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Sterling turns silver

What were you doing in 1982? That question was posed to us last week as Sterling International marked our 25th anniversary.

We know what our founder Rod Schneidmiller was doing back in 1982. He was mixing dried materials in the garage of a tiny Millwood, Washington house to come up with a fly attractant based on an idea he had for a consumer insect trap. With his reusable trap for flies, our company was born.

He spent the next few years trying to convince retailers and consumers why it's better to trap an insect than to spray it. We were ahead of the curve then, but now our insect traps are widely seen as a safer, smarter and environmentally friendly way to thwart pest bugs.

On June 21 -- the first official day of summer -- we celebrated Sterling's growth and continued success. Employees, family members, vendors, friends and other honored guests gathered in beautiful Mirabeau Meadows Park in Spokane Valley.

Founder and President Rod Schneidmiller (center) laughs with employees Jim, Jeff and Vladimir.


Guests enjoy refreshments and socializing.


A "memory walk" led participants up to the stage area for the program. This sign marks a milestone in company history in 1985, when our Disposable Fly Trap was introduced.


Rod gestures as he jokes about the military fly-over and precision parachute team that we would soon see in the skies above us.


David Condon, District Director for U.S. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, presents Rod with a plaque containing the text of a proclamation Rep. McMorris made on the floor of the House.


Rod presents David with a gift for Rep. McMorris Rodgers... a RESCUE! onesie for her new son, Cole.


In his speech, Rod talks about the hopes and dreams for the future that many of the company's management team had 25 years ago, and how most of the individuals have realized those dreams.


The entire group of employees and family members poses for a group shot.


It was a great celebration!


June 25, 2007 in Life at Sterling | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Good Morning Northwest!

Img_0539_3 On Tuesday of this week, our employees set their alarms much earlier than normal and arrived at work while it was just getting light. The reason? To be part of a live broadcast on local ABC affiliate KXLY-TV from 5 to 7 a.m. Mark Peterson of "Good Morning Northwest" did his weather segments from Sterling International and showed the audience different aspects of our business.

We started out in our insect research lab, demonstrating some of the equipment including the Electro Antenna Detector (EAD). Our R&D Director, Dr. Qing-He Zhang, had a live wasp antenna hooked up to the EAD and showed how we test different scents to get a reaction from the antenna.

After doing a number of cut-ins from the lab, we moved out to the manufacturing area where we showed the injection molding machines and the product assembly lines.

In this photo, Mark is standing in front of the injection molding machine that makes the cones for the Reusable Yellowjacket Trap. He's about to interview Steve Murphy, our Director of Engineering.


Later, Mark talked to V.P. of Operations Gerry Simpson about the Japanese Beetle Trap -- a product unfamiliar to many in this part of the country because Japanese Beetles have not invaded Washington state.


We ended the 6:00 hour by showing the finished product in our floor displays. Mark talked with President Rod Schneidmiller about Sterling's drive to collect 2-liter pop bottles and create a new product using post-consumer recycled material.


Being part of a live broadcast was a new experience for many at Sterling. We want to thank KXLY and Mark Peterson for visiting us and being so great to work with.

June 15, 2007 in Life at Sterling | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack