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Daman Announces Advancements in Leadership and Celebrates Employees

LD-DMDaman’s leadership team announced executive title changes at the quarterly company meeting held on July 19th.  Dave Mischler, previously Executive Vice President is now President of Daman Products; and Larry Davis, previously President is now Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

In the early 90’s, Daman’s rapid growth led them to search for a fiscal manager.  Dave Mischler was hired in 1992 as their controller and was promoted to Executive Vice President in 1996.  Then in 1997, he led management to integrate an ERP and was instrumental in the evolution of Daman’s Lean initiative which propelled Daman to a new level of excellence.  Investing over 24 years with the company, Dave has proven to be an indispensable asset who’s progressive business practices create the foundations from which the company has grown.

Larry has been with the company since the beginning, 40 years ago, and has served as President for the past 13.  A remarkable leader within the company and in the community, Larry is a proponent of initiatives that advance education for youth and supports forward thinking research programs relating to STEM and the fluid power industries.  He deeply cares about the employees at Daman, and the community at large.  Larry’s worthy contributions and leadership has led to Daman’s prosperity over the years.

Collectively, Dave and Larry have invested over 64 years to build the business and to ultimately help customers succeed.  Dave and Larry live the values upon which Daman was built—trust, respect, fairness and courage.

Daman welcomed guest speakers, Tom Hall and Eric Siegel of Tuesley, Hall & Konopa (THK).  THK has been Daman’s legal counsel since the 1970’s.

Topics of discussion included the importance of estate planning, which is the legal practice of helping business owners and individuals protect and preserve their assets by creating a plan in the wake of a disability or death.  They offer several services to assist with this process.

THK also covered the importance of protecting against identity theft and gave suggestions on how to do this.  For example, if fraudulent activity is detected, Siegel suggested to immediately freeze your credit through the three credit bureaus:  Experian, Transunion and Equifax.  THK provides services to aid victims of identity theft.

Q2-ServiceAwards

In other company news, Daman celebrated 41 third quarter employee birthdays, where each was given the opportunity to a spin on the prize wheel; 39 employees received a cash reward for perfect attendance last quarter, and 14 for excellent attendance.  Daman welcomed eight new employees and awarded four with five and ten year service awards.  Recruiting resumes for 2nd and 3rd shift employees, as Daman seeks to hire four to six new production team members.   Applications are accepted online.  Visit our career section. >>Here

Inc’s 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies Honors Daman Products of Mishawaka

Daman Products ranks #51 in the Top 100 Indiana Companies and #3071 in Inc. Magazine’s 2013 Top 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the nation.

Daman’s revenue more than doubled from $9.3 million in 2009 to $19.5 million in 2012. That jump was good enough for a spot on Inc. Magazine’s list of the nation’s 5,000 fastest-growing private companies. Daman also added 54 jobs during that period. It now employs 127 people at its plant, which underwent a $1.75 million expansion last year.

The company’s owners, however, prefer not to talk about those numbers as much as they want to highlight how they got there.

Daman has an unusual operating model for a manufacturing business. Executives tossed the traditional hierarchy of shop foremen and the like when the company moved into a new building in 1999 on Mishawaka’s east side. In its place, they implemented a system of self-directed work teams, called cells, in which members are responsible for everything from ordering material, managing schedules and buying tools to shipping and inspecting products, and performing maintenance tasks.

“We’re not tracking the details of what people do around here on an hourly basis or even a daily basis,” said Larry Davis, the company’s president. “They have so much control. For people that want to take responsibility for what they do and be part of something that respects them, it’s an awesome place.”

Davis said the system works, but it requires a lot of communication and a lot of trust…  Click article below to continue reading

Read more about Daman in this feature article in the South Bend Tribune honoring Daman’s Inc. 5000 designation:
http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/local/keynews/localeconomy/article_2b490310-2438-11e3-a4ce-0019bb30f31a.html

Daman’s Inc. Magazine Top 5000 Company Profile Link:
http://www.inc.com/profile/daman-products

Learn more about Daman’s Innovation Culture:
http://daman.com/media/2012/12/DamanJourneyWP.pdf

Better Ergonomics Earns Daman Products Safety Achievement Award

Continuous improvement of workplace safety at Daman Products Company, Inc. (www.daman.com) has received recognition from Accident Fund Insurance Company of America, a Michigan-based provider of workers’ compensation insurance (view link).

