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Fill The Truck

Fill The Truck

Fill The Truck
Fill The Truck

“In December of 2010, Dan Regenold, CEO of Frame USA, had a vision; to fill an entire 53′ foot semi-truck for a local charity. He knew this would be his biggest charitable giving project and he would need a team to assist him. He put together a team of giving coordinators consisting of: packers, donation collectors, marketing professionals and more, to help coordinate this massive event in under 30 days. By the end of December, Frame USA ended up needing a second truck because they over filled their semi by 7%. This resulted in 833 boxes and over 30 skids equaling more than 22,200 donations!

The truck didn’t stop there. To Dan, the truck represented hope, life and a second chance for people within his community who were down on their luck. It was at this point that the truck became a catalyst, ultimately giving birth to what is now called Fill The Truck.

In 2011, Frame USA expanded the Fill The Truck charity initiative to partner with 9 businesses to host a total of 8 trucks and/or storage units throughout the greater Cincinnati, northern Kentucky and southern Dayton area. Each business hosted a truck and collected donations for a local charity. In 2012, Fill The Truck hosted 6 trucks at 6 different locations.

In the last two years, 2015 and 2016, Fill The Truck has grown and in each of the last two years the charitable initiative has collected over 40,000 items at multiple locations throughout greater Cincinnati.

This year, the 2017 vision is to fill multiple trucks and provide substantial donations to each charity. We have partnered with 17 different businesses and corporate partners to donate items to seven great charities.

We are collecting donations to Fill The Truck. Even just basic things such as toilet paper, personal care items, winter clothing and bedding can have a profound impact for those who are in need. Please consider donating an item today through our website.”

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to Fill The Truck in appreciation for your online order for the month of December.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

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Teamwork Makes The Dream Work

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Vince Lombardi said, “Individual commitment to a group effort: that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work and a civilization work.” His words have great meaning and hold very true in almost any aspect of work and life.

If you have a group of people working individually, not communicating, but working towards accomplishing the same goal that can easilyt result in chaos. Some individuals might be overlapping on the tasks they are doing. Some tasks might get forgotten if Sally thinks Melvin is doing a certain task, and Melvin thinks Edward is doing it, but in the end, nobody has done it.Teamwork is communicating. I believe that poeple working together to accomplish a common goal will always prove higher, more quality, results than individuals not working as a cohesive unit.

Teamwork helps us accomplish results in a more timely manner. Teamwork can be fun, it also can help improve the attitude of the team. Teamwork makes for a better working environment and culture all around. Teamwork can consist of helping people through actions to get the job done, but it also can consisty of individuals lifting other team members up through help and a positive attitude. One small gesutre of help or support can go a long way for a struggling employee, or someone just having a bad day.

I really encourage team efforts on all of the areas I manage. I try to combine efforts of separate teams and make them one. At the end of the day our goal is to create Raving Fans! Every. Sing;e. Day. So in my mind it doesn’t matter what area you work in, I really try to create a culture that we are all there for one another, no single person is left on the island alone.

Like Vince said, if we individually commit to working as a group that is what will make our team work, Frame USA work, or any aspect of our lives. Teamwork makes the team work. Or in my words, teamwork makes the dream work!

~ Jennifer Riggsby, Logistics & Quality Manager

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Frame USA’s Annual Halloween Party

On Tuesday, October 31st Frame USA once again hosted it’s annual Halloween party! The party features festive food, snacks and drinks and there is a pumpkin decorating (we’ll call it decorating instead of carving because some pumpkins were painted) contest as well as a costume contest.

The origins of carving pumpkins at Halloween began in Ireland in the 19th century. Originally people hallowed out turnips to act as lanterns and often carved them with obscure faces. Jack-o’-lanterns were said to represent the spirits or supernatural beings (used by people to frighten others),or were used to ward off evil spirits (set in places to keep harmful spirits out of one’s home).

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In addition to all these wonderfully decorated pumpkins we crafted, there was also a costume contest which many of our employees participated in. It is thought that wearing Halloween costumes began in Scotland in 1585 with the custom coming from Celtic festivals. Halloween costumes were traditionally based on supernatural or terrifying characters but by the 30’s, costume trend took a turn with more of them being based on characters in mass media, film and literature.

