Kondex recently welcomed Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) President Dr. John Walz to its facility. This visit allowed Dr. Walz the opportunity to learn more about manufacturing operations and how to best apply their educational tracks to what manufacturers seek from graduates. The day started with a presentation overviewing Kondex products and processes. Dr. Walz then witnessed these operations first-hand with a tour of the plant. The day concluded with Kondex’s five MSOE alumni meeting with Dr. Walz to share their roles and responsibilities at Kondex.
While this time of year may be merry and bright, the rest of the year was certainly a challenge for most U.S. farmers. Weather played a significant factor this year. The wet spring delayed planting for just about everyone, a minor drought hit the Southeast, and an early cold front with rain (snow in the North) hindered the Fall harvest. Throw in the uncertainty in grain markets due to ongoing trade negotiations, and 2019 became a year to forget for many harvesters. The common thread to these factors is that they’re beyond our control. As we approach a new year, let’s focus on the things that we can control – our equipment and their components – to make 2020 our best harvest year! Kondex innovations helped many farmers realize a positive year despite its challenges.
Kondex recently received its eighth consecutive Gold Award from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) for its involvement in their 2019 I Make America Advocates Program. This honor recognizes member companies who completed the highest level of support criteria in promoting pro-manufacturing legislation and policies. Actions such as sending letters or emails to elected officials, holding an I Make America event, meeting with legislators, and more earned points to determine merit level.
Senior Application Engineer Andy Theisen recently received an Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering – Young Engineer Award from the Wisconsin Section of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (WIASABE). This award honors one individual annually for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the agricultural and biological systems engineering profession. Recipients of this award must be good-standing members of WIASABE, under the age of 40, and nominated by their peers.