April 15, 2009
Worker earns Rotary workmanship award
Longtime Redding Reloading employee recognized for her commitment to C’ville company
Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Dana Smith, who has worked nearly 20 years at Redding Reloading Equipment in Cortlandville, is the recipient of Rotary’s annual Pride of Workmanship award.
Dana Smith approaches her job at Redding Reloading Equipment as though she owns the place, said company President Richard Beebe.
“You can’t ask for anything better than that,” Beebe said.
Smith won the Cortland Rotary Club’s annual Pride of Workmanship award during a luncheon and awards ceremony on Tuesday at the Cortland Country Club on Route 281 in Cortlandville.
Smith, 41, of McGraw is the dealer relations manager for Redding Reloading, a company on Starr Road that makes hand loading tools for people who load their own ammunition for firearms.
The pride of workmanship award recognizes employees who are competent, enthusiastic, pleasant, but businesslike, punctual, able to work independently and able to “do their job right the first time,” according to Rotary.
Beebe nominated Smith for the award. The winner was chosen by six local business owners and executives who were not members of the Rotary Club and had not nominated any employees.
“She’s been here long enough that she has a very broad range of duties,” Beebe said. “She can handle anything in that office.”
As dealer relations manager, Smith said she gives quotes on prices to dealers of Redding’s ammunition tools, responds to their requests and rectifies any problems they have.
As to why Smith shows the commitment level of an owner, she said her mother worked at a factory and that she cares about looking out for all of the employees at Redding Reloading by making sure they have plenty of work.
By bringing business into the company, she said she can help to ensure that people keep their jobs.
“I take the responsibility of making sure there’s business every day to make sure we have a job tomorrow,” Smith said.
Smith said she helps out in other areas of the business whenever necessary. She helps with customer service, answers technical questions about the tools and sometimes assembles dies and produces parts to help the company ship orders of its products as fast as possible.
Smith said Redding Reloading was much smaller when she began working for the company just under 20 years ago, so she had to be cross-trained in different areas of the company and multitask.
“I would assemble dies and answer phones at the same time, and I’ve just kind of grown with the company,” she said.
“First, being nominated was a surprise because Redding does have a lot of longtime loyal employees,” Smith said.
“I’ve been here so long, and I’m kind of a workaholic ... I always try to make sure everything runs smoothly for everybody,” she said.
Also nominated for the award were: Alfred “Big Al” Albro and Richard Seymour, dishwashers at Friendly’s; Meryl Fish, health and fitness program director for the YWCA; Jo Friedman, family development advocate for CAPCO; Christine Glovasky, assistant junior ski and ridge school manager for Greek Peak Mountain Resort; Joshua LaDuke, emergency medical technician for TLC Emergency Medical Services; Theresa Manz, graphic designer for Metrodesign Associates; Richard Rogers, transportation supervisor for Homer Central School District; Gina Louise Tinelli, chef and food/kitchen manager for the Hathaway House; and Heather Troup, quality improvement coordinator for Cortland Regional Rehab and Nursing Center.
The idea for the Pride of Workmanship Program was formed at a Rotary Club assembly in Australia in 1975.
The Cortland Rotary Club’s first Pride of Workmanship Award Dinner was held in 1994.
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