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PennDOT Honors Employees for Innovative Ideas

12/14/2021

​The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today recognized 48 PennDOT employees with Innovation Awards for their efforts to improve work practices and create efficiencies. Two team members from PennDOT's District 9, which represents Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties were among the honorees.

"PennDOT has a strong legacy of creativity to help us meet our daily mission and goals," said PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. "I'm proud to recognize these employees for their creativity and dedication to the department."

Employees were recognized for ideas and smart practices submitted through IdeaLink 20/20 and PennDOT WorkSmart, online employee engagement systems that allow employees to share their ideas and efficient work practices. Over the last decade, PennDOT employees have submitted approximately 3,700 ideas through IdeaLink, nearly a quarter of which have been implemented. Since 2016, approximately 240 smart practices have been published in PennDOT's WorkSmart system.

Gramian and other department executives honored winners John Fraundorfer, P.E., Senior Civil Engineer Supervisor and Terry Miller, Assistant Highway Maintenance Manager, Huntingdon County, during a virtual ceremony. Fraundorfer and Miller were recognized for adding an eight-inch extension to the paint truck exhaust stacks that has drastically reduced paint truck down time due to the compressors overheating. This makes it easier for the district to consistently perform line-painting operations.

"It's always an honor to recognize employees who have a vested interest in making their and others' workdays more efficient. Additionally, their ideas create cost savings for the department, by helping decrease down time due to equipment issues, stated, District Executive Thomas A. Prestash, P.E.

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