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The Red Badger Award

Posted on September 02, 2016 by RedBuilt


Persistence in problem solving. Never giving up. Doing whatever it takes to service the needs of the customer. These are “Badger-like” behaviors that exemplify RedBuilt™ associates who win the annual Red Badger award.  Here are two stories of Red Badger winners…

Ed Medley is a line supervisor at the Hillsboro, Oregon plant. During a regular workday, Ed learned of a customer who needed material in Burley, Idaho for a cannery remodel. Equipped with a truck and trailer, Ed road-tripped it from the Stayton, Oregon plant to Burley (close to 600 miles one way!). The contractor was a bit surprised – and relieved – to see Ed on an early Saturday morning with the needed RedLam™ LVL.

“It seemed like the right thing to do – help the customer as much as possible,” explains Ed. “Plus, it was a nice road trip.”

At the Delaware, Ohio office, David Cortnik works in the design center preparing and approving shop drawings for tech reps and customers. Leading up to the summer of 2015 – the busiest time for the design center – David took a risk to unofficially step into a leadership role.

The Design Center had experienced personnel changes and the design team needed direction and coaching, and David rose to the challenge. He kept the team moving to complete the design and drafting jobs that needed processed and while simultaneously implementing significant improvements in how the work is processed. David recently earned his Professional Engineers license, participates in the continuous improvement and safety committees, and continues to coach and mentor others while keeping up with the design needs of the Delaware office and external sales team.

Congratulations David on the P.E. and thank you to David and Ed for demonstrating Badger-like behaviors.


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