We are very fortunate here at Volt to have several long time employees. This year we will be celebrating three 20 year and two 10 year anniversaries.
We started in March with the first of the 20 year employees with Pam Lane. Friday, March 18, was Pam's 20th anniversary with the company. Everyone celebrated with cake and Pizza.
Heidi Volltrauer, VIP's COO, thanked Pam with a short speech thanking her for 20 years and extolling her ability to adapt and excel at the various duties she has performed. She received a thank you card and gift and a big hug from Heidi.
Volt Industrial Plastics attended the All American Fastener Show in Nashville, September 9- 10. It was a successful show in a great location for fastener people to connect. Downtown Nashville was a great place to relax between the Golf Scramble, Fastener Bash and Fastener Show.
At first glance, the portrait you see appears to be sketched or painted. When one zooms in, you realize that it is not made from paint or pencil. Zenyk Palagniuk, a native of Ukraine, who now lives in Dallas, created this realistic portrait. After 8 days, nearly 15 miles of thread and 13,000 nails 'For Justin Timberlake' came to life. The video of how it was done has been posted to YouTube and viewed over three million times. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIXEpn_ntME
This weekend, we will celebrate 239 years of American independence. The United States has been through many wars and civil conflicts, 44 different presidents, four different centuries, and the transitions from travel by ground and sea to air and space itself. Much of the change has come in only a short period of time. One traveling through time from the 1700s to now would hardly recognize what the world has become. Even a time traveler from the late 1800s or early 1900s would find little they could recognize.
Volt Industrial Plastics is located in the hill and hollow Ozarks region of northern Arkansas in a region known as the Twin Lakes area. The town it was founded in, Flippin, was named after a local family. The town it is now located in, Yellville, was named for General Archibald Yell, Civil War soldier and the second governor of Arkansas.
This week, Volt will be celebrating two momentous occasions. Our CEO and founder Joe Volltrauer will be celebrating another birthday June 1, and Volt Industrial Plastics will be marking 23 years in business. The party, planned for Friday, May 29 will commemorate both events.
At 70+ (you will have to ask his age), Joe continues to be an active voice in VIP affairs. He is also enjoying his ability to say "Good night" in the morning as he heads out the door.
Some of our favorite products here at Volt are Ratchet Rivets. They come in a variety of head sizes; .354, .406, .750 and 1.000 inches, with three hole sizes .281, .250 and .197. V.I.P. created a Ratchet Rivet Extension that can be used with the .281 hole size rivets to increase their holding capacity. Commercially, they are most often used for merchandising displays to hold objects to the displays.
If you haven't noticed lately, there is a new trend developing in jewelry, industrial design. A lot of designer sites display necklaces made with what are essentially washers. Many of them are stamped with names or sayings to personalize them. On craft sites and blogs, many have been decorated with nail polish or enamel paint to make them more colorful. Those of us who can get lost on Pinterest find plenty of links not only to the designer sites, but to blogs, Youtube videos, and craft sites with necklaces and other jewelry made from such fasteners.
Nylon today is found in everything from fabric to fasteners.
Used first commercially for the bristles in toothbrushes, then introduced as fabric at the 1939 New York World's Fair, its next prominent use was as stockings during World War II after silk became scarce due to its use in parachutes. Nylon replaced silk in parachutes by the end of the war often from reprocessed nylon stockings. After the war, dresses were made from repurposed nylon parachutes because silk, cotton, and nylon were all in short supply.