Cultivating a Global Team

On September 25, 2018, in Careers/Human Resources, Corporate, by mdippel

Currently, Rogers Corporation has sixteen manufacturing locations and seven additional global sales offices spanning nine countries around the world. These locations boast a workforce of more than 3,400 employees. While these numbers are notable, they only tell part of the story.

Rogers is a truly global company, where we get to interact regularly with colleagues across the world.

“Working with colleagues in different regions of the world often brings different perspectives,” says Mike Brodeur, Senior Web Developer. “These different ideas, when brought together, quite often make our final solution more effective and well thought out.”

Mike’s observation is a sentiment shared throughout the company. “My role has me interacting across multiple continents on a daily basis,” says Sheryl Long, Senior Global Marketing Communications Manager. “I enjoy seeing so many people from different parts of the world and different cultures working together towards mutual goals.”

Our global manufacturing footprint means we can be responsive to customers in each region we serve. According to Steve Ubelhoer, North America Sales Director:

Local manufacturing increases options for customers. It means local production in the same time zone and often the same language for quicker answers, less transit time for materials when demand spikes, fewer worries about tariffs, taxes and customs and duplicate production capabilities for disaster recovery plans. In a world where customers are looking for suppliers to reduce their concerns, this is often a significant advantage for Rogers that our competitors cannot offer.

Not only does Rogers have a wide range of facility locations, but we also have career opportunities across numerous disciplines. From manufacturing and production to IT and finance, it takes a diverse workforce to keep Rogers moving forward. If this exciting and bustling global organization is something that you would enjoy being a part of, check out our current career opportunities.

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June 30th will be remembered in Arizona as one of the darkest days in the state’s recent history. Nineteen highly skilled firefighters were tragically killed by a raging wildfire that devastated Yarnell, AZ and many surrounding towns. What has become known as the Yarnell Hill Fire was the deadliest incident for fire crews since September 11, 2001.

1002756_10200881951507638_2071191512_nFollowing the loss of these heroes, wives, parents, children, and friends in Arizona and around the country have been left to carry on without their loved ones, the youngest of whom were only 21 years old. A fund has been established in their memory to help support their families.

Rogers Corporation is honoring these fallen heroes with a donation of $5,000 to the relief fund established by the United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association and Prescott Fire Fighters Charities. As a 501(c)3 fund, donations made by Rogers’ employees are eligible for the Rogers Matching Gift program. Learn more about how you can help our fallen heroes.

Please be aware, there are many organizations accepting donations to benefit the families and victims of this tragedy. If you choose to donate, please make sure to do so with a verified agency or fund.

We are grateful for the sacrifices that our first responders make every day to protect our safety. Thanks to these nineteen heroes, countless lives were saved and communities protected from the tragic Yarnell Hill Fire. Their story will not be forgotten, and their loved ones will not be left to carry on alone. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to help support these families.

To learn more about the Prescott Fire Department’s Granite Hotshot Crew, please visit www.yarnellfallenfirefighters.com

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The Rogers Community Network is teaming up with Soles4Souls again this year to help provide essential footwear to those in need.  In 2011, Rogers donated over 400 pairs of shoes to the cause and this year we hope to exceed that milestone!

Soles4SoulsDo you have a pair of new or gently worn shoes ready for a new home?  Consider donating them to a great cause.  Soles4Souls accepts all types of footwear including athletic shoes, running sneakers, sandals, high heels, work boots and more.

Where will your shoes go?  Every year, Soles4Souls helps communities recuperating from natural disasters such as the recent devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma.  Footwear is also sent to orphanages, homeless shelters, women’s domestic abuse shelters, hospitals and more.

Founded in 2004 by Wayne Elsey, Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty through the distribution of shoes and clothing.

Can you imagine a day without shoes, protecting us from the elements, dangerous disease and injury?  For many around the world, walking is the only means of transportation and without proper footwear, this daily trek can pose hazardous challenges.

We are told that the best way to understand how others live is to take a walk in their shoes.  But what better way to help our community and those around the world than to let them take a walk in ours?  Let’s help Soles4Souls take another step toward helping those in need!

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Giving back to the community comes in many forms at Rogers Corporation.  For Kim Salvas, Senior IT Manager at Rogers, it comes in the shape of 5-month-old Fidelco German Shepherd puppy, Zelda.  Zelda is the newest addition to the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, in training to become a life-changing partner to a man or woman who is blind.

Volunteering with FidelcoKim first began volunteering with Fidelco after losing her beloved dog to cancer.  “I found Fidelco to be very highly rated and offered weekly training for the puppy raisers,” Kim explains.  “I received my first puppy, Kaleb in June of 2006.”

