Johns Manville has been a longtime supporter of Women’s Bean Project and we’re grateful for their continued support as a sponsor for Ready, Set, Grow this year. As part of our Partner Spotlight series, we interviewed the team at Johns Manville about their work in the community. Thank you for your sponsorship! Keep reading to learn more about this great company!
For those who are unfamiliar with Johns Manville can you share a bit about what your company does? Company values? Origin story? Services provided?
Johns Manville is owned by Berkshire Hathaway and is a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium-quality products for building insulation, mechanical insulation, commercial roofing and roof insulation, as well as fibers and nonwovens for commercial, industrial and residential applications. We serve markets that include aerospace, automotive and transportation, air handling, appliance, HVAC, pipe and equipment, filtration, waterproofing, building, flooring, interiors and wind energy. Our company was founded in 1858. We are headquartered in Denver and hold leadership positions in all of the key markets that we serve. JM employs 8,000 people and operates 46 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and China. Additional information, including more about our history and our core values, can be found at www.jm.com.
Johns Manville supports its local community in a lot of ways. Share some of the projects and efforts you do to support local initiatives.
Our employees believe in giving back to the communities where we live and work. Our outreach efforts focus on the causes that matter most to our employees and to our customers. JM’s employee-driven volunteer program, JM STARS, gives JM employees a platform to raise awareness about volunteer opportunities. Through JM STARS and individual employee volunteerism, we’ve helped communities recover from hurricanes; hosted food, clothing and school supply drives; fed the homeless; built homes; cleaned our communities and more. Our outreach efforts focus on the causes that matter most to our employees and our customers. In Denver, we regularly support the MS150 two-day bicycle ride and we partner every year with the Mile High United Way for our annual employee giving campaign. This year, we are particularly proud to be the official volunteer sponsor of the Colfax Marathon in October.
Why is partnering with Women’s Bean Project important to Johns Manville? Can you share how your company and its values align with Women’s Bean Project’s mission?
The Bean Project mission is to change women’s lives by providing steppingstones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise. The organization believes all women have the power to transform their lives through employment. At JM, one of our core values is People. We are people champions. This aligns well with the Women’s Bean Project. JM fully supports the women in the Bean Project as they learn to stand tall, find their purpose and break the cycle of poverty. When that happens, we all win.
As a company, what are you most looking forward to in the year ahead? Do you have any exciting updates you want people to know about?
Like many people, we are excited about the ongoing rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines. The past year has not been easy for our employees, our customers or the communities where we operate. Yet, for all the struggle and strife that came with pandemic, we also saw some truly remarkable things happen in the past year: our businesses found new ways to reach customers, our employees found new ways to collaborate, and people around the world supported medical workers and first responders for their invaluable contributions. We will continue to work hard to protect and support our employees as we all see (hopefully!) an end to the pandemic.
What’s the most important thing that you want the community to know about Johns Manville?
At our core, we are people champions. We understand that motivated employees drive prosperous businesses. This is why we help ensure that our employees have the tools, training and support they need to be successful. We accomplish this by encouraging collaboration among colleagues, providing consistent and constructive feedback and supporting a healthy work-life balance. Our employees have personalized growth opportunities that can lead to rewarding experiences and career advancement. We strive to maintain a culture designed to help people succeed. When our employees are engaged in their work and enthusiastic about their jobs, they deliver the JM Experience to their colleagues and our customers and contribute to the global success of the company.
Where can people go to learn more about Johns Manville and your community work?
We regularly update our company website (www.jm.com) with news about work we are doing in our communities, our products and new projects. We like to celebrate the achievements of our employees. We also promote news about the company and our people on JM’s social channels. You can find us @JohnsManville across all of the major platforms.