Friday, May 13, 2011

Visit to Cannon Safe & GunVault

Last week I visited Cannon Safe and GunVault headquarters and manufacturing facility in San Bernardino, CA. A really cool aspect of my job is being able to go behind-the-scenes and see how everything is made.

I settled on one of the oversized couches in the Cannon Safe show room floor, which would put many Cabela’s trophy rooms to shame. I heard the hustle and bustle of the manufacturing facility behind two over-sized fully functioning safe doors, curious as to what was behind them.

Sure enough, welders were sparking, forklifts were racing around and painters were meticulously painting safes, all signs of a healthy company. I then got to see a variety of safes being built from start to finish.

Every employee on the floor has a specific task, and boy are they efficient! Not one step was wasted, cuts were precise and safes were moving along the assembly line in a fluid motion. It was neat to learn that a lot of the employees at this family run business have been on the job 8-25 years! It sure did show too, every safe was inspected for perfection.

It is the attention to detail that has made Cannon a leader in the safe industry. They also stand behind what they make. To them, it is important that they take care of the customer after the sale. They offer free parts, free labor and free freight for repair of a safe after burglary, natural flood or fire for the LIFETIME of the safe.

It was neat to see the safes being made. I am proud to be representing a company that has been in the Baker family for generations as well as a company that produces a quality product that is customer-focused.

I also have to admit, being a Southern California native, it was nice to visit the sun and enjoy a double-double from In-N-Out!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hi - I'm the new guy

Hey everybody, my name is Michael Turbyfill, but lately everyone is calling me “the new guy.” I’m a new public relations specialist for Chevalier. My situation gives me the new guy label with both my coworkers at Chevalier and our client, Winchester Ammunition. Unlike high school, when it was cool to be new, now I’m just the guy who needs to know where the bathroom is located and how to use the copier.

New guy or not, I’m extremely excited and blessed to support the PR efforts of one of America’s most recognizable and respected brands. In Winchester’s office lobby, a giant, bronze statue of American icon John Wayne holding a Winchester rifle reminds me each morning that the Winchester name is truly timeless.

Heading into my recent job change, the only negative part of the switch was I’d have to move smack dab in the middle of my favorite time of year – spring turkey season. Lucky for me (not so lucky for a couple gobblers), I was able to get in a few last-minute hunts in the Carolinas.

On April 8, I was fortunate enough to harvest a testy gobbler on public land in South Carolina. Less than 72 hours later, in the mountains of western North Carolina where I grew up, I smoked an old, mountain gobbler in the same hardwoods where I first learned to hunt. Ironically, both longbeards met their demise with a face full of Winchester Xtended Range #6s. Check out the photo of my S.C. bird and I'll look forward to sharing more of my adventures in the future.