HRSI/HSI CANADA – The 5S quality initiative brought together a dynamic group comprising of two Herzog divisions, HSI and HRSI of Canada, for organizational improvements to the warehouse in Leduc. This collective effort was a true testament to the Power of the Team, showcasing their commitment to excellence. With a relentless mindset to get better, the team delved into the 5S principles – Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, Sustain – with a focus on pursuing excellence in every aspect.
Following the 5S principles, they bid farewell to unused and obsolete parts, organized their active inventory by efficiently arranging and labeling in-use parts for easy access as well as labeling all the shelves for quick item retrieval, and lastly, created a dedicated area and tagging system for parts in need of repair.
This initiative not only transformed their workspace but also highlighted their collective commitment to continuous improvement.
Congratulations on the success of their 5S initiative and the incredible teamwork that made it all possible.
HRSI FIELD EMPLOYEES– A round of applause is in order for our outstanding HRSI field employees! In a time where manpower is stretched thin in the industry, these dedicated individuals have not only persevered but have maintained our renowned high-level quality of work. Their unwavering commitment to excellence is evident in our impeccable uptime, solidifying our position as the premier service provider in the industry.
Through thick and thin, our operators, mechanics, and technicians for HRSI’s specialized equipment have exemplified a remarkable understanding of customer needs and priorities. Their approach is simple yet profound—provide solutions, not excuses. Regardless of the challenges faced, they consistently find a way to get the job done, and the results speak for themselves: nothing short of elite.
METROLINK – The quick thinking and compassion of Metrolink Track Inspector Juan S. likely saved the life of a 15-year-old girl on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023. While performing his duties of maintaining the Metrolink track and signal systems, Juan observed a girl lying on the tracks in Laguna Niguel with the intention of taking her own life. He not only had all train traffic stopped through the area, initiating a law enforcement response, but he also spoke to the young lady while waiting for help to arrive.
At a December Metrolink Board Meeting, Juan was recognized for his actions by Metrolink CEO Darren Kettle and the Board of Directors. We are immensely proud to have individuals like him as part of our team. His dedication to the welfare of others embodies the company values we hold dear.
Our commitment to safety goes beyond rail operations; it extends to a culture where every member of our team is encouraged to be vigilant and proactive. Juan’s courageous actions not only reflect his personal character but also highlight the importance of our “if you see something, say something” ethos.
We commend Juan for his intervention, demonstrating that our employees are not just contractors for the railway industry but also compassionate individuals who prioritize the well-being of the communities we serve. We are dedicated to fostering a culture where our employees feel empowered to act decisively in the face of challenging situations, ultimately making a positive impact beyond the tracks.
CALTRAIN MOW & SIGNAL COOKOFF – On December 20, our Maintenance-of-Way and Signal employees turned up the heat with an epic BBQ cookoff that had the entire team sizzling with excitement! The day featured not one, but two mouthwatering BBQs—one for the day shift and another for the night.
Originally planning to cater the event, a spirited rivalry ignited among the team—Texas-style BBQ versus California’s finest. In the end, it wasn’t just about the food; it was a battle of flavors and techniques.
Congratulations to the winning team members, Daniel R., Javier L., and Angel G., who emerged victorious in this epic culinary clash. The brisket cook times were as diverse as the techniques used, ranging from the hot and fast method at around eight hours to the slow and low approach clocking in at an impressive 16 hours.
Thank you to everyone who participated, making this BBQ cookoff a sizzling success and showcasing the incredible talent within our Caltrain family.
CTRAIL – Please join us in congratulating the team at CTrail for working, as of December 24, two years injury-free and four years without a rules violation. Thank you to the team at CTrail for coming to work every day with a safety mindset!
TRE – Please join us in congratulating the signal team at TRE for achieving one year of injury-free work as of January 8th. Thank you to the team at TRE and everyone across Herzog for ensuring everyone goes home the same way they came to work.