Trading Office Noise for Summer Fun

From the noise of machines to the buzz of a social activity, summer is definitely more fun in the sun.

Mondays through Fridays in the Coller Industries building are always noisy. From the ticking of keyboards in marketing to phone calls about orders in customer service, the noise is constant. And the loudest place of all is production and shipping. With the laser machines going full strength and the packing tape being stretched out to wrap each shipment securely, each employee is focused on one thing: our customers.

trading in the office noise for the park, good food and fun with colleaguesLast Saturday however, brought a different type of noise. From the creaking of plastic under bare feet in the bounce house to the gentle murmur of a crowd while they attempted to socialize while eating delicious barbecue, Coller Industries’ employees created a unique sound at the annual company barbecue get-together.

As always, the bounce house was a hit with the kids. And someone brought water guns for the kids to play with as well. While the adults chatted away, the kids ran around chasing each other, and everyone had a blast!

trading in the office noise for the park, good food from Joe Morleys and fun with colleaguesThe food was just as fantastic as the fun!

Joe Morely’s Bar-B-Q pulled it off again this year. With spare ribs, two types of sliced meat smothered in barbecue sauce, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, baked beans and rolls, the spread was amazing. To finish off the meal was a giant apple pie and a couple of strawberry cheesecakes. Oh, and cookies for the kids who were still chasing each other with the water guns!

While the noise of the office is anything but mundane, it’s always nice to be out with colleagues and to have the variety of the outdoors and social conversations. We want to say thank you to Coller Industries for providing such a wonderful event for their employees. The company works just as hard at keeping their employees happy as the employees do for the customers.

And, here’s some noise from those busy employees:

trading in the office noise for the park, good food and fun with colleaguesCreelaBelle, Content Writer, said, “I like that we have fun and do things together as a company, but we also try to do our best and make customers happy. It’s the best of both worlds.”

Patrick, Production and Shipping Manager, said, “This was our best barbecue yet! And, having the bounce house was great for the kids. My daughter loved it. But, by far my favorite part of working at Coller Industries is all the cool people I work with.”

Hannah, Customer Service Manager, said, “Even though the free food is always a plus, it’s great to see everyone in a relaxed environment and see all the kids. We have such a great group of employees, and it feels more like we’re friends than coworkers.”

Making Family Reunion Memories

From icebreakers to basic identification, name tags are a must at your family reunion!

No matter the size of your family, getting everyone together in one place and at one time is a massive undertaking. And making sure that everyone in attendance knows each other at your next family reunion can be a daunting task.

adhesive name badges are great for games and icebreakers at any family reunionUsing name tags helps to ease almost any burden brought on by planning such an event. But, remember that name tags aren’t just for names! Here are a couple of ideas to help get you going in your event planning.

Basic Identification with Badge Holders

use badge holders for family tree information at your family reunionYup, we said it. Use your badge holders for names! Remember to include first and last, but you can also use these name badges for icebreakers. Add fun facts about each person, or add a conversation starter such as the words, “Ask Me…” to get all the partygoers interested in each other.

Another fun idea is to use name badge holders to indicate family tree lines. Either create your own tree and print it on the inserts or have party attendants draw their own. And, use the fun colors to indicate specific family lines. That way each family member can quickly associate which line they are from.

Don’t forget the games and souvenirs!

There are so many ways to use adhesive name badges at your next family reunion. From games to easy identification, the possibilities are endless. And, one of the easiest things to do at a reunion is play games. These games can be nearly anything. Print on adhesive name badges or have pens available for contestants to write names and others things. With these easy-to-use stickers, everyone can participate in your family reunion games.

