Monthly Archives: July 2015

Greysolon Plaza

by Garrett Bunkowske, Architectural Department Project Manager On the evening of December 28, 2013 the historic canopy of Duluth’s Greysolon Plaza collapsed. The canopy was built in 1925 when the Hotel Duluth (now the Greysolon Plaza) opened for business. The canopy featured ornate terracotta moldings installed on large steel frame that was suspended from the building by […]

Tool Tracking & Inventory Management Myth Busters Event

Two years ago the Focus on Completion Until Successful (FOCUS) Tool and Equipment Lean initiative began. The FOCUS team was tasked with identifying and eliminating waste and rework in the Tool and Equipment Department. Jamar’s Lean Leadership worked with the FOCUS team to measure and gather data about how the Tool Room was performing and […]

Station Training for Safety

In March, we held our quarterly Safety Meeting in a “Station Training” format.  We set up three stations the group rotated through.  First, we had a vendor representative from ESAB demonstrate torch operation safety, including set up, lighting, gauge use and breakdown. The second station had an experienced employee review grinder safety to include proper […]

Online Vivid Learning System is a Success

In January, Vivid Learning System became the delivery platform for safety and training courses. Employees get a more engaging experience and learn critical concepts in 20 minutes or less. The courses are interactive, use short films, animations, and real scenarios, so the content is relevant to the job. Online courses also allow the employee flexibility […]

Proctor Specialty Fabrication Shop

Since February 27 of this year we’ve been operating out of a second specialty fabrication shop. It’s located at 329 Second Street, Proctor, Minnesota. Our current workload, with the addition of a couple large projects, created a temporary need for more space. That space needed to be big enough to work on multiple large fabrication […]

Project Update: maurices Headquarters

If you haven’t seen it by now, Duluth’s largest downtown commercial development in the history of the city is well underway. The new maurices Headquarters will be located at 425 W. Superior Street. The building is approximately 200,000 square feet, stands 11 stories in height, and spans an entire city block. The project cost in […]