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Have you ever set a really difficult goal? We have. Our goal is to earn The Shingo Prize. “The Shingo Prize,” you say? The Shingo Prize is awarded to organizations that demonstrate a culture where principles of operational excellence are deeply embedded into the thinking and behavior of all leaders, managers, and associates. So, what’s the “big deal?” What makes this Shingo Prize so important?  The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence is a non-profit organization housed at Utah State University and named after Japanese engineer Shigeo Shingo.  Dr. Shingo is one of the world’s foremost leaders in concepts, management systems, and improvement techniques that have become known as the Toyota Business System, originally implemented by Toyota.  The goal of The Shingo Prize is ... More

A while ago, we shared on this blog that Lifetime was adding a new Health and Wellness category. Health and Wellness is a category of products designed to, well, keep you healthy and well. This Health and Wellness category now offers a complete line of products called Grabcessories™. Grabcessories™ are safety grab bars mixed with beautifully designed bathroom fixtures. They’re designed to be attractive so your bathroom won’t look like a hospital, and they come in two finishes: Chrome and Brushed Nickel. These grab bars help with limited mobility while in the bathroom. There is a bar for each area where extra safety might be needed. For example, we have a bar that “wraps” around the tub or shower faucet, providing stability when showering or a place to grab hold when entering or exitin... More

If there’s one thing we love at Lifetime, it’s food.  Let’s be honest here … who doesn’t?! So earlier this summer, employees started growing their own gardens for fresh produce, including some right here at Lifetime! But the hard work put into growing veggies isn’t where all the fun is. It’s in the eating. So for two months, we've been hosting our very own Farmers Market. Every Tuesday from August till September 25, Lifetime employees have been exchanging produce with each other during our Harvest Exchange. We’ve seen gorgeous peppers, corn, tomatoes, lettuce, kale, and just about anything else you can imagine.  The best part about this, is all the food that hasn’t been picked up by employees has been donated to the local Food Bank to benefit members of our com... More

After several months of construction, we are excited to announce our Lifetime Store in St. George, Utah is officially open for business!  This morning we held the official ribbon cutting ceremony and we’ll be celebrating with our Grand Opening event this entire week.  If you’re in the St. George area, be sure to stop by our Grand Opening because we have a lot going on that you won’t want to miss…  radio remote broadcasts, contests, prizes, face painting, balloon artist, refreshments, and lots of fun products to see!  Plus, we’ll also be giving away a Lifetime kayak, youth paddleboard, and an Ace Flyer Teeter-Totter. Of course it wouldn’t be a Grand Opening without some sales too - including $500 off the new Lifetime Double Slide Deluxe Playset! Stop by today through Sa... More

This summer’s semi-annual company meeting was a brand new experience for me.  Over past years here at Lifetime, all employees have had the opportunity to hear about the progress and state of the company.  And since Lifetime is a privately-owned company, it’s important that the employees are directly involved!  What was amazing was the opening part of the meeting where we saw how the company has been featured and showcased in public relations this year. From a spotlight on The Price is Right where our kayaks were a showcase prize, to the local news where the work done in our metals and plastics factories took the front stage, to our service project at the Utah State University Botanical Center, and so much more.  I could see that we definitely made waves this year!  And these fea... More

Once a year, Lifetime employees volunteer time to serve our communities around us. With the work we did at the Utah State University Botanical Center this year, it got some of our employees thinking. And not just thinking….oh no!  It was a surge of excitement! The excitement became contagious and a small group of employees pooled their teamwork to start their own vegetable garden in a small concrete garden box in front of their building. After buying the necessary plants and soil, everything was planted. And as of today, the tomatoes vines are climbing high, and even the crisp jalapeño peppers are already on the stems! I'm pretty sure my mouth was actually watering when I saw it. But even that’s not the end of it. Because of their group work to grow fresh vegetables right at work, that passion for... More

We all know that smoking is not good for our health. But, sometimes we pick up habits that aren’t good for us. Well, I’d like to tell you about a few Lifetime employees who have taken a huge step to improve their lives by quitting tobacco... and something big that came from it. At Lifetime, we care about our employees' health.  As part of our preventive health care programs for employees, a few months ago, we held an internal “quit tobacco” campaign so Lifetime employees who wanted to quit tobacco could attend Lunch ‘N Learns with the Davis County Health Department. Each week, they would meet to discuss their struggles and ways to help quit tobacco. From this, three of our employees were able to kick their habit and quit smoking! What an accomplishment! Because of their ... More

