A Spring Forward to Growth

A summary of our company-wide meeting held on April 20th, 2017

Executive Reports

“We are back to growth mode,” states Dave Mischler, President at Daman.  Record low scrap rates, quality rating improvements, and market demand are all driving factors for us to continue advancing.  “We’re ready for this.”

Gordon Weiler, Vice President of Sales, presented on the value of Market Tracking.  It’s taken many strides over the past two years to capture this industry segment intel.  “As a company, to get where we want to be, we must understand where we’ve been.”

Here’s a snapshot of our markets over the past year.

Market Segment

According to Weiler, bookings for 2017 have been encouraging.  The railroad market is set to pick up, and the Oil & Gas industry will be better than expected.

Human Resources

Daman announces an onsite Fast-Track Hiring Event slated for Saturday, May 6th from 8:00 am to 11:00 am.  Our recruiting process includes screening for desired skills, aptitude assessments, interviews, job shadowing and pre-employment drug screening.  We are currently looking to hire 12 people for 2nd and 3rd shift production.  Visit our career site now, or join us at the event May 6th.

Our next Employee Appreciation Cook-Out will be Friday, May 26th, serving up chicken and steak!


Employee Service Awards 

Two employees received service awards:  Bob McIntyre, 20 Years of Service, and James Parmalee, 5 Years of Service.  Thank you for your dedication and years of service!

Service awards

$$$ Attendance Bonuses $$$  

Eight employees received excellent attendance; and 40 perfect.  Great Job!


Daman Products Athletic Association (DPAA)

The Better Living Committee and the DPAA announce upcoming events.

Sunburst Races —The DPAA is sponsoring Daman employees who would like to participate.  Race Day is Saturday, June 3rd.  Proceeds from the Sunburst Races benefit the Child Life Services at Beacon’s Children Hospital.

Food Bank of Northern Indiana—Food Drive!  Donate at Daman.  Barrels should be in place starting May 12th.  The donation drive will go from May 12th thru June 11th.  Please consider donating to this worthy cause.

The DPAA Golf Outing will be at Black Squirrel Golf Course in Goshen on Saturday, June 17th at 8:00 am.

Guest Speakers

Gibson—Daman’s benefits management service, ushered in Nicole Fallowfield to present the results from recent surveys given to all Daman employees.  The surveys are used to assess engagement and satisfaction from the benefits offered at Daman.  The results revealed useful information that Daman can use to make adjustments and understand more clearly the wants and needs of employees.

Highlights of these results are as follows:

  • 61% of employees participate in the Health and Wellness Programs.
  • 77% of employees reported making healthier choices after visiting with OnSite nurse Christy.
  • 79% feel that the base salary at Daman is average or better than compared to others
  • 83% of employees feel valued at work

Overall, 91% of Daman employees recommend Daman as a good place to work, and are pleased with their benefits; but there’s always room for improvement.

Guest speakers, Sandi Pontius and Rachel Brown of the United Way of St. Joseph County, also spoke to employees on several initiatives helping residents of St. Joseph County.  These include VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), 211, People Gotta Eat, HEAT (Home Energy Assistance Program), and FamilyWize, a free prescription savings card.  Information on these programs can be found at www.uwsjc.org.  Daman proudly supports the United Way.