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Curtis Representative of the Year

November 2013

Donna Curtis Baldwin Filters District Sales Manager Donna Curtis was recently recognized as Tidewater Fleet Supply's Manufacturer Representative of the Year for 2013.

According to John Trant, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Tidewater Fleet Supply, the selection was based on many
variables, including quality of product,
order fill, fleet and commercial customer
calls, training and product knowledge, new
business development, and overall service and attention to customer matters.

"Donna works with a high degree of dedication and professionalism with her representation of Baldwin Filters for Tidewater Fleet Supply, and she is well respected by Tidewater Fleet Supply customers and employees alike," Trant said.

Tidewater Fleet Supply is a full-line automotive, truck and heavy equipment parts distributor that serves customers in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. This year marks the company's 60th anniversary in business and its 40th year as a Baldwin distributor.

CLARCOR Achievement Awards

Simmons Award
CLARCOR ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Craig Simmons of Baldwin Filters was recently presented with a CLARCOR Achievement Award for his leadership on various projects at the company. Pictured are Baldwin Filters President Sam Ferrise, Simmons; Vice President of Human Resources Bill Musick, Plant Manager Kevin Barker and Vice President of Operations Dan Schulte.

Whitesel Award
CLARCOR ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – James Whitesel of Baldwin Filters was recently presented with a CLARCOR Achievement Award for his leadership on various projects at the company. Pictured are Baldwin Filters President Sam Ferrise, Vice President of Operations Dan Schulte, Whitesel; Plant Manager Kevin Barker and Vice President of Human Resources Bill Musick.

October 2013

Two Baldwin Filters employees were recently presented the CLARCOR Achievement Award for outstanding achievement.

Craig Simmons and James Whitesel were recognized for their efforts on several projects at Baldwin Filters.

The CLARCOR Achievement Award is given to an individual employed by a CLARCOR company who has exhibited behavior that embodies the values and philosophies of CLARCOR.

Craig Simmons, Setup Specialist, was nominated for being a key resource in providing operational knowledge and insight in the equipment design and operation for the recently completed upgrade of spin-on filter lines in Baldwin's Kearney, NE, and Yankton, SD, facilities.

"Simmons' leadership was evident throughout the process of specifying the equipment improvements before and during the equipment validation at the vendor locations and during the online installation," said Al Liibbe, Senior Manufacturing Engineer & Champion of Project.

James Whitesel, Production Supervisor, was recognized for his contributions related to a new can-making line and sensor plate work cell at Baldwin's Kearney, NE, plant and training support at the company's Morocco facility.

"No one else in the facility has the knowledge and know how in all aspects of can making. He was instrumental in setting up the transfer program. He went back and forth with the vendor until he came up with an idea that would make the programming easier for everyone," said John Macrander, Senior Manufacturing Engineer on the can-making line project.

Both Simmons and Whitesel have been with Baldwin Filters for nearly 19 years.

Onsite Wellness Center opens

Wellness Center Open House

June 2013

Baldwin Filters employees visit with a health care provider at the open house celebrating the opening of an onsite wellness center at the company's headquarters in Kearney, NE.

Baldwin Filters and Marathon Health celebrated the opening of an onsite health center at Baldwin's Kearney, NE, facility last week with an open house.

The center, named "The Wellness Center: A Marathon to Good Health", will offer acute care in addition to wellness care, disease management and health coaching. Employees of Baldwin Filters and their dependents are eligible to receive care at the center.

The center is operated by Marathon Health, which operates onsite health centers nationwide, with a focus on helping people become more active in their own health and health care. Three staff members will operate the center throughout the week.

"Our decision to implement an onsite health solution reflects our desire to improve employee access to primary and preventive care, and to shift focus from sick care to preventive care," said Bill Musick, Baldwin Vice President of Human Resources.

Center hours are designed to allow Baldwin employees from all shifts to utilize its services.

"It's important that everyone feels that this health care option is convenient for them," Musick said. "We hope to continue fostering a commitment to health on both a corporate and personal level.

Exporter of the Year

June 2013

Baldwin Filters was named the Exporter of the Year by the Midwest International Trade Association at its 2013 World Trade Conference in La Vista, NE, on May 17.

The MITA Exporter of the Year award is presented to the companies that demonstrate both individual company accomplishments, and the importance and benefits of trade to the wider community, through outstanding achievement in the global marketplace.

Nebraska Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann recognized the company's accomplishments, noting that the company has grown from one man making filters in his garage to a worldwide exporter.

