New Timeclocks

Over the next few weeks, we will transition to using new timeclocks. Eventually we will no longer be using the paper cards. Three timeclocks have been installed close to each entrance to the building: near the back door by Grinding (across from the restrooms), outside the Shipping Office, and in the Maintenance Department. Every employee will be given a card that looks similar to our gate passes. You will need that card to clock in and out. It is very easy: Press a button on the reader and hold your card up to the reader for about 2 seconds.

Our Auto Department tested the system for two weeks, and we very much appreciate their help. Several additional departments will start using the clocks on Monday. Please be patient as we roll out the new system.

The company is making this change to reduce errors due to manual calculations (missed OT hours, etc.) and reduce the amount of time spent in manually entering the hours into the ADP payroll system.

The cards are sensitive to heat. If you put them in the washer & dryer, they will probably not work! It’s probably not a good idea to leave the card in your car when it is very hot. You should also not store the card next to another “HID” card as they can cancel each other. If your card stops working, please come to HR for a replacement.

Celebration of the life of Theresa Dudek Schneider

Theresa Dudek Schneider’s family would like to invite employees who worked with Theresa to join them to celebrate her life on Tuesday, June 11, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at St. Edna’s Parish, 2525 N. Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights and a Celebration of Life luncheon to follow. Employees who attend will be given a paid bereavement day. To request the day off, please let your supervisor know by 2:30 on Friday, so the family can make arrangements for the lunch.

There will also be a visitation on Monday, June 10, from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Gluekert Funeral Home, 1520 N. Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights.

Theresa with all her grandchildren:

Theresa Dudek Schneider Obituary

Theresa Dudek Schneider, 88, passed away on June 2, 2024, in Barrington, IL.

Theresa Dudek Schneider was born on May 7, 1936 in Chicago, IL, to Joseph Dudek and Angeline Dudek. Theresa’s first language was Polish as her parents immigrated from Poland and she learned English as she started Kindergarten in Chicago, IL. Theresa went on to teach both her parents English as well. Theresa graduated from Mundeline High School in Chicago in 1954 and went on to earn a Business Degree from Northwestern University in 1958. She started her career in spring manufacturing for her family’s business and eventually went on to become President of Dudek & Bock Spring Manufacturing company. Theresa married Jack Schneider in Chicago, IL in 1963. Theresa devoted her life and energy to raising their 4 children and 11 grandchildren: John Schneider (spouse Cindy Kroger) grandchildren Hayley, Alexandra and Brendan. Mary Schneider-Onesto (spouse Christopher Onesto) grandchildren Christina and Danielle. Suzy Schneider Stoneburner (spouse John Stoneburner) grandchildren Samantha and Amanda. Elizabeth Schneider Duff (spouse Christopher Duff) grandchildren Angeline, Emily, Laury and Madison. Theresa was best known for her love and respect for her family’s business started by her father Joseph Dudek in Chicago, IL in 1947. She was loved and respected by the hundreds of employees in both the Chicago, IL and Saltillo, MX locations.

She was a music enthusiast, poker player, outdoor adventurer and world traveler. She loved traveling the world with her husband and vacationing with her family in Siesta Key, Florida and Grand Haven, Michigan. Theresa had a unique spiritual connection and spent many winters in Arizona where she loved meditation, reflection and walks in the desert. Theresa fully embraced and enjoyed life. She did not waste her time on trifles but lived in the present being authentically herself every day. She was a wonderful role model as was clear in her patience, love and gratitude for all who had known her. Theresa was a strong woman and a strong advocate for women’s rights. She began to influence the lives of young girls as a Brownie and Girl Scout troop leader and went on to plan women’s weekends for her daughters and granddaughters to teach them the important role of women. Her strong moral values, dedication, discipline and proactive approach to challenges taught those around her how to navigate life with grace and peace. Her spirit and way of life will continue to thrive through the lives of those who knew her. “God is Good, God is Great.”

Theresa is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Angeline Dudek, her husband Jack and her daughter Suzy.

