Milwaukee, WI (November 8, 2013) -- Kilbourn Hired as Project Manager
Milwaukee, Wis (November 8, 2013) – PFlow Industries, the pioneer and leading manufacturer of vertical reciprocating conveyors (VRCs) welcomes Kent Kilbourn as the newest member of the Project Management Team, a group of customer service specialists devoted to overseeing the design and construction process of material lifts from receipt of purchase order to final shipment.
Kent joins PFlow after several years as a Total Access Specialist at Airgas, the nation’s largest supplier of industrial, medical and specialty gasses. His experience in account management and business development will allow him to successfully foster relationships with dealers and ensure customer satisfaction during all phases of the production cycle. Prior to Airgas, Kent worked as Service Sales Manager at Milwaukee Harley Davidson.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to join PFlow – a company with such a good reputation for quality and ingenuity. As a project manager, I am eager to learn about the growing VRC industry and become a valuable resource to our customers.”
Kent earned an Associate’s degree in Arts & Sciences from University of Wisconsin – Washington County and is a certified Military Corrections Officer and Personal Trainer. He served as a 95C Correctional Specialist in the United States Army where he maintained custody and control of maximum security inmates within a federal prison. Outside the office, his interests include health and fitness, building/restoring motorcycles and spending time with his wife and 2 children.
Milwaukee, WI (July 20, 2013) -- Kurt Ohlinger Promoted to Inside Sales Technical Specialist
Milwaukee, Wis (July 20, 2013) – PFlow Industries, the pioneer and leading manufacturer of vertical reciprocating conveyors (VRCs), is pleased to announce that longtime Senior Project Manager, Kurt Ohlinger, has been promoted to Inside Sales Technical Specialist. He will report to Joe Dziadosz, Director of Inside Sales.
“Due to the high volume in our quoting division, we knew some departmental restructuring was needed to meet that demand. This new position was created to strengthen the team and Kurt’s extensive experience made him the ideal candidate,” said Joe of the promotion.
With over 16 years at PFlow, Kurt will easily transition into this position and its new set of responsibilities. These include estimating, specification review and quoting special projects. He will rejoin the Inside Sales team after a successful career in Project Management where his detailed nature and multi-tasking skills have allowed him to take on increasingly complex projects, working within the framework of the order to maximize customer satisfaction and project success. For the past 10 years, he has been the primary liaison for Cartveyor™ Shopping Cart Conveyors, managing the order process from the point-of-order to final shipment.
“Over the years, I have had the opportunity to build relationships with PFlow dealers and this role allows me to continue working alongside them, just at a different stage in the sales cycle,” said Kurt.
An avid runner and skier, Kurt spends his time outside of work training for long-distance races.
Milwaukee, WI (June 24, 2013) -- Niemeyer, Material Handling Industry Veteran, Joins PFlow
PFlow Industries, the pioneer and leading manufacturer of vertical reciprocating conveyors (VRCs) is pleased to announce that Ray Niemeyer has joined the team as a National Accounts Manager and Code Specialist, reporting to Chuck Cobb, National Sales Manager.
"Ray has been an active member of the material handling industry for many years and understands the unique challenges we can face as a VRC manufacturer," said Cobb. "His expertise and perspective will be a valuable resource for growth strategies moving forward."
In this newly created position, Ray will build partnerships with major retailers and national accounts to determine solutions that go beyond a single application. Additionally, he will address industry code issues by collaborating with industry and various installation, service and code approval entities on a national level.
A 21-year veteran of the Material Handling Industry, Ray has most recently served as a Director with the internationally recognized Material Handling & Logistics industry trade associate, MHI, formally known as MHIA. While with MHI, he held both the position of Membership Director and Educational Services Director for the Technical Career Education Program and was the Managing Executive for multiple vertical industry groups, including the Lift Manufacturers Product Section (LMPS), Loading Dock Equipment Manufacturers Association (LODEM), Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association (ProGMA) and Ergonomic Assist Systems and Equipment Council (EASE).
Ray's background also includes sales and marketing management roles with VRC manufacturers and 18 years in the work positioning, vertical and specialty lift industry. His experience will bring a high-level of professional and in-depth industry knowledge, to preserve PFlow's place as the leader in material lifting industry. His expertise in developing new and managing existing ANSI standards will keep PFlow at the forefront of any industry regulation changes.
"I'm extremely excited to share my global industry experience at PFlow and look forward to making a significant impact in company sales and collaborating with the VRC industry to address regional and national code issues."
