You Gave Me Back My Life

October 26th, 2015

Lori Beyer2My Story by Lori Beyer

I worked for a very well-known factory and was severed from that company. That company had become a family for me, it was very hard for me to deal with the situation. I was also my family’s sole provider; talk about pressure! When I was  job hunting, I decided to apply at ABR and got a phone call a few days later.

After answering some questions I was invited to come in to ABR and met the most understanding and compassionate lady that I had ever met, Tama!

Not only did she look at my skills but also looked at the type of person that I am to make sure that I would fit in at a new workplace.

 She told me about an HR Assistant opportunity which is what I loved doing, in a factory that deals with the product like the company I was severed from. 

Tama had the job interview set with a time and a date right away. She suggested that I should just be myself. She also gave the people I was interviewing with information about me. I interviewed with two people and they decided to give me the job.

After working there for a while, I proved myself and they hired me permanently!

 I like how you got to know me in order to find the right job for me. My overall experience with ABR is “what an outstanding company”! I can’t say in words the thankfulness that my family and I have for ABR; you truly have a great company and exceptional employees!

Tama and ABR have given back to me my life! I hope that you bring many more blessings to others as you have given to my family and me!

Cold Stress Signs & Prevention

October 19th, 2015


Working in cold conditions or in cold weather for prolonged periods of time can create serious health problems. 

Here’s a  few helpful cold stress prevention tips:

  • Wear appropriate clothing, such as wearing multiple layers of loose clothing.
  • Protect the ears, face, hands and feet in extreme cold weather by wearing a hat and waterproofed and insulated boots.
  • During breaks move to a warm area and limit your time outside.
  • Always carry cold weather gear, such as extra socks, gloves, hats, jackets, blankets, change of clothes and a thermos of hot liquid.
  • Avoid touching cold metal surfaces with bare skin.

Be aware and monitor yourself and your coworkers for signs of cold stress. Here’s what to watch for:

Hypothermia is a medical emergency; the body cannot create enough heat to keep itself warm and the brain can be affected making it difficult to think clearly or move well.


  • Shivering at onset but not later
  • Fatigue, confusion, and disorientation
  • Blue skin
  • Dilated pupils
  • Slowed pulse and breathing­
  • Loss of consciousness

Frostbite is an injury to the outside of your body and can permanently destroy body tissue and in worse case scenarios lead to amputation.


  • Numbness
  • Aching
  • Tingling or stinging
  • Bluish or pale, waxy skin

Trench Foot can happen in cold weather and in temperatures as high as 60 degrees. It happens when a person’s feed are exposed to wet and cold conditions for extended periods of time. Lack of blood flow, oxygen and nutrients to the foot can cause the skin to die.


  • Reddening, numbness, and swelling
  • Leg cramps
  • Blisters, ulcers, or gangrene
  • Bleeding under the skin

Chilblains is another cold stress issue that can cause permanent damage to the capillary beds in the skin and can be caused by temperatures between freezing and 60 degrees. It often affects the body’s extremities; e.g., face, hands, ears, as well as any areas that are unprotected from cold temperatures.


  • Redness, itching, and blistering
  • Inflammation
  • Possible blistering and ulceration

If you have any questions or concerns about working in cold conditions or in cold weather for prolonged periods of time, please contact your ABR Representative. Our number one goal is to keep you safe at work!

ABR In The Community: Freedom House

October 15th, 2015

Freedom House

Carol Gibson, Staffing Coordinator, Dana Pasterski, Staffing Specialist and a member of ABR’s corporate HR team recently volunteered at Freedom House in Green Bay.

The mission of Freedom House is to help families break the cycle of homelessness and hopelessness and give them the tools they need to become vibrant members of the community.

Freedom House provides food, clothing, shelter, education and counseling to homeless families in Brown County.

For over 20  years Freedom House has been able to serve nearly 1,300 families and over 2,500 children in the Northeastern Wisconsin area – and 92% of them have never returned to homelessness! Thank you to all in the community for helping your neighbors in need.


Keep America Running: Machine Operator Career

October 5th, 2015

mechanical technician operative of cnc milling cutting machine center at tool workshop

Machine operators are essential in the manufacturing and packaging industries and are responsible for running equipment in a safe and effective manner. Machine operators make sure their machines are working at full capacity, are stocked with needed materials, well-maintained and perform periodic checks on output.

Once seem as a male-dominated position, there has been an increasing number of women who choose a machine operator position as the first step in a career in the manufacturing industry.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a machinist’s hourly wage ranges between $11.84 (entry level) to $29.20 (experienced) per hour. ABR is currently hiring entry level to experienced machine operators that pay within this range. Many machine operators we place in jobs are offered permanent employment by our client companies. Click on this link and type ‘machine’ into the keywords box to search our current opportunities.

Education & Skills

Education and skills needed to become a machine operator include:

  • High school graduation
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Attention to detail

The abilities to understand how the machine works, possible problems and how to perform basic maintenance and repairs are very important in this job. Depending on the type of machine used and the industry, the machine operator must make minor adjustments to the machine settings. He or she might also be responsible for quality assurance, checking the details of the production output.

Career Advancement

Career advancement opportunity for a machine operator include working as a quality assurance inspector, a line supervisor or a production manager. In order to qualify for these positions, additional training often is required to learn the skills necessary to be successful.  Machine operators can gain skills through vocational schools, technical colleges or community college programs, or apprenticeships.


ABR is here to get you started in the machine operation field or help you climb the machining career ladder. Please contact us; we’d be delighted assist you.

ABR In The Community: Jubilee House

October 1st, 2015

(left to right) Ernie Harley and Janice King-Nelson prepare BBQ for guests, Katie Lavine, Janice King-Nelson and Jenny Helminiak serve guests, Jenny Helminiak, Janice King Nelson, Candi den Otter and Katie Lavine prepare the serving line.

Contributed by Candi den Otter, Staffing Specialist

The Jubilee House is a non-profit organization that offers a free hot meal to anyone in need every Thursday all year long. The meals are completely donated. The donation can come from a company, family, or a group that is willing to commit to providing a meal from start to finish. Our team at ABR Schofield signed up to serve the evening meal last week Thursday, September 24th.

The process started with choosing what to serve, shopping, preparing the food, serving, and all the way to clean up. We decided to prepare a BBQ dinner for our guests.

There were many faces that came through the line, from young to old and everyone with a big smile! I think all of us can say we heard many “Thank you’s”  and “God bless you’s” throughout the 1.5 hours we filled trays with warm, delicious food.

We served about 110 guests. It was a moving experience and were grateful for the opportunity to participate in the Jubilee House mission.