The service for Mrs. Theresa Dudek Schneider will be held on June 11, at 10am at St. Edna’s parish in Arlington Heights, IL 2525 N Arlington Heights Road. Visitation on Monday June 10th at 3PM-8PM at Glueckert Funeral Home,1520 N. Arlington Heights Rd. Arlington Heights, IL 60004. Burial: Robinson Township Cemetery, Grand Haven, Michigan later this summer.

Memorial donations can be made in Theresa’s name to United Cerebral Palsy and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Safety Glasses

The Dudek & Bock policy regarding safety glasses is not just our rule–it is also an OSHA rule. The Dudek & Bock policy says:

SAFETY GLASSES – OSHA approved safety glasses must be worn in all areas of the plant at all times. The only exceptions are:

1. When production areas are shut down for breaks or lunches.

2. When employees are in the process of entering or leaving the building. Employees are expected to stay in the main aisleways during these times. Employees should retrieve their safety glasses from their lockers immediately after entering the building and prior to entering the production areas.

3. When employees enter offices located on the plant floor.

This policy applies to all employees, as well as visitors or contractors who enter the plant.

Think of some excuse you have used (or heard others use) for not wearing your eye protection: they are not comfortable; they are dirty; they fogged up, you were going to be doing a hazardous task for just a few seconds and did not want to stop and put them on . . . While you may think some or all of these excuses sound like good reasons for not wearing your safety glasses or goggles at work, consider what could happen if an accident occurred and injured one or both of your eyes. Is it worth risking injury, or even blindness, for any one of those reasons? Absolutely not!

OSHA’s standards for eye protection are intended to help prevent accidents that can lead to serious injuries, even blindness, caused by a variety of hazards. These hazards include flying particles (such as those present when cutting, chipping, drilling, grinding, brushing, and blowing with compressed air), molten metal (torch cutting, welding, brazing), liquid chemicals (mixing, cleaning, measuring), acids or caustic liquids (applying cleaners, filling batteries), chemical gases or vapors (cleaning, mixing, spraying, heating), or potentially injurious light radiation (welding, cutting, brazing, lasers).

Here are some of the major requirements of the OSHA standards for eye and face protection:

  • All eye and face protection devices, such as safety glasses, goggles, and face shields must be marked that they meet or exceed the test requirements of ANSI Z87.1-1989. The marking is typically located somewhere on the frame of the glasses or goggles.
  • Safety glasses used to protect workers from flying objects must also have side protectors built into the design, or attachable side shields that meet the above referenced ANSI standard, to prevent objects and particles from injuring your eyes from the sides.
  • Workers needing corrective lenses must either wear approved safety glasses with prescription lenses and frames that meet or exceed the above-referenced ANSI standard, or wear approved goggles designed to be worn over their regular prescription glasses that meet the ANSI standard.

The company pays for prescription safety glasses for an employee every two years. See HR if you need the form to get prescription glasses.

You could be injured, or even lose your sight, in the blink of an eye!

Update on Health Insurance

We apologize for the rocky transition to our new medical insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield. Some good news is that employees are beginning to receive insurance cards in the mail.  If you need a temporary card before them, please contact Nancy.

For the PPO:  You should receive multiple cards if more than one person in your family is covered.  The cards, however, will only show the “subscriber’s” name;  in other words, the Dudek & Bock employee.  The spouse and/or children will have their own card, but it will not have their names on it.  If you need more cards than you receive, please call the Customer Service number on the back of the card.

For the HMO:  BCBS could not explain why so many employees were receiving letters saying they had not selected a primary care doctor.  For BCBS the key number is what they call the Site # or IPA # (Independent Practice Association.  This is a 3-digit number that will be printed on your card.  When you receive the card please confirm that the number on the card corresponds to the doctor’s office you have chosen.  You can call the doctor’s office if you are unsure.  If you or someone in your family is not able to do that, please ask Nancy for help.  As long as the Site # is correct, you work with that office to have you assigned to the correct doctor in that group.

The bottom line is that the letters many of you received were sent in error, and probably everything is OK.  If you have any problems, please see Nancy.  Remember that you can change your primary care doctor at any time, but don’t wait until right before you have an appointment.

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