Archive for July, 2018

Good News in the Neighborhood: Purity Moosic City DairyPure Dash

July 26, 2018

2018 Purity Dairy Pure Dash Mighty Mile

Established in 2000, The Purity Moosic City DairyPure Dash began as a 5K Race and one-mile walk to honor Glenn Wunder, a friend who died of pancreatic cancer. The one-mile walk/run event is now the “Lee Company sponsored Glenn Wunder Mighty Mile.” More than 200 young runners under the age of 12 compete to win the coveted Cow Bell award.

“When you see a parent cross the finish line with their child, hugging and cheering, saying, “We did it!” it really touches you on a personal level and reminds us of why our community involvement is at the heart of what we do.” – Emily Bonomo, Marketing Coordinator

The inaugural race in 2001 raised $5,000 for the American Cancer Society. Since then, the DairyPure Dash has raised over $850,000 for local nonprofits such as PENCIL, Gilda’s Club, Alive Hospice, High Hopes and others! This year’s beneficiary was Special Olympics Tennessee who was presented with a check for $130,000.

“We are blown away and thank you just isn’t enough to express our gratitude. We are so blessed! It is community partners like Lee Company and Purity’s Moosic City DairyPure Dash team that ensure the future success of our organization. Thank you!” – Special Olympics Tennessee

Over the years, the race has evolved by adding the 10K and the “Smitty” 15K races to support the growing number of attendees. Each participant receives a finisher medal and an ice cream treat at the finish line. This year, Bill Lee welcomed runners and introduced those races.

With close to 3,000 participants, the Purity Moosic City DairyPure Dash has become one of Nashville’s largest 5/10/15K races that is held in April, two weeks before the St. Jude Nashville Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & 1/2 Marathon. The 2019 race benefactor will be The Jason Foundation held on Saturday, April 13, 2019. We look forward to once again partnering with Purity Dairies on this race and encourage you to join us as a runner, walker or volunteer next year! Click here for more information of how you can get involved.

How to Turn Your Backyard Into an Oasis

July 18, 2018

How to turn your backyard into an oasis
It’s summertime. That means grilling out and days full of sunshine. For many, it also means escaping everyday life for a family vacation or maybe just some alone time. Luckily, by turning your backyard into an oasis, you can have a getaway anytime you’d like. Here are 10 ways you can transform your backyard.

1. Gas line for your grill

Turn-up your grill game and skip the need for a propane tank by adding a gas line straight to your grill. It’s an upgrade you won’t regret when you feel like you have an outdoor gourmet kitchen. Who knows?  You might even decide to add a backyard pizza oven so you can dish out true Neapolitan-style pizzas.

2. Outdoor lighting outlets

Ditch the extension cords and make lighting your backyard both easy and safe. By adding extra outdoor outlets, you can plug-in to lighting features that can make your yard, deck, or patio feel like you’ve been transported to another place. Remember: extension cords are temporary solutions only, so they should never be used as a permanent fixture.

3. Additional outside hydrants

You never know where you may need to access water in your backyard, and adding an extra hydrant gives a new level of flexibility. Thinking of adding a garden? Your watering needs are covered. Want to have some fun with the kids on a hot day? Pull out the sprinkler and cool off. You could even build a kids’ car wash sprinkler and create endless hours of fun.

4. Landscape lighting

Let’s be honest, who hasn’t wanted their landscape lighting setup to look like a Pinterest picture? The right lighting can add the perfect ambiance to a summer evening, and with systems that connect to your smartphone, you can change the look of your lights in an instant. Go from fun and funky colored to low and romantic lights with the touch of a button. You may even want to explore adding automation to your lights so you can keep an eye on the outdoors at night.

5. Outdoor fireplace

Speaking of ambiance, there is nothing like sitting around a cozy fire with friends and loved ones. Installing an outdoor fireplace will make your house the chosen hangout spot for everyone you know. You can even select the look that fits your style best, from rustic to modern and contemporary, the choice is yours. Just don’t forget the marshmallows.

6. Landscaping

You don’t have to be an arborist to create backyard landscaping that you love. If you’re a little apprehensive, work with a professional to choose plants that match your style without too much effort. If you’re ready to do the work yourself, pick the plants you’ve always loved. Even better, combine your upgraded landscaping with lighting that accentuates it and your backyard will look like paradise every time the sun goes down.

