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Mid-Spring Reflections

Our business is highly seasonal which means there are about 13 weeks of the year where we do the bulk of our business. We have been growing a lot over the past few years, so it can be hard to predict sales and inventory requirements. Plus, when systems get pushed to the max, the cracks are exposed. It’s a good thing because it helps us fix issues to position ourselves for future growth, but it doesn’t come without frustrations!

2019 has so far exceeded our expectations. We had a record breaking month which means all departments were pushed to the limits: record number of sales, record number of transactions to process, record number of parts shipped, and subsequently most boxes shipped out the door in a single day, week, and month. All of our fabulous employees stepped up to the plate to go the extra mile to do what needed to be done. Spring can be very intense and stressful at times, but through it all we still try to find some time to have some fun. Here’s a few mid-spring office highlights:

Sometimes Customers Request us to Send Someone to Help Install their Fence.... ;)

Sometimes customers request us to send someone to help install their fence…. ;)

Matrimonial Bliss! Our warehouse manager Joey tied the knot recently. We had a little inner office party to celebrate but who wants to see a picture of that when you can see this epic wedding picture?

Matrimonial Bliss! Our warehouse manager Joey tied the knot recently. We had a little inner office party to celebrate but who wants to see a picture of that when you can see this epic wedding picture?

We have some big Game of Thrones fans in the office, but Ser Chris went the extra mile the day after the show's finale aired!

We have some big Game of Thrones fans in the office, but Ser Chris went the extra mile the day after the show’s finale aired

Linda promised a celebratory dance if we hit a record and she delivered on her promise!

Linda promised a celebratory dance if we hit a record and she delivered on her promise!

It's not all fun and games. One of our star warehouse employees had to have emergency dental surgery, and she still came to work to make it happen despite a sore and swollen mouth!

It’s not all fun and games. One of our star warehouse employees had to have emergency dental surgery, and she still came to work to make it happen despite a sore and swollen mouth!

Spring isn’t quite half over yet and the challenges will continue, but the growth related problems we face are good ones to have. I’m always in awe of our team in the busy season. It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we all band together.

With Spring Comes our First Garden

We are definitely rolling into Spring with our wheels turning at full speed! The last few weeks have been hectic and busy (in a VERY good way!) and we are on our way to have a record breaking month! Although we work hard here at WamBam, we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We like to have fun also. One way we like to get outside instead of being stuck in the office all day is by gardening. We have a Garden Club that about half of our staff actively participates in. This is the first year that we have added this to our workplace but it is phenomenal. Most of us Wambammers are advocates of eating healthy, whole foods and living an active lifestyle. What better way to support that goal than grow your own vegetables, herbs, and fruit.

Our Garden Club is going to be the envy of clubs at WamBam Fence. This picture below was taken today. We planted 2 weeks ago. We have tomatoes, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, spinach, mixed greens, basil, rosemary, thyme, strawberry, and more! Stay tuned to our blog throughout the spring and summer to see our progress. We will post pictures periodically showing our amazing harvest. We are so excited to see (and taste) the fruits (and vegetables) of our labor!

Our Company Garden Planted in the Parking Lot is Looking Very Promising!

Our Company Garden Planted in the Parking Lot is Looking Very Promising!

 

 

Project Helping Hands

Our 2nd Annual Project Helping Hands was an amazing success! Project Helping Hands is an integral part of our core values at WamBam Fence and allows us to give back to the communities that we serve. Every Christmas, employees are asked to choose an organization or person in need that they would like to help out during the holiday season. WamBam Fence then makes a monetary donation to that organization/person in honor of the employee. Below is a testimony of one of our employees, Joey, who chose the Rice N’ Beans Foundation as his recipient.

“Donating funds to the Rice N’ Beans Foundation warms my heart. Having volunteered and experienced the Tuesday/Wednesday night mission work they do in the streets of Uptown Charlotte, I greatly appreciate the work Rice N’ Beans is doing to help feed & clothe the homeless and less fortunate in our community. It has always been on my heart to find a way to help these struggling people that I see on the streets with a hopeless look in their eyes. Stumbling across Rice N’ Beans through my friend and mentor, Clint Hudson, was an answer to prayer! I finally found a group that had the same mission that had been on my heart for such a long time. I enjoy volunteering my time to this ministry. Using the funds provided by the loving WamBam Fence to add to the food and clothing stock of Rice N’ Beans to give to the needy in our community not only puts a smile on their faces but mine as well.

I encourage all to volunteer some time to help service those in need. Find out more about this mission at ricenbeans.org.”

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Not-for-Profit Rice’n’Beans in Charlotte NC feeding the homeless on a chilly winter’s eve

And the Winners of the 2018 WamBam Photo Contest Are…

The dust has settled on the 2018 photo contest, and it was our biggest contest to date! We had more entries than ever this year, and for good reason; we had more people than ever who had beautiful fences to be proud of. We saw some of the best-looking and creative entries ever in this year’s contest! Last week we posted the 25 finalists to our Facebook page and were blown away by how quickly people came out to vote for their favorite entries! The competition was fierce for the first day or two, but by day three we had a handful of entries that were standing above the rest, leaving us with two distinct categories: the top five and everyone else. The top five battled it out for the rest of the contest, but every contest has to come to an end, and this Monday our contest did just that. And so by popular vote, here are the winning entries for the 2018 WamBam Photo Contest! If you want to see all the entries we had this year, you can find the whole album here.

1st Place: Brian Duscher

Doggie Day Care Fence

Brian and his wife Dana dreamed of having the perfect fence for their doggy daycare. A combination of Jiminy Picket and Steady Freddy fences gave them just the look they wanted, and their customers love it too!

2nd Place: Lila Robinson

Lila needed a safe outdoor play area for her furry little friend. The Sturbridge Fence helped give her the perfect, stylish enclosure she was looking for!

Lila needed a safe outdoor play area for her furry little friend. The Sturbridge Fence helped give her the perfect, stylish enclosure she was looking for!

3rd Place: Al Horvath

Al just needed a good privacy fence for his yard, and a lot of it! 260 feet of Steady Freddy Fence later and he's got the perfect enclosure for his yard. Now he's even getting envious glares from the neighbors!

Al just needed a good privacy fence for his yard, and a lot of it! 260 feet of Steady Freddy Fence later and he’s got the perfect enclosure for his yard. Now he’s even getting envious glares from the neighbors!

Thank you to everyone who participated in 2018’s contest, either by entering or by voting. Here’s to an even better 2019!

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