Labor Day was just a couple weeks ago here in The United States Of America. It celebrates the contributions that workers have made for the strength, prosperity, and well-being of this great country. It has also kind of adopted the official end of summer, a new school year, and it is considered gauche to wear white in public after this date.

However you view Labor Day, we at ShapeMaster, view it in its original meaning, a celebration of the worker in America-the people who get things done and who keep goods and services moving in this great country and onward throughout the world.

We plan to continue this celebration going in to October where we will participate in Manufacturing Day on October 5th. During this day we be offering tours of ShapeMaster and you can see first hand how we contribute to the prosperity of this great nation and our attitude of “A Midwestern Work Ethic” . I’ll include a link for more information about Manufacturing Day at the bottom of the newsletter.

I found the above quote in an article about how businesses in Silicon Valley are learning that Midwestern Values is a great way to do business for customers and their employees. I’ll have a link to the article at the end of this newsletter.

So, what is this thing we call “A Midwestern Work Ethic”?

I found there are a lot of ideas about what “Work Ethic” is and how we in the Midwest have a special or good one.What I think is true is that it goes back to “early to bed, early to rise” and something about making you healthy, wealthy and wise.  Ben Franklin I believe is the person who said this.

Farmers, and those who work the land and animals have found that being up before dawn is key to getting a good start on your day.

There is something still about entering a place to eat here in Illinois and finding those who are going to work early in the place of business gathered around tables telling stories, jokes, and discussing the work of the day; eating a hearty breakfast of fried potatoes with onions in them, eggs over easy (unless your wife or doctor tells you that you need to eat them poached), toast with butter, and most definitely breakfast meat, (bacon is my go to choice) and please again check with your physician and or wife if your diet will allow such a tasty, crisp, and smoky indulgence.

After your hearty breakfast, you drive to the shop occasionally glancing at a beautiful sunrise in the distance and all the while knowing you will be at the shop before the rest of your crew. When you arrive at your shop, you can start up the air compressors, fire up the ovens on the thermoformers to warm your tooling. Then take a few moments to reflect on the day’s business and wait near the time clock so you may welcome your staff members. This is your team. The team of the day who will help you make products for the American market and for those in other lands where your products will ship by end of the week.

Pride is what causes you to rise up and face the day when your body says stay in bed.  It causes you to make a choice. You choose to work and work hard to create and when you’ve accomplished a project, you can smile both inside and out.  This is what drives the American farmer, the machinist, the welder, and those I know just like myself who enjoy making things whether it’s butter from a dairy farm or finished plastic commercial products.

Let me share with you two things I reflect upon.  This may help you think about the important things of life.

“In all labor there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. Labor can lead to becoming successful.  I’ve never seen a person come to loss when they work diligently.Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.”

Proverbs 14:23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

At ShapeMaster we reward those who work hard, show up on time, put in a full day of work, deliver well made items, and are proud of their work.

There should always be the willingness to “sign your work”.  Just like a painter who is proud for others to know that they pinstriped or painted that car or did the customization, you should think about signing your work.  One day you may see your work out in the field of use like a custom car at a car show or for sale on a car lot or better yet in a collection or museum.

Our work is global and we like to say the sun never sets on ShapeMaster work.  At some place in the world people are benefiting from and using our products and that brings a smile to our face and pride to our Midwestern hearts.

Good fun, always.

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Click HERE for Manufacturing Day at ShapeMaster information.

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