Frito-Lay a Real Blue Chip for Frankfort

My parents and grandparents are all from Frankfort, and I spent the early part of my life as a Hot Dog. So it’s with great pride that I get to blog about a thriving business in this great town (known also to many as the place where "Blue Chips" was filmed). Frito-Lay not only employs 1,500 people at its Frankfort site (which includes two locations in the city), but it is making great strides in some key areas. Here are some facts you may not know about one of America’s premier snack makers:

  • The Frankfort plant is the largest site in Frito-Lay’s entire operation
  • Frito-Lay was the first major food company to remove trans fats from its entire snack chip portfolio
  • The Frankfort facility is working on a zero-landfill initiative. The company has been getting advice from Subaru in Lafayette, which has embarked upon a similar measure.
  • For its environmental awareness, the company won the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in 2008.

So there you go. The next time you devour a chili cheese Frito, don’t forget that you’re also supporting an outstanding Hoosier business. Frankfort workers will be grateful for your contribution — and Nick Nolte won’t make you run sprints after practice.

Steinberger Sets the Safety Standard, Governor Notices

Steinberger Construction will begin its fourth annual Super Safety Training Day on Sept. 19. The 63-year-old Logansport company began the event, which is attended by the company’s employees and contract workers, as a way to promote safety on the jobsite.

"It gets bigger and bigger every year," says Steinberger’s Loryn Martin of the event, which now includes approximately 120 employees and instructors.

During training, all Steinberger employees and contract workers attend up to 12 classes focusing on safety areas like fall protection, excavation and trenching, fire safety, electrical safety, and hazard recognition. Local officials also play a large role as the town’s fire department and the Indiana State Police, among others, take part in demonstrations.

Because of this commitment to safety, Steinberger has won the Governor’s Workplace Safety Award for general contractors two years in a row. The award is presented to businesses in Indiana who have reduced workplace accidents and illnesses and make workplace safety a top priority.

The Indiana Chamber would like to offer kudos to Steinberger Construction and says thanks for setting such a high bar in the state.