OSG Changes Name to Better Reflect Core Competencies




We have officially changed our name to OSG USA, INC. from OSG Tap & Die, Inc.

 

The corporate name change was made to better reflect the diverse array of products and services that OSG markets domestically. “It was important to change our name because of the full line of tooling products we offer to the US market beyond taps and dies,” said Mike Grantham, President of OSG USA. “Our customers have come to know us for all of the superior products we offer, so it was time to remove the “Tap and Die” from our name,” Grantham added.


Who's the Biggest Loser of 2015



Around the office, people are running to the gym and stocking up on their fruits and veggies—OSG’s Biggest Loser competition has begun! For the 6th year in a row, we’re counting calories and getting active to see who can win our fitness contest. 


The Biggest Loser is a part of our year-around wellness program, which has given us recognition since 2010 by the American Heart Association as a Fit-Friendly Employer in the Gold Category. We’re looking to continue this trend with 92 employees involved in this year’s competition—our best participation yet!


To track everyone’s weight loss, participants are weighed-in at the beginning and end of the contest with three optional weigh-ins in between. We’ve also implemented the use of the Lose It app, which tracks food intake and exercise sessions to help employees set goals throughout the contest.


By measuring weight loss percentage rather than pounds, employees who already live healthy lifestyles can participate as well. Plus, smaller challenges throughout the program allow more people to win while providing additional motivation.

As for the biggest winners of the Biggest Loser competition, a cash prize is awarded through a $5 buy-in, plus additional prizes:


- 1st Prize—50% of the pot and a $75 gift card
- 2nd Prize—30% of the pot and a $50 gift card
- 3rd Prize—20% of the pot and a $25 gift card


Kelly Turk, Compensation and Benefits Specialist for OSG, oversees the competition and recognizes the benefits of pushing wellness at OSG. “We’re already ahead of the game as far as wellness. Other companies are only now starting to incorporate fitness into their companies—we’ve been doing this for 6 years! By tying wellness into cost benefits, we incentivize people by offering discounts on their health insurance as well as other prizes. We want to encourage people to be healthy and go to the doctor to stay well long past the competition.”


We wish everyone competing the best of luck and can’t wait to see who this year’s Biggest Loser will be! 

On the Job with: Dan Volpe



Featured Employee:
 Dan Volpe

Title: Senior Inside Tech

Tenure with OSG: 18.5 years

 

Dan Volpe is a passionate and dedicated man both in the gym and at OSG. He’s been a member of our team for almost 19 years and worked hard to move from the warehouse into his current position as our Senior Inside Tech. He is also committed to living a healthy lifestyle and is enthusiastic about running and working out.

 

Dan has been devoted the past three years to getting fit. His hard work paid off, losing over 100 pounds since he started. He continues to stay in shape and encourages others to follow his lead.

 

With the help of his family, Dan stays motivated and views each day as a blessing.  He looks up to his parents and appreciates their encouragement throughout his weight loss process and throughout his life. “They are always by my side whenever I need them.”



All Forming Taps are Not Created Equal

David Aly, Aerospace Specialist

 

Just because you’ve tried one forming tap, doesn’t mean you’ve tried them all. We had the recent opportunity to prove that OSG forming taps are better than the rest.

 

As a supplier of custom fabricated metal products and machinery, one of our customers approached us wanting to get better chip control during their tapping operation. Located in Winona, Mississippi, they have a 92,500 square foot manufacturing facility for producing fuel tanks, hydraulic tanks and custom designed machining fixtures.



After discussing the customer’s chip control needs, I recommended OSG’s EXOTAP® NRT® Forming Tap, a more stable, thread rolling tap that makes threads by compressing the work material without creating chips. Because no chip is produced, breakage due to chip packing and bird nesting is eliminated.

 

The EXOTAP® NRT®  also has significantly reduced friction resistance because of its special threading design and surface treatment. Made from VC-10 Powdered Metal High Speed Steel, this forming tap has a longer tool life when tapping difficult to machine materials like carbon steels, alloy steels, stainless steels and aluminum alloy.

Initially, the shop foreman, Mr. William Smith, was hesitant about using a forming tap due to a bad experience with a competitor’s brand. After I showed William a presentation and a chip flow demonstration video, he was willing to give our forming tap a chance.

 

We approached his staff with OSG’s EXOTAP® NRT® Forming Tap in hand.  After explaining the test with the operator and reiterating
that there will be no chips, we began the trial.

 

A few days later, I called to check in on their progress. William enthusiastically explained that he was still running the same tap. He had lost count of the number of holes produced but assured me that it was well over 1,000 holes! After such a successful run with the first test tap, he purchased more of the test size, now truly convinced that all forming taps are not created equal.