Three winners—one from each of Huber’s engineered materials businesses—received the inaugural Mike Huber Award in March of 2012. The award represents the highest form of employee recognition within Huber and honors the legacy of the late Mike Huber, President and then CEO of the J.M. Huber Corporation from 1957 to 1990 and a member of the Huber Board of Directors until 2000.
The Mike Huber Award is given to the employee teams that best exemplify what it means to live up to the company’s core values, the Huber Principles. The company received 46 entries for the 2011 Mike Huber Award from Huber locations around the world. The leaders of CP Kelco, Huber Engineered Materials (HEM), and Huber Engineered Woods LLC (HEW) helped narrow the field to six nominees. From these, the Huber Management Council (HMC) selected a Gold, Silver and Bronze winner. The final selections were reviewed and approved by the Huber Board of Directors and Huber Family Council Board.
The Gold-level award went to a team from CP Kelco’s office in Tokyo, Japan, for “Response to Earthquake, Tsunami and Radiation Exposure”. When Japan experienced its worst earthquake in modern history on March 11, 2011, this team responded immediately by putting in place a number of actions to support their employees, distributors, customers and communities.
Silver was awarded to the HEM plant in Etowah, Tennessee, for “For Excellence in Customer Service.” This team worked around the clock in 12-hour shifts for six days (including an entire weekend) to help one of its customers safely resolve a problem that had nothing to do with Huber’s products or equipment.
Bronze winners hail from the HEW plant in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, for “Quality Improvement: ‘Did Huber Win?’” Team members were organized into four Mini Mills, and all employees at the site supported a comprehensive process improvement plan. Broken Bow improved product quality and customer satisfaction while maintaining an injury-free workplace in 2011.
Other awards presented to Huber: