February 2012 Vine Lines Newsletter - Red Gold


February 2012 Vine Lines Newsletter - Red Gold

Ever since the end of Pack 2011, abig focus has been about getting our newCorporate Headquarters ready to occupy…a projectlong overdue! On January 14, twenty-five employees finallymoved into the official Red Gold Corporate Headquarters at 1500Tomato Way, Elwood, IN. Yes, that’s right, we petitioned the city and theyallowed a section of South M Street to become Tomato Way! By February 5,all 160 plus employees will be there. Most projects of this size would take six toeight months to design, coupled with a long bid process and then, actual construction.But like everything we do at Red Gold, once we set our sights on something, we go afterit hard! We purchased the former Oakland School building on August 1, 2011, started thedemo on September 28 and moved in just three and a half months later.The challenge of taking an existing building that was designed as a school and to re-model it intoa modern, functional office is not as simple as one might think. During the design phase, it wasclear that we wanted to provide more than function; we wanted a comfortable, sustainable andefficient environment that our employees could take pride in. The grade school was built in 1956,added on to in 1962, and went through a major reconstruction in 2004. Over the last five months,we have been busy making the conversion from a classroom setting into a modern office. Theplayground equipment had to be removed to make room for additional parking, to the dismay ofall ‘monkey-bar and merry-go-round’ aficionados.Walls between many of the classrooms were removed to accommodate larger departments andto erase the grade school atmosphere. Great care was taken in our new design to not blockaccess to windows, allowing an open feel with lots of natural light.The former school is a great location for us, only nine blocks from the Elwood manufacturingfacility and just six miles from the Orestes plant and the Distribution Center. Not only that, itcame with a modern and efficient geo-thermal heating and cooling system, consisting of 48 heatpumps connected to one hundred and twenty, 300 foot wells! Energy conservation didn’t stopthere! ‘Green’ lighting goals were met with the installation of T8 high efficiency parabolic lights,equipped with automatic motion sensors to ensure that lights are only on when needed. It willbe a little strange not having light switches. Even the existing three, 440 watt light fixtures on theflagpole were replaced with two, 40 watt LED models.7000 square feet of terrazzo flooring, dating back to 1957 were vitrified, returning them back totheir original mid-century luster.We’ve had such trouble in recent years, finding a meeting room in our old offices. Well, notanymore! Just north of the new entrance and next to the receptionist area are five conferencerooms and just down the hall is a 1400 square foot training room (call RG University) that seats48 employees, each of them having network accessibility. There are also seven huddle roomsthroughout the complex for those small, quick meetings that don’t require technology.The Café came equipped with a skylight and 19.5 foot ceilings, but that is all that remains of theformer school cafeteria. Before you even get to the coffee, you get an immediate eye-openingas you step into the apple green décor. Add to that, the internet bar, three types of seatingarrangements, Sirius XM music and a digital signage board, and you have an interesting areafor that cup of joe!Just to make sure we never miss any orders due to power outages, a 350 kilowatt, ‘gently-used’generator, was installed. It is capable of powering the entire complex.We are all looking forward to getting settled into our new digs, although there are severalremaining details that will need our attention. Decorating our new building with the appropriateart for instance, will be a work-in-progress, although the seven foot tomato and 96 feet of vinesthat adorn the ceiling in the atrium are a good start…and of course, we will need to find someuses for the full size basket ball court!Season’s EndThe annual Red Gold’s Grower Banquet was held in Indianapolis in conjunction with thePurdue University Horticulture Congress. Nearly 200 growers, families and employees,and Red Gold employees were hosted by the RG Ag Department to present the 2011Master Grower Awards, and the coveted E. A. Reichart Quality Achievement Award,designating Red Gold’s ‘Grower of the Year’.The evening began with dinner and an excited company President and CEO, BrianReichart, giving a glimpse of the brand new Corporate Headquarters. This wasespecially interesting since last summer the growers all shared in the first event tobe held at the offices with the Field Day. They were able to visualize the progressbetween then and now. Director of Agriculture, Steve Smith, then recapped the seasonand announced the nine, 2011 Master Grower Award winners, honoring qualityproduction, professionalism and industry leadership. This year’s winners were McKillipFarms, Wabash, IN; Rice Farms, Wanatah, IN; AcMoody Farms, Union City, MI; AlbrightFarms, Coldwater, MI; Abbett Farms, LaCrosse, IN; Red Ripe, Inc., Galveston, IN; DetlingFarms, Union City, OH; Paarlberg Farms, Rolling Prairie, IN; and Lievens BrothersFarms, Petersburg, MI.The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the E.A. Reichart QualityAchievement Award by several members of the Reichart family in attendance. ScottRice, and his sons James and David, were announced as this year’s winners, cappingtheir season in which they successfully supplied outstanding quality tomatoes to ourprocessing facilities.Danna Dolliver, Assistant Agriculture Manager, gave the Grower Action Fund report,highlighting many accomplishments of the group in the past year, while remindingeveryone of the remaining challenges still ahead. Curt Utterback, Ag Coordinator,presented the Yield Guessing Award, given to Alex Leuk of Abbett Farms, for beingwithin 300 pounds per acre on his guess taken at the field day last summer. In thespirit of good time, Jason Stanton was given the BS Yield Guessing Award as the guessfarthest from the final actual yield. And finally, Adam Hartley, Ag Coordinator, highlightedthe Innovation Award, proudly given to Middlesworth Farms, Marion, IN. TheMiddlesworths’ engineered a device to help clean their harvester on muddy operatingdays to reduce downtime and labor. Jim Holloway, Ag Coordinator, announced anddistributed door prizes.The meeting ended with great entertainment provided by Tom Ryan, a nationally knowncomedian who has appeared on many TV shows and comedy clubs.The Purdue University Horticulture Congress provided educational sessions for allgrowers on the following day. Information on marketing, first aid, new technologies,public relations, soil compaction, and fertility highlighted the training opportunities. It wascertainly a busy two days, but full of excitement, good times and good fellowshipamong the entire Red Gold family.

