Onboarding Course

A big warm welcome to Ecology Revolution, Inc. We are delighted to have you on board, and we hope you are settling in nicely.

When you've finished taking this short course, you will:

Have fun!

About Ecology Revolution, Inc.

Mission, Vision and Values

At Ecology Revolution, Inc., we offer innovative resources and solutions that allow our customers to:

  • remain in compliance with consumer driven zero waste requirements with astonishing accuracy
  • rest assured that their manufacturing facilities are being provided an innovative approach to recycling processes
  • ensure just the right level of human intervention at just the right time
  • improve the effectiveness of their business decisions

 

Our mission

Continually improve our manufacturing processes through recycling and our commitment to reduce the carbon footprint.  
 

Our vision

"Changing Today for a Better Tomorrow"

 

Our core values

  • Transparency 
  • Trust
  • Truth
  • Teamwork
  • Tenacity

 

Company History

Company History

Applied Ecology was owned and operated by P.J. Phillips in San Antonio, Texas.  Mr. Phillips passed away in September 1999, Stephen assumed the liabilities, contracts and lease of the company.  Stephen took the company in a new direction by standardizing the feed process to provide more consistency.  Stephen also changed the name of the company to Ecology Revolution, Inc. and relocated to Lometa, Texas.

New processes were quickly put in place to develop a liquid process to create a molasses replacement product out of candy.  This product is marketed to feedlots.  We went a step further in the creation of our bulk feed operation.  We sought out nutritionist's recommendations that helped make rations specific to the needs of our customers herds.  

Our ingredient list broadened and relationships with suppliers developed.  Over time, we have been able to improve de-packaging and other processes.  These improvements were possible due to designing and fabricating our equipment to better suit grinding, chopping, tumbling, mixing and conveying.

Until 2008, the facility was located near a natural waterway.  Our concerns for the environment propelled us to relocate the facility one mile west.  Our more suitable locale was an enclosed facility with 12 concrete bays to house ingredients and a 45,000 sq ft covered space.  These improved conditions for employees and consistency in feed production.  

In August of 2016, a fire destroyed the facility.  We quickly located a vacant peanut mill in Beattie, Texas and began converting the facility to meet our needs.  Our corporate office is now located in Lampasas, Texas.  


Our Culture

Our culture defines who we are

If our core values form the basis for who we are, then it's our culture that glues everything together. This short video explains a bit more about what our culture means to us, and why it's so central to what we do. 

Business Areas

Ecology Revolution, Inc. is an innovator in the recycling and feed manufacturing processes.  With a strong foundation in research and development, we have evolved rapidly but responsibly, exploring new business areas as we go, and establishing ourselves in key markets.

Use your mouse to explore the map below: find more about our locations around Texas, and what each one specializes in.


What are our company values?

  • Trust
  • Prestige
  • Transparancy
  • Traceability
  • Teamwork
  • Truth

What is our company vision?

"Changing  for a   

People - Our core strength

Who is who?

Stephen P. Stone, President/CEO

Stephen Stone was born to Dairy Farmers Aulbert and Ruby Stone of Hopkins County, Texas.  The younger of two sons, Stephen was involved through his upbringing in church, working on the farm and sports.  He achieved the recognition of Eagle Scout, and earned an American Farmer degree in FFA.  He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1985 with a degree in Dairy Science.  He married Sheri Kendrick in 1986 and they have 2 sons.  He has served his community of Lometa, TX as a member of Lions Club, Church of Christ song leader, and LISD Board of Trustees for 25 Years.  He served as a director of the Lampasas County Youth Livestock Show for 4 years and President for 1 year.

Employed by Farmland Industries, from 1986 to 1993, Stephen marketed feed and animal health products earning Farmland’s top salesman honors as he shouldered an incredible turn-around for livestock feed sales in the company.  During his tenure with Farmland, Stephen was celebrated as the Best Regional Speaker in the company 4 consecutive years.

