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Polo employs about 400 associates, and
like many employers, Lammers says his
company is in a battle for talent. Recruiting
and keeping talent is a priority at Polo,
dovetailing with Lammers's philosophy
of the Four Pillars of Success: talent,
culture, strategy and vision.
Of these pillars, Lammers says culture
is most important. "We want people to
enjoy coming to work. We're highly ethical,
and I want to listen to people who are
doing the work. I'd never ask someone to
do something I wouldn't do, if I had the
capability or knowledge to do it."
Creating a climate where people excel
is a priority. "I'm all about building future
leadership. I enjoy seeing someone develop
over the years and become the best that they
can be," says Lammers.
That's where communication comes
in. "A person can rarely overcommunicate.
I'm not a micromanager. Each person
has a role to support. I like to give people
autonomy, but my door is always open.
I don't want to overstep; I let others learn
and make decisions. It's well worth my
time to get to know people's work style
and what motivates them."

Snapshot
PROTECTIVE PONCHO
Polo Custom Products recently developed
a patented Chemical Protective Poncho
System for the U.S. Department of
Defense to protect war fighters. This
system protects the user against
biological and chemical contamination,
delivering total encapsulation of the
patient who is either uncontaminated
or has undergone decontamination.
"We do quite a bit of work for
the Department of Defense. For the
protection of war fighters, we listened
to actual troops and got firsthand
knowledge of how a product like this
could be helpful," explains Polo
president and CEO Kent Lammers.
The bottom liner prevents
contamination from underneath, while the attached hood has see-through
material, providing visibility for the patient. The poncho facilitates the exchange
of oxygen and carbon dioxide, and has a layer consisting of carbon-impregnated
materials that help filter chemical agents. The poncho fits easily over the top of
the patient, allows for easy movement and includes a respiratory port.

TECHNOLOGY AND
HUMAN DECISION-MAKING
Investing in technology is key at Polo.
Lammers says, "An exciting part in manufacturing is that digitalization and automation are becoming more common. Manufacturing 4.0 and IoT [Internet of Things]
are not fads, and they are going forward
and here to stay."
Polo has invested the last few years in
putting together an ERP (Enterprise Resource
Planning) network. "It's like building a
house, making decisions on everything [the
system needs to include]," Lammers says.
Even with Polo's underpinning of
technology, human decision-making is still
at the core of the business. "It's important
to gather all the facts," he says. "I see some
people acting on emotion. Let the facts help

you decide." And remember to measure
the business accomplishments. "Know
where you've been, where you are now,
and where you want to go."
He adds, "I tend to be an optimist.
With hard work any problem or challenge
can be solved. Perfection isn't necessary in
the beginning. Avoid perfection paralysis.
Let's try small changes and ideas, do a pilot
program and go from there. I like to have
as many people as possible in the decisionmaking. Most often, we arrive at a consensus
and the correct decisions are made."
Rebecca Post is editorial director at the Industrial
Fabrics Association International.

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