Milwaukee, WI (June 24, 2013) -- Hoffman Brought on to Head Western Territory
Tim Hoffman has returned to PFlow Industries, the pioneer and leading manufacturer of vertical reciprocating conveyors (VRCs) after 15 years to become the Western Regional Sales Manager. Tim will assume responsibility for the territory, which encompasses all states west of Colorado - plus North and South Dakota that was previously being serviced by Chuck Cobb, National Sales Manager.
With over 28 years in industrial sales and marketing management, Tim is well acquainted with the VRC market. While holding the National/International Sales Manager title at PFlow during the 1990s, he contributed to multi-million dollar sales increases by maintaining successful relationships with business partners.
Prior to returning to PFlow, Tim specialized in new business development for a national door manufacturer where he developed and implemented strategies to increase territory sales while maintaining profit margins. He oversaw nearly $20 million in business.
“Finding the right candidate in this specialized industry can be a challenge, but bringing Tim back will eliminate that learning curve so he can make an immediate impact, “ said Cobb. “We see significant growth potential in the western territory and are pleased to have such an experienced sales manager on board to find the right material lifting solutions for our customers.”
Milwaukee, WI (June 20, 2013) -- New Sales Specialist on Board at PFlow
PFlow Industries, the pioneer and leading manufacturer of vertical reciprocating conveyors (VRCs) has brought Nick Quartuccio on board for a newly created Sales Specialist position. He will work alongside project management, estimating and quoting special projects, as well as assist with national accounts and contract management.
“Adding Nick to the PFlow team bolsters our focus on expanding the VRC market and demonstrates our commitment to remain the industry leader,” said Tom Archie, Director of Sales Engineering.
Nick comes to PFlow with a strong sales background, which includes 5 years in the brokerage industry before entering the industrial arena with engineering design software sales. Most recently, he served as a sales specialist for a large industrial gas and welding supply company.
A former Marine with Fox Company 224 based in Milwaukee, he holds a Finance degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and actively volunteers as a mountain biking patrolman in his free time.
Milwaukee, WI (April 24, 2013) -- Michael Reilly Promoted to Manager of Product Engineering
PFlow Industries, the pioneer and leading manufacturer of vertical reciprocating conveyors, is proud to announce the promotion of Michael Reilly to Manager of Product Engineering. He will report to the Vice President of Engineering, Mark Webster.
“I am fortunate to have Michael leading our design engineering group,” says Webster. “He is an excellent engineer with a passion for his work, and enjoys tackling the daily design challenges we face as a custom equipment manufacturer. His efforts contribute significantly toward Pflow’s goal of remaining a leader in vertical material handling.”
For nearly 6 years, Michael has been performing project engineering, scheduling and other important functions within the engineering department. He has also played a key role in many recent process improvements. As manager, he will now lead PFlow’s team of skilled technical designers and drafters and take on the additional responsibility of managing all engineering work associated with producing PFlow’s products. Michael appreciates the opportunity he has at PFlow to play an integral role in the development of highly specialized projects; his most memorable to date was a 16,000 lb. capacity servo-mechanical screw lift designed to scan aircraft via on-board radar equipment supplied by the customer.
He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering for the Milwaukee School of Engineering in 1996 and has applied his mechanical design expertise at several employee and family-owned companies prior to joining PFlow. His most notable professional accomplishment is being named on a patent for a carrier tape vibrating module used in the inspection and packaging of semi-conductor integrated circuits.
Outside the office, Michael enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his wife and 2 sons.
Milwaukee, WI (March 18, 2013) -- PFlow Adds Freeman to Roster of Experienced Field Technicians
PFlow Industries, the pioneer and leading manufacturer of vertical reciprocating conveyors, continually strives to maintain the highest level of service standards in the industry. In doing so, PFlow has recently brought on Fred Freeman as a Field Service Technician.
Fred will join a highly skilled team of technicians where he will be cross-trained on all equipment, including the Cartveyor™, PFlow’s line of shopping cart conveyors. In addition to supervising the on-site installations, Fred will troubleshoot maintenance issues both in-house and out in the field.
During his 27 years in the industrial construction industry, Fred has had the opportunity to familiarize himself with PFlow lifts while working with an independent electrical contractor. He has traveled the world working on conveyors, robotics, paper handling machines and a broad scope of lifting equipment.
