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Recently the District of DeForest received an award from a local Madison, WI area radio station. Sanimax DeForest was recognized as the “Business of the Week”, an award given to Southern Wisconsin businesses that have shown great dedication to their employees, customers, and the environment. Not only was this a great award but it also gave us an opportunity to get on the radio air waves in the greater DeForest/Madison area to tell the listeners about the valuable contributions that Sanimax makes to the agri-business and restaurant services industries.

Congratulations to all in the District – this truly is a team award!

DeForest has been quite busy over the last several months with internal changes and promotions from within, most notably in our Grease Trap Services department, where regulations play a key role in terms of service and disposal of the material.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) mandates this business unit to have an employee designated as the “Operator in Charge” to ensure full compliance with all considerations for service, transportation, and service of any and all trap material collected in the state of Wisconsin. This designation requires successful completion of the “Master Operator” exam distributed by the WDNR.

We are very excited to announce that three of our employees have passed this exam certification process and now provide this business unit with the necessary qualifications and bench strength to ensure future success. With over 25 years of combined experience with Sanimax and in the grease trap services field, our three Master Operators Mark McWilliams, Todd Fields, and Jon Lattimer now hold a Master Operator certification. Jon also holds the newly appointed “Operator in Charge” title for the District of DeForest.

Congratulations to these specialists who strive to be the Very Best in their field!

Jon Lattimer

Todd Fields

Mark McWilliams

 

DEFOREST RECOGNIZED AS BEING THE BEST

Marc Etter
General Manager
Deforest

Recently the District of DeForest received an award from a local Madison, WI area radio station. Sanimax DeForest was recognized as the “Business of the Week”, an award given to Southern Wisconsin businesses that have shown great dedication to their employees, customers, and the environment. Not only was this a great award but it also gave us an opportunity to get on the radio air waves in the greater DeForest/Madison area to tell the listeners about the valuable contributions that Sanimax makes to the agri-business and restaurant services industries.

Congratulations to all in the District – this truly is a team award!

DeForest has been quite busy over the last several months with internal changes and promotions from within, most notably in our Grease Trap Services department, where regulations play a key role in terms of service and disposal of the material.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) mandates this business unit to have an employee designated as the “Operator in Charge” to ensure full compliance with all considerations for service, transportation, and service of any and all trap material collected in the state of Wisconsin. This designation requires successful completion of the “Master Operator” exam distributed by the WDNR.

We are very excited to announce that three of our employees have passed this exam certification process and now provide this business unit with the necessary qualifications and bench strength to ensure future success. With over 25 years of combined experience with Sanimax and in the grease trap services field, our three Master Operators Mark McWilliams, Todd Fields, and Jon Lattimer now hold a Master Operator certification. Jon also holds the newly appointed “Operator in Charge” title for the District of DeForest.

Congratulations to these specialists who strive to be the Very Best in their field!

Jon Lattimer

Todd Fields

Mark McWilliams

 

South St. Paul – Progress through Adversity

Ben Bertam
Plant Manager
South St. Paul

Adversity, which is defined as a state of hardship or misfortune, requires determination and courage to overcome it. On the other hand, progress is defined as a forward or onward movement toward a destination. What is our destination? Simply put, it is to make the South St. Paul District Great Again. Regardless of anyone’s political affiliation, we are running with this slogan because it is simple and it applies directly to our situation.

For us to achieve this goal, the key is to invest and train our employees. To this extent, we have created customized training plans for all of our Production employees as well as new hires. In addition, we have begun documenting several key processes to assist with the training and ensure consistency.

This is how we pursue our ongoing journey towards our destination of making the South St. Paul District Great Again!

2017 – A great year for the Hamilton district

Mark Lynch General Manager
Hamilton

2017 seems to have just begun and yet here we are in November and people on the radio are talking about decorating Christmas trees. Time flies when you’re having fun and really busy!

Working in a safe and efficient manner is the most important thing we all do. Earlier this year, we celebrated 2,500 days without any lost time accident, which means over 8 years of operating safely. Each employee received a commemorative gift to acknowledge this achievement that requires effort and accountability from all. Well done everyone!

We completed our project to replace our aging kettle after proper preparation and setting up realistic targets. We actually revamped our entire process starting at the pit, repairing the pit floor and steam lines, updating piping and with re-commissioning a couple of underutilized tanks. Old tanks were taken out, tanks moved, piping and pumps relocated, kettle dismantled, all without missing a beat in our day-to-day operations. We even actually moved more used cooking oil through that period than in the past. Kudos to our Maintenance, Contractor and Ops teams.

Our TOPS project has been front and centre for everyone in 2017 as this represents a significant investment and a dramatic upgrade in our transport support systems and daily operating tools for our drivers and dispatch. Our Transport team has been busy collecting, correcting and inputting information, consulting with drivers and sharing insights into the daily challenges. Our in-house maintenance team is responding to our preventive maintenance schedules and identified repairs, reducing downtime.

