We kicked off the Program year with a tour of Hatco Corporation; a very impressive employee owned manufacturing plant in beautiful Sturgeon Bay, WI. Hatco produces amazing products for the foodservice industry including warmers, toasters, sanitizing equipment and refrigeration equipment. It was evident that the employees really care about the customers, the products and the plant itself. Everyone on the tour commented on how clean and organized the facility is. The tour was followed up with a networking session during dinner at the Stone Harbor Restaurant located right on the water in historic downtown Sturgeon Bay. A big thanks to Steve Christoferson, Bo Lambert and Rob Polster for the presentation and tour of the Hatco facility.
The Section 1206 Board is working hard as usual to plan some great program meeting and conferences to offer to you for the program year. We do have a couple of months that have not been booked yet. If your company would be interested in showing off your facility and sharing your best practices in manufacturing and quality, please let a board member know. We would love to add your company to
our tour list.
I thought I would share a little about myself in this first letter. I grew up in southern Indiana where I obtained a Mechanical Engineering degree from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. After graduation, I accepted a job as a Quality Engineer with Kohler Engines and moved to WI. My career path eventually took me to Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac, Pentair Residential Filtration in Glendale
and landed me at Rexnord Industries in Grafton where I currently work. I have been a member of ASQ for 12 years now and have been an active board member for the past 2 years, serving as the Vice Chair for Section 1206. I will admit, I was not an active member of ASQ for 10 years. I rarely attended a program meeting. I viewed ASQ as resume fodder. One day it seemed silly to me to be a member of an organization that I got no value from. I decided to make a change and I attended my first board meeting. That was all it took for me. I realized that I was only going to get out of ASQ what I put into it. The point I’m trying to make is, there is nothing wrong with being a member and not being active, but when you participate is when you will really get something out of your membership. You don’t have to become a board member, but at least consider coming to the program meetings and network with other members. 1206 is really a great section and I am honored to be able to serve as your Chair. I look forward to meeting you at the next program meeting.
Jennifer Fleisner: Winnebago Section # 1206 Chair.