Baldwin products are shipped to 65 different ports around the globe. The company has been expanding its global reach at a rapid pace over the last 20 years.

Diane Karstens and Rosario Castillo of Baldwin's International Sales Department represented the company at the conference and accepted the award on the company's behalf.

"We are proud to have earned this honor," said Brent Yaw, Baldwin's Vice President of International Sales. "Our company is geared to support equipment and customers around the world. Exporting our product has been and will continue to be an integral part of our growth plan."

PTP Filter Supplier of the Year

June 2013

Baldwin Filters was named the 2012 Filter Supplier of the Year by Professional Transportation Partners (PTP) earlier this year. This is the third consecutive year Baldwin has received the honor.

The award was announced at PTP's annual Shop Network Meeting. Professional Transportation Partners, a large truck stop shop organization with 60 member locations across America, has been affiliated with Baldwin Filters for many years.

Baldwin was selected as Filter Supplier of the Year for many reasons, including in-house customer service, order fill rate, response time and field support.

"This award is based on total customer support. Baldwin is dedicated to supporting our customers in the same way they treat theirs," said Gary Kauffman, Baldwin National Accounts Manager.

"You don't get customers, you earn them. Baldwin has done this with this group and continues to look at better and more ways to offer total customer service to all our customers," Kauffman continued.

Expansion Groundbreaking

May 2013

A groundbreaking ceremony at Baldwin Filters on Wednesday (May 29) commemorated the start of a 400,000 square foot expansion to its headquarters in Kearney, NE.

Representatives from Baldwin and its parent company, CLARCOR, as well as officials from the city of Kearney and Buffalo County attended the ceremony held on the construction site.

"We are pleased to initiate this key project," said Sam Ferrise, Baldwin Filters President. "This expansion will allow us to better serve our customers around the world by adding significant warehousing and shipping capacity."

The new distribution center will take approximately 1½ years to complete at an estimated cost of $40 million. The project will more than double the number of loading docks at the facility and will feature an upgraded warehouse management system to increase productivity and efficiency.

"The City of Kearney is excited and appreciative of Baldwin's decision to expand in Kearney," said Mike Morgan, Kearney City Manager. "This project is another excellent example of city, county and state officials coming together to promote economic development opportunities for the private sector."

"Baldwin continues to grow its market share both domestically and globally. This expansion will enable Baldwin to support its growth objectives," said Chris Conway, CLARCOR CEO.

"We appreciate the assistance and work done by the City of Kearney, Buffalo County and the Economic Development Council of Buffalo County in the planning stages of this project," said Ferrise. "We are in the final stages of selecting a general contractor, and look forward to completion of this important expansion to our Kearney facility."

Arens Promoted to Director

March 2013

Dan ArensBaldwin Filters, headquartered in Kearney, NE, recently announced the promotion of Dan Arens to the position of Director of Global Laboratory Operations.

Arens has been with Baldwin Filters for 23 years. He began his career with Baldwin as a Lab Tech, before being promoted to Lab Supervisor. His most recent assignment was Manager of the Laboratory/Media.

In his new role, Arens will manage Baldwin's global lab equipment and operations, as well as oversee operations in the Kearney, NE, testing facility. Baldwin also operates testing facilities in China and Morocco.

Arens holds a bachelor's degree in Comprehensive Biology from Kearney State College (now the University of Nebraska at Kearney).

Merritt Promoted to Vice President

March 2013

Steve MerrittBaldwin Filters, headquartered in Kearney, NE, recently announced the promotion of Steve Merritt to the position of Vice President of Product Engineering.

Merritt joined Baldwin Filters 16 years ago as a Design Engineer in the Engineering Group. He has also served as Specifications Engineering Manager, Manager of New Concepts Engineering and Director of Air and International Engineering. His most recent assignment was Senior Director of Product Engineering.

In his new role, Merritt will oversee and guide the growth and progress of product engineering.

Merritt holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

CLARCOR Achievement Awards

AWARD WINNERS - Chris Conway, CEO of CLARCOR (left), and Dan Schulte, Baldwin Filters Vice President Operations (far right), presented CLARCOR Achievement Awards to Stan Johnston, George Lundgren, Bob Jaixen and John Macrander.

March 2013

Four Baldwin Filters employees were recently presented the CLARCOR Achievement Award for outstanding achievement in 2012. The employees were honored during a visit from representatives of Baldwin Filters’ corporate parent, CLARCOR.

