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The Spectrum Brands Story

October 19, 2017


Now that you’ve familiarized yourself with our brands, it’s time to learn a little about our past and our future in this video. Here are some of the highlights:

  • We’re on track to become a large cap stock by 2020.
  • In the past decade, we’ve achieved major financial success.
  • We’re engaged in the communities we’re a part of across the country.
  • We have plans to double in size by 2020.
  • We love to promote from within and have many long-term career opportunities.
  • We’re adding new talent every day. Apply now!
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Madison, WI Wins More Awards

October 10, 2017


Our neighbor, Madison, keeps winning. (And Middleton has won its fair share of awards too!) It goes without saying that our little corner of Wisconsin is a great place to live. We don’t need any trophies to confirm that. But these rankings are a nice reminder of how lucky we are.

Our latest claim to fame is #6 on the 2017 Best State Capitals to Live In list from Smart Asset. (As well as the #2 spot for least-stressed cities in America.) Also in 2017, Madison landed as #19 on the Healthiest Cities in America from Wallet Hub. The Trust for Public Land also gave Madison a shout-out this year as the #9 spot on a list of park friendly cities.

Here are shout-outs Madison has recieved in the past:

As you can see, we’re a laid back capital city with lots of green space and a lot of young people who love to bike to work. And just the beginning. From our farmer’s markets to our world-class university to the two gorgeous lakes that surround the city, Madison is a fantastic place to live.

Image via Jordan Richmond/Flickr.

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Spectrum Brands Has Been Recognized by the American Heart Association!

September 12, 2017


Great news! Spectrum Brands has received a Silver Level Recognition from the American Heart Association for our Wellness Initiatives and Programs. See the full list here. According to their website, the Workplace Health Achievement program assesses overall workplace health based on certain factors.

“Companies recognized by the American Heart Association meet AHA criteria for their achievement to implement quality employee health programs in a workplace environment characteristic of culture of health best practices.

The Workplace Health Achievement Index scores organizations on 55 individual best practices, organized into seven categories of organizational best practices (leadership, engagement, programs, policies and environment, partnerships, communications, and reporting outcomes) and the objective, unbiased science-based assessment of overall workplace heart health using aggregate data from My Life Check or aggregate an equivalent source.”

We’re so honored that we’ve been recognized for our commitment to employee health. Read more about our wellness programs here.

Image via American Heart Association.

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Rayovac’s 111th Birthday!

September 7, 2017


Happy birthday, Rayovac! Today, we’re celebrating more than 100 years of providing jobs in America. Here’s to US job creation with a commitment to American-made products!

Did you know that Rayovac manufactures all of our Alkaline batteries in Wisconsin? The Fennimore plant produces 2,500,000 batteries per day–that’s more than 1 billion per year! WOW.


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Rayovac Donates to Harvey Relief

September 5, 2017


The effects of Hurricane Harvey have been devastating for so many, and we wanted to help. In fact, the entire city of Madison, Wisconsin put forth an amazing effort to gather supplies for Houston. The CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, Michael Johnson, was thankful for our donation of 25,000 batteries and 12,000 flashlights.

Retired firefighter Dale Emmerich drove from Madison to Dixon, Illinois to collect the supplies, which were then transported to Houston. We’re so proud of Wisconsin for being so generous and caring in a time of dire need. The entire city came together–incredibly fast–to gather and transfer the necessary supplies for hurricane relief. Stay strong, Houston!

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Internal Learning Opportunities at Spectrum Brands

August 2, 2017


Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee once said, “I maintained my edge by always being a student; you will always have something new to learn.” We agree with Joyner-Kersee! That’s why we offer employees internal learning opportunities so they can further their career and become more successful at their jobs on a day-to-day basis. Here’s a glimpse into some of those ongoing educational programs at Spectrum Brands.

Great Leaders Series: The Ascent
The Four Imperatives of Great Leaders include Inspiring Trust, Clarifying Purpose, Aligning Systems, and Unleashing Talent. In this two-part in-person course taught by Spectrum Brands’ certified Learning & Development team, leaders from all departments and locations can unleash their teams’ full capability against company priorities. Members of our Distribution, Finance, IT, HR, and Engineering teams have found success with this course.