Zelda is Kim’s fourth Fidelco puppy.  Two of her past trainees have become life-changing partners to visually impaired Fidelco clients and one has joined the search and rescue program for the Rhode Island police force.  As many pet caretakers and trainers would agree, Kim notes that “the most difficult part of raising the puppy is giving it back to Fidelco for the final portion of its training.”

Kim’s work with Fidelco offers a unique opportunity to incorporate volunteering into her work at Rogers.  “I am fortunate I am able to take the puppy to work with me,” Kim says.  “By bringing the puppy to Rogers I am able to integrate the training with work.”  These opportunities include learning more about her colleagues and sharing the reward of giving back with the community at Rogers Corporation.

“I take every other summer ‘off’ from raising a puppy. During these periods I can’t count the number of times I’ve been asked by co-workers: ‘When are WE getting a new puppy?’”  During these training periods, Kim’s Fidelco trainees become members of the Rogers family.  “It is always a sad day at the Rogers’ location the day before I give the puppy back to Fidelco,” she notes.

Like many volunteering programs, one of the biggest challenges in raising and training a future Fidelco guide dog is the time commitment.  This presents opportunities to develop time management techniques and other skills to help balance responsibilities both inside and outside the office.

Denim Day, an annual event at Rogers Corporation, gives all employees a fun chance to get involved with the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation.  By making a small donation, employees can wear their favorite blue jeans to work while contributing to a worthy cause.  This year, Rogers employees successfully raised $195 with a company match for a total of $390.

“Being a volunteer puppy raiser has improved my quality of life,” Kim reflects.  “It is so rewarding knowing I am directly improving someone else’s quality of life, simply by doing something I enjoy.”

Want to learn more about the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation? Visit their website for more information and testimonials from people whose lives have been restored by a Fidelco German Shepherd Guide Dog.

Would you like to share your volunteering story?  Share your ideas in our Comments section or email us.

Be sure to follow Rogers Human Resources on Facebook and Twitter for more about the Rogers Community Network.

By Human Resources Department 

We are proud to announce that the first annual Harvest for Hunger event was a success!  Held on Sunday, October 14th at Fort Hill Farms in Thompson, CT, Harvest for Hunger raised a total of $7,000 for the Connecticut Food Bank’s mobile pantry, including a $2,500 donation from Rogers Corporation.

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Rogers employees, Scott Samia (left) and Dan Schaefer (right) with their daughters, Lalana Samia and Violet Schaefer at the Harvest for Hunger event.

The idea for the first annual Harvest for Hunger came from Rogers Corporation employees.  After learning that one out of every five children is at risk of hunger each day, employees were inspired to take action to help our local communities. Rogers’ employees collected $2,000 worth of non-perishable food items for donation to the Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group‘s food pantry and donated $500 to help TEEG launch a new supplementary dairy products program.

“I decided to be part of [Harvest for Hunger] right from the very beginning,” says Mike Brodeur, Senior Web Software Developer at Rogers Corporation.  “Our original thoughts about the event evolved over the short time we had to plan and it quickly became apparent that we were working on something special.”

Before launching the Harvest for Hunger event, employees invited a local expert to come in and discuss how hunger is impacting our local communities and what is being done to help.

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Mike Brodeur, Senior Web Software Developer at Rogers, performs with his band at the Harvest for Hunger event.

“Being part of the event was a great experience,” Brodeur continued.  “Even though the weather was a real challenge in the morning, morale was never down.  We were sure that it was going to be a success.  Seeing the final results after all was said and done led me to volunteer for next year even before the dust had settled from this year.  I would encourage anyone who can to participate in this event next year and in the years to come.”

“We are extremely proud of our employees who organized this event,” said Bruce Hoechner, CEO of Rogers Corporation.  “Now, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, we expect demand for hunger relief support will be even greater across our region.  We encourage others to join us in supporting these critical programs.”

Demand for hunger relief and other support is indeed on the rise in the many areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.  Recognizing this need, Rogers Corporation has donated $20,000 to the American Red Cross to help support their relief efforts.  Rogers will also match donations made by its U.S. employees up to a specified amount.

In combining the many skills they bring to Rogers Corporation both inside and outside the office, Rogers’ employees turned an idea into a successful event to benefit the community.  And with donations being made to help victims of Hurricane Sandy, employees continue to show their support for communities both near and far.

Thank you to everyone who made the first annual Harvest for Hunger a success!  For a full list of contributing companies and organizations, view event’s press release. 

Do you have an idea for a community project?  Is there something you would like to see at next year’s Harvest for Hunger event?  Share your thoughts in our Comments section!

Be sure to follow Rogers Human Resources on Facebook and Twitter for more news and events.

 

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