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The Fantastic Human Spirit: Helping Out After Hurricane Sandy

In late October 2012 while SuperStorm Sandy was preparing to pummel Union Beach, New Jersey, Organic Valley’s American Singles van was also being prepped to head that way. A group of storm-relief veterans  filled the van with as much organic food, cooking supplies, and equipment as it could hold. Upon arrival, they set up tents, …

July 11th, 2013  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Our Heroes, Power of We


On the Ground with the Masters of Disasters

  The fire is out. Now what? You may have asked yourself that question a few weeks back. The following is CROPP’s answer, step-by-step, based on an interview with three generous leaders of Servicemaster Clean, the disaster clean-up company that took the first big steps toward getting us all back into the milking parlor, as …

June 5th, 2013  |  Published in 2013 Fire, Our Heroes


On the Ground (and in the Attic) with Dean Steinmetz

The thing that impressed Dean Steinmetz? The people, not the fire. Recently retired from 20 years on the La Farge Volunteer Fire Department, Dean has seen all the evil faces of fire and destruction, but never has he seen this sort of cooperative response. “Everybody at CROPP was working very hard with this. Everybody who …

May 31st, 2013  |  Published in 2013 Fire, Our Heroes  |  1 Comment


On the Ground with Travis Unseth

Travis was leaving work from CROPP’s Cashton Distribution Center when he heard the HQ in La Farge was on fire. “I called our Microsoft Lync Administrator, Samantha Peterson, and she told me that the fire was pretty bad. I decided that instead of going home, I would go to La Farge and see what I …

May 28th, 2013  |  Published in 2013 Fire, Our Heroes


On the Ground with Nick Korte

I was in Des Moines, Iowa, when I got an email from Brian McDonald, the IT Security Specialist, that said there was a fire emergency meeting at the La Farge Community Center. I started making calls and I wasn’t getting any answers. Nobody was picking up their phone. I finally got hold of Unified Communications …

May 28th, 2013  |  Published in 2013 Fire, Our Heroes  |  1 Comment


On The Ground with Zach Biermann, Man of All Account

Wouldn’t you just know it. The guy who’s a lieutenant on the La Farge Volunteer Fire Department AND an anchor of CROPP’s maintenance crew, with 14 and 17 years under his belt respectively, was in Black Earth, Wisconsin, when the headquarters fire broke out. In fact, Zach first learned of the fire at 6:30 p.m. …

May 28th, 2013  |  Published in 2013 Fire, Our Heroes


On the Ground with Brett Janzen

As relayed to Sarah Holm  Officer’s Log: 5142013Niner     As smoke rolls into the sky, my mind races with ideas to combat the damage. It first jumps to the physical layer – “Where are things located? Wait! The old server room is where we are terminating all PSTN (Public Switch Telephone Network) connections! There …

May 24th, 2013  |  Published in 2013 Fire, Our Heroes  |  1 Comment


On the Ground with Josh Krzych

The 3 Million Dollar Fiber Line  As told to Sarah Holm When the phone rang, I was with Network Administrator Jeremy Burkart, because we carpool to La Crosse together. I started talking to people in IR, like Systems Architect George Neill and Network Administrator Trevor Laughnan.  They said HQ was a complete loss and I …

May 24th, 2013  |  Published in 2013 Fire, Our Heroes  |  2 Comments


In the Kitchen with CROPP’s Kitchen Staff

A half-hour away from serving the first course for CROPP’s annual Earth Dinner, the building’s fire alarms began to blare. The folks setting tables and decorating stopped and looked at one another in disbelief. Really?! A fire alarm…now? They’ve GOT to be kidding. Kristen Woodhouse, café services manager, and Noelle Kehoe, one of the café …

May 24th, 2013  |  Published in 2013 Fire, Our Heroes  |  3 Comments


 
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