Moving on Up...Manners withRed Gold Corporate employees are excited to be in our new CorporateOffice. Settling in to the beautiful, spacious and efficient working environmenthas been a joy. The first group was a little lonely at first, but they were quicklyjoined by the rest of the team.The break room, now called the Café, was an instant favorite for mostemployees. There is a long counter space for food preparation, and very little waiting time toaccess a microwave...there are four of them! The coffee is delicious and the food selection isimpressive. Company Kitchen (our refreshment vendor) has made purchasing at their kioskreally convenient. You can pay with a credit card, your Company Kitchen account card and byscanning your finger print!StewieWe can’t wait for everyone to see just how beautiful the office actually is. No offense to ourphotographer (LOL!) but pictures simply cannot capture how spacious and professional theenvironment truly is.CAN YOU BELIEVE...ALWAYS MOVING FORWARD!RED GOLD NOW AVAILABLE AT PUBLIXNew to Publix, Red Gold Tomatoes make your big game recipes delicious!For years, moms have relied on Red Gold canned tomatoes as the specialingredient in their recipes. If you live near a Publix, or if you travel southfor the winter, you can now pick up a can of one of your favorite five stylesof Red Gold Tomatoes, including Diced Tomatoes, Diced Tomatoes withBasil, Garlic & Oregano, and Diced Tomatoes Roasted Garlic and Onion,Diced Tomatoes Chili Ready and Red Gold Stewed Tomatoes.For all other Red Gold tomato fans, pick up your favorite flavor of RedGold Tomatoes at your local supermarket. You will always find premiumquality in every can. Visit www.RedGoldTomatoes.com for deliciousrecipes or join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redgold.TUTTOROSSO NOW AVAILABLE AT GIANT EAGLENew to Giant Eagle Supermarkets, “Tuttorosso Brand Italian-Style”canned tomato products are the perfect ingredient for authenticItalian cooking at home. For years, Italian cooks have relied on Tuttorossocanned tomatoes as their special ingredient in Italian recipes and slowsimmeredsauces. If you live near a Giant Eagle, pick up a can of one ofthe three styles of Tuttorosso Tomatoes during your next shopping trip.For all other Tuttorosso tomato fans, pick up your favorite 28 ouncecan of Whole Peeled, Diced or Crushed Tomatoes at your localsupermarket. You will always find unsurpassed quality in every can.Visit www.TuttorossoTomatoes.com for delicious recipes or join uson Facebook at www.facebook.com/tuttorosotomato.RG Transport Delivers More Than TomatoesOur employees and drivers at RGT have a huge heart during the holidayseason. For the last five years, they have conducted an Adopt-A-Familyfundraiser to purchase items such as clothes, food, shoes and cleaningsupplies for local families through the Morrisett Center. This year thegoal was to support 3 families. RGT raised $1948.23 which supported5 families!The next time you see a RG Transport Semi driving by, give them a smileand a wave to let them know how much they are appreciated!

