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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 15, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas New Texas October 1991 Page 6 SUCCESS STORIES A LOOK AT SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES IN NEW BRAUNFELS AND COMAL COUNTY Teaming up to do their jobs in best way possible are TXI Cement from left in photo at Joe repairman welder Jerry repairman welder Fred maintenance supervisor and Juan Another type of team pre valent at the Hunter plant are committees like the one that oversees participation in the work of United Way of Comal Its mem bers standing from Jerry production Steve mechanical maintenance James distribution Mike electrical maintenance and David financial Photos by Annelies Schllckenrleder TXI Cement Co Hunter Team enjoys play By DAVID SULLENS Editor and Team the key word ut the TXI Cement Hunter People arc the says Plant Manager Lynn who has been with TXI for 20 We do a good job at working as a Davis goes These people work hard together and they play hard That team spirit began to develop when the Hunter Plant opened in That opening was not an easy he We opened in December of 1979 and it was July of 1981 before we started running the plant instead of it running This type of plant was very different from anything else our company But the persistence of our employees paid It was a mat ter of slicking to it and never saying Most of the plants employees are from New Braun fels with the next greatest number hailing from San Marcos and the balance from the area around the two Many are involved in community activi ties and participation is 100 percent in the annual United Way Hospitality is another key word at The plant is always open for lours and many groups come through during the The plant is located between San Marcos and New Braunfels on Hunter The first thing that strikes a visitor to the plant is unlike most industrial set its atmosphere is The guard at the gate greets visitors like he Inside the people wearing hard hats and jeans smile and say hello to each other and to A group of workers laugh together as walk from one part of the facilily to All of that is evidence of ihe plants focus on team maintains Administrative Assistant Frances Nor a TXI employee for 31 Another indication of the effectiveness of the teamwork she is the plants very low rate of We like to think when people get they want to come to she Often the people who are off will call in and sec if they are needed when they hear the kiln is Productivity is high at the plant due to this commit ment and a lot of hard but its employees play a They have made up three bowling teams and a softball togciher ihey stage a fall picnic called Huntcrfest that sees employees staying up half the nighl cooking the meal and everybody bringing a lot of good stuff to says Committees organize fall and spring golf and fishing tournaments and an Easter egg hunt in the plants park Lynn gels 10 be the Easter grins Theres a catered family picnic in the park in June and a dinner at the T BarM for employees and their spouses at Though the very nature of its produci would seem lo preclude anything but a stereotypical industrial this is a clean Us great expanses of lawn are green and and blucbonncis and other wildflowcrs bloom throughout the plant and alongside its Great care has been taken to protect the natural environ ment and deer and other wildlife can often be seen in the People are proud of the plant and they take good care of it not just the bui the equipmeni as Norris Thai pride feeds on earning the plant a place in full color on the cover of the world trade publi cation Cement as well as letters from inter national visitors who remark thai ii is the best plant theyve Such recognition can only build the pride that earned it in ihe first Another area of excellence is ihe plants safely which has been recognized by state and local agencies as being outstanding in the And the plants excellence is recognized within its parent Its focus on teamwork has made it so successful that corporatewide supervisor training sessions are held at the Hunter We generally open with a dinner and people from the plant make every effort to make the visitors feel at Theres a lot of kidding says The next he those visitors are amazed thai people who play so well together can also work so effectively together which is evident when they tour the plant and sec how well it is maintained and throughout the training employees of the Hunter Plant sec to it that the visitors are comfort determining their personal interests and then spending their own evenings going tubing or scuba diving with them or taking them to San Antonios Riv er The plants employees have come to be known throughout TXI as The Hunter a name of which they arc very Everything we we try to emphasize Norris We know mat it can never be a policy or a code of It can only be an idea or a way of looking at the so to We lake pride nol only in what we have achieved but pride in knowing we have achieved il Our motto is Excellence Through Its a motto to which the Hunter Teams members pay far more than lip The Planning Committee for an annual event for plant employees and their standing from Sharla Lori Sam William James Rene Larry Carpenter and Kevin Seated at front is Karen The New Projects Committee always on the lookout for ways to boost the involvement of the Hunter standing from Rick Glenn Harlow Jeffrey Meurin sea George David Adams and Joe EDITORS NOTE Success Stories an advertorial feature stories about successful businesses which are sponsored In part by the businesses Success Stories will appear In the New Braunfels HeraldZeHung through Successful New Braunfels and area businesses which will bo featured In the series Include BECKER MOTOR COMPANY 547 South Seguin New Braunfels 6253463 CENTURY 21 NORRIS 604 Seguin New Braunfels 6258061 DON MAXWELL CHEVROLET 386 San Antonio New Braunfels 6253451 HOFFMANN AGENCIES 447 Seguin New Braunfels 6257502 KRAFT MOBILETEL 679 Seguin New Braunfels 6297466 KRUEGER MAZDA South IH35 New Braunfels 6201188 LAFARGE Solma WaW Roads Box 311507 New Braunfels 6257338 TXI CEMENT COMPANY 8 Box 109 New Braunfels Excellence through team
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