Details for awards 2018

2018 Tom Gamel InnovaTIon awards
Timpte would like to recognize and congratulate employees who received the 2018 Tom
Gamel Innovation Awards! This is the 2nd year this program has been in place to recognize
outstanding and innovative performance amongst our Team Members. These awards
honor Tom Gamel’s tremendous support of Timpte during his 50 years of service with our
company as well as his leadership and commitment to Timpte and its employees.
Each recipient was nominated by a fellow employee or group of employees and received
a cash award, as well as an individual recognition plaque. They will also be recognized on
a historical Tom Gamel wall mounted plaque.

2018 Tom Gamel Innovation Award Winners are as follows:

Brake System Test Tool - Award received by Oleksandr “Alex”
Mazuryk - Technician (Mankato, MN Branch).
This was a Customer and Team Member Focus Innovation. Alex
developed a tool that utilizes a remote control that will trigger air to the
brake system. This will allow the technicians to be under or behind the
trailer to observe the moving parts of the brake system, which allows
one person to accomplish the task.
Shipping Container Cover - Award received by Justin More Service Writer (Mankato, MN Branch).
This was a Customer and Financial Focus Innovation. A large
excavating company was looking for a solution to cover a shipping
container. Justin worked close with the customer design a
configuration that would suit the customer’s needs. The customer
reported back that they were very happy with the performance of the
system with the likelihood of more to come.
Eliminating Waste — End Panels- Award received by Warren Way Team Leader (Thunderstone).
This was a Financial Focus Innovation. Warren developed a means to
eliminate the need to “cut” end panels for the 39’, 44’, and 49’ long
tarps by adjusting end pockets. This saved approximately 4 minutes
per tarp and reduced the amount of material that was scrapped.
Ez Flow Manual Opener Design- Inventive - Award received by Jim
Rabenberg - Territory Sales Rep (Council Bluffs, IA Branch), Justin Bell- Designer
(David City, NE), Gary Burnison - Shop Foreman (Council Bluffs, IA Branch), &
Nathan Trombley - Continuous Improvement Manager (David City, NE).
This was a Customer, Financial and Team Member Focus
Innovation. This team was challenged to design a new EZ
flow system that was better than the noisy, expensive, and
not maintained one we currently have. All stake holders from
customers to sales staff were talked with to find out what they
wanted to see in a new system. This lead to a new design that
enhanced market acceptance of the EZ Flow Trap Opener.
Aluminum Angel Sourcing - Award received by Joe Matthews Fabrication (David City, NE)
This was a Financial Focus Innovation. Joe determined the correct
length of extrusion to purchase of our 2”x2”x1/8” thick aluminum
angle in order to limit the amount of scrap generated.
Line Movement Kaizen Group - Award received by Tom Maher Operations Manager (David City, NE), Jose Rivera- Assembler (David City, NE),
Nathan Trombley - Continuous Improvement Manager (David City, NE), Roger EatonTeam Leader (David City, NE), Caleb Staub - Assembler (David City, NE), Efrain Robledo
- Assembler (David City, NE), Don Prochaska - Production Supervisor (David City, NE).
This was a Customer, Financial and Team Member Focus
Innovation. The team took on the task to overcome the
obstacle of gaps in the assembly line which caused yield/
produce fewer trailers than planned – which means loss
of labor hours and team members waiting around. They
established takt times for each line rate and set move times
accordingly. A buzzer will now sound for the entire line to move forward to the next
New Tarp Cap Enclosure - Award received by Roger Eaton - Team Leader
(David City, NE), Justin Krzycki - Drafter (David City, NE), Nathan Kool- Production
Supervisor (David City, NE).
This was a customer, Financial and Team Member Focus
Innovation. The team redesigned the tarp cap to not adversely
impact the cost or appearance of the trailer. They removed a
bottleneck from the assembly line by moving a large portion
of the work for the assembly of the tarp cap closeout to an off
line subassembly area. It also improved the ease and safety of
the balance of the installation work that remained on the assembly line.
Customer Documentation - Streamlining - Award received by
Jorge Garcia- Inside Sales Representative (David City Branch).
This was a Customer and Financial Focus Innovation. The
Customer Trailer Packet is provided to customers at the point of
Release. This is a very time consuming and costly process for
members of the Trailer Release team. During 2018, Jorge changed
the Customer Trailer Packet content and assembly process by
eliminating certain vendor literature and reducing the labor time
required to create each packet.
End of Harvest Giveaway - Award received by Sarah Kroesing - Administrative
Assistant (David City Branch), Jane Mastera - Administrative Assistant & Office Facilities
This was a Customer Focus Innovation. There was a discussion
regarding the challenges to get orders in to the factory
and challenged the entire Timpte team to think of new and
innovative ideas to drive new trailer sales. Upon hearing this
message, Sarah and Jane came up with the idea to create an
“End of Harvest Giveaway” campaign that was set up and
displayed at each branch. Every customer that purchased a new
trailer from October 22nd thru November 30th, entered their name in to the drawing. One
winner was chosen from all 9 locations.
Medical Benefits - New Hire Process - Vending- Award received by Joni Konwinski HR Manager (David City, NE), Tara Mleynek - HR Generalist (David City, NE),
Alecia Schmit - HR Assistant (David City, NE).
This was a Financial Focus and Team
Member Focus Innovation. The HR Team
helped to Enhanced Employee Benefits –
Added Dental and Vision, changed providers.
Improved the Vending Machines by adding
healthy food options. They also decreased
time to process a new hire while continuing
to be the best place to work.
Big Congratulations to the award winners as
well as all other nominees for this special award. Timpte appreciates the hard work and
dedication of their employees!
Founded in 1884, Timpte is North America’s largest manufacturer of dry bulk commodity
hopper bottom trailers. Timpte trailers are sold and serviced through a network of 9
factory-owned and operated retail branches and over 30 independent dealers. Proudly
Made in America, every Timpte® is built in David City, NE at the company’s state-of-theart manufacturing plant. For 135 years, Timpte has been honored to represent the finest
American quality and craftsmanship to our valued customers.