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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Summer of Space Projects

This is shaping up to be a summer of major projects in the Facilities part of our group.  We're making good investments in providing a safer work environment for our warehouse team and keeping our Nashville operations all on one campus.  This includes adding air conditioning to the areas of the Distribution Center where about 80% of our people work, moving the Library Archive to the DC, moving our Design and Multimedia Group into the current Library space, moving the Remainder Sales showroom into the existing DMM production room, and reconfiguring the current DMM space as growth space for new office positions.

The Cap-X was approved last week and these projects are rolling out as follows:

This week modular walls are being delivered to the warehouse to build the new Library Archive space.  This self-contained, climate-controlled room will be heat and humidity controlled to protect this very important company asset.  This space should be ready for the Library assets between June 8th and 10th.

The Library Archive will move between June 10th and 15th, after which the build-out of the current Library space will begin.  Having been finished-out as storage space when the building was built, additional HVAC and lighting will need to be installed in order to accommodate moving 12 people into this area.  New fixtures and an office will be added and this project should be completed about July 15th.  The DMM team should move between the 15th and 20th. 

Sometime in late July or early August the Remainder Sales showroom will move over to this building and the current DMM areas cubicles will be reconfigured to accommodate new positions or any currently pending space moves. 

Finally, additions to the Legal team will necessitate converting the existing Lobby B conference room into a private office.  One of the current vacant offices in the Sales area, on the other side of the elevator lobby, will be reconfigured as the new Lobby B.  No date as been set yet.

All these moves are good news.  As our business continues to improve and we carefully add needed staff our group's goal is to keep every Nashville employee here on this campus.  The benefits in communication and teamwork that we've experienced these last 2 1/2 years since leaving all leased office space are indisputable. We hope to continue accommodating strategic growth while also improving our work environment.

Monday, May 02, 2011

One To Go

A year ago this past weekend 11 families in the Thomas Nelson workforce experienced flood damage to the extent that their homes were, at least temporarily, unlivable.  Four had to be almost completely rebuilt.  One in particular, the home of Mark and Yvette Cowden, had to be bulldozed after it took Metro months to decide if they could rebuild or not.

This past week construction finally began and is progressing quickly.  Yvette recently had a baby and this family has been in an apartment with their lives on hold for a year.  When construction ends, which looks like late this month, we'll want to partner with them for whatever they might need such as moving, landscaping, etc...

This will conclude our flood relief efforts. Of our 11 families not one received a dime of aid from We Are Nashville or the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee or the Red Cross.  Even though some applied, none was given.  I personally will never give money to CFMT or the Red Cross again, especially given the Red Cross' similar problems with the billions it received after 9/11.  One organization that was impressive was FEMA.  While no large-scale government operation is flawless, this one was as close as I've ever seen.

None of what these organizations didn't do should overshadow what so many did accomplish.  This included individual donations from our people to the Flood Relief Fund,  weekends worked in service to neighbors,  and Abilene's South 11th and Willis Church of Christ's amazing mission week helping our people.  Those who could work did; those who couldn't cooked meals for those working; others wrote checks that made all the difference.  Some people did all three.

In the end the story of Nashville flood relief was neighbor helping neighbor, churches showing the love of Christ through service, and flooded families pressing through tough times with determination not to be victims.

Ten down and one to go; watch for information in the coming weeks on how you can help.