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3 Ways Customers Benefit From Employee Ownership

Posted by Brian Baker on 1/18/17 10:30 AM

Why should customers care whether they buy from employee-owned companies or not? Typically, customers receive greater value when working with an employee-owned company. Pride of employee ownership produces a culture that benefits their customers. That pride positively impacts the employee culture in attitude, engagement and communication with their customers.

Overall, employee owners care more, work harder and serve customers better than non-employee owners because they have a financial stake in the customers’ experience and are committed to their ongoing satisfaction. Following are three ways customers benefit from an employee-owned company culture:

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Sentry Equipment Featured by Business in Focus Magazine

Posted by Paul Dybro on 11/30/16 11:30 AM

For food and beverage manufacturers, finding a solution to a processing problem goes beyond consulting internal resources to seeking industry experts. To understand a processing problem, representative sampling may be at the heart of diagnosing it accurately and reliably. To have confidence in solving the problem, partner with a strategic food and beverage sampling supplier that understands it and can provide insights to solve it.

“My job is to go out and look for market problems that exist that we can help solve – whether that is by developing a new product, partnering with a different company and bringing our customers different solutions, or even acquiring other businesses that extend the Sentry brand to provide a wider range of solutions to our customer,” explained Industry Manager AJ Naber in a recent interview with Business In Focus magazine.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Company News

What Does an Advanced Manufacturing Plant Look Like?

Posted by Rick Steinke on 11/9/16 11:50 AM

Today’s manufacturing has changed in recent years to promote quality, innovation and productivity. As a result, customers are demanding more from their suppliers. They want manufacturing partners with an advanced manufacturing plant with more capabilities.

In addition to an organized, orderly, clean and safe environment, customers want products from advanced manufacturing plants that use the latest production equipment and processes to employ agile, flexible and smart manufacturing. They want the benefits of the facilities that use advanced technologies for improved product quality, reduced costs and on-time production and delivery.

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Sentry Equipment featured in Manufacturing Today magazine

Posted by Krista Drager on 8/24/16 8:30 AM

Sentry Equipment plays an essential role in the operations of its customers. “We are a manufacturer that helps other manufacturers improve their processes,” explains Rick Steinke, Sentry Equipment VP of Operations.

Steinke’s broad statement sums up the essence of the company’s pivotal role in providing representative sampling solutions for a variety of industries, including power generation, oil & gas, food & beverage, chemical & petrochemical, cement, mining and pharmaceutical.

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How Sentry Equipment created an amazing workplace

Posted by Krista Drager on 8/17/16 8:04 AM

Sentry Equipment HR VP Sherri McDermott captured the importance of our corporate culture in one concise statement: “This is a great company largely because it’s our company.” Her 30-year tenure is a testament to how employee-ownership attracts talented, dedicated employees and reinforces the forward thinking vision of owners Dick and Mary Henszey.

In 1986, the Henszeys decided to transfer ownership from a privately owned business to an employee-owned business because, as Mary stated at the time, “Cooperation and teamwork will determine the future of Sentry Equipment… we’re betting on you, the people who are here now, and your successors.”

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Safety first: The benefits of partnering with a safe manufacturer

Posted by Rebecca Dinan Schneider on 3/24/16 10:22 AM

In March, our company celebrated an almost unheard-of safety record of 17 years without a lost-time incident in our factory. This is due to numerous safety policies and the care our employee-owners take in ensuring safety. 

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Customer applications lead to product innovations

Posted by Rebecca Dinan Schneider on 11/4/15 10:00 AM

Since our beginnings in 1924, our company has been focused on meeting customer needs. Our engineers are well-respected throughout the industry for their technical competencies, applications expertise, and strong engineering backgrounds, which allow us to consistently offer reliable technical solutions and support our customers need. Much of our work with customers focuses on serving as the go-to resource for high-performance sampling no matter the application, but it also involves collaborating with customers to develop entirely new solutions to market issues. This means that our advanced technical knowledge and experience is employed not only to simply meet standards, but sets the industry standards by which all others operate.

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The Good Jobs helps attract good people

Posted by Rebecca Dinan Schneider on 9/30/15 10:00 AM

Sentry Equipment Corp seeks to attract the best talent to become employee-owners. As an employee-owned company, our team fully appreciates the value of every customer and the importance of every relationship – taking pride in everything we do, delivering on our promises and standing behind our commitments.

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Feeding the future: Company supports STEM learning

Posted by Rebecca Dinan Schneider on 8/26/15 10:00 AM

On the campus of Kansas State University is the O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center. Dedicated in October 2013, this state-of-the-art facility is operated by the university’s departments of Grain Science and Industry and Animal Sciences and Industry in support of teaching, research and outreach programs. It is the world’s leading educational and research facility for feed processing, pet food development and grain handling. Named for Otto Kruse, founder of a successful grain and milling company, the center hosts short courses for industry professionals, lab sessions for students, research projects for faculty, fee-for-service projects for industry and production runs for university animals. Within this facility, university faculty, staff, students and stakeholders look to impact the global feed, pet food and animal nutrition industries.

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Why does employee ownership matter?

Posted by Rebecca Dinan Schneider on 7/29/15 10:00 AM

In 1985, Sentry Equipment Corp owners Dick and Mary Henszey had the vision and foresight to ensure the company and employees would continue to thrive. They did this by beginning the process of shifting ownership of the company to employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The plan, designed to secure the company’s and employees’ future, transferred ownership from the Henszeys to all employees over a period of time, with the Henszeys personally guaranteeing the financial obligation associated with the transfer of ownership. While ESOPs were not an entirely new concept, this method of ensuring the financing was creative, and eventually became a model for other ESOP companies.

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