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From the monthly archives: August 2018

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Quality Workers, Strong Management and Supportive Community Make Berry Global Hum

By Lawrence Bivins   A plastics process technician with Berry Global in Battleboro, Tony DeRose has a career in plastics production that stretches 25 years. He has been a Berry Team Member for the past four of those years, working in injection blow molding. The work is intricate, challenging and rewarding all at the same time, DeRose says. The keys to success, he explains, all fit neatly within the company’s core behaviors: United, Focused, Accountable and Agile – or “UFAA,” standards that take the company and its Battleboro facility where it needs to be.   Working with plastics can also be dangerous, which places a premium on safety practices.  When Berry Global took over the 104,000-sq.-ft. facility in 2014, the plant had a mediocre safety record. By emphasizing training and workplace safety, the facility now has an exemplary record. “We’ve come a long way in four years,” says DeRose. This past May, the North Carolina Department of Labor presente ...

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U.S. Unit of Global Agricultural Equipment Leader Calls Twin Counties Home

By Lawrence Bivins   Mike Blount rattles off a list of reasons why the shiny blue farm vehicles assembled and sold by LS Tractor USA offer better value than the competition. “Features that are standard in our products are things our competitors charge extra for,” says Blount, chief executive officer at the company, which is headquartered in Battleboro. “And our warrantees are better than the industry average.”   The company’s tractors come in all sizes, with sub-compact models built for relatively modest tasks like mowing and snow removal, and heavy-duty models designed to serve cattle ranches, orchards and vineyards. Common to all is an attractive price-tag. “We get good pricing from our parent company, and we keep a pretty flat organization,” Blount explains. The savings are passed along to customers, who range from “weekend farmers” who dabble in agriculture as a hobby to full-time agribusiness professionals. LS Tractors’ distributio ...

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