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 For those of you that are not familiar with Dr. Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory, allow me to share a quote illustrating the kind of guy we're talking about: Crying means people are sad. I cry because people are stupid and that makes me sad.Now, imagine having to work with Sheldon. Like, all the time. At least 8 hours a day.…See More
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VOTE for the 2016 BAAG Brackets Charity!

Here they are: 12 local, very deserving charities nominated by BAAG teammates for this year's BAAG Brackets! We are tremendously excited for all the interest shown. Now the voting begins! CLICK HERE to vote. VOTING CLOSES AT 6:00AM FRIDAY, FEB. 5.

If you want to check them out first, here are links to each charity's website. Please note that for any national charity, we will deal directly with the local chapter, and the funds raised will stay right here in Iowa:

Animal Rescue League of Iowa

Blank Children’s Hospital

Boys and Girls Club

Children’s Cancer Connection

Des Moines Area Van Ministry (feeding needy and homeless)

Furry Friends Refuge (animal rescue)

Make a Wish Iowa

Orchard Place (child mental health services)

Ronald McDonald House

Royal Family Kids (services for children of abuse)

Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center

YESS Shelter (Youth Emergency Services & Shelter)


One of the top things on people’s minds these days seems to be, “how is the transition going?” meaning to the 5-day production schedule. I would have to say that it’s going fairly well. There are some things to work through—some non-essential production actions like scheduling vacations—but things are pretty solid and there have been no production stoppers.

I know we are only a couple weeks in, but thought I would pass on what comments have been made so far. As you can see from the comments below, there is some read across on items both positive and negative. Most of the people I talked with asked what it would take to switch back to 12-hour shifts, and when that might occur. My answer to that question is it depends on the daily/monthly ticket. When the 5-day schedule can no longer support customer demand, we will look at going back to a 7-day schedule.

As always, my door is always open, and I look forward to your comments and questions.




10p – 6a



Get to see my family more

8 hours go by quick

We get 40 hours

I have a lot of time during the day to do stuff

No layoffs

No job moves

Work 5 days a week

Drive in 5 days a week

No time off in middle of week

Only get 1 day off

Too many builders in the plant

6a – 2p



I can go workout after work.

Easier to get some additional errands  done (Bank, shop, mow, etc.) before it gets dark)

More family time

Family sports


5 days a week

Drive in daily

No days off middle of week

No long weekend

Schedules not ready start of shift

2p – 10p



Home with the family every night

Paid for 40 hours a week

Not laid off

Not pushed to another job


It’s easier to come to work every afternoon in the winter; once it turns nice out, it will be more difficult

Not enough time with my family

I would rather have stayed on 6 days a week with Sundays out

THE RIGHT TRACK, Winter 2015

Read it HERE

Features include:

  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Plant Manager update
  • BAAG events
  • 411 on the 310
  • 2015: Year in Review
  • Update: Cassie Beahr a year later
  • and much more!



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BAAGU Course Catalog for 2016

The new, updated BAAGU course catalog is now available on through the Learning & Development tab. Check out all the new course options we've added to better meet your professional and personal learning needs!


Click below to view the complete plant winterization plan.

2015 Winterization Plan.pdf

Resources For Living

An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a counseling and consultation service. EAPs generally provide assistance and counseling for marital and family problems, alcoholism, drug dependency, financial and credit concerns, legal issues and questions, emotional problems, stress, child care, eldercare, interpersonal conflicts and situational life problems.

Services are free and confidential, and are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

To talk to a counselor, simply call the toll-free number 800-678-2212.




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