Bob Jaixen, Stan Johnston and John Macrander from the Kearney, NE, Baldwin Filters location and George Lundgren from the Yankton, SD, facility were recognized for their efforts in recent expansion projects at the two facilities.

The CLARCOR Achievement Award is given to an individual employed by a CLARCOR company who has exhibited behavior that embodies the values and philosophies of CLARCOR.

Macrander, Senior Manufacturing Engineer, was recognized for identifying the needs and following through to installation and implementation of new can-making lines in Kearney and Yankton. “John’s project management skills have been exceptional. He has done a great job planning, communicating, coordinating multiple resources and installing the state-of-the-art can-making lines on a very tight timeline,” said Monte Gulick, Plant Manager in Yankton.

Jaixen, Manufacturing Engineer, was honored for his concepts and tooling design on the new can-making lines in the Kearney and Yankton facilities. “The tooling designed for these presses has allowed can production to increase and for changeover times to be significantly reduced,” said Kevin Barker, Plant Manager in Kearney. “Bob has the knowledge and understanding of what we need as a company for continuous improvement.”

Johnston, Senior Manufacturing Engineer, was recommended for the award for his leadership of the Yankton plant expansion and installation of a new spin-on assembly line. “Stan has exhibited sound project management. He hasn’t shied away from making the tough decisions and has dealt with all involved with the project in a very professional manner,” said Gulick.  “We look forward to working with the assets that Stan has put in place. “

Lundgren, Production Manager, was recognized for his work on three major projects over the last year.  “He has worked very closely with both Stan Johnston and John Macrander as they have led projects to expand the facility and begin installing equipment necessary to relieve capacity constraints in our Kearney plant and move the Yankton plant more deeply into the production of heavy-duty spin-on filters,” said Gulick. “His drive to see all tasks through to timely completion has led to successful implementation of all three projects.“

“It is not often that we implement major capital projects without delayed implementations or projects that exceed the initial estimated expenditures,” said Dan Schulte, Baldwin Filters Vice President of Operations. “These projects were well planned and managed.  They were executed within the capital budget and implemented on or ahead of schedule. These individuals deserved to be recognized for their outstanding efforts.”

Baldwin Filters Plans Expansion

February 2013

Baldwin Filters' manufacturing operations continue to grow in its Kearney, NE, Gothenburg, NE, and Yankton, SD, facilities.

With this growth comes the need for additional space at its Kearney, NE headquarters location. Baldwin Filters plans a Spring 2013 groundbreaking for a new 400,000 square foot Distribution Center which will be located to the east of its Kearney facility. Distribution operations in the current 110,000 sq. ft. distribution center, built in 1998, have exceeded capacity, spurring the need for additional space.

"The primary use of the expansion will be to improve distribution operations, consolidate off-site rental space and reorganize the current facility to improve manufacturing operations," said Sam Ferrise, President of Baldwin Filters.

"This is a very large undertaking and represents a substantial, $40 million investment for Baldwin Filters. It's indicative of our continued commitment to the Kearney area, and should have a significant economic impact for some time to come," said Ferrise. "Baldwin has continued to grow in our domestic and international markets, driving the need for this expansion."

The expansion will create a construction zone adjacent to and east of Baldwin Filters, and will utilize the land made available as a result of the 2008 relocation of Airport Road. With the expansion, Baldwin Filters' corporate headquarters will encompass nearly one million square feet.

"The City of Kearney, along with Buffalo County, has been very supportive of our plans to expand, and we deeply appreciate their support," said Dan Schulte, Baldwin's Vice President of Operations. "Every effort will be made to minimize disturbance to traffic patterns and access during the construction process."

The project has received corporate approval from Baldwin Filters' parent company, CLARCOR, Inc., as well as the approval of CLARCOR's Board of Directors.

Corporate Video Released

January 2013

Baldwin Filters announces the release of a new corporate video, "Baldwin Filters – Behind the Scenes."

The four-minute video offers a fresh, fast-paced look at Baldwin Filters, where its filters are found and how they are made.

"We are excited to offer this new video," said Kevin Connolly, Vice President of Marketing at Baldwin Filters. "Behind the Scenes gives viewers a glimpse at our worldwide operations, as well as an overview of the broad range of applications our filters are used on."

"The video also features our manufacturing process and our research and testing facilities, which allows viewers to see the quality built into each Baldwin filter," Connolly said.

The video can be viewed on the Baldwin Filters website at

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