“At this stage in my career, I wanted to be in a specialty field and was attracted to PFlow largely because of the longevity of the staff - many have been here since the beginning” says Fred of his decision to accept the position and adds, “I also know first-hand that PFlow makes high quality products and look forward to being a representative for them.”
Outside of work, Fred enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.
Milwaukee, WI (March 11, 2013) -- Joe Dziadosz Transitions to Director of Inside Sales
PFlow Industries, the pioneer and leading manufacturer of vertical reciprocating conveyors, is pleased to announce the promotion of Joe Dziadosz to Director of Inside Sales. He will report to Dan Walters, Vice President of Sales.
“We feel Joe’s move into Inside Sales will strengthen and complement an already experienced group,” said Walters.
Joe joined PFlow in June 2012 as a Project Estimator and will continue his role in core estimating, but will take on added responsibilities in the quoting and order review process.
“I enjoy the daily opportunity to learn about the varied applications for our products, understand the customer’s needs and discover how we can best apply our custom VRC solutions to their unique situation,” says Dziadosz of the new position.
Joe is a veteran of the material handling industry and, prior to starting at PFlow, had a successful career at Rite-Hite Corporation and held positions in Regional Sales and Sales Management. In his free time, Joe enjoys spending time with his family and staying active through biking and basketball. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Milwaukee, WI (February 6, 2013) -- PFlow Adds Jenkins as New Field Technician
Pflow Industries, the pioneer and leading manufacturer of vertical reciprocating conveyors, has recently added Charlie Jenkins to its team of experienced field technicians. Within this role, Jenkins will supervise the installation and start-up of lifts, as well as perform any on-going maintenance. Jenkins will report to Pat Herrmann, Product Support Manager.
“Charlie brings a unique perspective to servicing our lifts with his background in building maintenance. His is an expert troubleshooter and is aware of all factors that may play a role in the successful installation and upkeep of a lift,” says Herrmann.
Jenkins’ knowledge base stems from a 20-year career in manufacturing maintenance that includes working with auto storage retrieval systems and continuous flow manufacturing. This well-rounded experience will allow him to quickly transition to his new role as field technician.
In his free time, Charlie has two daughters that keep him very busy and enjoys some quite time fishing.
Milwaukee, WI (August 9, 2012) -- PFlow Announces International Sales Division; Eduardo Kuhn to Lead as International Sales Manager
Pflow Industries, Inc., the pioneer and leading manufacturer of vertical reciprocating lifts, has announced the appointment of Eduardo Kuhn to spearhead the new International Sales Division. This expansion will allow Pflow to foster relationships with dealers in emerging markets where demand has soared and promote their cost-effective vertical lifting solutions to a world-wide audience.
“With the growth we’ve experienced over the past few years, we felt the time was right to bring on a dedicated international sales manager who can focus on building our brand and developing relationships abroad,” said Chuck Cobb, National Sales Manager at Pflow.
The implementation of an International Sales Division is a response to the heightened development in emerging markets, concentrating on Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. Kuhn assumed the responsibility for the territory on July 30, 2012 and joins Pflow after a seasoned sales career in imports/exports. He will be headquartered in Miami, FL, a hub for international trade, and will play an integral role in expanding the dealer network and assist in developing bi-lingual marketing campaigns focused on creating product awareness.
Kuhn says, “I have learned that success is largely about getting the right information to the right people at the right time and I am eager to use the communication and problem solving skills I have acquired throughout my career to establish lasting partnerships with Pflow customers.”
Milwaukee, WI (July 27, 2012) -- PFlow Expands Engineering Sales Force; welcomes Joe Dziadosz and Luke Perry as Project Managers
Pflow Industries, the pioneer and leading manufacturer of vertical reciprocating lifts, is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Joe Dziadosz and Luke Perry; both have joined the engineering sales force as Project Estimators and serve under the Vice President of Sales, Dan Walters.
“Joe and Luke will certainly add depth to our core business processes, but will also provide the required “hands on” expertise to be successful in our special applications,” said Walters.
Within this role, their primary responsibilities include maintaining pricing integrity and managing special projects. Dziadosz’s is eager to apply his extensive material handling industry experience to support Pflow’s growing markets. His expertise stems from a 12-years history with Rite-Hite Corporation where he served in Field Sales, Regional Sales and Sales Management.
Perry comes to Pflow after a diverse career which combines sales, project management and IT. His background in estimating and client retention will allow him to provide the superior service Pflow is known for in the industry.