using badge holders as a photo album at your family reunion   From icebreakers to basic identification, name tags are a must at your family reunion! No matter the size of your family, getting everyone together in one place and at one time is a massive undertaking. And making sure that everyone in attendance knows each other at your next family reunion can be a daunting task. Using name tags helps to ease almost any burden brought on by planning such an event. But, remember that name tags aren’t just for names! Here are a couple of ideas to help get you going in your event planning. Basic Identification with Badge Holders Yup, we said it. Use your badge holders for names! Remember to include first and last, but you can also use these name badges for icebreakers. Add fun facts about each person, or add a conversation starter such as the words, “Ask Me...” to get all the partygoers interested in each other. Another fun idea is to use name badge holders to indicate family tree lines. Either create your own tree and print it on the inserts or have party attendants draw their own. And, use the fun colors to indicate specific family lines. That way each family member can quickly associate which line they are from. Don't forget the games and souvenirs! There are so many ways to use adhesive name badges at your next family reunion. From games to easy identification, the possibilities are endless. And, one of the easiest things to do at a reunion is play games. These games can be nearly anything. Print on adhesive name badges or have pens available for contestants to write names and others things. With these easy-to-use stickers, everyone can participate in your family reunion games. No matter your identification choice, use most of our name tag products at your next family reunion! Even get the kids involved with learning who their cousins are. Send them on a scavenger hunt with a dry erase photo book made from badge holders to find as many relatives as possible. Name tags help to identify each family member so that the kids can find people quickly. Then, take these photo books home as a souvenir of your family reunion.No matter your identification choice, use most of our name tag products at your next family reunion!

Even get the kids involved with learning who their cousins are. Send them on a scavenger hunt with a dry erase photo book made from badge holders to find as many relatives as possible. Name tags help to identify each family member so that the kids can find people quickly. Then, take these photo books home as a souvenir of your family reunion.

Camping Adventures & Fun With Lanyards

Complete your camping adventure and have fun all with custom lanyards!

camping adventures with custom lanyardsWhether planning a family reunion, a summer youth program or a nature retreat, lanyards add fun and efficiency to any outdoor activity. Custom lanyards are great accessories for all campers and party goers. And, they serve as excellent souvenirs for the memories made while camping or at a family reunion.

Here are some quick tips on how to use custom lanyards while camping or during your summer festivities.

Lanyards are great for necessary camping gear.

custom lanyards are perfect for summer activities such as camping and family reunionsMost campers use a compass to help them navigate through their camping terrain such as the woods or a desert. Knives can come in handy when you need to cut a piece of rope or a tree branch. So, carrying essential camping gear like these on a quality lanyard ensures that these items will not get lost while exploring the great outdoors.

 

Lanyards are also a great idea to keep in camp kitchens and latrines! Use them to hold spices and kitchen utensils. Or, keep small containers of toiletries together for easy use and quick accessability.

And, because lanyards can be worn around a neck or attached to a bag or piece of clothing, hands remain free to engage in camping activities. Setting up a tent, starting a fire and rock climbing all become easier by using this fantastic tool!

Maintaining security and keeping people identified are common camping issues.

For summer programs, campers can wear a name badge or other form of identification to create unity and elevate camp security. Camp leaders need to be able to identify each participant in their program. And, having each camper wear a lanyard with a name badge will help identify those who belong. They also aid in remembering people’s names.

For family reunions, name badges help everyone remember each other’s names and how they are related. If there are other campers around, lanyards help you see who is a part of your group.

Lanyards are also tons of fun!

finding new ways to wear custom lanyards while camping and participating in summer activitiesCampers will love coming up with creative ways to wear their lanyard. Wear it around a wrist like a bracelet, slip it through a belt loop or tie it around an ankle. Try wearing it like a headband or an armband. Or, maybe use it like a shoelace. There are many possibilities, and finding all of them can add an extra dose of fun and creativity to any camping adventure.

Because they are so versatile, custom lanyards are one of the best tools to bring on a camping trip.

(Content courtesy of CreelaBelle Howard, content writer.)

Ways to Use Name Tags at a Wedding

Name tags pair perfectly with any event. And that includes a wedding!

While most decorations at a wedding are typically ribbons and cloth, name tags can play an essential part during your special day too. Here are a few quick ideas on how to incorporate these identification tools for your special day.

plastic engraved name tags for wine and glass tags are perfect for a wedding toastGlass and Wine Tags for a Wedding Toast

Sometimes guests may forget where they set down their drinkware. Help them remember with simple glass tags. These tags are also great for seating arrangements. And, when everyone knows where their glass is, they will be ready for any toasts to the couple are made.

Choose different colors for different types of guests. Use white to designate the bride and groom. Find a color that complements the theme and use that for bridesmaids and groomsmen. Many weddings have a multiple color theme, so use those colors to designate different things and people.

Name Plate and Signs for Tables

From food designations to decorating for a beautiful evening, get your creativity flowing with custom signs and name plates. Add a name plate to the buffet tables to designate different meats or desserts. Or, customize a fancy table number with a small sign.

