Insituform Executives Go Underground in Mobile, Alabama; Top Management of Trenchless Technology Leader Take Over Crew's Job for the Week.ST. LOUIS -- They understand the technology, but their hands-on experience with doing the actual work is minimal if not non-existent. That is changing this week, however, when top management of Insituform Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq National Market: INSU INSU Institut National des Sciences de l'Univers (France) ) takes over a work crew's responsibilities in Mobile, Alabama, and gets up close and personal with actual sewage.
At the suggestion of a crew employee six months ago, the leadership team, known internally as the "Corporate Suits," pledged that they would take on this project for the work crew with the greatest productivity increase in the first quarter of 2006. The crew currently working in Mobile won the "Get the Dirt on Management" competition with a 14 percent increase, and was able to take the week off while their management takes over. Several planned to bring lawn chairs and watch as their leaders made their best attempt.
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Team preparation began a few weeks ago with intensive safety training for the senior staff. There's no doubt there will be a lot of on-the-job training for upper management, however, and more than a few sore muscles. And this will be the most expensive project in Insituform's long history in terms of man-hour cost, but none of those costs will be passed on to the customer - the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System Noun 1. sewer system - facility consisting of a system of sewers for carrying off liquid and solid sewage
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"We believe the Dirt on Management competition helped increase productivity across the company," Rooney said.
"Just as importantly, it will be a real learning experience for senior management, and a demonstration, I hope, that we are willing to do what we ask of our crews. For as long as we hold out, at least."
Insituform, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is the global leader in using trenchless technologies to rehabilitate, replace, maintain and install underground pipes. To learn more, visit www.insituform.com.