We implemented an Innovation Ecosystem that engages our creative and entrepreneurial workforce with challenges and opportunities. The effort has resulted in 394 innovation proposal submissions and nine awards, a 57 percent increase in results from 2014. We recently created an innovation "FabLab" that now has more than 1,100 members. These participants volunteered for and received more than 2,000 hours of training. They also participated in five hack-a-thon/build-a-thon events throughout the company. The innovation pipeline has resulted in 25 funded innovation projects. The goal with all innovation efforts is to transform ideas into inventions and unleash new ways of designing, manufacturing and collaborating.
Our ongoing innovation projects have driven innovation throughout the company while also producing cost-saving outcomes.
In conjunction with direct customer efforts, we maintain affiliations with organizations including those listed below to enhance business performance, collaboration, community involvement, diversity and inclusion, employee relations, the environment, health and safety, sustainability strategies and initiatives, innovation and supplier relationships.