Representatives from Daman will receive the Workplace Safety Achievement Award from Accident Fund Insurance on June 19, 2012, during a presentation at Daman’s headquarters in Mishawaka, Ind.

The hydraulic fluid power manufacturer gained attention for its safety record in part due to a customized, angled nut runner first installed at Daman in August 2011. The automated torque multiplier replaced a manual operation that had caused a series of repetitive motion injuries.

“Daman has always held a strong belief in workplace safety,” Krysten Shoulders, Human Resources Manager, explained. “It’s a key element of our philosophy of continuous improvement.”

Daman rarely has work-related injuries. However, Shoulders and others realized that production workers had suffered from five significant repetitive motion injuries between 2005 and 2010. An internal continuous improvement team consulted with physicians and ergonomics consultants, as well as representatives from Accident Fund, to identify ways to help workers who needed to apply force and strength to tighten or loosen vises used every day in machining fluid power control parts.

The torque multiplier automatically torques vises and replaces the manual operation that had led to the company’s repetitive motion injuries.

Production managers who customized the torque multiplier knew almost immediately that it would improve employee safety, according to Neil Henderson, continuous improvement manager. “It allowed us to eliminate the vise handle from one of our horizontal machining centers.”

Henderson intends to install five more torque multipliers on Daman’s production floor this year.

“The implementation of this tool will improve ergonomics and reduce shoulder-related industries for Daman’s workers,” Ryan Lambert, Accident Fund WorkSafe consultant, said. “Accident Fund is proud to partner with agents and policyholders who take workplace safety so seriously.”

Repetitive motion injuries (RMI) rank among the top five most common work injuries in the manufacturing industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Caused by work activities performed in awkward postures, with high forces, or using repetitive motion, RMIs also are the most costly occupational health problem. RMIs cost more than $20 billion a year in workers compensation, according to estimates by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Daman Products Receives Award for Contributions to Education

Daman Products received recognition for its ongoing support of education in local K-12 schools when it accepted the Contributions to Education – Corporate Award from the South Bend Alumni Association in November. Presented during the association’s annual Hall of Fame banquet, the award recognizes Daman’s active involvement with education programs that positively affect students in the South Bend Community Schools.

Among the programs Daman supports through leadership, financial resources and volunteerism are:

Five Star program – supports adult volunteers in four counties who work with junior high students to develop compassion, respect, responsibility, integrity and sacrifice. Daman has supported the program primarily through fundraising efforts and as a corporate ambassador for the local program.

“Kids are learning to take control of their lives and live by the Five Star code,” said Larry Davis, Daman president. “They are learning to respect themselves and others. Their attitudes are changing and their grades are improving. They are coming alive.”

Fluid Power Challenge – challenges junior high students to learn about mechanical engineering and fluid power principles. The National Fluid Power Association originated the Fluid Power Challenge to expose middle school students to a learning environment where engineering and math are fun. Students develop teamwork and problem-solving skills as they are introduced to careers in the fluid power industry. Daman sponsors a Fluid Power Challenge each year for students in north central Indiana as a path to discovery through hands-on, applied use of theoretical knowledge.

“These kids grow immensely in a six-week period and accomplish what they must think is impossible in that timeframe,” explained Davis. “They learn teamwork, project management, utilization of resources, working under pressure, division of labor, and mechanical and fluid power concepts. They get a taste of the real world work and its inherent issues. And they pick up some cool knowledge along the way.”

New Technology High School – provides experiential and project-based learning in a real-world context. Through leadership on the community advisory board for the school, Daman helped the South Bend Community School Corp. open its NTHS in August 2011.

“The business community has lamented the disconnect between what the work world would like to see in high school graduates and what is actually being produced,” Davis said. “These schools unlock the natural passion kids develop for learning when personal responsibility, critical thinking, personal leadership, community service and teamwork are wrapped around content. NTHS is capable of preparing our children to have a profound impact on the way some organizations are working now and more will work in the future.”

The South Bend Alumni Association aspires to support education in local schools by funding co-curricular activities that are not tax funded. It also instills an awareness of the need for student services in the community.