Both are graduates of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Milwaukee, WI (July 28, 2012) -- Seasoned Engineer Enhances Pflow Operations Team; Jim Borden Joins PFlow as Manufacturing Engineer
Pflow Industries, the pioneer and leading manufacturer of vertical reciprocating lifts, announced the addition of Jim Borden as Manufacturing Engineer.
Borden will serve as a liaison between the Manufacturing and Engineering departments to ensure product document accuracy and quality compliance. Borden will report to Tom Sowinski, Vice President of Operations.
“Pflow is synonymous with quality in the industry and bringing Jim on board is evidence that we are continually seeking out experts to maintain that reputation,” said Sowinski.
Borden’s career in manufacturing spans over 3 decades; first entering the field as a machine operator and advancing to setup technician before earning a bachelor’s degree from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Once promoted to Manufacturing Engineer, he passed the Certified Manufacturing Engineering Technologist (CMfgT) examination. Since then he has developed successful ISO-9000 quality control systems in the metal stamping and custom injection molding industries and holds designations that include Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) and the American Production and Inventory Control Society’s Certification in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM). While earning these certifications, Jim completed his coursework to obtain a Master’s in Business Administration.
Outside the office, Borden is a volunteer member of the National Ski Patrol, having served as an Outdoor Emergency Care and Basic Life Support (CPR) instructor.
Milwaukee, WI (July 24, 2012) -- PFlow adds Matt Krueger to its team of project managers
Pflow Industries, Inc. has hired Matt Krueger as its fifth project manager, an integral group of managers who support the field sales team, overseeing the design and construction of all Pflow vertical lifts from the receipt of the purchase order through to final shipping to customers in the United States and around the world.
Krueger is a 2010 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he earned a BA in Business Management. He has made an early impact working on several major projects, including a lift for a classified environment plant in Saudi Arabia, and an order of ten lifts that will be integrated into one assembly line at an appliance manufacturing plant in Tennessee.
“I have already begun to apply the process management and detail oriented skills I learned in college and working at the family golf course,” said Krueger. “I am really excited to take on more responsibility and learn the equipment manufacturing business from the leader in the vertical lift product class.”
Tom Archie, Pflow director of sales engineering noted, “We are delighted to have Matt on board. He has a strong work ethic and works well with his colleagues and our customers. Matt has a bright future here at Pflow.”
Milwaukee, WI (July 11, 2011) -- PFlow names Chuck Cobb as new National Sales Manager; expands regional sales network
Pflow Industries, Inc. has appointed Chuck Cobb as its new National Sales Manager, a position with the responsibility to manage the regional sales staff and sales of Pflow's core vertical material lift systems to all existing and emerging industrial and commercial customers. Cobb, who joined Pflow in 2004 as the Southeast Regional Manager, has over 20 years in the industry and is known throughout the country as an expert in materials conveyance.
"Chuck's extensive experience serving the VRC industry as well as his extraordinary work ethic will be a valuable asset to both our sales staff and our national dealer network," said Pflow President Ted Ruehl. "Chuck has provided superior customer service throughout his career and we are pleased to have him bringing his knowledge and skills to our entire national sales program."
In addition to adding Cobb, Pflow has added two new regional sales managers and expanded the territory alignment to four distinct regions, providing Pflow dealers and customers with enhanced regional service.
Joining Pflow as the new Northeast Regional Manager is Fred Volkman with responsibilities from Maine to Washington, DC, and New York and Pennsylvania. Volkman has over 20 years of experience in the vertical lifting market from the perspective of the distributor, the manufacturer's agent and regional sales.
Ray Fuller has been hired to replace Cobb as the Southeast Regional Manager covering states from Texas to Florida and the Virginias. Fuller brings over 18 years of experience in distributor support as a regional manager in the mezzanine industry.
"The opportunity to add two reps with the extensive material handling experience of Fred and Ray will be a huge asset to our dealers and customers," said Cobb. "They are renowned in their territories for their hands-on approach to servicing the customer and providing the best lifting solution for the needs of individual customers."
Sandy Silverberg will stay on as the Western Regional Manager focusing his efforts solely in the territory encompassing all states west of Colorado. Mark Beggs will move from the northeast territory to become the Midwest Regional Manager covering states from the Dakotas to Kansas, and east to Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky.
Pflow Industries, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI) - Pflow pioneered the vertical reciprocating conveyor (VRC) product class in 1977, and has designed and built over 14,000 systems to lift materials from 100 lbs. to 100 tons for a diverse group of applications. Complete vertical lifting solutions for mezzanines, balconies, through-floor, interior and exterior applications, in industries including but not limited to manufacturing, warehousing, distribution and retail. Visit www.Pflow.com for more information.