In 1993, Stephen chose to pursue interest in the beef industry with Kendrick and McMahan Inc. There, he managed over 36,000 head of background cattle for the company’s feedlot clientele.  His responsibilities also included logistics, overseeing grazing contracts, records, and purchasing vet supplies and inventory.

In 1995, he founded Hill Country Transportation, Inc., an Ag commodity logistics company. In 2000 Ecology Revolution, Inc. became the engine for Stephen’s long awaited venture in developing dry livestock feed and liquid feed top-dress.  Acquiring and utilizing confectionery by-products and grocery returns as his primary energy ingredients has given him a competitive edge in livestock feed markets.  Through the processes developed by Stephen, rations of typical Ag by-products and untypical by-products of the food industry have become quality competitive feed alternatives for the livestock industry.  Further, Stephen has accomplished developing high-energy, feeds for pen raised deer, open range deer supplements, and attractants for use by those who hunt deer, hogs and bear.

In 2010, he began to market his wildlife feed and attractant line under the now, nationally recognized In Sights Nutrition, LLC brand.  In 2016, In Sights Hunting, LLC was established to satisfy the needs of hunters with first of their kind, bow packs, crossbow packs, and daypacks.  The In Sights companies have triggered the interest of consumers with astounding responses.

Stephen is proud to be a part of Ecology Revolution, Inc.  and the future that lies ahead.  He's been blessed with the creativeness to look beyond what is visible to the eye and think outside of the box.  The company's previous owner ground and processed candy and grocery waste. The product was formulated by what was in the next pallet and had no consistency.  Today, we formulate rations based on the nutritional factors of the individual nutrient profile.

Stephen has developed a liquid sugar foods byproduct into a molasses replacer.  Specialty equipment has been built from used equipment from other industries and modified to meet our needs.  He has developed grinding processes to produce the size needed for cleaner screening of packaged goods, trommel systems, vacuum systems for paper removal, mixing procedures, and lately developed a rendering process to extract oil from margarine and mayonnaise.  He thrives on procuring new sources of byproducts and fabricating the process to meet the manufacturer's needs.  Stephen's feed nutrition and sales experience allows him to train personnel in marketing.  He understands the importance of leadership and management.  He's learned you can't do it all the hard way and embraces the importance of building a team as your support cast so he can better use his strengths.

Cyndi Chapman, Controller

Cyndi was raised in Lampasas County, Texas.  She graduated summa cum laude, with a 4.0 GPA from Georgia Military College in 2005 and continued her education at Texas A&M- Central Texas.  Cyndi has one son, James Kyler Imhoff.  He is an Eagle Scout and will be a 2018 graduate of Lampasas High School and prospective student at Texas A&M University. 

Cyndi is community oriented and was an active leader in Boy Scouts of America for seven years, serving as a den leader, cubmaster, committee chairman and camp director.  During her service she received numerous accolades and awards.  She was also elected as president of the Ambassadors for the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce and elected as Vice President of the Lampasas Band Parents Booster Club, where she served for one year.  She believes in giving back selflessly to her local communities.

Cyndi began her career in the banking industry and quickly reached the level of Vice President.  Her passion for numbers and problem-solving propelled her to seek more challenging roles in the business world.  Her unique approach has driven her to learn about many industries giving her an edge in leadership and operations.

Cyndi joined Ecology Revolution in mid-2015.  Part of growing is to have someone manage and structure the corporate office. Cyndi is our Controller and is responsible for organizing staff to handle the checks and balances of Ecology Revolution, Inc., including several other entities operated out of the corporate office.  She has set up 4 additional entities since she's been with us and is reorganizing our $2.5 million dollar business as well as Deer Feed/Attractant company and recently our Hunting Accessories company, which is projected to push $1 million in sales by the end of 2018.  Cyndi's role encompasses accounting, finance, trademarking, human resources and compliance.

Michael Hassenfelt, Compliance Specialist

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Rusty Roberson, Sales Representative

Rusty graduated from Tarelton State University in 2001 with a degree in Animal Science.  He is a third generation dairyman with over 40 years of experience in the industry.  He has a passion for trading and selling cattle.  Selling is what drives Rusty and even more so today. He loves interacting with people and he contributes this to his success as a salesman in the feed industry.