7. Upgrade your patio

For the days you don’t want to feel like you’re outdoors while enjoying your yard, just bring the inside out. You can create a patio you want to lounge on every day by creating a living room outdoors. Extend the style of your home with upholstered patio furniture or contemporary teak tables for a sense of comfort. Just make sure you put in enough seating for the friends and family who will be stopping by.

For an even more intimate feel, add a covering to your patio. It will protect both you and your furniture from the sun and seasons. Combine this with an outdoor fireplace or string lighting and you’ll feel like you’re vacationing at a private lodge.

8. Get some privacy

If you are looking for your own private resort, adding some new structures to your yard can do the trick. You might want to start with a privacy fence to add a border to your property that can create a cozy, safe space for your family.

A pergola or gazebo are other options for new structures. They can offer a safe space from the heat of the sun and present a great opportunity to add chic lighting or flowers for added ambiance.

9. Add a hot tub or sauna

While you’re planning out the build of a new gazebo, you could also think about adding a hot tub to the mix. (After all, why go through the trouble of building a structure and not add some bonus luxury?) If water isn’t your thing, a dry sauna can help you and your family unwind after a hard day. According to Time, saunas are “ridiculously good for you” so it will benefit the entire family!

10. Get creative with your furniture

Creating an outdoor living room isn’t the only way to get creative with furniture in your backyard. Adding a hammock can be the perfect retreat for a quick nap or good read. A well-placed sheet can act as an umbrella to save you from the sun, and by adding wood pieces you can create a tent for you and the family. If rustic style is up your alley, you can add some reclaimed pieces. And if you want to go natural, here is a wheatgrass sofa you can plant/built yourself.

Opportunities abound when it comes to designing the backyard of your dreams. The lesson we’ve learned here: let your imagination soar. And if you run into a snag, call us here at Lee Company. We have the talent and know-how to do all you need.

Making a Difference for Decades!

July 12, 2018

At Lee Company, we’re honored by the talented people who make our company their professional home. Their dedication and great work enables us to help more and more customers. In turn, as we grow our business, we gain the opportunity to help more employees thrive – one of our big goals!

We want you to know the people who make a difference for all the customers and the communities we serve. Periodically, we’ll highlight team members as they reach milestone career marks. Thanks and congrats to these 2018 achievers!

40 years

Clinton Gentry
Account Representative, Special Projects

Just four days after he graduated from high school, Clinton started work in the sheet metal shop at Lee Company. It was definitely an educated decision: Clinton’s career has flourished here. He has managed and installed two large projects in South Georgia, received his certification and moved into T&B and service work. Finally, Clinton shifted to sales, and became Lee Company’s first Special Projects project manager.

“Lee Company has allowed me to learn, grow and teach others for most of my entire adulthood. What I enjoy most about working here is the people I work with and the friends I’ve made. Most of the people here are much more than coworkers; they are close friends that you can count on to be there when you need them.”

 

30 years

Angela Curtis
Receptionist

Call Lee Company, or walk through the door at our Wallace Place headquarters, and Angela will be the angel greeting you. She’s a treasure; as our longtime receptionist, she embodies our company culture. In addition to her “front and center” position, Angela has also worked in warehouse/purchasing and commercial accounts receivable.

“I enjoy my role as receptionist because I can make a difference. For example, I can boost the confidence of a nervous candidate waiting in the lobby for a job interview or be the calm voice who reassures a customer that all is well. It’s a matter of simply treating the customers the way you would want to be treated.”

 

30 years

Wayne Haley
Plumbing Mechanic

Ever since joining Lee Company in 1988, Wayne has been honing his talents and helping our construction teams succeed. He began as a pipefitter, and learned other skills in the field as he worked on a variety of jobs. For years, Wayne traveled to various states for our Construction Group; he moved to manufacturing in 2005 and enjoys mentoring other plumbing professionals.

He says “I love working at Lee Company because I feel like I am treated as a family member and not just an employee.”

 

20 years

Steve Scott
Senior Vice President of Facilities Solutions

Steve started work at Lee Company in 1998 as a commercial contract salesman and   quickly established himself as a leader. He was promoted to sales manager, then director of our Commercial Service Group, then vice president of Facilities Solutions. He was named senior vice president of Facilities Solutions. Among other things, Steve created our FM2 Group, and started our electrical and security services groups. He also co-developed and led our INSIGHT technology platform.

“My favorite thing about Lee Company is that I am given the opportunity to make a difference every single day in the life of an employee, in the life of a customer or in the life of someone in our community (or around the world) who is impacted because of our ability as a company to give. I hope that in some way over my ‘first’ 20 years that I have made work a little more enjoyable for some, and that I have been able to make a customer’s experience with Lee Company a little better.”

