b'to be in. We have lots ofdo work to (P_iaE_z_s_Ez_____,,Jpriceshaveincreased,andth~ __weathercooled offs o we can haswork productively.Nowwefacealabor crisis. How do we get workers in01 by Bob Dalsincompany who have thean potential abilities togood Foremen. We Theweather hascooleddown- behave finally.Does that mean the heat isofferedthem these leadership posioff? I\'m afraid not! At the beginningtions and even asked them to accept theofinhelp us ofthe heatbecause ofjobForemanorder to the yearwas onthrough out labor crisis.Several of our lack of work. This was not un these prospective Foremen have usual because ofweatherinsaid theherethey do not want the job because of Minnesota.was unusualour Whatfortheresponsibility. Another company was the extent ofworkaddedhas thelostdriver\'s license and is unable shortage.Historically,wehaveal his ways (withonly avery fewexcep togettoworkunlesshecan find tions) lostduringfourforth someone to drive him back and moneythe firsteach day. ormonthsyear.bid fiveof theWejobsI believebestto expand aggressively at the end of last yearthewayour work force ispromote from within and early this spring for work to beto completed early in 1988. This meantbut this doesn\'t alwaysseem tob~ thatbidatthantotalpossible.Withmostof ourcomROCKY BLEIERwejobslessourpetitorsbeingtherelittle TOcost (which includes overhead). Wealsobusy,is AT CONVENTIONhoped to do work that would give us SPEAKchanceof securingacompetent FormerPittsburghSteelerRockysomedegree of gross profit to helpForemanorevenmanytrained cover partour overhead costs. The~orkers on short notice. Ultimately, Bleier has been making spectacularofitwe are going to have to hire plays all his life.And they haven\'tresults were less than we had hopedseems andour own work force. This is for. It\'sthetrain beenconfinedtothefootballfield.painful to watchoverheadespecially difficultthese times continue during this kind ofduring MRCA has the honortohaveMr.a periodwhenare busyneed Bleier to speak at the Tuesday con wherework isscarce.Acompanyweandto expand vention luncheon.doingarelativelysmall volumeofthenumber of workersweemploy withintimeThrough Mr. Bleier was a not-very-big, not workanddoing it at substantiallyadeadline.trial, reduced gross profitcan onlyerror and searching, we will find th too-fast,but incrediblydeterminedmarginsrigh~ people to ge~ the work doneV athlete when the Steelers pickedgoonsolong.In June, at last, we himefficiently as possible and still mainbegan to receive more orders and in the next-to-last round of1968get thetain our standards of qualitybut it draft. Buthe could prove him busy. By July we had a decent.\'\' beforeback isneasy. selfa rookie, heagain.log of workand were beginning tot aswas draftedturn things around.It\'s either feast or famineinthis This time for combat duty in Viet business and often it seems to be a nam.Thencamethenextcrisis- matter of managing one crisis after materialhad Afewmonthslater,crippledbyshortages. Weorders foranother. It\'s beenhot summer work, butwhethernota long, enemy rifle andwounds, Mr.didn\'t knowor grenadeand now a hottertrying we couldtheifwefall. We\'reto Bleier facedchallenge. Hegetmaterials. Even his graveststay cool andthe heat. couldandcouldn\'tcould, it was impossible to get thembeat barely walkherun. Continuingcareerprofessionalatprices we had estimatedSAFETYFOR hisinthein ourPROGRAM football looked like abitter joke. Toproposals to the owners and GeneralTORCH WELDING everyone butContractors.Thecrisisof material him.APPLICATORS HELD The story of Mr. Bleier\'s agonizingshortages thus expanded to no price two year battle to overcome his in protection fromoursuppliers.WeDURING CONVENTION juriesandreturntofootballisfacedadoublewhammy- noThe Certified Roofing Torch Weldmaterialsno price protection. Weing ApplicatorProgramwillbeofdescribed in the book Fighting Backand andinthetelevisionmovieof thefacedtheprospectof losingmoreferedtobothinstructorsand money. Ithotter.applicators atConventionDensame name.He contributed to fourgotthein We have adjusted as bestcan tover. Theday session for instrucSteelerbowl victories, ensuringwe11/2 Superthe material shortages and price es tors will be conducted by the Roofing his place in history as a dependablecalations. On top of this, we are nowIndustry Educationalat \'\'bigInstitutethe play man."facinganother crisis - that of cus Denver office on Saturday and SunMr. Bleier\'s off-field activities are notomerdemandandourabilitytoday, October 8-9. less spectacular.He\'s active in thesupplylabor.WehavereceivedaThe oneapplicator safety trainVeteran\'stheday Administration,Unitedsurprising number of orders in theing will be available on Sunday, OcWay and the Pennsylvania Associa lastsuch anthattober 9 at the Currigan Convention tion ofChildren. He servesmonth, toextentwe Retardedwill have to increase our work forceHall. Pre-registration is requiredfo\' as honorary chairman of the Specialby better than 50 percentorder toboth of these programs. Contact thOlympics,supports theCivicLightin~ complete theofthatRIEIofficeat 303/770-0613or the Operaserved asboard memberbacklogworkwe andahave before winter comes. 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