I have the privilege of working for Mike Jespersen, my friend and owner of PSIntegration (PSI) in Monroe, North Carolina. This is just a short term contract position that I have written about before on my blog posts: “A Good Day’s Work!” and “The Power of Reframing“.
The real blessing that I have experienced while working at PSIntegration, is getting to know my co-workers. In the bigger picture, although PSI provides great service to it’s customers, I believe the real benefit to Mike’s business is that PSIntegration is providing short term employment for workers to fill the gaps between permanent employment opportunities at other companies.
Here’s how PSIntegration describes their service for Contract Labeling:
Let us do your labeling for you! From standard to complex labeling of all shapes and sizes, to carton labeling, wrap around labeling, price labeling, coupons, barcoding, flat piece labeling or shrink sleeve labeling, Packaging Systems Integration provides a full range of labeling capabilities. Our in-house contract labeling is perfect for start-ups, special promotions, trial runs and can reduce customer’s capital and labor costs. For more information about our labeling services, please call 800-609-5192 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and mention that you read about this in the UpskillCreate Blog and receive a free PSI T-shirt!
The real value to the local community is that PSI provides temporary employment to help people earn some income while looking for permanent employment.
The big job I was working on to help my friend included putting $0.50 and $1.00 off blue stickers on 1.2 Million dog treat cartons. Mike’s machines could apply these labels at 110 labels per minute and he needs 2-3 assembly line workers for each of three lines to:
- move the pallets to the start of the assembly line and unload the boxes from the pallets shipped to him from carton manufacturers
- unload the cartons from boxes
- insert the cartons into the machine to apply the labels
- collect the cartons after the labels have been applied and insert them back into boxes
- put the boxes onto pallets to be shipped back to the carton manufacturer
This may seem like tedious work, but there’s a great team spirit that develops as we each get into the groove of helping each other complete the work with our individual contributions.
I worked with 4 to 8 people on any given day. My job required me to lift the boxes at the end of three assembly lines and re-palletize them. Once I had stacked 45 boxes on a pallet, I moved the pallets, wrapped them in cellophane plastic and moved them into the part of the warehouse set aside for shipping. I would also substitute for people on the lines when they needed a bathroom break or if we were short-handed on a particular day. I also got trained in changing the labels, which is more complicated than it sounds, winding the label reel through about nine different rods, so when the 11,000 label reels ran out or if the labels broke, that was my job.
The current job we are on won’t last longer than a few more days, and the jobs ebb and flow as Mike brings in new business, but it makes for a perfect fit for temporary workers who are looking to earn income to fill the gap before they find more steady employment.
As you know, what I like to do is blogging and creating content. I’ve even talked to Mike about promoting his business using my digital skills. After all, cold-calling on prospective customers is old school. If companies want contract labeling they do a Google search and find information on the topic. I hope to bring in more business for Mike with my skills in creating content. Who knows, I might even become a part time salesman for Mike’s business if I develop some leads with my blog.
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