A Healthy Lifestyle
One of the core values here at Power Test is “Ski with your grandkids when you’re 77.” While it may not be obvious at face value, every one of our employees can tell you exactly what it means. It’s the representation of our commitment to a physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle.
All year long, Power Test offers it’s employees opportunities to pursue healthy lifestyle choices. Five nights a week, we bring a personal trainer into the facility to give a group class in our state of the art workout room. The classes are scaled so every person at any age can enjoy a challenging and invigorating workout. In addition to the workout classes, we also offer lunch seminars each month that focus on making healthy decisions in the kitchen. Nutritionists visit with employees during their lunch hour and discuss a wide range of nutrition topics that are applicable to busy professionals. Participation in the workouts and the seminars are incentivized through our healthcare provider, as well as through a monthly monetary contribution from Power Test.
But the biggest incentive towards a healthy lifestyle comes twice a year in the form of the Army Physical Fitness Test. In early spring and late fall, all employees are given the opportunity to perform the Army PFT on a Friday afternoon during the workday. Military personnel from local armed forces affiliate are onsite to administer the test and help to maintain a supportive, but competitive environment.
Physical Fitness Test Standards
The test is comprised of three different parts. First, there is a 2 minute push-up test where participants attempt to complete as many reps as possible. Immediately following the push-ups is a 2 minute sit-up test. After those are complete, the entire group heads outside to run our 2-mile course as fast as possible. If they complete the required exercises at a 60 percentile clip, they will qualify for a bonus of up to $1000. This bonus is intended to be used as an HSA stipend, a gym membership, or in the pursuit of other healthy activities, but ultimately employees can do with it what they like.
On Friday November 4th, 42 Power Test employees participated in the event and combined to earn over $25,000. Power Test is especially proud on days like this to see our employees living our core values. The atmosphere of teamwork, encouragement, and support carries through long after the workout is over and truly makes Power Test a special place to work.
Power Test Annual Food Drive
Every year during the first week of November, Power Test employees hold a food drive to support the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. The Milwaukee Rescue Mission is committed to changing the lives of the homeless through both short and long-term programs around the city. A major part of their effort includes feeding the poor in the area, especially around the holidays. Employees were encouraged to bring their non-perishable food items in over the course of the week to aid them in their cause.
In addition to the food drive, the company, as well as individual employees, made financial contributions towards the mission. These donations were matched dollar for dollar by a statewide grant, doubling the impact of Power Test’s generosity.
On the day of the collection, employees at Power Test hold their own pot luck lunch to come together and turn their donation into a company wide gesture. During the meal, employees have the chance to hear from Milwaukee Rescue Mission volunteers about the work that they do and all the good that will be accomplished with the donation.
Milwaukee Rescue Mission’s Impact on the Community
To the surprise of many in southeastern Wisconsin, Milwaukee is one of the poorest cities in America. 1 out of 3 of our neighbors lives in poverty, with children making up a disheartening percentage of that population. Each year, the Milwaukee Rescue Mission serves over 300,000 meals, delivers 40,000 items of clothing, and provides over 100,000 nights of shelter. Contributions like the one made by Power Test go a long way towards improving these numbers, but there is plenty of work left to do.
A simple gesture, something as small as a hot plate of food, can have lasting consequences on those who are in need. We encourage you to visit the Milwaukee Rescue Mission online to see how your generosity can make a difference.
During the month of October, Power Test hosted students from Milwaukee Public Schools as part of the COSBE – Be the Spark Program. This program, facilitated by the Council of Small Business Executives, seeks to give students the opportunity to experience Wisconsin businesses. The goal being to open their eyes to the many career paths that are available to them, and encourage them to pursue the skills necessary to make those careers a reality.
Power Test welcomed two separate groups in October and gave 80 students the opportunity to explore our facilities. Power Test is unique in that our Sussex, WI facility hosts every facet of our international business. Engineering, Design, Sales, Marketing, Purchasing, Administration, and every aspect of the manufacturing product were represented during the tour. Students were divided into groups and given the opportunity to ask specific questions of each of these departments. Ultimately, these students were given perspective on many professional careers they may not have considered.
“I believe that creating experiences for kids is a great learning tool. Learning takes place outside of the classroom as well as inside, but I think its much more effective when they have the hands on experience to see it for themselves,” said Randy Nichols, a teacher at the Lincoln Center of the Arts. Mr. Nichols, along with other teachers from the school can see the impact this experience has on their students going forward.
Students are able to identify the things they like and enjoy, and apply that to the jobs and careers they saw at Power Test. Students with creative and artistic minds gravitated towards engineering where they saw Power Test employees design, draw, and ultimately create their visions. Mathematically inclined students saw that their skillsets were directly applicable to the business administration and finance side. Those students who are very hands on were passionate about seeing our products in action. Overall, there was an impact on everyone.
Familiarizing themselves with industries and businesses that aren’t a part of their core curriculum can be hugely beneficial to these students going forward. Power Test is proud to be able to support this program and is proud of our ability to Make It Better.
On Tuesday, October 11, Power Test President Pat Koppa joined with business leaders from around the state to lead an export panel on the growth of manufacturers through exports. Moderated by Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, this panel discussed the opportunities and challenges associated with globalization. Over 125 audience members attended the free event and Mr. Koppa was happy to share his insight to help other small business owners from around the state.
“Power Test is an industry leader in dynamometers, but more than that we’ve been exporting our products for more than 30 years,” said Koppa. “We see it as a responsibility to share our experiences and help Wisconsin businesses avoid some of the challenges we’ve faced and overcome.”
The panel centered on the export process and the resources available to businesses looking to make an impact abroad. Mr. Koppa, alongside Jeff Mueller (CEO, Broan-Nutone) and Jim Zaiser (President, Hydro Thermal) discussed the ExporTech program, Wisconsin State resource support, language localization and market evaluation techniques for more than an hour.
After the export panel there was a brief Q&A with Eric Steimer, Championship Manager of the 2017 U.S. Open Championship to explore the intricacies of planning a massive event with a global audience. To close the morning, attendees were invited to tour the state-of-the-art facilities at Signicast and see their innovative processes in action. A special thanks to Signicast and Lt. Gov. Kleefisch as they graciously hosted and moderated a successful morning.
Overall, this event provides an outlet for Wisconsin businesses to collaborate and improve their standing in a growing global economy. To grow, small businesses lean on the strength of the community around them and rely on a statewide reputation of excellence. Power Test is honored with the opportunity to share their experiences and is proud to Make It Better for its community.
Power Test will have an active presence at the upcoming Rematech 2016 Trade Show in Las Vegas, NV. From October 29th-30th, Wayne Mohler will be on hand at the Paris Hotel Convention Center to address testing issues in the re-manufacturing industry. We welcome visitors to Booth 600 to talk with a Power Test representative about all of your testing needs.
International Visit Locations:
Power Test is a global company, and that means more than just exporting our world class dynamometers. Whether on our website, through trade shows and conferences, or with personal visits, we make an effort to engage with industries and organizations around the world to make their testing easy. Take a look at where we’ll be this month and let us know when we can come visit you.
October 3rd – October 6th
October 20th – October 21
Las Vegas, Nevada
October 27th – October 30th