In response to several inquiries, we wanted to update you on the Model Family. You have been asking how we’re doing after the passing this year of our wise and strong and compassionate leader, Jerry Subar. Well, we miss him. He was always the smartest person in the room. His questions got to the main issues with piercing speed. He sure helped prevent the rest of us from making some poorly thought-out ideas! We miss him. But we are perservering. We all feel it is important to honor the memory of “JP” by doing well, by taking care of our customers, and by growing the business that he loved, and to which he dedicated most of his life. So we will.
One of services that Jerry loved most was Model’s mat service. Mats serve several functions: they keep floors dry so they greatly improve safety by minimizing the chance for dangerous and costly slip-and-fall accidents; mats keep floors cleaner by holding dirt at the door instead of being tracked into a building, and employees and customers prefer clean; mats protect floors and therefore reduce expensive maintenance and replacement costs of flooring. Mats capture 90% of the dirt that would otherwise be tracked into a building, and because removing a pound of dirt from a building costs about $500, mats save money!
Jerry loved helping customers keep their workers and workplaces cleaner, neater and safer. He taught us how to service customers with dedication and honesty. We will carry on his vision and the vision of his father, Model’s founder, Max Subar. Visit modelcoverall.com to learn more about Model and the Model and Subar Family.
Detergents and Machines! There seem to be tons of options out there. As usual, when it comes to making a wise choice about which product to use, I consult Consumer Reports. Did you know they recommend spending at least 10 cents a load? Anything cheaper scored subpar in performance. Here is some recent information about laundry detergent and washing machines:
- Save on laundry detergent without sacrificing cleaning power (news.consumerreports.org)
At age 11, I was in a choir commissioned to sing at a Pennsylvania nursing home in July. Pennsylvania is already really hot and humid in July and I’m pretty sure there were no significant measures to cool the elevated performance stage. Mid-chorus, I fainted. The kid next to me fainted. I think over 1/3 of the whole adolescent choir ended up on the floor by the end of the set. They lined us all up in a side room, lying on the carpet with our feet elevated in armchairs, draping our foreheads with baggies of ice, and having us sip iced tea from Styrofoam cups through coffee straws. The problem? The HEAT. Lack of ventilation and hydration resulted in many preventable heat stress complications.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Ben Franklin
Millions of adults in this country face extremely hot working conditions on a daily basis. Heat stress, unchecked, can escalate to major health problems—even death. Take precautions to cool and ventilate the work area as much as possible and implement appropriate work/rest cycles so that workers can slowly acclimate to the heat. In the interest of preventing heat stress trauma, Model Coverall Service has products and services to help beat the heat:
- Electrolyte Tablets and Drink Mix. Model offers electrolyte packets in individual servings that can be dropped into a water bottle and larger quantities that can make 5 gallon batches. Hydration during heated working conditions is extremely important. An average person in heated working conditions can lose between 2-3 gallons of fluid per day. Replace those fluids by drinking about 1 cup of liquid every 15-20 minutes, even if not experiencing a thirst sensation. While water is great for this, failure to replenish salt lost through perspiration can result in debilitating heat cramps. The Center for Disease Control recommends electrolyte drinks as a facet of first aid when treating heat illnesses.
- Mira-Cool Bandana. Stay cool with our specialized bandana that can be moistened and worn around the neck or forehead to cool major areas of blood flow. The body cools itself through the evaporation of sweat and the circulation of blood to cooler extremities of the body. A Mira-Cool Bandana keeps moisture against the skin, helping to cool blood pumping through the arteries.
- Heat Stress Training. Model’s First Aid, Safety and Training Division offers training in many areas of workplace injury prevention. Heat Stress is just one of Model’s many areas of training specialty. Call about our flexible classes!
For more information on how to lessen heat stress, check out these helpful links:
Have a clean and safe day!
Who is this guy?
The Inventor of the Zipper and it’s his 132nd birthday. Without designer Gideon Sundback, we might still be using buttons and ties for everything. Here at Model, we deeply embrace the zipper! Pants, Jackets, and Coveralls stay on largely thanks to Sundback’s ingenious design.
Today, as you secure your jacket against the air’s spring chill using Sundback’s toothsome joiner, hum a little Happy Birthday. And check your fly. Esquire proclaimed in the 1930’s as zippers began replacing buttons on clothing: “The Possibility of Unintentional and Embarrassing Disarray” is greatly reduced with proper use.
Have a clean and safe day!
The ACLU of Michigan Western Branch in Grand Rapids is honoring Jerry Subar, longtime owner of Model Coverall Service, who passed away in January 2012, as 2012 Civil Libertarian of the Year. This award “recognizes those who’ve gone the extra mile to guarantee that our essential constitutional rights are protected in western Michigan.”
Jerry’s son, Jon Subar, president of Model says, “Jerry never shied away from the ACLU’s focus, in spite of the controversies sometimes raised by their activities. Jerry mostly helped individuals here in West Michigan who felt their freedoms were wrongly denied. We are proud that his commitment and years of dedicated work to preserve our very hard-earned freedoms are being recognized by the community here in West Michigan.”
An event is being held to honor Jerry Subar’s achievements and valuable contributions to our community. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Thursday, April 19 at 5:30pm
1130 Wealthy SE, Grand Rapids
Please RSVP today at www.aclumich.org
Have a clean and safe day!
3/12/2012 – Marne, MI — Berlin Raceway is pleased to announce that Model Coverall Service will be returning as the title sponsor of the Modified division in 2012.
Model Coverall Service had been no stranger to Berlin Raceway in the past, but in 2010, they stepped up to be the title sponsor of the newly-formed Model Coverall Service Modified division and it was a sponsorship that they have maintained throughout the years.
“Model Coverall Service is a great fit for Berlin Raceway”, explained Kurt Dietrich, Operations and Marketing Manager of Berlin Raceway. “They are a tight knit family run company that holds many of the same values as Berlin Raceway, we are very excited to have them continue on as a title sponsor of the Model Coverall Service Modified Division.”
Have a Clean and Safe Day!