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“It’s in-tune with our wellness program,” Clausnitzer explains. “Employees can focus on medical issues they’ve developed, get counseling on nutrition or readiness for change, work on parenting issues or get help for substance abuse.”
In terms of plant safety, Malloy offers a first response medical team on all three shifts, including employees well versed in blood-born pathogens. They are trained courtesy of the EAP, Red Cross and the local fire department to be the first ones at the scene of an incident to provide medical assistance and contact 911, if needed.
Bill Upton, Malloy's president, cultivates an open-door policy and is transparent when it comes to the company's finances, goals and direction, Clausnitzer remarks. He makes it a point to know every employee by name, on all three shifts. Plant-wide meetings are also held every quarter, which are open to all employees.
In terms of extracurricular activities, the Uptons like to treat their workers to holiday parties, picnics, summer events and particularly sporting events (Red Wings, Tigers, Lions, University of Michigan football).
The printer is also a good citizen in Ann Arbor, participating in the United Way's Community Day of Action. During these Days, eight or more Malloy employees—who are still on the clock—go out into the community (including homeless shelters and housing projects) and provide various services. Quite often, staff will also volunteer on their own with the United Way at other times during the year.
“Usually, they’ll go in and fix or clean up,” Clausnitzer says. “We have some employees with significant construction skills. Other groups of workers will put together campaigns around Christmas time to provide gifts and to work with a number of (charitable) groups that we’ve gotten to know.”
Malloy also does its part to promote printing education, working with local high schools in stoking their graphic arts programs. Students will come to Malloy for training in various disciplines. The firm also plays a large role in the Ann Arbor Graphic Arts Memorial Foundation, assisting local universities such as Western Michigan and Ferris State with their print management programs.