Milwaukee, WI (March 15, 2011) -- PFlow introduces Modular Series D hydraulic vertical lift for low maintenance, efficient lifting between two levels
Pflow Industries, Inc. has added the Modular Series D hydraulic lift to its industry leading lineup of vertical material lifts and vertical reciprocating conveyors. The Modular Series D is a modular version of its popular Series D hydraulic lift, and is delivered in two or three, stackable, bolt-together sections for one-day installation. The new modular lift provides low-maintenance, efficient material lifting of loads up to 3,000 lbs between two levels, and is especially suited for mezzanine or balcony applications in both new construction and existing structures.
The Modular Series D lift is driven by dual 2" ram direct-acting hydraulic cylinders, and has no cables, chains, bearings or other components that can break or require lubrication. Available with either a 5 ft x 5 ft or 6 ft x 6 ft carriage, and with a 3,000 lbs capacity model, the new lift easily moves loads to heights of 15 ft at a speed of 17 feet per minute. The unit is fully self-supporting and, depending on the application, can be loaded and unloaded from any of three operating sides on both levels.
Additionally, the Modular Series D features:
Fully enclosed construction with a welded steel hoistway superstructure containing the lift carriage, guide rails, hydraulic cylinder and safety gates with interlocks. No pit or external hoistway required. Delivers safe, reliable, long term performance.
A built-in adjustable threshold for upper level transition. Competitor models have no adjustment and require installer to fabricate the threshold onsite.
Pre-wired remote mounted control panel and motor, ready for immediate installation. Push button stations and gate interlocks feature simple "quick-connect" hook-up.
Numerous safety measures including: an automatic safety barrier for fall protection should someone override the upper level gate; adjustable mechanical stops to ensure positive leveling with the upper deck; redundant overload protection to prevent carriage movement if loaded to more than 120% of rated capacity; and velocity fuses to prevent uncontrolled descent in the case of hydraulic hose rupture.
And unlike comparable competitor models, the Pflow Modular Series D uses no chains or cables, requires no safety cams, requires no expensive drop tests and requires far less maintenance and parts replacement. The new modular lift also fully meets ASME B20.1 code.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (November 4, 2008) -- PFlow introduces new lift series for boxes and other portable loads
Pflow Industries, Inc. has added the Series B (Box) lift to its industry leading lineup of vertical material lifts and vertical reciprocating conveyors. The Series B lift becomes the seventh product series in the Pflow portfolio, which includes a lift series variation that can be custom engineered to serve virtually any material lifting application.
The Series B lift is designed to efficiently move boxes, cartons, barrels, loose parts and other portable loads to and from mezzanines and basements or between floors. Featuring a 3 ft x 3 ft x 4 ft high load carriage and a mechanical drive mechanism, the Series B easily moves loads up to 500 lbs to heights up to 20 ft at a speed of 40 fpm. The soft start/stop performance motor can easily be adjusted to speeds appropriate for fragile or sensitive loads.
With many built-in safety features to protect both workers and materials the Series B lift is the safest of its kind. Access gates at each level are interlocked with the lift operation and integral safety enclosures provide full height guarding on all sides. The carriage is moved by two separate roller chains; industry-exclusive spring loaded safety pins prevent an uncontrolled decent in the improbable case of a chain break. Unlike most competitor lifts the Series B is ASME 20.1 compliant.
The unit is completely modular with simple bolt-together construction allowing for loading and unloading from any of three sides at either level. The gate arrangement can be easily changed for left- or right-hand opening. The versatile, self-contained unit is compact and easy to install, with a durable, high-quality construction that ensures safe, reliable, long term performance. The load carriage is a full foot taller than many competitive models allowing for the service of a wider variety of loads.
The Series B lift ships pre-assembled and pre-wired with “quick-connect” wiring for easy installation. In most cases installation should take less than six hours.
Lift heights and levels are able to meet application requirements; with custom versions available to move loads between more than two floors and/or to heights greater than 20 ft.
Pflow – located in Milwaukee, WI – pioneered the vertical material lifting system product class over 30 years ago and has designed and built systems to lift materials from 100 lbs. to 100 tons for a diverse group of applications, the core of which includes installations in manufacturing, warehousing, distribution and retail segments. Visit www.Pflow.com for more information.