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We hope everybody have a safe Halloween and enjoyed it as much as we did!

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Frame USA’s Annual Chili Cook-Off

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On Friday the 13th, Frame USA once again hosted it’s annual chili cook-off! This year there were three different competitors who brought their own homemade chili recipes for us all to tryout. There was chicken chili, turkey chili and a spicy beef chili that the entire company feasted on.

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All three chilies were delicious and attempting to select a winner tore the company apart. In addition to the chili we also had people bring in very tasty side dishes including homemade cornbread, jalapeno cornbread, black bean brownies and spinach artichoke dip among other things.

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Take a look at how the employees were enjoying the feast!

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Cross Training at Frame USA

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Recently, production has been putting a lot of emphasis on cross training employees. Employees are no longer trained just for one job or one line. Now many employees are being trained and gaining the flexibility to perform multiple duties. For example, someone working on the saw might also be trained to fill or shrink-wrap. Now, a filler might be trained to work on special custom jobs which are more complex than their typical line work.

Cross training is smart because it allows employees to be more versatile and fill in when we’re short staffed or an important worker is missing. It also helps people rise to leadership positions by building skill sets. Working a day in a different department allows people to understand the unique challenges faced as an order moves from upstairs, through the saw room, to production and then packing.

In these months of large back to school orders, vacations and saying farewell to our summer help, things have been pretty hectic. Everyone at Frame USA has put in the extra effort, time and dedication to keep our numbers up and make sure orders go out on time. In order to help out on other lines, almost everyone in production has gone outside their comfort zone. Many covered new positions and learned new skills as a result. because people are willing to learn and work together we are all able to meet our goals.

Being willing to learn pays off in many ways. Learning a new skill can get you ready for a new job, such as being a joiner. It can give you more options as well. A filler who helps out on complex orders might end up spending a few days in the retail store to help.

By cross training we’re making Frame USA more efficient and flexible and creating employees that are smart, skilled and able to jump in wherever needed. I want to give props to everyone who has taken the extra initiative to help out and give our summer months a little more vacation time and a little less overtime.

~  Hannah Sypniewski, Joiner

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It’s Back! Frame USA Retail Store’s Annual Tent Sale Returns!

If you’re in the Cincinnati area you’ll be happy to know that it’s that time again! Frame USA is having its annual tent sale. Our September tent sale has always been about saving hundreds in art, wall decor and framing.

Now, while we are also the type to hold off to get the best possible savings, waiting until Sunday does limit the number of frames available. At these prices, everything sells fast!

Save up to 50% off of our closeouts and custom size frames, we have almost any size you could need or imagine. Also enjoy up to 75% savings on our matting options.

Our staff is knowledgeable and ready to help answer any and all questions about art and framing. Stop by and join in on the fun!

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Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation

Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation
Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation

The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation’s mission is dedicated to the prevention of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, through awareness, education and support of research to find a cure.

Andy Caress lost his battle with melanoma in August, 2010 at the young age of 24. In his short life, Andy accomplished so much as a college tennis player at Coastal Carolina University, an excellent student, tennis professional, role model, loving son, brother and uncle, and as a source of inspiration for many around the globe suffering from this tragic disease.  

The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization. It was formed in May, 2010 by Andy Caress and is based in Cincinnati. In the early months of the organization’s formation, Andy’s friends and family rallied behind him and raised $10,000 for the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Andy was proud to present the check to Dr. Patrick Hwu, his melanoma oncologist. ACMF has contributed to M.D. Anderson annually since Andy presented the initial amount. 

During his battle, Andy realized that this disease is often misunderstood by the public as an “easy” or “lucky” cancer to get. His will was to change this misconception and the foundation is keeping that dream alive. 

His mission is simple: “My goal is that melanoma will never impact any person the way it has impacted me, and I will achieve my goal by educating the world about how melanoma may be prevented and identified.”

The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation carries this mission forward after his tragic death. The specific goals of the foundation are consistent with Andy’s mission and include:

1) Creating awareness about the seriousness of melanoma and that it affects all skin tones and races.

2) Educating the public about steps that can be taken to prevent melanoma.

3) Increasing opportunities for a cure for this deadly disease through work with leading melanoma and cancer research organizations.

