April 27, 2020

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Donating Cutter™Brand Hand Sanitizer to the Community

We continue to applaud our Home and Garden business unit for producing hand sanitizer in just two short weeks. After distributing the hand sanitizer to all 15 Spectrum Brands facilities and offices across the U.S., we turned to the community.

We’re proud to be able to give back to our community, especially in times of extreme need. We donated 5,000 bottles of hand sanitizer to our community partner St. Louis Area Foodbank, which will be distributed throughout their network and to individuals in need of assistance in St. Louis. See more about this donation on the local news.

We also donated a large portion of the initial run of Cutter™ Brand hand sanitizer to local communities like Noblesville, Indiana including the Noblesville Fire Deparment and the Noblesville Police Department. It’s an honor to help out our first responders in a small way. Thank you for all that you do!

Sean Raines, Senior Director of Marketing, delivered two cases of Cutter™ brand hand sanitizer to the NRVCS Montgomery Center in Blacksburg, Virginia earlier this week. He’s pictured here with Kara Clemons, Quality and Risk Management Lead for NRVCS.

NRVCS said in a tweet, “We are incredibly grateful for this generous donation from Spectrum Brands and appreciate their help in keeping our employees and clients safe. We are all in this together!”

 

We’re working on getting Cutter™ Brand hand sanitizer into the hands of our consumers. Stay safe, everyone!

 

April 23, 2020

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You Keep Us Going

You Keep Us Going from Spectrum Brands on Vimeo.

Our production, distribution, and retail services teams are working around the globe (and around the clock) to keep our essential products in the hands of consumers. Their daily efforts are the backbone of our business and are vital to our success. We have a simple message for these 7,000 employees at 26 sites around the world who are producing, shipping, and stocking product: Thank you for all that you do–now more than ever. You keep us going.

April 4, 2020

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Cutter® Starts Producing and Donating Hand Sanitizer During Covid-19 Crisis

Hats off to our Home and Garden business unit! In two short weeks, our Blacksburg, Virginia team formulated and pivoted manufacturing to produce hand sanitizer, a much-needed product during this unprecedented pandemic. The team then began supplying the hand sanitizer to all 15 Spectrum Brands facilities and offices across the U.S. to promote the safety of the organization’s employees.

In addition to supplying hand sanitizer to employees and facilities, Cutter™ brand will donate hand sanitizer to local organizations across the communities in which Spectrum Brands has operations. Cutter® mosquito and tick repellent products have been protecting families for over 50 years as one of the leading repellent brands in the U.S.

“It’s a natural extension of the brand portfolio to expand the Cutter™ line beyond insect protection to fight germs as well,” said Steve Schwallie, Division Vice President of Marketing at Spectrum Brands. “We are pleased to be able to move into this segment and provide these products for our community partners.”

While the team continues to identify community partners, Carilion Clinic, a not-for-profit health care organization based in Roanoke, Va., and the St. Louis Area Foodbank are among the first organizations to receive Cutter™ hand sanitizer donations. The St. Louis Area Foodbank will distribute the donated sanitizers to its network and use them within its facility.

“We are so grateful for our ongoing partnership with Cutter™ brand and for this donation of hand sanitizers,” said Meredith Knopp, President and CEO for the St. Louis Area Foodbank. “Proper sanitation is critical for us to continue serving those in need in the St. Louis community. Cutter™ brand has been a longtime partner of ours, and this donation will go a long way – for our network and the individuals in need of assistance in our community.”

Cutter™ hand sanitizer will also be available to consumers in the coming weeks.

March 12, 2020

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Welcome, Omega One!

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Spectrum Brands is excited to announce the acquisition of Omega Sea as the newest addition to their Global Pet Care (GPC) business. Omega Sea is a global aquatics nutrition business that manufactures and markets various forms of fish food and care products, primarily under the Omega One brand.

March 4, 2020

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A Global Partnership: EUKANUBA France + La Grand Odyssée

Our innovative sales and marketing teams are establishing high-profile relationships and sponsorships around the globe! The latest was a partnership between the EUKANUBA France team and La Grande Odyssée. (Spectrum Brands owns the Eukanuba brand in Europe.)

La Grande Odyssée is THE annual event of the dog sled race in Europe and the most demanding stage race in the world in a unique alpine setting. This year, 40 mushers and their 300 dogs came from all over Europe to the stunning landscapes of Savoie Mont Blanc for a 12-day sled race. The event is famous for professionals and more than 50,000 spectators who come to assist to a unique experience, in 20 ski resorts in the Alps.

For the very first time, EUKANUBA partnered with La Grande Odyssée to create a special event during the event: The 1st EUKANUBA TROPHY! A 2-dayrace within the long race dedicated to young mushers who want to test their capacities as well as their dogs under real conditions. The EUKANUBA TROPHY was won by Antoine Sement, who took part in La Grande Odyssée for the first time ever: a future champion is born!