Signs are also fantastic for displaying the bride and groom’s names at the entrance of the reception hall. Display different signs around the reception area of favorite quotes or sayings. Or, create something unique to the couple that will help the wedding be memorable.

Wedding Seating Arrangements

Choose from an abundance of colors that will fit perfectly with any wedding. Add graphics and details, or add names for seating your wedding party.

Lookinglanyards and badge holders for a wedding to find your name and find your table for a super creative way to help your guests find their place at the table? This unique idea incorporates custom lanyards and name badges. While this shows the place settings hanging from trees for the guests to find their names, they may also be spread out on a table. Choose a lanyard in your wedding colors and grab a handy badge holder to display people’s names and seating placements.

Education Continues To Celebrate Excellence

Due to Coller Industries Incorporated’s continual support and donations, we were able to be a part of the “Excel Evening of Honors” on April 13th. Granite Education Foundation presents awards each year to exceptional teachers and administrators working in their district.

It all starts with the smallest of donations: TIME.

Since Granite Education Foundation’s inception in 1988, educator recognition and support has been a key priority. The Excel Awards are a prestigious honor given to the top 10 educators of Granite School District and has been sponsored by Granite Education Foundation since the beginning. Students, administrators, parents and colleagues nominate educators that exemplify the values of Granite School District.

coller industries enjoys giving back to our community through donations to granite education foundation

“Watching the videos of each teacher and their stories and how they make a difference in the kid’s lives was the best part of the evening,” Hannah, Customer Service Manager and Coller Industries Incorporated, said.

Being a professional educator isn’t an easy job. Sometimes it can even be a thankless job. But, thanks to these amazing teachers and administrators, public education continues to excel.

Each year, GEF supporters gather to recognize outstanding teachers, administrators and community members whose personal commitment and contribution impacts 68,000 students in the Granite School District. The Excel Award is bestowed upon nine teachers and one administrator that have been nominated by school administrators, colleagues or students.

Here are the 2018 Excel Award winners.
Congratulations to these incredible educators!

the 2018 granite education foundation excel award winners(Top to bottom; left to right.)

Leah Tarrant – Taylorsville High School
Lori Lindford – Bennion Elementary
Jill Thackeray – Skyline High School
Jodi Larson – Upland Terrace School
Stephanie Varoz – Crestview Elementary
Amy Winder – Elk Run Elementary
Katie Pearce – Rolling Meadows Elementary
Brandon Kerby – Cyprus High School
Janice Wayman – Hartvigsen School
Archer Birrell – Hillside Elementary

These individuals are then put through a rigorous review and observation process by experienced education specialists who ultimately identify 10 teachers and administrators from all over the district. In mid April, up to 300 individuals from Granite School District, supporting businesses, community members, and local leaders gather to recognize and honor these 10 winners in the Night of Honors a dinner and award ceremony.

As Coller Industries makes generous donations each year to the foundation, we were able to attend this gala not only as distinguished guests but also as an award presenter. After explaining Coller Industries to the attendees, Hannah proudly presented Archer Birrell, a 3rd-grade teacher at Hillside Elementary, with his Excel Award.

While our role is small in comparison to each of these educators, we are beyond happy that we get to take part in this fantastic award opportunity. In a nutshell, “We donate money for clothes and shoes for the kids in the Granite School District. Then we get to honor these great teachers for their excellent work by presenting the award on behalf of Coller Industries and the Granite Education Foundation,” Hannah said.

customer donations coller industries and granite education foundation excel awards galaThe Granite Education Foundation Excel Award

Each Excel Award recipient received a sculpture, designed by local Utah sculptor Matt Glenn. This sculpture comes in two parts. The bottom portion has the four Granite Education Foundation hand icons from their logo. Each hand symbolized educate, give, volunteer and advocate. The top portion is a student’s hand reaching for a teacher’s hand. This piece is also reversible so that the teacher’s hand is extending up toward the student’s hand.

“Educational awards, such as the GEF Excel Award, are awesome because children are the future,” Hannah said. “Teachers are important and deserve this recognition for what they do for our children.”

And, we agree. These teachers are very deserving of this prestigious award. We want to thank these teachers and all the others who work endlessly for the welfare of our kids. You all make a huge difference!