Your mother told you not to play with your food. In this case, she was wrong. (CAN-Struction 2016 Recap)

As a child, you often receive strong advice from your mom, “Don’t play with your food!” But what happens when you grow up, and you realize, there might be a place in time when mom might have been wrong?

Three weeks ago that revelation occurred in Englewood, Colorado.  Employees for Applied Control Equipment, Fisher Lifecycle Services, Rosemount and Micro Motion have been hosting clandestine meetings, hiding top-secret sketches, and covertly constructing. The reason for these undercover-operations?  An enticing summer challenge that encourages defying their mother’s wisdom.

The challenge accepted? To play with food.  It’s a competition, often called “CAN-STRUCTION”,  that requires teams to build a unique structure only from donate-able non-perishable foods and items. Applied Control and Emerson are donating today’s items to the Parker Task Force – a local food bank helping families keep food in on the table.

The coveted prize? A team happy hour, fame, glory, and bragging rights until the next competition.

So, in early June, eight teams formed and brainstormed. Then, cans of green beans and corn began to invade the office like ants at a picnic. Structures started to take shape, and then crash! Randomly throughout the day, employees would hear the cascading sound of liquid-filled aluminum cans as they pooled to the floor; nearby a builder perplexed and scratching her head as she reconsidered the structural integrity of the design. Canned tuna by canned tuna, Pasta-Roni by Pasta-Roni, the sculptures were built.

All efforts came together today. At the annual Fourth-of-July Barbeque, Applied Control and Emerson Process Management welcomed back the man, the myth, the legend, Carl Dalrymple, to evaluate the efforts put forward in 2016. Carl, a retiree of the Applied Control family, Fisher/Emerson veteran, and happy supporter of the Parker Task Force, carefully evaluated and scored each structure based on the team’s ability to follow the rules, the structure, style and theme.

The winning team?
Parker Task ForceGreat question. While winning comes with notoriety, each participant agreed that the best part about this competition is that everyone, everyone, walks away with the feel- good-fuzzies that come with community stewardship. It takes, time, ideas, finances, manual labor, organization, high-fives and teamwork to make this possible. As a team, Applied and Emerson collaborated together to make a big community impact for a small exchange. At an average cost per-financing-teammember of about two lunches eating out, Applied Control and Emerson raised over 3400 items for the Parker Task Force. That’s enough food to feed hundreds of families lots of lunch.

Community stewardship is a serious subject at Applied Control and Emerson Process Management. Our teams keenly focused on collaborating to solve challenges safely, reliably and efficiently, in a way that not only positively impacts the process we support, but the communities around them as well. It’s all part of how we “Consider It Solved”– err…CAN-sider It Solved!

Okay, really, who won? Drum roll, please!…The winning team was a tie between the Valve Automation group’s “Strike Out Hunger” Baseball themed structure, and the Fisher-Power/Refining Team’s “SOUP-er Bowl Champions”. The Valve Automation team snuck out a narrow win, taking the edge over the Fisher team by just a few cans.


Representatives from the wining Valve Automation Team!

Check out the structures below! We’d love to hear from you what your favorite structure was. Send us your vote on twitter at @AppliedControl #CanStructionVote or email us at! If you are interested in replicating this kind of competition at your office to benefit a local food pantry, call us at 303-799-9300.

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