Rusty was a customer of Ecology Revolution, Inc. when his family sold out of the dairy business in 2010.  Stephen, owner of Ecology Revolution, Inc.,  approached Rusty and asked him to join the Ecology Revolution, Inc. team as a salesman.  Rusty has a great understanding of his customers needs; intertwined with an excellent customer rapport. He has positioned himself as a key figure in the deer breeding business and retail network that will be instrumental in developing our new bag feed line.  Rusty is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending his downtime with his family.

Milica Raca, Executive Office Assistant

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James Imhoff, Office/Warehouse Clerk

James aka "Jimmy" joined the team in 2016 working in the packaging department.  His dedication, sense of responsibility and willingness to get the job done was quickly noticed by management.  Jimmy transferred into the Corporate Office in 2017 as the Accounts Payable Clerk.  Jimmy is an Honor Student at Lampasas High School where he will graduate from in 2018.  He is an active member of the Lampasas High School Marching Band.  He earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2016 and is preparing to attend either Texas A&M University or University of Mary Harden Baylor the Fall of 2018.  

Know our clients

These are a few of our Service Customers 

We service Food and Confectionery Manufacturers that have a minimum of semi load quantities of food and sugar by-products.  Ecology Revolution, Inc. has perfected our own processes by which we can remove the packaging from finished goods. We reclaim the contents for livestock feed and offer waste to energy alternatives.  This keeps our customers in compliance with consumer driven zero waste requirements.  Ecology Revolution is not intimidated by the challenges of depackaging. Not only will we work to handle the customers problems, we strive to perfect the process so that we can continue to bring more savings to the table for our customers.

These are a few of our Bulk Feed Customers 

We offer quality custom feed products in bulk at a reasonable rate to Beef Feedlots, Commercial Dairies, Cattle Ranchers and Deer Breeders.  

Ask a bigwig!

Curious about our how we do business, and the standards and best practices we apply? Interested in new projects and initiatives? Want to know what happens during annual meetings? Don't be shy! Every manager, starting with Stephen, has a NO-DOOR policy, so shoot!

Must Know Resources

Policies

Vacation Time and Vacation Pay  

All full-time employees are eligible for vacation leave benefits. Full-time employees are those working 37 plus hours per week.  Vacation is accrued according to the schedule in this policy. Vacation can be used only after it is earned. Vacation leave will not be earned during an unpaid leave of absence.

To schedule vacation time, employees should submit a completed leave form to the supervisor at least two weeks before the requested leave. Employees must ensure that they have enough accrued leave available to cover the dates requested. Requests will be approved based on a number of factors, including department operating, staffing requirements and seniority. The supervisor should return the leave request to the employee within three business days of the date it is submitted indicating that the request has been approved or denied. If the request for vacation leave is denied, the supervisor should provide an appropriate reason on the form returned to the employee.

Vacation will be paid at the employee’s base rate at the time the leave is taken. Vacation pay is not included in overtime calculation and does not include any special forms of compensation such as incentives, commissions, bonuses or shift differentials. If a holiday falls during the employee’s vacation, the day will be charged to holiday pay rather than to vacation pay. 

Leave taken beyond an employee’s available vacation balance may be unpaid unless otherwise required under state or federal law. 

If employment is voluntarily terminated by the employee, by providing at least a two-week notice of resignation, accrued unused vacation leave earned through the last day of active employment will be paid at the employee’s base rate of pay at termination. In the event of the employee’s death, earned unused vacation time will be paid to the employee’s estate or designated beneficiary.  If employee is involuntarily terminated or does not provide at least a two-week written notice of resignation, any accrued vacation time will be forfeited.  

Ecology Revolution, Inc. does not provide paid vacation time for part-time or temporary/seasonal employees.

