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@ Work: Tyler Truttmann

Title: Sales Engineer Company: EnerSys Location: Kansas City, MO Years on Job: 1.5 One of the things that I love about this job is that the only way to improve is by doing. I played sports all the way through high school and college and my last job prior to starting with EnerSys was actually as a Quarterbacks Coach and ...

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The Power of Positivity

AK Material Handling’s embrace of positivity in the work place shapes its company culture By Steve Guglielmo It’s no coincidence that Minnesota Business Magazine named AK Material Handling Systems (Maple Grove, MN) its “Ultimate Fun Office” in its 2014 100 Best Companies to Work for Awards. It’s actually by design. “We’ve built a culture here that is very addictive,” says ...

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@ Work: Regional Sales Manager

Adam Wray Title: Regional Sales Manager Company: Nashville Wire Products Location: Nashville, TN Years on Job: 16 When I was 21 years old, I was working at a dead-end job in the warehouse of a local carpet company. I was making minimum wage and had no benefits. I was just looking for something a little better, so I called a ...

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Taking the Long View

Bode Equipment Company’s history of long-term strategic planning By Steve Guglielmo Bode Equipment Company is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2015. From its inception, Bode has always had a strong foundation of family and close relationships. In 1975, Larry Bode founded Bode Equipment in his living room in Suncook, New Hampshire. For ten years, Bode operated as a two-person operation ...

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@ Work: Product Marketing Manager

Name: Sarah Fiola Company: Tri Lite, Inc. Location: Chicago, IL Years: 2 I started my career at Tri Lite as a part-time consultant designing an informational packet for distributors about our LED Loading Dock Lights and the energy rebates they could qualify for if the customer’s purchased them. It was a complex task but with my background as a marketing-communication ...

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Ahead of the Curve

Cisco-Eagle’s ability to identify market trends has helped them become an industry leader. By Steve Guglielmo Warren Gandall is a visionary. As the Chairman and CEO of Cisco-Eagle, Inc., (Dallas, TX) Gandall has overseen decades of growth and prosperity of one of the material handling industry’s leading innovators. In 1970, Gandall was working as a material handling specialist for an ...

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@ Work: Central Regional Manager

Name: Sara McMurray Company: Flow-Rite Controls Location: Byron Center, MI Years: 2 As the Central Regional Manager for Flow-Rite Controls, I am responsible for the distribution and sale of our single point watering systems and accessories for my region. That region consists of 16 states in the middle of the country as well as Manitoba, Canada. Because we sell our ...

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A Foundation Built on Loyalty

Lift Atlanta’s “old school” philosophies continue to endure. By Steve Guglielmo Lift Atlanta, Inc. (Decatur, GA) is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015. And while the products, the people and the industry have all changed drastically since 1975, the same principles that the company was founded on have carried it through to today. One of those core tenets is loyalty. ...

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@ Work: Chief of Engineering and Clever Ideas

Name: Chris Conway Company: Mezzanine Safeti-Gates Location: Essex, MA Years On Job: 3 At Mezzanine Safeti-Gates, we create controlled-access safety gates that secure pallet drop areas on elevated work platforms and mezzanines. Our dual, counterbalanced systems ensure one gate is always in place to secure the ledge. Safety is our number one priority, but we often have to design these ...

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A Lifelong Dream

College roommates bring CE-DFW from a game room to an industry leader By Steve Guglielmo Some companies talk of “humble beginnings” or “going from rags to riches.” If any company truly embodies that spirit, it’s CE-DFW Warehouse Solutions, which was founded in March of 1998 by Rene Verstraete in a game room in Dallas/Fort Worth. Sixteen years later, CE-DFW occupies ...

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