By Sarah Arnold, Marketing Specialist and Customer Service Representative
About a month ago, I received the phone call I had been waiting five long months for; Scott Livingston, the National Sales Manager at PRIER Products, called to offer me a job as a Marketing Specialist and Customer Service Representative. I shared with friends, my dream job was finally at my fingertips. What I didn't know was not only would I be blogging, updating social media, marketing the company's products and helping customers with PRIER's products, I was actually receiving a job at one of the best companies I have ever run across.
April 23, 2013 – Grandview, MO Whenever the phone rings before 6:00 am, it's usually not a good thing. PRIER Products' CEO Joe Poskin received such a call on February 27th - PRIER's Distribution Center roof had collapsed under the weight of more than 24 inches of snow! The fortunate part of this disaster was that it happened in the middle of the night when no one was working so there were no injuries. Had the roof collapsed at 3:00 in the afternoon, damages would have been significantly different and a small catastrophe might have been a dreadful tragedy.
By Joe Poskin, CEO
My family and I moved last spring after 27 years in the same house, a house that we had designed, built, and where we raised four kids. To my chagrin, I found that moving out of your home of 27 years is no easy chore. Did I really need to keep those rusted springs from the broken trampoline? Did I think I would wear that sweater with the hole in it again? Old crusty paint brushes...really? Then there were the demands by the new owners to fix the leaking shower faucet and replace the old boards on the deck. It might have been a little more demanding than I had hoped it would be.
PRIER Products Receives Business Excellence award from State of Missouri
Mar 12, 2013 – Grandview, MO— PRIER Products received the State of Missouri’s Business Excellence award from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (TAAC). As a Grandview based manufacturing company, PRIER has been working with Becky Nace at the state’s TAAC program to compete and win market share from foreign competition. At a January 31st awards banquet in Jefferson City, PRIER was recognized by the Missouri State legislature and received the Business Excellence award in completing the program. Senator Jason Holsman and Grandview Representative Joe Runions (representing Grandview) both congratulated Brady Poskin (Manufacturing Manager) and Cindy Coats (Controller) from PRIER.
Grandview, Mo. (March 26, 2013) — PRIER Products is proud to announce its appointment of Touchdown Sales as their exclusive manufacturer’s representative in Utah and Southern Idaho.
Touchdown Sales is a recently formed manufacturer’s rep agency that covers Utah and Southern Idaho and has a great reputation with the plumbing contractors. Tony Sutherland (agency principal) began this agency in 2011 after working for many years in plumbing wholesale sales in the Las Vegas market. With an opportunity to start his own agency in Utah through Sioux Chief Manufacturing and Zeta Rod he made the move. He recently added Kent Dennis to the agency, who brings over 30 years of sales and general contracting experience. This addition makes a great partnership and has already began to pay dividends. Touchdown Sales has put a priority on keeping only a few manufacturer’s lines and giving these lines the attention needed to grow. “PRIER Products is a great line for our agency because it is made in the USA and they have quality product” stated Tony Sutherland.
As the Controller for PRIER, my main duties are to accurately record the past, so that we can effectively plan for the future. With that knowledge, it should not be surprising that I spend my weekend's scrapbooking. Scrapbookers spend their time playing with paper and pictures. We look for just the right words to capture the spirit of the event we are working on.
The big difference between accounting and scrapbooking is that there are no Generally Accepted Scrapbooking Principals other than the concept of keeping everything acid free so that you do not ruin the pictures. That concept can also be disregarded if you own the digital version of your pictures because you can print as many copies as you want as long as you are willing for pay for the ink and paper. Monday through Friday at PRIER, I document the past exactly as it happened, in accordance with GAAP. Saturday and Sunday I get to work on the past in any order that I like. If I pick up a picture and I hate it, I can pitch it in the trash can. If it hurts too much to look at the picture, I can put it away for another day when the memory isn't so fresh. I can pick the event that speaks to me on that day, I can relive that moment all day or all weekend.
I enjoy my job at PREIR because it feels like a family away from home. I live approximately 45 miles southeast of the PRIER plant and it is a long way to drive. I could probably get a job closer to home, but I don't think I would find a job where it is so clean. I worked in the cabinet making business for most of my life. I liked it, but the older I got, the heavier the cabinets got, and the sawdust was getting to me. Sawdust everywhere! PRIER is not only clean but you couldn't find a bunch of better people to work with, from management to the people on the plant floor. Everyone is treated like family here.