 

20 years

Barry Parker
Senior Superintendent

Barry’s first job with Lee Company was working as a pipefitter/plumber in our Construction Group. Over the years, he has travelled throughout the country for Lee Company construction projects. His career with us has also taken him to Mexicali, Mexico, where he helped build the Kenworth plant. Good work is rewarded, and Barry has steadily moved his way up. He’s now a role model for reliability and dedication as one of our best senior superintendents in Construction.

“When I came here 20 years ago, I had heard great things about the company, like how they take care of their employees, so I decided to give it a try. I quickly came to the decision to make Lee Company my permanent home! Over the years, I have made many great friendships from the Lee Company family. It has been great stability for me and my family!”

 

20 years

Tim Delozier
Senior Superintendent

Tim hired on in our Construction Group in 1998, and quickly had the opportunity to travel. While on the road for Lee Company, he has built projects in a number of states, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Florida and Georgia – just to name a few. Most recently, he’s been our primary contact for Belmont.

“I think my favorite thing about my job is to hire young people and see them grow into top help. At Lee Company, you get to work on many types of construction projects and learn many things.”

 

20 years

Josh Rosson
Facilities Solutions Consultant 

Josh has come a long way since he started at Lee Company as a part-time employee making the minimum wage of $4.25 in our Large Construction group. Josh started as a pipefitter helper for his dad, a Lee Company pro, and worked summers until he graduated high school. He moved to the commercial maintenance group in 1998, and became a Facilities Solutions consultant.

“Those summers helped mold my future at Lee Company. I always enjoyed working with my dad, but never truly appreciated the life lessons of working with him until I started my own career path.”

 

What do you want to build?

At Lee Company, our employees build careers. We build friendships. We build families. If that sounds good to you, check out the Lee Company careers page. We’re growing. Grow with us! In 20 years, we could be sharing your success story.

How and When to Change Your Home’s Air Filters

July 03, 2018

How and when to change the air filters in your home

Keeping your home’s HVAC system running efficiently isn’t only a money concern, it can also be a matter of health. During summer hot spells and the chilliest winter days, we spend extra time indoors, and it’s important to keep the quality of the air we’re breathing in mind.

One of the simplest and most effective ways to keep the air in your home clean, while also improving the life of your HVAC system, is to regularly change furnace air filters.

How do you know when to replace your filters?

If the dirt or dust is thick enough to block the filter material, you need to replace it. If your filter becomes too dirty, airflow is restricted and your unit has to work extra hard to circulate air through your house. That means higher energy costs and an overworked HVAC system.

Telltale signs of a dirty furnace filter are extra dirt or dust particles around your house or the onset of a musty dirt smell inside. Sinus congestion can also be related to the air quality inside your home, if the air is not clean your nose won’t be happy.

Lastly, if you haven’t used your system in a while, it’s a good idea to check your filters before you turn things back on.

Pro tip: If your filter is getting super grimy every month, it might be time for a home air duct cleaning appointment. These can be done every two or three years to keep your unit running smoothly.

How often should you replace your filters?

For standard HVAC units, check your filters monthly for dirt buildup. If a filter is dirty, it’s time to replace it. At the very least, most filters should be changed about every three months, and high-efficiency units can go up to four months. Still, we suggest at least checking filters monthly to gauge how quickly they become dirty. Finally, it is recommended to replace filters on a shorter schedule if you have pets in your home, if anyone in your house suffers from allergies, and during months when your unit is used more heavily.

Pro tip: Quality over quantity. Buying the least expensive filters can be tempting, however they’re often designed to only last a month between replacements so you end up spending more money for poorer quality air in your home. For two free high-quality filters from Filterjoy delivered to your home, head here.

How do you replace your air filters?

Replacing your filters is a simple process that you’ll have down in no time.

The first step is to locate the filters in your home either on your furnace or inside your return air vents. Then write down the sizes of your filters. Once you have the correct filter size, open the vent and look for an arrow on the current filter indicating the direction of airflow. It may be helpful to write this down as well as your filters will need to point in that direction to function properly.

Remove the old filter and install the new one with the arrows going in the same direction. Close the vent and you’re all set. Make a note on your calendar to check in a month to see if any dirt has built up in that time.

Changing your filters regularly is an easy step to keep the air in your home clean and to improve the life of your HVAC system. If you have questions about the right filter sizes and types for your home call us today!

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