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Custom Fabrication and Welding News
Swanton Welding would like to congratulate Doug Binkley on another successful IRONMAN race.
This past weekend, Doug tackled his longest race yet. A 142.2-mile journey through Chattanooga, Tennessee. This total distance was split between 116 miles on the bike followed by running a full marathon of 26.2 miles. Unfortunately, the swimming leg of the event was cancelled due to heavy rainfall in the area making the Tennessee River unsafe to swim.
When you think of the dirty and mud-covered hills of the motocross sport, you can typically see riders competing and doing stunts wearing helmets. You may think that it’s only boys in this sport but there is a bright blonde ponytail under the helmet of one rider from Swanton.
Key qualities of a successful project manager include integrity, vision, enthusiasm, competence, composure and team building. Swanton Welding project manager, Kody Kessler, embodies all of these traits and many more.
A key role is understanding what the customer wants from start to finish is the project manager. The project manager communicates all the needs from the customer’s vision to the shop floor, and then to final delivery. Understanding the complex nature of metal fabrication takes years of experience. Toby Curtis, a Swanton Welding project manager, has this experience and knowledge based off his 23 year career as a Swanton Welding employee. He works with Swanton clients once their fabrication project moves from the estimating department into production.
Doug Binkley may be an estimator for Swanton Welding, but there is no underestimating his commitment and dedication after completing an IRONMAN 70.3 in Delaware Ohio in the summer of 2017.
According to the IRONMAN race website the Ohio IRONMAN 70.3 or half a traditional IRONMAN:
“...begins with a 1.2-mile swim in the calm waters of Delaware Lake. Athletes will then embark on a flat and fast 56-mile bike course. Finally, athletes [will run] 13.1-miles.”
Swanton Welding Company would like to formally introduce a recent addition to our sales team. Tom Blalock joined the Swanton Welding family back in November of 2016 as a sales representative responsible for customer service and business development in our Southern division.
Tom is no stranger to the fabrication and welding industry. He began working as a machinist for another fabrication shop in 1989. Over the next 20 years, he expanded his skills as a welder and fabricator.
Moving into Sales
During the economic dip of 2008, the company Tom was working for had little work. The owner asked Tom if he could help drum up some business... anything would be a big help. Tom set out with Post-It notes and an ink pen and began knocking on doors asking if they needed metal work done.
Tom was successful at sales and realized he really liked it. He found he could easily relate to people.
"People aren’t your problem, they are your purpose."
His efforts paid off and he was able to help drum up business to keep the company moving forward. He continued his role with them in sales for 8 years.
As a Certified Welding Inspector (CWI), Nick is responsible for conducting all of the weld inspections here at Swanton. Within those inspections, he is responsible for ensuring the overall quality of every weld which he inspects. This makes Nick, an invaluable member of our team. He spends his days inspecting fabricates and just about anything else that is needed.
In addition to his daily inspections, you can find Nick helping with project estimates, finding code requirements, and acting in a hands-on role with welding procedures for new jobs. Not stopping there, Nick Nijakowski extends himself generously to provide training to other employees so that they can become certified welders or fork truck operators themselves.
Our most valuable resource is our people. We'd like to put the spotlight on another key member of the Swanton Welding team, Jan Sulewski.
Jan is our Controller and manages the finances for all three of the Swanton Welding locations. As you might imagine, her day to day is quite busy managing all the tasks related to accounting, invoicing, paying bills, collections, banking, assisting with large quotes, packing slips, setting up trucks, and anything else that needs to be tackled. Jan is the very definition of a team player and is willing to help where ever and when ever needed.
For 60 years, Swanton Welding has been focused on providing each and every one of our customers with high-quality service, expert workmanship, and true professionalism. This is accomplished through the daily, ongoing efforts of the truly talented men and women of Swanton Welding who dedicate themselves to bringing their best, day in and day out.