December 2012



WELCOME MESSAGE

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I’m writing this year-end message while on a quick stopover in Europe. I’m sitting at the old oak desk my dad used in the house my parents built in 1948. The hilly landscape near Cologne is covered in snow, and it is very cold. It looks very much like Christmas. The Christmas markets all over Europe with their aromas of roasted chestnuts, spiced cookies, and mulled wine add to the festive atmosphere that is so homey this time of year.

This is all very nice, but I’m not here only to enjoy myself. Our business stability in Europe is an important step in the development of our company.

2012 has been an extraordinary year both on a business and personal level. We’ve faced incredible challenges and sadness, yet experienced great joy and satisfaction at the same time.

My thanks and deep appreciation go to all of our employees, who with stubborn determination and tenacity, overcame the most problematic steps of introducing and activating our new IT system. Despite its difficult implementation, we achieved great business results, maintained excellent customer service, developed sales, and protected the company’s interests in a difficult economic year. While very challenging under the circumstances, the coordinated actions of Operations, Sales, and Administration worked well. No doubt, going forward there will be more hurdles to overcome and we will master those as well.

The sadness comes from the incredible destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy that affected so many of our employees. Living without electricity and standing in line for gasoline were no fun at all, yet everyone plowed forward with unbroken spirit and reorganized their lives. I am proud of all our people who generously donated to the “Sandy Emergency Fund” to help those in need. It was heartwarming to see how quickly so many came to the rescue, and it reflected so well the spirit of the people of this organization.

Our companies in Australia, Canada, Chile, Germany, Korea, New Zealand, and Peru have all generated good to excellent results and thus contribute considerably to the stability of the group. Our global partners recognize the strength of the network and also contribute to the company’s success.

Despite all of the economic uncertainty that again faces us in 2013, I am confident that we will continue our growth in the USA, as well as overseas. Our strong financial foundation coupled with the energy and expertise of our people drive a unified vision to develop the company in measured steps and continue its success.

This year, my joy comes from two new grandchildren, Maya and Lucas, who were both born in 2012. I wish you and your families Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and a healthy and prosperous New Year's.

Jo Frigger
Chairman & CEO
EMO Trans Inc.

 

Special Delivery!

Jo and Karin Frigger take pleasure in announcing the arrival of two grandchildren in 2012! Their new grandson, Lucas, was born November 29 and weighed in at 8 lb., 2 oz. Lucas and his proud parents, Sven and his wife Ani, are all doing well.   

lucas

The Friggers were also blessed with a granddaughter earlier this year. Jenni and Paul Latham's precious bundle of joy, Maya, arrived on May 23.

may2





SPOTLIGHT ON SUCCESS

Charlotte Scott Celebrates 25 years of Service

25years

EMO Trans welcomed yet another employee to the growing ranks of those reaching a quarter of a century with the company. In November, Accounting Supervisor Charlotte Scott celebrated her 25th anniversary with a reception given at the office by her Atlanta colleagues.

Scott has witnessed many changes in her tenure – company growth, leaps in technology, and increased complexity in the world of shipping and logistics. “When I started at EMO Trans in 1987, I was one of eight people or so in the office. We were in our old location [on Atlanta’s Clark Howell Highway],” she says. “I was hired as a billing clerk, but I was the only one in Accounting at that time.” Over the years, her responsibilities have grown significantly, and she oversees other staff. “I handle all accounts receivable for the Atlanta office and part of accounts payable,” she explains.

Prior to joining EMO Trans, Scott worked in patient records and accounting for 18-1/2 years at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta. When the hospital moved from its downtown location to an area further north, Scott found the drive across town less and less manageable. “I decided that I needed to make a change because the commute was becoming harder to sustain,” she recalls. “I looked closer to home for a new job.” Long before the Internet and digital job postings, Scott approached her job search the old fashioned way – she knocked on doors. After filling out an application, she was hired almost immediately by Olen Wood and Margaret Williams. The decision proved fruitful for all. “I love my job. I stay very busy, which I like. And, I’ve made a lot of really good friends here,” Scott says. “I plan to stay until I retire.”

In her spare time, Scott enjoys beach vacations when she can get away, as well as spending quality time with her nearby children and grandchildren.




 


HOT TOPICS

EMO Trans Community Continues Recovery From Sandy

Hurricane Sandy had a significant impact on the EMO Trans family, as a number of its offices and employees reside in the Northeast. Two EMO Trans employees shared their personal stories of resiliency in the face of great loss..

Phyllis Kephart (Accounting & Human Resources – Baldwin, NY) stayed in her Bellmore, NY, home until about three hours before high tide. As she saw more than six feet of water fill her basement and start to creep onto the first floor, it became clear that she needed to evacuate to a friend’s home. Ultimately, water claimed everything except for the belongings in her attic-level bedroom.