Years of Service   

After 1 year  =  1 Week / 40 Hours

After 7 years  =  2 Weeks / 80 Hours

After 15+ years  =  3 Weeks / 120 Hours

Sick Leave 

After 30 days of continuous employment, all regular full-time employees accrue three (3) days/24 hours of sick leave based on anniversary year.  An employee who has a sick leave absence may be required to present medical documentation for the absence.  Sick leave may only be taken in ½ day or full days (4 hour or 8 hour increments).  Overtime is not calculated on sick leave.

Part-time and temporary/seasonal employees do not accrue sick leave.  

Sick leave may not be used before it has been accrued.  If sick leave is exhausted, any available vacation hours will be used in its place. 

Sick leave may be used for an employee's personal illness, well-care, and medical and dental appointments. Sick leave may also be used for illness and well-care in an employee's immediate family. 

Sick leave may be accrued up to a maximum of six (6) days/48 hours.  Employees are not paid for unused sick leave upon termination of employment.

Bereavement Leave

An employee who wishes to take time off due to the death of an immediate family member should notify his or her supervisor immediately.  Bereavement leave will be granted unless there are unusual business needs or staffing requirements. 

  • Employees are allowed five days of paid leave in the event of the death of the employee’s spouse, child, father, mother, brother, or sister.

  • Employees are allowed two days of unpaid leave in the event of death of the employee’s Stepfather, stepmother, stepdaughter, stepson, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, aunt, uncle, cousin, grandparent, or grandchild.

Personal Time Off (PTO)

After 30 days of continuous employment, regular full-time employees receive two (2) personal days/16 hours annually (based on employment anniversary) to be used as personal time off. Requests for personal days must be made in writing and approved by employee’s manager not less than 24 hours in advance of the requested date/time.

Procedures

How to Clock In/Out and Submit hours every week

We use TSheets for our time-tracking. This short video will tell you all you need to know to get going.

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Job Primer

Envision

Ready for the ride?

As much as we love autonomy, we also believe in setting some standards for our new employees to adhere to. This roadmap plots out a few milestones we'd like you to reach on your way to becoming a successful team member .

How would you prioritise?

Prioritize the following goals in your first year at Ecology Revolution, Inc.  [THIS LOOKS AS THOUGH IT'S NOT FINISHED]

You will be asked to complete a number of tasks on your way to meeting your goals for the year.

  • Meet your coworkers
  • Understand the team products, projects and clients
  • Make a team presentation
  • Represent us at a conference

Execute

Meetings

Here are a few golden do's and don'ts for meetings, lifted shamelessly from Harvard Business Review:

a) State views and ask genuine questions. This enables the team to shift from monologues and arguments to a conversation in which members can understand everyone’s point of view and be curious about the differences in their views.

b) Share all relevant information. This enables the team to develop a comprehensive, common set of information with which to solve problems and make decisions.Use specific examples and agree on what important words mean. This ensures that all team members are using the same words to mean the same thing.

c) Explain reasoning and intent. This enables members to understand how others reached their conclusions and see where team members’ reasoning differs.

d) Focus on interests, not positions. By moving from arguing about solutions to identifying needs that must be met in order to solve a problem, you reduce unproductive conflict and increase your ability to develop solutions that the full team is committed to.

e) Test assumptions and inferences. This ensures that the team is making decisions with valid information rather than with members’ private stories about what other team members believe and what their motives are. Jointly design next steps. This ensures that everyone is committed to moving forward together as a team. Discuss "undiscussable" issues. This ensures that the team addresses important issues that are hindering its results and that can be resolved only in a team meeting.

Approvals

Approval Level Signature(s) Required
Up to $250 Supervisor only
$251 to $1,000 Supervisor and Manager
$1,001 to $2,000 Manager and Controller
$2,001 and above Controller and CEO

 

Business Travel 

Step 1

Immediate supervisor reviews all request for travel at least one week advance.


Step 2

Manager checks the travel request against the project workload, and decides on approval.


Step 3

Controller checks travel costs against available travel budget for the current quarter.

Who should approve?

  • $1,001 to $2,000
    Manager and Controller
  • Up to $250
    Supervisor
  • $2,001 and above
    Controller and CEO
  • $251 to $1,000
    Supervisor and Manager