Here’s what employees have to say:

  • “I attended it last year and very impressed – and applying what I learned ever since.”
  • “Every leader and manager needs this class.”
  • “I can apply this content tomorrow.”
  • “A great opportunity to meet leaders from other segments of the business and have meaningful and relevant leadership discussions.”

Insights Discovery
This is another course offered to Spectrum Brands employees by certified Learning & Development specialists. Teams from St. Louis, Lake Forest, and Middleton have attended and are using it to more clearly communicate and build better relationships at work – and home! Insights Discovery focuses on improving personal, interpersonal and team effectiveness; helping you understand how you’re perceived by others; introducing a simple, yet impactful framework about strengths; providing a common language about strengths and what drives our behavior in the workplace; and is grounded in the work of psychologist Carl Jung.

Here’s what employees have to say:

  • “This is a great way to get to know teammates – we understand each other so much better now!”
  • “Now that I know my color and how to spot someone else’s, I can communicate in a way that makes sense to them – even people I thought were challenging.”
  • “I took this knowledge home and was amazed to spot different leading styles in my family – adjusting to someone else’s style takes conscious effort but is so worth it!”

Photo Credit: Spectrum Brands employee Jennifer Kalka; Great Leaders: The Ascent graduates in June of 2017. 

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We’re Hiring in Virginia!

June 16, 2017


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Spectrum Brands Volunteer Day 2017

June 15, 2017


On June 1, we took to our local communities at all four of our US headquarters (Dayton, OH; Lake Forest, CA; Middleton, WI; and St. Louis, MO) for a company day of service focused on water stewardship.

A big THANK YOU to the hundreds of Spectrum Brands employees who hit the trail (bike trails and walkways, that is) to support our partnership with Clean Lakes Alliance and maintain our parks, waterways, and open nature spaces around the country.

To strengthen the impact and educational value of the day, we partnered with the National Environmental Education Foundation. According to WeSpire, employees tend to take home what they learn at work. In a study, 89% of respondents stated they would try a sustainability tactic at home that was introduced at work.

More thanks go out to Gateway Greening, Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, Clean Lakes Alliance, and the National Environmental Education Foundation for making this day possible!

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Spectrum Brands is Committed to Fitness!

June 13, 2017

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In June, we held a fitness event for #GlobalRunningDay at our Middleton headquarters. Twenty-five employees embarked on a mid-day two-mile run along the Pheasant Branch trails right outside our front door. Those who participated got points toward our internal wellness program and a t-shirt for participating.

But fitness isn’t a one-day commitment for us. We offer amazing wellness benefits to our employees year round.

All Locations

  • Vitality wellness program that allows employees to track fitness goals, activity, and biometrics then earn points redeemable for gift cards and fitness equipment

 Middleton, WI

  • On-site gym open 24/7 to employees including showers, towels, and Remington hair appliances
  • MondayFriday fitness classes including yoga, boot camp, pilates, kickboxing, Zumba, and more
  • Immediate access to bike and running trails
  • Masseuse on-site every other Friday

St. Louis, MO

  • On-site gym with locker rooms, showers, and towels
  • FREE fitness classes
  • Lunchtime walking club
  • Subsidized personal training

Lake Forest, CA

  • On-site yoga and boot camp classes
  • Weekly walk/run club
  • Annual softball league
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It’s Bike to Work Week!

May 15, 2017


Last week, Spectrum Brands engineer Jacob Musha helped co-workers tune up their bikes and prepare for this week’s Bike to Work Week.

Spectrum Brands’ world headquarters in Middleton is located right on the beautiful Pheasant Branch bike trail so special events are planned for every day this week – including casual group rides, a 2.5 mile mountain bike ride, and a 20 mile road ride ending at a Spectrum-sponsored Capital Brewery gathering!

We’re lucky that our neighbor Madison has been named one of the most bike friendly cities in the U.S. and we are one of only five cities to reach platinum-level status as a Bicycle Friendly Community. Biking to work is a common sight in this neck of the woods but we’re happy to bring attention to it during this special week!

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