Marsha_DanielsonBy Marsha Danielson, Dean of Economic Development

CBI Awarded First Place at National Mine Safety and Health Academy for the Third Consecutive Year
Terry and Robert Weston, consultants in the Workplace Safety division of CBI, were recently awarded First Prize for their submission “ - Machine Guarding” in the training materials competition at the National Mine Safety and Health Academy’s annual Training Resources Applied to Mining (TRAM) Conference at Beckley, West Virginia.

The National Mine Health and Safety Academy, one of eight Federal academies operated by the U.S. Government, is responsible for training the mine safety and health inspectors and technical support personnel of the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Each October, mine safety trainers from around the country gather at TRAM, to share training materials, experiences and best practices. Sponsored by the Mine Safety and Health Administration, the 2012 TRAM conference brought together 300 participants from government agencies, academia and the mining industry. The three-day conference featured more than 50 workshops with topics ranging from electrical safety to understanding unsafe behavior, crane rigging, guarding equipment and motivating workers.

“Education and training are key factors in ensuring compliance with the law,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for MSHA Joseph Main during his keynote address. “Miners, supervisors and operators must be educated and trained to know what the law requires, how to comply, and how to prevent injury, illness and deaths in the nation’s mines.”

Please join me in congratulating the Workplace Safety Department on this prestigious honor. You can contact Robert Weston to discuss how CBI Workplace Safety can help educate your miners, supervisors and operators at (507) 389-7320 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Rice County Commits to “Lean” Training with CBI
On October 2nd, 2012, the Rice County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a contract with CBI to train and implement Lean with the county for 2013. The program will have 3 separate parts designed to reach all Rice County employees with the basic process improvement tools and concepts along with specific projects with 7 departments designed to reduce processing waste and redundancies. A final part of the program is designed to train county employees in problem solving skills so they can move ahead on their own to solve issues and improve processes.

Tom Kammer, Manufacturing Consultant with CBI, will be conducting the training and facilitating the projects with Rice County. A licensed educator in Lean practices, Kammer has helped organizations with their manufacturing and administrative processes for over 12 years. He has conducted some pilot training sessions with Rice County over the last 2 years with measurable success. “We were sold immediately when Tom first approached us,” County Administrator Gary Weiers said. “It’s been a great thing for the county.”

You can contact Tom Kammer to discuss how Lean can help your organization at (507) 389-7336 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .