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Soccer Legend Brandi Chastain + Cutter Insect Repellent

June 11, 2019

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Last month, we held a Cutter Insect Repellent Soccer Clinic hosted by soccer legend Brandi Chastain. The skies were blue and the kids learned new soccer skills. We had so much fun giving back to the St. Louis community!

“I want to give back as much as possible, so when Cutter Insect Repellent called and asked if I wanted to do a clinic with them, I thought ‘Cutter’s from St. Louis, they understand their community, they are involved at the grassroots level,” said Chastain. “The fact that Cutter is sponsoring U.S. Soccer, and the fact that they are willing to come into the community with me, that’s a win-win.”

Read more about the event here.

#TeamCutter #TeamBrandiChastain

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Spectrum Brands Gives Back in Orange County, CA

June 4, 2019

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On May 17, 2019, we joined Habitat for Humanity of Orange County for their Leaders Build Challenge. According to their website, “Leaders Build Challenge is a one of a kind event that gives participants a chance to experience camaraderie, competition, and celebration. This one-day event will allow prominent OC business leaders to build a Habitat home side by side amongst other influential leaders in various industries. It brings business and community leaders together to build homes, to network, and to compete with one another: all while helping Habitat OC build homes, community, and hope.”

Based on the findings in a recent report, housing prices in Orange County are 356% higher than the national average. The goal of Habitat for Humanity of Orange County is to offer affordable housing to local families, helping them pursue home ownership. And we were happy to be a part of this cause! Thanks to Phil Szuba, Sr. Vice President & General Manager of our Hardware and Home Improvement Division (HHI), for capturing these pics at the event!

Phil shared his thoughts on LinkedIn stating, “Participating in a great leadership build with Habitat for Humanity of Orange County with a few of our leaders from Kwikset, Baldwin and Pfister – great to give back to this organization. Competing with our friends from Fluidmaster – go green team!”

Habitat for Humanity of Orange County said on Facebook, “Thank you to all our amazing #LeadersBuild2019 corporations and community leaders who helped us achieve new fundraising goals and impact more families than ever before. Affordable housing is becoming possible because of you!” What a great event! Thank you to everyone who participated on behalf of Spectrum Brands. Real leaders wear hard hats! 👊

Photos via Habitat for Humanity of Orange County CA and Phil Szuba.

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25 Years with Spectrum Brands!

May 29, 2019

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A huge congratulations to Jim Van Noort who celebrated his 25th anniversary with Spectrum Brands this month! Jim is a Director of Sales in our Mississauga, Ontario office near Toronto. We’re lucky to have you, Jim. What an achievement! Here he is pictured with his manager Phil Hanson who has been with the company for 29 years!

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GloFish Raises $84,000+ for WellAware!

May 16, 2019

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Could you give up showering for a week? We’re so proud of our GloFish crew for going on a shower strike to raise $84,000+ for Well Aware, an amazing organization that is working to provide clean water in Africa.

What’s a shower strike? Every April, supporters around the globe give up showering until they reach their fundraising goal. The money goes toward building life-saving water systems in East Africa. It’s also a reminder to appreciate how easily we have access to clean water when that’s just not the case around the world.

GloFish has been a proud supporter of global access to clean water since inception. GloFish® fluorescent fish were originally created by scientists at the National University of Singapore to help identify toxins in water. By adding a naturally-derived fluorescence gene to the fish, scientists hoped to quickly and easily determine when a waterway is contaminated. Scientists soon realized the public interest in sharing the benefits of this research, which led to GloFish fluorescent fish.

Watch this Fox2Now St. Louis video to learn more about the Shower Strike straight from one of Spectrum Brands’ own. Read more about GloFish’s partnership with WellAware here.

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Can You Picture Yourself Sitting Here?

May 14, 2019

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Here’s a glimpse into our latest new employee orientation at our World HQ in Middleton, Wisconsin! Can you imagine yourself sitting in one of these seats? If you can, here are a few steps you can take to bring your closer to that goal.

  1. Browse our latest listings at SpectrumBrands.com/Careers. We’re constantly adding new positions every day across the country from temp jobs to hourly jobs to internships to full-time salaried jobs.
  2. Set up a job alert now and get relevant positions delivered directly to your inbox. You can choose to be notified once a day or once a week, and can choose the length of your alert (from two weeks to six months).
  3. Learn about our hiring process and watch some behind-the-scenes videos to learn more about what your career path at Spectrum Brands could really look like. You’ll hear feedback directly from our employees as well as get insight into what we’re looking for in new hires.
  4. Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. We’re constantly posting about career advice, new opportunities, company news, and more. You’ll get an inside glimpse of what it’s really like to work at Spectrum Brands!
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Friday Feeling: Puppy Party!

May 10, 2019

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TGIF indeed! We’ve been known to throw the occasional PUPPY PARTY, and boy is it popular! Definitely one of our most well-attended events at our world headquarters in Middleton, Wisconsin. I wonder why? 🙂

The American Heart Association found that dogs can reduce heart risk disease factors and help you live longer. (Learn more about this scientific statement here.) According to TIME, owning a pet is good for your mental health too. Pets are known to reduce stress, fear, and anxiety in people of all ages.

Thanks to local non-profit Ma, Paws, and Me Pet Rescue for stopping by with puppies for us to play with. But they weren’t just for playing–they were also available for adoption. At our last Puppy Party in February, one of our employees successfully adopted a furry friend. Maybe another special match was made this month, too. Thanks for making our day, pups!

Read more about Ma, Paws, and Me Pet Rescue and learn how to volunteer, become a sponsor, or donate to this great cause: http://mapawsmepetrescue.com/

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Congrats, BLACK+DECKER!

April 30, 2019

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“Once the Black+Decker picks up steam, it’s hard to put down …” – Good Housekeeping magazine

Major congratulations are in order for the BLACK+DECKER team and their best in product shout out! The BLACK+DECKER Light ‘N Go Cordless Iron was featured in the “Smooth Glide” category. Here’s the full review:

“Once the Black+Decker picks up steam, it’s hard to put down … until you have to charge it again (like all cordless irons). But unlike some, light and sound indications on the unit make it easy to know when the iron needs to be placed back onto the base to heat-up and also when it’s ready to go. It is lightweight and its ceramic non-stick soleplate allows the iron to glide smoothly, rarely snagging the edges of our test fabric swatches. The transparent water tank made it difficult to overfill the unit and there was no drip!”

Read the 5 Best Cordless Irons to Buy in 2019, According to Cleaning Experts over at Good Housekeeping.

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Shout Out to Our H&G Team!

April 18, 2019

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Our Home and Garden retail team/business is dedicated… forty years in, or two days new, they are all-in all the time! Their faithful store presence and drive continues to separate Spectrum Brands from the competition. These folks have a lasting impression and love what they do!

Here are some of our employees showing their support.

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We’re Hiring Equipment Operators in Edgerton, KS!

March 25, 2019

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Our Hardware and Home Improvement (HHI) division–a major manufacturer and supplier of residential locksets, residential builders’ hardware, faucets, and commercial locksets and doors–is searching for Equipment Operators in Edgerton, Kansas!

As an equipment operator you will cycle count, receive, putaway, replenish and pick Spectrum Brands product. As a Spectrum Brands employee, you must ensure compliance with all safety policies, housekeeping rules, OSHA standards/regulations and Spectrum Brands, HHI policies and procedures. You will be a vital part of the Inbound/Outbound/Replenishment/Inventory team so attendance is extremely important as well as collaborating between departments especially Inventory.

Interested in applying now? Learn more about the position at spectrumbrands.com/careers.

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Congrats, Mildred Bass, for being an HRO Today Superstar!

March 19, 2019

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We were so excited to see Mildred Bass, Director of HR for the Pet, Home, and Garden Division of Spectrum Brands, recognized as an HRO Today Superstar in December of 2018. Digital transformation and globalization are completely changing the way we conduct business and find and hire new talent, and according to HRO Today, “human resources is at the forefront.”

“This year’s HRO Today Superstars have a proven track record of innovating, challenging the status quo, and redefining the new normal for HR. All the leaders featured on these pages have worked to deliver technologies, solutions, and strategies to uplift each employee while supporting organizational goals.”

HRO Today highlighted the many accomplishments Bass has achieved over the last decade in her role in St. Louis:

“She paves the way for Spectrum Brands’ success through her passion for everything she does. She is a driving force, focusing not only on the human resources aspect, but on operations as a whole. Her business etiquette is clearly represented as she sets clear groundworks for business needs, conditions, and responsibilities. She has been able to not only increase profitability but strengthen the brand name and the capabilities of Spectrum Brands’ St. Louis facility. She inspires colleagues through her enthusiasm, commitment, and dedication, and truly encourages the partnership created and sustained over the past 10 years.”

Read the full feature here.

 

 

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