Auto-Owners Insurance and the Demmer Corporation first Mid-Michigan organizations accepted into Scanlon Leadership Network

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Auto-Owners Insurance and the Demmer Corporation were accepted on 8/10/06 into the Scanlon Leadership Network. Members of the Network pioneered open-book management, employee involvement, gainsharing/goalsharing/profitsharing and servant leadership concepts in business. Many are also leaders in lean systems. Network members share best practices to become world-class leaders in their industries.

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Auto-Owners insurance is ranked 426th in the Fortune 500. They are headquartered in Lansing, Michigan with offices in 25 states. They have 3,300 associates. Auto-Owners has a progressive culture with ten core values. They value honesty, hard work, prudence, loyalty, the team, relationships, opportunities for associates, the customer, stability and consistency, and profit. Initially the Scanlon Leadership Network will be helping with associate surveys and will be introducing Auto-Owners to lean concepts.

Scanlon Network members look forward to learning from Auto-Owners unique and successful leadership practices.

Demmer Corporation is a family owned business founded in 1950 with expertise in fabricating and machining of metal and composite products for the Automotive, Defense, Commercial, and Aerospace industries. Demmer Corporation currently employs 400 people and has multiple plants with more than one million square feet of available manufacturing floor space. They owe their success to their lean systems, talented work teams and strategic planning.

Bill Demmer, CEO wrote "Scanlon Principles match up with our organization’s principles. We feel the Network can help us continue to carry these visions out by gaining a competitive advantage and creating an organization where people are inspired. We are striving to enhance our personnel management systems and feel the Network can help take us to the next level."

Network members look forward to studying Demmer's lean and strategic planning practices.

The Scanlon Leadership Network founded in 1964 and headquartered in East Lansing has members located throughout North America. The Network has helped five organizations to become among the top 50 "Best Places to Work." Many Network members are leaders in their industries. Auto-Owners and Demmer are the first Mid-Michigan organizations to join the Scanlon Network. Writers have called the Network "the best kept secret in business."

The Scanlon Leadership Network is named after Joe Scanlon a steelworker, MIT lecturer and pioneer in high employee involvement work cultures.

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