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Alcoa Build-A-Bike in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Alcoa included a Build-A-Bike ® team building event in their annual Best Practices conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this week. They wanted to give the participants a fun, energetic team building experience that included an element of philanthropy. Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics, and industrial markets over the past 125 years. Alcoa employs approximately 61,000 people in 30 countries across the world. This group of 250 people gathered from four major business units across the globe.

Build-A-Bike is a series of activities, challenges and exercises that test a group’s ability to share information and resources, as well as their ability to approach problems from different perspectives. This event proved to be a real challenge for some of the more linear thinkers in the group, but once they could see that there is more than one way to solve a problem, they were successful in completely the task. At the end of the event, the group had built 40 bikes and had a great time together.

The bikes were donated to the Sarah Heinz House, which is a Boys and Girls Club in a neighborhood of Pittsburgh to which Alcoa has strong ties. The event was held in the convention center in downtown Pittsburgh, in one of the exhibition halls. As the group was gathered for a group photo and some closing remarks from their CEO, the rolling door at the far end of the hall began to slowly go up, and a school bus with 40 ecstatic kids on it came driving right into the hall! The looks on the kids’ and adults’ faces alike were priceless. The kids didn’t know what they were getting, and the adults had no idea that kids would be there! It was one of the best endings we’ve seen to this event.

In nearly every community across the country, there are kids whose families aren’t able to provide new bikes for them. If you are looking for a powerful way to give your team a really fun experience while giving back to the community, Build-A-Bike is a must-have team building event for your next conference!

Ellen Patnaude

Ellen Patnaude is Vice President of Instruction for the Northeast region. She is based in Detroit, Michigan, but she also teaches in Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Toronto, Baltimore and other Northeast cities.

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American Textile Company Hosts Build-A-Bike near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The American Textile Company decided to American Textile Company with their Completed Bikeshost a Build-A-Bike® Team Building Workshop to kick-off a 3-Year Strategic initiative they wanted to launch.  The event took place adjacent to their company headquarters in Duquesne, Pennsylvania, which is located a few miles Southeast from downtown Pittsburgh.  The uniqueness of the location is that their headquarters are located right in the middle of where the major steel companies had their factories on the bank of the Monongahela River.  The American Textile Company for nearly 90 years is one of the industry leaders in the manufacturing and supply of bedding products such as mattress and pillow protectors, bed pillows and mattress pads.

The leadership of the American Textile Company wanted to launch their new strategic initiative called PACT, which is a three-year plan to drive greater success and growth for the company. For the unveiling of this initiative, the company gathered over 100 of their top management and first went through a series of principals that the strategy is based on.  Many in the audience were also introduced to the display of their newly designed company logo.

Afterwards, as the snow started to pick up outside, the team went to work by engaging in the Build-A-Bike workshop and enthusiastically working through challenges to accumulate their bicycle parts.  With the large audience, 16 bicycles were constructed and the teams realized that in order to be successful in putting their bikes together they had to work together as one unit rather than 16 individual teams.

All 16 bicycles were graciously accepted by the Wilmerding YMCA.  The bikes will go to at risk children in 3 different housing projects in McKeesport and North Versailles, PA.  The YMCA will work with the housing authorities to identify specific children who can benefit the most from these bicycles.  They are also looking partner with the American Trauma Society to do a bike safety program in early spring so that the children who received the bikes can be educated on safety when riding their bikes. Overall, children in McKeesport, Clairton, East McKeesport, North Versailles and Braddock, PA will benefit from the donation by the American Textile Company.

Mitesh Kapadia is the Regional Instructor for the Northeast region. He is based in New York City, but he also teaches in Newark, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and all New England Cities including Boston, Providence and Hartford.
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Quest Diagnostics Christmas Build-A-Bike in Pittsburgh, PA

Quest Diagnostics made some children in Pittsburgh, PA very happy with a Build-A-Bike ® team building event. The participants strengthened their team by solving clues to get bike parts, and had a blast doing it. The payoff – some children whose families have been hard hit by a flagging economy had shy smiles and great big ones. Quest left the event feeling good about themselves for giving to kids who really need a lift. I salute them for giving to charity, rather than holding a Christmas party. Great people. Great day. Great gift to the community!

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