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120th anniversary celebration

120th Anniversary Celebration a Hit!

In celebration of West Bend Mutual Insurance Company's 120th anniversary, many associates and their families enjoyed a day of fun at West Bend's corporate headquarters on Saturday, August 2, 2014. Activities included a penny scramble for the kids, a free-throw contest, soccer obstacle course and goal kick, speed pitch activity, golf simulator, races by the Brewers own racing sausages, performances by West Bend area tumbling troupes, a dunk tank where associates donated $5 to the MACC Fund for three chances to dunk various West Bend executives, a Road America Pit Stop challenge, a performance by Wisconsin's own UW-Badger Band, autographs and "play catch" with Packers great Dorsey Levens, meet & greet with former Badger Ron Dane, and a meet & greet with former Brewer Jim Gantner. Attendees enjoyed a meal catered by Saz's, a corn roast from Schueller's, sweet treats from Kelley's Country Creamery, and Craines Kettle Corn. The day heated up with 80's band The Breakfast Club, and the evening wrapped up with a special concert by Phil Vassar!

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Health and Wellness Center progress

Progress continues on Health and Wellness Center

Progress continues on West Bend's Health and Wellness Center. This week, mechanicals were installed in the walls and drywall will soon begin. The parking lot is also underway.

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Onsite Health and Wellness Center

Onsite Health and Wellness Center coming to West Bend!

West Bend is excited to announce the launch of an onsite health and wellness center, exclusively for associates and family members. The grand opening will take place in the fourth quarter of 2014.

West Bend is undertaking this progressive health initiative first and foremost as a benefit for associates, to improve health, provide a focal point for wellness initiatives, and provide convenient and high-quality care at a lower cost.

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What will the new health and wellness center bring to associates?
· Full spectrum of medical care, including annual physicals and immunizations, preventive screenings and lab work
· Personalized care with a focus on prevention and health maintenance
· Full patient confidentiality and privacy
 
The health and wellness center will be operated by a separate company, QuadMed. QuadMed is a nationwide leader in employer-sponsored, onsite health care with over 20 years of experience in providing superior care for employees at their workplace. They operate health centers at several other Milwaukee area businesses including Northwestern Mutual, Briggs and Stratton and MillerCoors.

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Reserved parking makes associate happy!

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Associate Joyce Seib comments about enjoying her reserved parking spot on a cold Wisconsin day. Seib won the parking spot in a raffle drawing for associates who donated to the United Way.

"So excited to arrive at work on a very cold winter morning and be able to park soooooo close to the door.  I was sure, with my  luck, the weather as of February 1, 2014 would have improved to at least 30+ degrees!

Sorry my fellow co-workers but I am going to enjoy at least one week of this and then I will be happy to see it warm up!"

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GiGi's cupcakes make Top Workplaces 2013 Award even sweeter

YUM! A variety of cupcakes were enjoyed by associates as a celebratory treat for making West Bend a Top Workplace in 2013!

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Pathfinders create more than just great relationships

Pathfinder team-building meets Art Month at West Bend

The Pathfinder Program welcomes new associates to West Bend by matching them with an established associate to learn more about West Bend’s environment and culture. As a team-building exercise, Stacie, from Uptown Art of Sussex, instructed the group in creating a beautiful painting on canvas. Some of the pieces were on display in the Terrace after the event. The inspiration for the painting is the sculpture of the tree with one acorn near the main entrance; the detail of the clouds represents The Silver Lining®.


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West Bend associates Get Happy!

In celebration of meeting the final milestone of phase one of the company's policy administration system project, several departments participated in the creation of a special "Happy" video!

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Brewers' "Hank" visits West Bend

Hank hits a home run at West Bend

Hundreds of West Bend associates lined up Monday afternoon to meet and have their pictures taken with Hank the dog, the Milwaukee Brewers’ unofficial mascot. He didn’t disappoint.

Hank, a Bichon mix, was escorted by Brewers executives and joined associates in the Terrace for the hour-long event. After greeting the audience with a few barks, Hank was seated on a table where he was photographed with associates. He was the perfect gentleman ... no growls, no accidents.

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West Bend named Top Workplace in Southeast Wisconsin

West Bend Mutual Insurance Company is the Number One Best Place to Work in Southeast Wisconsin!

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West Bend ranked first on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s list of 2014 Top Workplaces in the large company category, moving up from second place in 2013! This honor was announced Friday, June 6 when the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel hosted the fifth annual Top Workplaces awards breakfast. A record number of employers in southeastern Wisconsin participated this year, so 150 Top Workplaces were actually recognized.

“At West Bend, we always strive to be a winning organization and we’ve made tremendous strides in accomplishing this,” said Kevin Steiner, president and CEO. “We went from the third-best company in 2012 to the second-best in 2013. Our number-one ranking this year is evidence of the great work our 1,100 associates are doing to be that winning organization. I’m very proud of every one of our associates and their commitment to excellence.” The rankings are based solely on an associate survey that was completed last December. We’re honored to have been selected for the award, especially since our associates were the judges!

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AmyCarolSMAssociates were also given the special privilege to dress casually the entire month of June! Jeans, flip-flops, t-shirts, and tennis shoes were all given the "green light." Below, Kevin Steiner, Nel Smith, Tiffany Hildebrandt, and Tracey Berg show their summer spirit with brightly colored flip-flops! 

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4th Annual DogJog

4th Annual DogJog Fundraiser

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Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club’s Famous Racing Sausages™ made an appearance at the 4th DogJog and Picnic (formerly known as Brat Trot and Brat Fry) on Monday, June 16! West Bend officers were paired with a Racing Sausage to compete in some fun events, including a three-legged race! Associates also enjoyed a tailgate lunch of hot dogs and root beer floats. All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit Christmas Families from Chix for a Cause.

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