Just when you think things couldn’t possibly get better…they do!  Lifetime is now one of seven businesses actively participating in the Utah Industrial Energy Efficiency Program (UIEEP). The program, which was initiated to help industrial customers increase their efforts in energy efficiency, has already seen massive energy savings.  And that’s not only great news for Lifetime, but for the members of our community. UIEEP is already taking leaps and bounds to encourage businesses to reduce their energy intensity and emissions, provide training and technical assistance as companies like Lifetime apply energy-saving efforts, and give credit for energy efficiency successes that maximize performance. As those who know us well can testify, Lifetime has been dedicated to the environment and our ab... More

May 5, 2012 was not only Cinco de Mayo but also a big day here at Lifetime Products. More than 900 of my fellow Lifetime co-workers and I had the opportunity to give back to our community by participating in Lifetime’s 7th Annual Community Service Project. This year, we helped clean and beautify the Utah State University Botanical Center in Kaysville, Utah. After initial groundwork preparation by over 75 employees on Friday evening, 880 employees arrived in florescent yellow shirts (looking like tennis balls from afar) armed with gardening tools on Saturday morning and got to work by removing debris, rocks, and weeds; planting flowers, grass and trees; cleaning ponds; painting fences, bridges and gates and spreading bark to help beautify and improve the center's 1,000 acre grounds, gardens, and facilities for... More

You need a check-up with your doctor.  So, you wait on the phone to make an appointment that ends up getting scheduled several days later. You take time off work... drive across town... sit in the waiting room... see the doctor... and drive back to work.  Sometimes it can be a half-day adventure for even the simplest of doctor appointments. Sound familiar? Lifetime knows that trying to figure out how to squeeze a medical appointment into work schedules and school schedules can be almost impossible sometimes.  So, we decided to make it more convenient for our employees and their families to get medical care.  How?  We opened the Lifetime Health Clinic right at our factory!  Now our employees can make an appointment and simply walk a short distance to see a doctor right where they work.... More

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Five S's for Gardening Success
The beautiful thing about gardening is, in one way or another, everyone is a beginner. Even if youve been gardening your whole life, theres something new to learn about growing different kinds of plants, growing in different climates, or dealing with new pests. If youre just starting out and contemplating planting a tomato, rose, or petunia, dont be intimidated. Trial and error are the best ways to learn. For example, I tried multiple ways to rid my yard of moles. I tried baits, traps, and even vibrating mole repellants to no avail. It wasnt until I tried castor oil, that I was able to convince the moles to move away. Here are some tips on getting started in the vegetable or flower garden. Follow these 5 Ss and youll be well on your way to a productive, beautiful garden. SunMost fruiting vegetables (tomatoes, beans, squash)...
Congratulations to Our Spirited Fundraiser Grant Winners!
We are so excited to announce the winners of our first Spirited Fundraiser Grants Program! From bake sales to potluck dinners, folding tables and chairs are an integral part of fundraising for many religious organizations. To recognize the hard work that goes into these events, Lifetime Products is proud to award five Spirited Fundraiser Grants to the organizations we think have some of the most creative and successful fundraisers, based on essays submitted to us in 2009. The winners each receive a prize pack useful for future fundraisers - a $1,000 check, plus four Lifetime 6 folding banquet tables and 16 Lifetime folding chairs. Below are the winning organizations, along with a few suggestions for planning your organizations next successful fundraiser. Community Christian School - Westfield, Mass.Wiffle Ball Tournament...
How Many Calories Can You Burn Playing Tetherball?
The other day my family took advantage of the perfect outdoor Fall weather and we spent the morning riding bikes to the local library and school playground. While our kids were busy exploring the teeter-totters, swings, and playscapes, my husband and I happened to notice a few lonely, but well-used, tetherball poles. With just one silent look at each other, we both knew it was "game on". Now, don't ask me what I was thinkingI'm 5'6" and my husband is 6'4". Obviously, I didn't really stand a chance. But, the competitive side in me had to try. I guess maybe I remember too vividly my elementary school days when I was always the unlucky kid to patiently wait my turn in line, only to have to play against the biggest kid in the class who could wind the ball around the pole in just one punch. No lines here and maybe somehow over th...