Watch the fantastic media coverage by the most famous TV news report in France here. Move the curser to the 30 minute mark to see some gorgeous footage of the event…in French!

January 21, 2020

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How Micro-Habits Can Help You Achieve Great Things

Start small. Really small. That’s the advice that productivity experts are giving. But why? It’s because we often set big goals for ourselves, but we don’t focus on how we are going to get there. In other words, what is one tiny micro-habit I can change or newly incorporate into my day that will get me one step closer to my goal? Here are some examples:

Goal: Work out in the morning.
Micro-habit: Wake up and put on my work out clothes.

Goal: Read more at night.
Micro-habit: Pick up my book (not my phone) when I lay down in bed.

Goal: Go to bed earlier.
Micro-habit: Walk to my bedroom at 9 PM every night.

Goal: Drink more water.
Micro-habit: Pour myself a glass of water first thing in the morning.

These tiny rituals might seem negligible, but they can pave the way to huge changes. Instead of focusing on the big end goal, put more emphasis on the small steps that come before it. Read more about micro-habits at the Harvard Business Review’s article, To Achieve Big Goals, Start with Small Habits. Or pick up a copy of James Clear’s book, Atomic Habits.

January 10, 2020

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Save the Date: St. Louis Job Fair on January 14, 2020!

 

Save the date! On, Tuesday, January 14th, we’ll be hosting a job fair in the St. Louis suburbs! We’re looking for forklift operators, production line workers, and more. Spread the word! We’d love to see you there.

November 25, 2019

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What We’re Thankful For in 2019

Spectrum Brands loves giving back! Our employees have been amazing in donating their time to help others across the country. Here are just a *few* highlights from 2019. Thank you to all of our employees for being so generous and giving back to their communities. Every little bit helps and you’ve all made a huge difference in others’ lives!

Helping lay the flooring for a special house for a special family in St. Louis with Habitat for Humanity.

Spectrum Brands Leadership Team serving families at Ronald McDonald House in Kansas City.

Volunteering time to help at the Partners Against Crime (PAC) Community Garden along with Gateway Greening.

Gathering more than 1,805 food/personal care items and money for 4,935 meals for Second Harvest Food Bank.

Leaders from Kwikset, Baldwin and Pfister loved giving back to the Orange County community with Habitat for Humanity.

250 volunteers and 1,000 hours of community service at our nationwide 2019 Day of Service was a huge success!

Lake Forest came together to donate $1,583 and purchase 176 craft bags for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

August 29, 2019

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Are You Running in Place?

You’re trying to lose weight and you have 30 minutes to work out. You could hop on a treadmill and burn 100 calories. Or you can do 30 minutes of a high intensity interval training and burn 300 calories. Which do you choose? When it comes to exercise, the answer is obvious. After all, it would take three times as long to burn the same amount of calories on the treadmill. But when it comes to work, we often choose the treadmill approach instead of the more efficient HIIT strategy. Why is that?

We often confuse being “busy” with being “productive.” We think working “hard” is the same as working “smart.” But just because our butt is in the chair, it doesn’t mean we are getting stuff done. Right? In fact, it’s often like that treadmill–we’re moving but not getting anywhere. There are a lot of variables that come into play here.

Firstly, you need to feel energized. That means plenty of sleep and good work-life balance. Next, you need to be productive, which means being organized and learning how to delegate. Lastly, you need to stay focused. Get rid of the distractions and get your priorities straight. Setting a timer for a “work sprint” (that’s 35 minutes of uninterrupted work time followed by a 5 minute break) can help you reach your ultimate goal: to work smart instead of hard and be productive instead of just busy.

Image via Benjamin White/Flickr.

August 27, 2019

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Think Two Steps Ahead

In a recent post on Ivy Exec called The 6 Habits That Make You Look Like a High Achiever to Your Manager, According to a CEO, one point stood out in particular: “think two levels ahead in your career.” We all know the phrase “dress for the job you want, not the job you have,” but this piece of advice takes it a step further. Don’t take on projects or commitments unless they put you on the path to that two-steps-ahead-position. Genius!

So what is that two-steps-ahead position that you’re yearning for? What skills will you need to land that job title? What do you need in order to reach that level? Set strict boundaries and goals that fall within those parameters. Be confident in your abilities and don’t be sorry when you turn down an opportunity that won’t get you where you want to go.

When it comes to your career, your success really does lie in your hands. You just have to be clear about what you want and what you need to do to get there. If you’re looking for more guidance, a mentor can help. And sometimes a new job is exactly what the doctor ordered.

How do you stay on track when it comes to your career goals?

Image via Craig A Rodway/Flickr.