Ryan Longshore, his father, brother, and mother all play a significant role.
The group definitely knows that when you want to achieve and excel, you have to work hard. I wish them the best of luck in this year’s race. Here’s a picture of the team launching from the start line.
Ryan and his team managed to make it past halfway this year, before snapping frame welds that could not be overcome. He came back with another year’s worth of experience and knowledge, while still maintaining his resolve to someday conquer the course.
Several months ago, maybe even last year, a group of EXAIR employees started joking and talking about trying to get a team together to do the Tough Mudder in 2015. After several months of joking, things got serious and 4 of us signed up to do the event at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course. You may have seen a few of my blogs that involve Mid Ohio but they normally also involve a motorcycle. The event was held on Saturday, May 9th, and was my first official “race” at Mid Ohio. Prior to a few months ago, if you asked if I would ever “run” (I use the term run very loosely here.) a 10 mile race, I would have laughed in your face and said no way. Let alone a 10 mile race with a whole slew of obstacles. Never underestimate the power of co-worker’s friendly chastising aimed at one’s toughness…
For the team, an Application Engineer (me), our CFO, and two from Shipping & Receiving. As soon as we hit the first obstacle, which was a 6′ wall you had to clear in order to get to the starting line, our EXAIR mind-set kicked in. There was no discussions on who would go first, who is going to take what position, or who is going to be the weak link. It was simply teamwork. We each helped where we knew our strengths were, anytime we needed a solid ballast, or good step off point, I was the man. If we needed upper body strength, it was obvious that the handling of heavy freight found in shipping and receiving provided the necessary muscle – most definitely not me.
Needless to say, we made it through the entire course in less than three and a half hours which was absolutely shocking. Not as shocking as the last obstacle, where we got shocked with 10kV before the finish line (see below).
The fact of the matter is, we went there as a team, we conquered each obstacle and didn’t only worry about ourselves, but helped many others clear the same obstacles, and each one of us faced and conquered a personal fear. For me, it was being able to complete a 10 mile run, and a slight fear of heights. (You can see here that we had to jump out and grab onto a pendulum then swing and hit a bell, after which you would fall 12-15 feet into a pool of 15′ deep water. )
The fact that people from three different departments in EXAIR worked so well together on something only one person on the team had ever done before speaks volumes to the environment and the way we conduct our day-to-day business here.
From the front offices, to the shipping dock, EXAIR is here to help you tackle any obstacle and face any fear you might have (involving your compressed air system that is).
Here at EXAIR we truly are a team. When everyone bands together and gets everything done right it shows. Yesterday we had the luxury of getting lunch cooked for us by the President and owner. Whenever good things happen around here they treat us with a belly filling cookout. Heck, even if it’s been a while since the last cookout they will come up with a reason to serve us. We can order our choice of different style burgers and even have a few special orders which facilitate different diets. They have been cooking out for us for so many years that the process is down to a science and we are always sitting down to lunch exactly at our normal lunch hours. The spread is deliciously nice and it’s always good to see everyone from all departments getting together for a nice sit down lunch.
(Pictures are of what is left after everyone made their way through.)
(They also don’t show the other half which was salad bar and of course deserts!)
In many ways the cookout process resembles the way we treat customers… We never need an excuse to treat you well, we can make custom products for your unique processes – if we don’t already make what you need, our products have been shipped 99.9% on time for a ridiculously long time (ever since we started tracking it 18 years ago), and we are confident you will be pleased with the products. I guess you could say EXAIR’s company culture serves both internal and external customers.
Times like this are when I know I am a part of the right company, one that not only is the leader of Intelligent Compressed Air Products, but also a company that is based on a solid foundation that takes care of its employees.
This past Friday I got home from work and went to drive somewhere when I realized I couldn’t find my wallet. This of course induced panic since, like most people, I carry my life in my wallet. So the search began, as well as the trouble caused by short term memory loss. After searching through both cars, the motorcycle, all the dirty laundry, and the house, it was not found. Not only could I not find the wallet but I had no recollection of when the last time I used something from my wallet was.
Saturday was a new day and I went through everything again with no wallet. Contacted a few of the EXAIR team members and luckily one was in the area of the office so we stopped in to see if it was here. After he had to wait for me to get here for at least 20 minutes due to some lovely mid-Saturday traffic, we came in and still couldn’t find the wallet. So I just started watching all of the accounts for my various credit cards, waiting to see the balances change. There was nothing, zero transactions, so I decided to wait until today when the entire crew is here to see if someone had found it. The first stop I made after searching my desk again was our Human Resource person, who oddly enough had a grin on his face. It turns out the cleaning crew had come in on Friday night and found it, so they left a note on the wallet and put it in a locked office so it wouldn’t be bothered.
The entire time my wallet was lost I had little hope that if someone found it, they would do the right thing and return it. I did have the slight hope it would show up in the mail but was still extremely doubtful. It all boils down to the fact that everyone I reached out to here at EXAIR was more than willing to help me try to find the wallet and were willing to sacrifice time with their families just to help out a fellow team member. Those are the only type of people that work with our way of doing things here at EXAIR. I would consider them all to be “Good People”.
We aren’t just going to treat each other like that, we even treat all of our customers like that. We’re not going to try and steer you to the most expensive solution just to get more money into our pockets, we’re going to try to find the best solution for your given problem and if we can’t help you solve it, well, we will tell you that too!
So if you need help with finding the correct EXAIR product to fit your application, give us a call.