Hiring for Transport in 2017 has brought us a solid crew of new drivers and operations have introduced a couple of new faces as well. Training and orientation has continued to be a priority in Transport, and the Operations group has picked up on this and implemented its own program, which is providing better preparation for new employees and re-enforcing operating processes with our seasoned pros. We also have a new group and two new team members performing Tank Technical Support, who work in the field doing installs and maintenance of our San Eco Tanks, supporting initiatives from our Procurement Team.

Best of the upcoming season to all, bring on 2018!

Greater Green Bay Chamber recognizes its longest standing members

Donn Johnson
General Manager
Green Bay

At Sanimax, we take pride at our involvement in the community. We continue to invest time and resources to support local initiatives in our communities. On October 17, as part of the 135th Greater Green Bay Chamber Annual Dinner, Sanimax Green Bay was recognized as one of the longest standing members by the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce, for 135 years of membership and service to the community.

Our facility in Green Bay was the second founding member of the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce and is currently the longest standing member of the Chamber. It was an honor to receive this award on behalf of all of our former and current employees.

De gauche à droite : Dawn Atkinson, coordonnatrice aux relations publiques, Lori Radke, présidente de la Chambre de commerce de Green Bay, et Donn Johnson, directeur général du district de Green Bay.

Sanimax’s Environmental Impact Recognized in ParanÁ, Brazil

In 2015, the government of the state of Paraná created an award to recognize companies that took part to the state’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory, which is a reporting mechanism used by countries participating in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

During a recent visit of our Brazilian facilities in Paraná, Environmental State Secretary Antonio Carlos Bonetti invited our facilities to take the sustainability challenge and participate in this newly created award. Rising to the challenge, for the first time in 2017, our Brazilian teams submitted third-party certified reports for our plants located in the state of Paraná, Enéas Marques and Tupãssi, and received a Golden Award – the state of Paraná’s Golden Seal – for both facilities.

All our Brazilian directors attended the award ceremony held on November 7, and it was with great pride that our General Manager, Domingos Portilho, received these awards on behalf of our Brazilian teams. On this occasion, Sanimax operations in Brazil were praised for their efforts to set new and higher standards in the local rendering industry. Expressing his appreciation for the awards, Mr. Portilho emphasized the importance of Sanimax’s contribution to the environment as well as health and safety with these words: “Upon hiring me, our CEO told me that our employees must go back home in a better health condition and a better environment than when they arrived.”

Sanimax lives by its value wherever it operates.

Congratulations to our Brazilian teams as their success is an honor for all their colleagues at Sanimax!

OUR APC PLANTS ESTABLISH RECORD-BREAKING MARKS IN HEALTH AND SAFETY

Martin Boissonneault Director, Operational Support

Verchères plant: 6 years with no lost time accident

On November 13, the Verchères team celebrated their 6-year milestone without any lost time accident. With each employee working an average of 2,000 hours each year over 6 years, for a total of 19 employees, we are talking of some 228,000 hours worked without any accident, while keeping in mind their own safety and that of their colleagues. This is an impressive statistic!

Calgary Plant: 7 years with no lost time accident

As for the members of the Calgary team, they also had a good reason to celebrate since they reached the 7-year mark in August 2017 without any lost time accident. When translated in number of hours worked by their 16 employees, the result is equally impressive: we are talking of at least 224,000 hours of safe execution!

Good health and safety practices

This shows the extent to which safety has become a reflex, a second nature for our plant employees in Verchères and Calgary. Consciously or not, they assess and eliminate the risks involved with their tasks, they check their equipment and worksites prior to carrying on their work, always with the objective of working safely. In addition, they never hesitate to report any unsafe situation.

This also shows how much the equipment and work procedures have been secured, thanks to the expertise of our Health and Safety specialists and our management team.

This great collective accomplishment deserves to be acknowledged. However, let’s not forget that the ultimate objective is not so much to establish a record, but to make sure that at the end of the day, all employees can return home among friends and loved ones, healthy and proud of what they have accomplished.

Congratulations and thank you to all our employees in Verchères and Calgary, and to André Chenail, Robert Lapointe, Marie-Claude Giguère, Kevin McCabe, Jovan Jankovic and Mike Meszaros!

MASTER RENDERER PILOT PROJECT UNDERWAY AT THE MONTREAL PLANT

Daniel Mongrain Directeur d'usine Montréal

Daniel Mongrain
Plant Manager

The poultry processing line of the Montreal plant is currently being pilot-tested as part of the “Master Renderer” project. Exceptional resources and efforts are engaged in this project and we can sense a desire from all people involved to deliver results and achieve the project’s objective, which is to look to the future and allow everyone to master the knowledge and competencies associated with their respective tasks at every step of the processing lines. This is a forward-looking project that will ensure the future of the whole company.

Under the leadership of Serge Morin, the Process Engineering team is working at standardizing operating parameters and automating certain steps of the process. So far, the results are impressive and very promising!

