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Education is a Priority at Daman

“It’s more important than ever for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. These are the types of skills that students learn by studying science, technology, engineering, and math—subjects collectively known as STEM.

Yet today, few American students pursue expertise in STEM fields—and we have an inadequate pipeline of teachers skilled in those subjects,” stated the Department of Education.

Daman is a staunch advocate of improving the education and future of our youth. They are actively involved in many events which stimulate the STEM workforce pipeline.

In March, local students participated in Daman’s 7th Fluid Power Action Challenge Competition, a yearly competition that introduces middle school students to the fluid power industry. The timed competition required teamwork, organization, and innovation to build a working hydraulic or pneumatic machine using only the supplied materials.

Last week, Daman hosted a group of students from St. Joe CEO, a program designed for seniors that covers the basics of conceptualizing, starting, and running a small business. They learned about Daman’s  journey along the LEAN path and their commitment to continuous improvement. Members of the leadership team guided tours of the manufacturing facility. Afterward, a Q&A session with the leadership team ended their day.

Recently, Krysten Shoulders, Daman’s Human Resources Director, was one of the professional Women in STEM who led an interactive breakout session for 120 female students from Penn High School and Mishawaka High School. The event was created to introduce female students to successful women who work in industries that are mostly dominated by males.

Daman believes that one of the most important things they can do for the fluid power industry is to educate our children. Providing opportunities for them to experience real-world, hands-on applications of science and technology is a great start, but there are many other ways to help.  >>Learn More

Daman Benefits and Wellness Fair

On February 15, Daman hosted our third benefits and wellness fair for all employees. This is always a great opportunity for our employees to learn more about the benefits offered at Daman, as well as to ask questions of our vendor partners.

The benefits fair was held in our Founder’s Room on February 15th. We Hosted 16 benefit partners and gave away 11 door prizes to those in attendance.

Daman’s leadership is aware of the many external challenges employees potentially face in their personal lives. Our awareness of these challenges is the main reasons we offer programs like the Onsite Nurse, Financial Peace at Work, benefit plan classes, company gatherings and so on.  We want our team members to know that they are valued for all they bring to Daman. >>SEE PHOTOS

Thank You

We’d like to thank the following vendors for participating: Physicians Urgent Care, TCU, 1st Source, Youth Service Bureau, Guardian, UMR, OnSite Health, Martins Supermarket, ABG/Guidance Wealth, Sam’s Club, Medical Foundation Blood Donor, Working Person Store, Gibson Insurance, New Avenues, Eyemart Express, Verizon, Tuesley & Hall, and TCU Financial Services.

And the Winners Are…

  • Dave Reed – first session door prize winner
  • Charles Brooks –  second session door prize winner
  • Matt Giloth – door prize (2 $25 gift cards)
  • Jane Long – cell phone accessory basket
  • Sonia Cook – spa basket
  • Brad Lekarczyk – garden basket
  • Ryan Riddle – movie basket
  • Andrew Williams – golf balls from TCU
  • Dominic Catanzarite – cup from UMR
  • Steve Ward – cup from UMR
  • Brad Lekarczyk – New Avenues drawing



A Partnership in Design

In the early 90′s, PARO rolled out an innovative software package—HydroMan— that was years in the making. Their powerful hydraulic manifold software revolutionized the way manifolds are designed today. PARO was looking for simplicity, reliability, and effectiveness, making designs a snap compared to the weeks and numerous revisions it took to complete a hand drawn manifold.

Daman Products was PARO’s first US-based company—and one of the first companies anywhere—to give HydroMan a try. Since then, their relationship has blossomed into a kind of partnership. “Daman is very specialized and knows what they are doing,” said Marc, CEO of PARO Software, which is why he had no qualms about incorporating Daman’s advice into their software. ”We’ve spent countless hours tailoring our software to work seamlessly for Daman. It’s been a partnership that has been mutually beneficial.”

Daman’s Distributor Services Manager, Matt Giloth said, “From the very beginning, PARO has understood the intricacies and challenges of manifold design. PARO is not just an engineering software company, they are also manifold people. They speak the same language as us.”

This year, Daman implemented PARO’s newest custom manifold design innovation called HydroSym, a hydraulic schematic design software. It allows Daman designers to quickly and easily recreate hydraulic circuits in the software using an extensive library of component data sheets and circuit drawing innovations.

It is not often the software developer has such an extensive shared knowledge base with the customer. Beyond that, Daman and PARO are both driven to continuously improve for their customers. This has made for an exciting and fruitful relationship over the last twenty-five-plus years, and Daman is excited about future plans to work together. >>SEE VIDEO

A Community of Practice

Project Management

Renaissance Executive Forums Indiana (REF) has made it their mission to take leaders to the next. Daman Products is a strong advocate of continuous improvement and has been a key member of REF Indiana by participating in the CEO and Human Resources Forums. Recently, Daman joined the newly created Project Management Forum.

A gap in the area of successful project planning and execution was identified by REF’s core members. To help fill this gap, they started a “Community of Practice” targeting Project Management. The group meets quarterly to brainstorm ideas on ways to improve areas of concern.

Matt Giloth, Daman’s Distributor Services Manager, will be hosting the second meeting of the Project Management Forum.  It will begin with an educational component on strategic planning, then continue with an overview and tour of Daman Products’ facility. The meeting will conclude with a round-table discussion of project management in manufacturing.