Kephart and one of her daughters lived with friends for six weeks following the storm. She is now sharing a three-bedroom apartment with both of her daughters, her granddaughter, and three cats. “I have to rebuild my entire home, including electric, walls, floors, kitchen, and bathroom, and I must replace all of the furniture. I will be displaced indefinitely,” she says. “I thank God for the physical and emotional support of our friends and coworkers. We are luckier than many other people, and I am thankful that my family is safe. Now, if we can just survive living with each other for several months, we’ll be fine.”

Betty Pozin (Human Resources – Baldwin, NY) stayed safely indoors in her Oceanside, New York, home during the brunt of the storm. While not damaged, her home was without electricity for 11 days. “I was not displaced, but my son Alan who lives in neighboring Island Park, NY, had 4 feet of water on the first level of his house,” she says. “Everything in the living room, kitchen, bathroom, and den has to be replaced, and it will take some time. Contractors are extremely busy and hard to come by.”

Pozin says that the Baldwin office was 100% operational by Wednesday, October 31. Through this experience, she developed a new appreciation for the important things in life. “I personally learned how much we take heat and electricity for granted until they are not available,” she says. Pozin’s other son, Mitchell, drove a trailer up from Florida with generators and space heaters to provide heat and electricity for Pozin and her family. “Alan then had a place to live right in front of his home,” she says. “It was heartwarming to see family helping family, neighbor helping neighbor.”

 

West Coast Strike Resolved

A contentious strike at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach ended December 5 as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit agreed to a tentative deal. The contract is expected to last until June 30, 2016 and includes wage/pension increases and clauses that prohibit layoffs or outsourcing. (source: Los Angeles Times)

 

ILA strike situation remains tense

Negotiations between the U.S. Maritime Exchange and the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) continue with the goal of avoiding a strike at year-end. Get the latest updates.











COMPLIANCE CORNER

Reminder to register under Food Safety Modernization Act

If your company is engaged in manufacturing, processing, packing, or holding food for consumption in the U.S., you’re required to register with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration no later than December 31, 2012. Register your company now.        



Notable Anniversaries

20+ years  
Cynthia Wood (Atlanta)  12/3/91
   
15+ years  
Dee Thibodeau (Hartford) 12/18/95
Keith Palmer (Atlanta)     12/2/96
   
5+ years  
Amie Olschafskie (Hartford)  12/1/03
Jean Garner (Freeport)        12/15/03
Darren Walton (Cincinnati) 12/5/05
Hillary Robinson (Cleveland) 12/12/05
Tom Butler (Cleveland) 12/15/06

 

 

 

© 2012 EMO Trans 

 

 







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December 2012



WELCOME MESSAGE

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I’m writing this year-end message while on a quick stopover in Europe. I’m sitting at the old oak desk my dad used in the house my parents built in 1948. The hilly landscape near Cologne is covered in snow, and it is very cold. It looks very much like Christmas. The Christmas markets all over Europe with their aromas of roasted chestnuts, spiced cookies, and mulled wine add to the festive atmosphere that is so homey this time of year.

This is all very nice, but I’m not here only to enjoy myself. Our business stability in Europe is an important step in the development of our company.

2012 has been an extraordinary year both on a business and personal level. We’ve faced incredible challenges and sadness, yet experienced great joy and satisfaction at the same time.

My thanks and deep appreciation go to all of our employees, who with stubborn determination and tenacity, overcame the most problematic steps of introducing and activating our new IT system. Despite its difficult implementation, we achieved great business results, maintained excellent customer service, developed sales, and protected the company’s interests in a difficult economic year. While very challenging under the circumstances, the coordinated actions of Operations, Sales, and Administration worked well. No doubt, going forward there will be more hurdles to overcome and we will master those as well.

The sadness comes from the incredible destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy that affected so many of our employees. Living without electricity and standing in line for gasoline were no fun at all, yet everyone plowed forward with unbroken spirit and reorganized their lives. I am proud of all our people who generously donated to the “Sandy Emergency Fund” to help those in need. It was heartwarming to see how quickly so many came to the rescue, and it reflected so well the spirit of the people of this organization.

Our companies in Australia, Canada, Chile, Germany, Korea, New Zealand, and Peru have all generated good to excellent results and thus contribute considerably to the stability of the group. Our global partners recognize the strength of the network and also contribute to the company’s success.

Despite all of the economic uncertainty that again faces us in 2013, I am confident that we will continue our growth in the USA, as well as overseas. Our strong financial foundation coupled with the energy and expertise of our people drive a unified vision to develop the company in measured steps and continue its success.

This year, my joy comes from two new grandchildren, Maya and Lucas, who were both born in 2012. I wish you and your families Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and a healthy and prosperous New Year's.

Jo Frigger
Chairman & CEO
EMO Trans Inc.

 

Special Delivery!