4) “Wipe melanoma off the face of the planet” – in Andy’s words.

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to the Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation in appreciation for your online order for the month of August.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

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Frame USA’s Picture Frame Shop

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Frame USA Picture Frame Shop

 

Frame USA has been in the art and framing business for 30 years and counting.  We’ve grown to work with a wide variety of companies including small businesses and individuals across the United States. We have customers who need thousands of frames and those who need 10. We have “the regulars” and the “first-timers”. Whether you’re looking for a thousand-piece plaque order or a simple custom framing job, we make it happen – any style, any size, any time.
Frame USA Retail Store, our picture frame shop, can meet all your framing needs. Readymade frames & custom framing with our 100% “made in America” signature line are beautiful & affordable. We offer a variety of services & unbeatable pricing as well.
We believe in community, sustainability, and free information. One of our favorite parts of this business is the ability to make a difference (whether that’s from our monthly charity initiative which we promote in our picture frame shop or promoting our ever-popular eco-friendly wood picture frames.)  We welcome all artists, designers and photographers to share their work with us — we love promoting the customers who use our frames.
Frame USA Warehouse Outlet is the one stop picture frame shop for all your framing needs. We offer custom and corporate framing, custom mats, photo retouching and enlarging, large format printing including banners, dry mounting and archival framing. Buy direct from the manufacturer at our 80,000 square foot manufacturing and warehousing facility! We are here to provide you with all your framing needs at incredible savings.
Retail Store hours :
Monday – Friday:  10AM-7PM
Saturday: 10AM-6PM
Sunday: Closed
225 Northland Blvd., Cincinnati, OH 45246
Any questions about the custom framing services at Frame USA? We’re happy to answer them,  513-733-9800 or email:  [email protected]
Feel free to visit our Retail Store website: http://www.frameusaretailstore.com/

 

April Charity of the Month: Visionaries and Voices

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Visionaries and Voices

The concept for Visionaries + Voices emerged in 2001 when Keith Banner and Bill Ross curated an exhibition in Base Gallery for artists Paul Rowland, Richard Brown, Antonio Adams, and Raymond Thunder-Sky. Bill and Keith both worked for county boards serving individuals with disabilities and had met these artists in the course of their work. After that initial exhibition, more opportunities arose to organize shows and to present the work of artists with disabilities. 

V+V now serves over 150 artists each week and presents 5 exhibitions per year in our Northside Gallery along with a growing number of exhibitions in wide variety of venues throughout the region and beyond. In 2004, Raymond Thunder-Sky passed away. His legacy is commemorated on the exterior wall of V+V’s Northside Studio in a mural designed by his friend Antonio Adams (this mural was completed and dedicated by ArtWorks in 2009). V+V has also developed a groundbreaking education program that provides artists who attend the studio opportunities to present their work and teach in community and classroom settings. The Teaching Artist Program (T.A.P.) now reaches over 6,000 students each year. 

What began with a simple and ingenuous vision to create a space for artists with disabilities, has become the home for hundreds of artists to find their voice within the cultural landscape of Cincinnati.

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to Visionaries and Voices in appreciation for your online order for the month of April.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

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Baseball Is Back — Opening Day 2017

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MLB Opening Day

Opening Day, typically occurring the first week of April, marks the beginning of baseball season for The MLB (Major League Baseball). This day is especially important for us in the city of Cincinnati seeing how The Cincinnati Reds were the Major Leagues first professional baseball team.

Originally the Cincinnati Base Ball Club, they were formed in 1866 and three years later became the first pro team by having ten players and all of them paid on salary.  The then Cincinnati Red Stockings had their first game on May 4th, 1869 which they went on to win 45-9! They continued on that season to 65 wins and zero losses, posting the first and only perfect season in the history of professional baseball.

Opening Day in Cincinnati is celebrated with the annual Findlay Market Parade. For multiple decades the first pitch of every MLB season happened in Cincinnati and the Reds are the only team to always play their first game at home.

Does your city glorify Opening Day in grand fashion? Let us know how you plan on honoring this unofficial holiday and what team you plan on watching the most of this season. Additionally, we’re offering 12% off all of our Wood Picture Frames in honor of the start of the 2018 Major League Baseball season.

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