Category Archives: Daman People

Employee Spotlight – Dave Reed

Dave Reed“Doors have opened for me here.” Back in March of 2011, Dave Reed started working with Daman in the Shipping & Receiving Department, and after a few years was promoted to Shift Leader. Then in August of 2016, he moved into Purchasing. Fast forward one year, and Dave is now the Production Support Leader. Dave’s primary responsibilities are to oversee shipping, receiving, raw materials purchasing and manufacturing support.

Outside of Daman, Dave and his wife Debbie enjoy cheering on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, as well as taking long walks. They have two sons, one residing in Massachusetts and the other in Colorado. As an integral part of the team here at Daman, we extend our gratitude for his work ethic and congratulate Dave in his new role. Dave can be reached at 574-252-4936 or at

Fall Family Fun Weekend


zoobooThe crisp autumn air, bright colored leaves and fall festivities are upon us.  Daman employees and their families celebrated the season together during a weekend packed with adventure.  What better time of year to have a chili cook-off?  Congrats to the chili cook-off winners!  First place was awarded to Liz Conley and second Place to Joe Malicki.

Following the cook-off, was a “chili”-ng scare at the #1 haunted attraction in Indiana.  Legend Park is one of the largest scream parks in America and offers five, very scary, award winning attractions.  Now, these sorts of things aren’t for everyone, just those who dare enter.  Forty-two brave souls were up for this fear-facing challenge.  Thankfully, they all survived!

As for the kids, they joined in the fun with a candy packed trick-or-treating trip to the Potawatomi Zoo Boo.  Monkeys, tigers, and leopards, oh my!  Fortunately, the zoo can tell the difference between a real monkey and a monkey suit.  All 50+ children made it through the zoo without incident.  As for the 49 adults who attended, they now have gobs of candy to hide from their sweet little, sugar laden it-bits.

Thanks to all who participated in the Fall Family Fun Weekend!


Emergency Response Team at Daman

Daman recently implemented an Emergency Response Team (ERT) training program to aid in providing a safer workplace for its employees.  ERT’s are trained to provide emergency first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation until an Emergency Medical Service can provide further treatment.
Fourteen employees across three shifts volunteered to become trained and certified in AHA Heartsaver CPR/AED and Basic First Aid.  While the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) only requires specific types of industries to have medically certified personnel available at all times, Daman chose to provide this additional training for its employees after assessing the added benefits it provides.
With the assistance of OnSite Health LLC, a local agency that works with businesses to incorporate plans to improve health and wellness in the workplace, Daman is now able to add another layer of protection proactively for its most valuable asset: its people.  Daman’s HR team and Onsite Health worked several months to assess safety risks and benefits of an ERT program.
Krysten Shoulders, Human Resource Director, says, “It’s the right thing to do.  Offer the training as a voluntary program for employees, and even if they do not want to be on the emergency response team, they can take away the knowledge for personal development reasons.  It’s a win either way when we’re able to help each other in a crisis”.  Now that it has opened up to all employees, as a group initiative, the response to participate has been well-received.
“Our nurses have seen the gamut of injuries and illnesses in the workplace, anything from a simple splinter, seizure, heart attack, anaphylactic shock, lacerations, to severe burns, amputation, etc… Having a team at the ready can make the difference between life and death”, states Connie Bryan, founder of Onsite Health LLC.
Ongoing, monthly mini-sessions will be held for Daman’s ERT to learn more about how to identify, assess and place plans of action to improve the safety standards within the company.  All departments, from HR, Admin, Engineering and Production are participating in creating an enhanced vision of safety moving forward.
Daman maintains compliance with OSHA standards and regulations to ensure safe working conditions for employees.  As a Lean company that continually drives improvement efforts, the ERT program is a step towards achieving safety goals with improved awareness resulting in a safer work environment.
The investment of time and resources is considered well spent given the benefits it provides.  For more information on how your company can take advantage of workplace wellness programs, contact Connie at Onsite Health to talk about the options.


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.


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

On-site Nurse at Daman

OnSite Health Registered Nurse, Christy Tolch, has been providing prevention-minded health and safety education to Daman employees since April of this year. Onsite has been a a quarterly presence since September 2014. They offer workplace injury assessment, first aid and physician referrals (in-network as possible) including Health Coaching for those found to be ‘at-risk’ for various medical conditions found through the annual biometric screening.

Nurse Tolch is onsite every Thursday for 4 hours, alternating each week between morning and afternoon to be available for all employees on Daman’s various shifts.

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