Jo and Karin Frigger take pleasure in announcing the arrival of two grandchildren in 2012! Their new grandson, Lucas, was born November 29 and weighed in at 8 lb., 2 oz. Lucas and his proud parents, Sven and his wife Ani, are all doing well.   

lucas

The Friggers were also blessed with a granddaughter earlier this year. Jenni and Paul Latham's precious bundle of joy, Maya, arrived on May 23.

may2





SPOTLIGHT ON SUCCESS

Charlotte Scott Celebrates 25 years of Service

25years

EMO Trans welcomed yet another employee to the growing ranks of those reaching a quarter of a century with the company. In November, Accounting Supervisor Charlotte Scott celebrated her 25th anniversary with a reception given at the office by her Atlanta colleagues.

Scott has witnessed many changes in her tenure – company growth, leaps in technology, and increased complexity in the world of shipping and logistics. “When I started at EMO Trans in 1987, I was one of eight people or so in the office. We were in our old location [on Atlanta’s Clark Howell Highway],” she says. “I was hired as a billing clerk, but I was the only one in Accounting at that time.” Over the years, her responsibilities have grown significantly, and she oversees other staff. “I handle all accounts receivable for the Atlanta office and part of accounts payable,” she explains.

Prior to joining EMO Trans, Scott worked in patient records and accounting for 18-1/2 years at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta. When the hospital moved from its downtown location to an area further north, Scott found the drive across town less and less manageable. “I decided that I needed to make a change because the commute was becoming harder to sustain,” she recalls. “I looked closer to home for a new job.” Long before the Internet and digital job postings, Scott approached her job search the old fashioned way – she knocked on doors. After filling out an application, she was hired almost immediately by Olen Wood and Margaret Williams. The decision proved fruitful for all. “I love my job. I stay very busy, which I like. And, I’ve made a lot of really good friends here,” Scott says. “I plan to stay until I retire.”

In her spare time, Scott enjoys beach vacations when she can get away, as well as spending quality time with her nearby children and grandchildren.




 


HOT TOPICS

EMO Trans Community Continues Recovery From Sandy

Hurricane Sandy had a significant impact on the EMO Trans family, as a number of its offices and employees reside in the Northeast. Two EMO Trans employees shared their personal stories of resiliency in the face of great loss..

Phyllis Kephart (Accounting & Human Resources – Baldwin, NY) stayed in her Bellmore, NY, home until about three hours before high tide. As she saw more than six feet of water fill her basement and start to creep onto the first floor, it became clear that she needed to evacuate to a friend’s home. Ultimately, water claimed everything except for the belongings in her attic-level bedroom.

Kephart and one of her daughters lived with friends for six weeks following the storm. She is now sharing a three-bedroom apartment with both of her daughters, her granddaughter, and three cats. “I have to rebuild my entire home, including electric, walls, floors, kitchen, and bathroom, and I must replace all of the furniture. I will be displaced indefinitely,” she says. “I thank God for the physical and emotional support of our friends and coworkers. We are luckier than many other people, and I am thankful that my family is safe. Now, if we can just survive living with each other for several months, we’ll be fine.”

Betty Pozin (Human Resources – Baldwin, NY) stayed safely indoors in her Oceanside, New York, home during the brunt of the storm. While not damaged, her home was without electricity for 11 days. “I was not displaced, but my son Alan who lives in neighboring Island Park, NY, had 4 feet of water on the first level of his house,” she says. “Everything in the living room, kitchen, bathroom, and den has to be replaced, and it will take some time. Contractors are extremely busy and hard to come by.”

Pozin says that the Baldwin office was 100% operational by Wednesday, October 31. Through this experience, she developed a new appreciation for the important things in life. “I personally learned how much we take heat and electricity for granted until they are not available,” she says. Pozin’s other son, Mitchell, drove a trailer up from Florida with generators and space heaters to provide heat and electricity for Pozin and her family. “Alan then had a place to live right in front of his home,” she says. “It was heartwarming to see family helping family, neighbor helping neighbor.”

 

West Coast Strike Resolved

A contentious strike at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach ended December 5 as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit agreed to a tentative deal. The contract is expected to last until June 30, 2016 and includes wage/pension increases and clauses that prohibit layoffs or outsourcing. (source: Los Angeles Times)

 

ILA strike situation remains tense

Negotiations between the U.S. Maritime Exchange and the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) continue with the goal of avoiding a strike at year-end. Get the latest updates.











COMPLIANCE CORNER

Reminder to register under Food Safety Modernization Act

If your company is engaged in manufacturing, processing, packing, or holding food for consumption in the U.S., you’re required to register with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration no later than December 31, 2012. Register your company now.        



Notable Anniversaries

20+ years  
Cynthia Wood (Atlanta)  12/3/91
   
15+ years  
Dee Thibodeau (Hartford) 12/18/95
Keith Palmer (Atlanta)     12/2/96
   
5+ years  
Amie Olschafskie (Hartford)  12/1/03
Jean Garner (Freeport)        12/15/03
Darren Walton (Cincinnati) 12/5/05
Hillary Robinson (Cleveland) 12/12/05
Tom Butler (Cleveland) 12/15/06

 

 

 

© 2012 EMO Trans 

 

 







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