Also as part the MR project, another team is working on the recognition of the skills and qualifications of the manufacturing staff. Members of this team have joined forces to develop a training program that will include training plans, designated trainers, learning handbooks, defined training schedules and means of qualification.
Employees involved have already mentioned that their own learning would have been a lot easier if they had the chance to benefit from such a training program when they first joined Sanimax. This achievement is the result of a coordinated effort from various project teams:

  • The Knowledge and Skills Management Committee, which includes Robert Tessier, Barry Flynn, Sébastien Durant, Stephan Rivet, Angel Enamorado, Gaétan Couture, Abdelouahab Khettal, Maurice Cerda, Marc André Majeau, Richard Landry, Fréderic Coté-Hamel, Gaétan Bradette, Isabelle Savard, Diane Trudel, Daniel Mongrain, Bruno Walsh, Michael Delgado and the HumEng Group;
  • The Coordination Committee, made of Diane Trudel, Serge Morin, Sam Ido, Isabelle Savard and myself;
  • The Validation Committee for Training Modules and Knowledge Bases, made of Annie Vézina, Jean-Luc Champoux, Médéric Lafleur, Serge Morin, Djillali Kashi, Diane Trudel, Richard Landry and myself;
  • Finally, the Recognition and Qualification Group, which includes Bruno Walsh, Richard Landry, Jean-Francois Chayer, Fred C. Hamel, Guy Lapointe, Barry Flynn, Stephan Rivet and Angel Enamorado.

Other major ongoing projects

Since fall, two other major projects have been launched at the Montreal plant and will continue in 2018. Structural and pipe works have been undertaken outside the building before winter and are part of the “Condex” and “Vapour recovery from the feather processing line” projects. These two major projects represent over 2.5 million dollars in investments. Carrying out these projects while maintaining our usual level of production will be very challenging in terms of coordination. However, I am very confident that with everyone’s collaboration, we will be able to carry out these projects successfully and on schedule.

Performance in many forms

Volumes processed are not the only way to assess our plant’s performance, which is also considered on all of the following: health and safety, environment, quality, productivity and work atmosphere. Members of the Montreal District team focus on these key factors on a daily basis.
When we put our corporate values into action, performance is achieved in its many forms to lead us towards achieving our vision, which is to be recognized by our customers as the best environmental solution provider of the agri-food industry.

Thanks to everyone who directly or indirectly contributes to these projects and to the performance of the Montreal plant!

A wonderful recognition for our plant and for Sanimax’s reputation

From left to right: Minister Isabelle Melançon, Nicolas Turgeon (CRIQ), Isabelle Bouvier, Yannick Cadotte, Benoit Fiset and Jean-François Harvey (Sanimax), (unidentified person) and Dany Michaud (Recyc-Québec)

On November 22, we attended a gala event organized annually by Quebec’s Environmental Technology Business Council (CETEQ), an organization that recognizes companies who made an outstanding contribution to the green economy sector. As part of this event, Sanimax and Québec’s Industrial Research Centre (CRIQ) were jointly awarded the Innovation and Environmental Protection Award for the development of an innovative biofilter that uses construction waste (crushed and recycled concrete) as a component. It is with great pride that Isabelle Bouvier, Jean-François Harvey, Benoit Fiset and I received this award on behalf of Sanimax. Thanks to everyone who were involved in this project and who contributed to build Sanimax’s reputation!

The Master Renderer project in Lévis

Yannick Cadotte Lévis

Yannick Cadotte
Plant Manager
Lévis

As you already know, Master Renderer (MR) is a corporate project that helps to achieve our vision of being the Very Best. As part of this project, our goals are to fully master the rendering trade knowledge, provide a training program tailored to all levels of operations, give access to information relevant to the tasks to be performed, and improve and stabilize our manufacturing processes.

To help us improve and stabilize our manufacturing processes, true to our Seek Better Ways value, we have implemented a daily meeting to analyze the manufacturing process over the last 24 hours. The Maintenance Supervisor (Simon Thériault), the Automation and Control Specialist (Pat Nicol) and myself as Plant Manager participate in this meeting, which is led by our Process Specialist André Tremblay. André is responsible for analyzing certain indicators in our software such as performance indicators of the NP press and the continuous process, as well as indicators for the liquid in evaporator #2 and finisher #1. He is accompanied by the on-site Production Supervisor, who is responsible for collecting information from operators and from the process itself. Our Supervisors (Yves Labonté, Jean-Hugues Drapeau and Sylvain Marcotte) are also in charge of communicating all changes relayed by the MR team.

During this meeting, we work together to analyze daily data provided by the software and we promptly take actions according to this data. The Operator and Assistant-Operator play a key role in collecting process-related data and observations. They communicate this information to supervisors and write it down in a dedicated log book. This information is critical for analyzing the last 24 hours as it greatly helps us to understand how the process behaved over that period of time.
This daily meeting is an added value for the Master Renderer project. Besides having an educational and training value for the whole team, it gives us the opportunity to take action and be accountable, and to ultimately achieve our vision.