www.redgold.comI CAREGlaucoma is not just one eye disease, but a group of eye conditions resulting in optic nerve damage, which causes loss ofvision. Abnormally high pressure inside your eye usually, but not always, causes this damage.Everyone older than 60 has an increased risk of glaucoma. African-Americans are five times more likely to get glaucoma thanCaucasians. If you have a family history of glaucoma, medical conditions like Diabetes or Hypothyroidism, Nearsightedness, orif you use corticosteroids for a long period of time your risk of developing this disease is increased.Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness. Sometimes called the silent thief of sight, glaucoma can damage your visionso gradually you may not notice any loss of vision until the disease is at an advanced stage. Early diagnosis and treatment canminimize or prevent optic nerve damage and limit vision loss. Treatments can vary from eye drops, medication or even surgerymay be necessary.It’s important to get your eyes examined regularly. Be aware that a severe headache or pain in your eye or eyebrow, nausea,blurred vision, or rainbow halos around lights may be some of the symptoms. If you experience two or more of these symptomstogether, seek immediate care at an emergency room or an eye doctor’s (ophthalmologist’s) office right away.mayoclinic.comAWARDSysco has a long-standing program, called the Top 100 Supplier Recognition program,which honors the suppliers that regularly meet or exceed their exacting standards.This program highlights the commitment and support of their suppliers and is a keycomponent of Sysco’s vision. Red Gold recently earned Sysco’s ‘Gold’-CannedGoods Supplier for 2011! Congratulations to all Red Gold employees who supportedSysco’s initiatives such as sourcing, sustainability, RDC Logistics and DataSynchronization, along with superior quality and customer service!COMPLIMENTFor years I was a loyal customer of “Classico” Pasta sauce. I recentlytried your (Tuttorosso) Marinara and it blows away Classico. It is thebest jarred marinara sauce I have ever tasted. Almost as good ashome made. Keep up the good work!!!Consumer, NYPersonal MilestonesItalicized Name Denotes Red Gold EmployeeRG Elwood, Births:Todd Bragg (Elwood) and Emily Bragg (Orestes), Mackenzie,November 18, 2011Retirements:Dave Miller, January 1, 2012, 13 Years of ServiceLinda “Kay” Ryan, January 6, 2012, 12 Years of ServiceMarriages:Gary and Andrea (Reno) Middlesworth, September 16, 2011RG Geneva, Retirements:Linley W. Lawrence, October 14, 2011, 12 Years of ServiceRG Corporate, Anniversaries:Barb and Steve Stanley, March 12, 2012, 35th AnniversaryMarriages:Nick and Gail Gilman, November 11, 2011Monica (Christie) and Brandon Pollom, November 11, 2011Retirements:Tina Anderson, December 12, 2011, 35 Years of ServiceRG Orestes, Marriages:Tonya and Joshua DeHart, September 10, 2011Tim and Erin (Washburn) Bassett, December 31, 2011Births:Joseph Mottweiler and Amy Gouker, Addison Myra,December 2. 2011Mathew and Amanda Mangas, Noah Gabriel,December 22, 2011Retirements:Sarah Dunning, November 29, 2011, 24 Years of ServiceAnniversaries:Luke and Carol Logan, November 15, 2011, 25th AnniversaryRG Distribution Center, Anniversaries:Dirk and Janice Beardsley, March 16, 2012, 30th AnniversaryHoward and Carol Haley, March 8, 2012, 25th Anniversary

Mawith!GLEn-Style”uthenticttorossod slowfone oftrip.StewieManners withCleaning UpCleaning up after yourself and taking carenot to impose on others is good manners.It also contributes to good sanitation.Clean up any mess you might make whilecooking or eating, including microwavesplashes and spills on the table. It is yourresponsibility to keep the area neat and clean.Office kitchen etiquette and cleaning arebased on having respect for your co-workers.Do not inconvenience them by leavingmesses or trash.R E C I P E SSAVORY CHICKENTORTILLA SOUPMAKES 8 SERVINGS - 1 CUP EACHPREPARATION TIME: 15 MINUTESCOOKING TIME: 20 MINUTES½ cup chopped onions1 small green bell pepper, chopped1 tablespoon vegetable oil3 (14.5 ounce) cans low sodiumchicken broth2 cups cooked chicken breast,shredded2 (14.5 ounce) cans RED GOLD®PETITE DICED TOMATOESwith CILANTRO & LIME JUICE1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn,thawed¼ teaspoon coarsely ground pepperTortilla Chips1 cup Monterey Jack cheese,shreddedSo many oto have woofficers, invare a few RAnn YounI am an asSchool. I aI am leadinweek. LetJeremiahI currentlya handful.members oand a lot owith cleanAlong withchildren weRachel HuI am in myam also invall the actimission tripScout denleader duriouncer localry can.join usIn a large stew pan sauté onions and green bellpepper in oil until tender. Add chicken broth,chicken, RED GOLD® PETITE DICED TOMATOESwith CILANTRO & LIME JUICE, corn and pepper.Bring to a boil.Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirringoccasionally, 20 minutes.Spoon soup into serving bowl. Add tortilla chipsand cheese. Optional garnish: several ½-inchpieces of avocado and a spoon full of sour cream.NUTRITIONAL FACTS PER SERVING:Calories 220, Fat 9g, Cholesterol 45mg, Sodium 740mg,Carbohydrate 18g, Protein 19g, Vitamin A 15%,Vitamin C 25%, Calcium 10%, Iron 8%esUPCOMING EVENTSState of the BusinessEIT Daffodil DaysEmployee Holiday – Good Friday April 6, 2012Contributors: Michelle Jacobs, Vishwesh Kelkar,Steve Smith, and Dallas ConradFor more great recipesvisit our website:www.redgold.com

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