Protected: 2019 Thermo Calendar

So, as I near my exit with Thermo-Tech, I couldn’t forget to share a very special calendar we created for the Big Cheese’s birthday last month!  This was an idea that was conjured up while in one of the pools on our trip to Mexico.  There just happened to be a fountain in the pool and, well, that was our...

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Protected: Another Successful Thermo Party!

Well, another successful Thermo Party is in the books! What a great weekend spent reconnecting and catching up with old friends. And it was great to put a face to the new faces in the company. Once again, Jen Hellman did a fantastic job with the kids events. The “Minute to Win It” games were a huge hit, and quite entertaining to watch! Steve certainly pulled off the “WOW” factor in the prizes displayed on the stage! And, even though some people took more of the brunt of the water on the duck ride, I think everyone enjoyed it 🙂 A HUGE thank you to the BIG CHEESE for his generosity in providing for a great get-away weekend! Click this link to view a small gallery of party...

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Protected: Health Insurance Renewal Rates

Health Insurance You may or may not remember that in October of last year, I explained how moving our renewal date from Dec 1 to Oct 1 allowed us to keep our current “grandfathered” health plan until 2017. (you can re-read the old Thermo-Tidbits post)  Despite the average 13% increase in premiums last year, keeping our current plan was still the best option over an ACA (Affordable Care Act) compliant plan. We are now looking at the renewal rates for the final year of our “grandfathered” plan. They came in with an average 6% increase in premium.  Some of you may see a small increase, while some of you will see not only the average 6% premium increase, but the “nickel” age increased rates as well (premiums go up every year your age ends in the number 5 or 0).  So, if you had a birthday this year that makes you a “nickel” age, you can expect a larger increase. Here is an excerpt from a recent email from our insurance agent regarding our new premiums: “Although no increase would be a better situation, I have to say I was relieved that your  plan will experience just a six percent increase.  We’ve been reading and hearing a projection for 25-40% increases for Marketplace plans January 1st.  With that possibility, it’s obvious that there was absolute advantage in the decision to maintain this plan as long as possible.  Uuuuggghhh!  Where and when is this all going to end?” Increased premium payroll deductions will begin on the October 4...

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Protected: 2nd Quarter Briefing

So we continue on our streak of profitability!  April, May & June put us in the black yet again. And we all know what that means – incentive checks!!  The hard work put forth by each of us will be rewarded on the July 26 paychecks.  Congratulations!  Let’s keep this trend going!!   Company Party There are no details to report for the party yet.  Discussions have started and planning is in the works.  Just make sure you have the weekend of Sept 17 marked on the calendar.  We will be taking over the Cedar Lodge resort in Lake Delton once...

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Protected: 1st Qtr Incentive Checks, Backlog, and Party Reminder!

Well folks, we have exciting news to “share”!  Between taxes,  year end bonuses and a variety of other expenses we endure at the beginning and end of every year,  1st quarter incentive checks can sometimes be lackluster. But, not only were we able to pay out substantial bonuses in March, we’re immediately following those up, for those eligible, with sizeable first quarter incentive checks! Watch for them to be included on your May 3 paychecks.  Steve continues to reward his employees for their hard work by sharing in the profitability of the company.  Let’s keep this trend rolling….hard work really does pay off!! Looking ahead, we have a comfortable short-term backlog for the spring.  Some areas may experience periodic lulls as others will remain quite active.  As the temperatures rise, so will the workloads.  This summer looks to be hectic and every area will be more than busy! Party date reminder – remember to mark your calendars for the weekend of Sept 16 for our annual company party!!...

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