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The Cadet Maintenance Department poses for a group photo.

A great company is made up of great people. Once a month we’ll be taking a moment to recognize our individual teams that make our company the best builder of residential electric heaters in the United States.

First up: Our Maintenance Department.

Yes, these guys keep the machines in our plant running smoothly and maintain our building, but that’s only just scratching the surface of their duties.

Shane Mongelli, our Fabrication and Maintenance Manager, says that his team’s ultimate goal (and what they most enjoy) is helping employees improve how they do things so we can be more efficient. And that’s exactly what allows us to compete on a global scale when labor costs in other countries are so much lower than they are in the United States.

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A Cadet employee prepares a baseboard heater for packaging.

One example of this is the staple guns on our baseboard line, according to Maintenance Lead Kelly Aase. In the past, line workers used a standard staple gun to secure our baseboard heater packaging. Folks said that the repetitive motion of putting several staples in the box would put a strain on shoulders and arms. It also seemed a little cumbersome.

Our Manufacturing Engineering Technician Dave Jackson and maintenance team worked together to design a staple gun machine that secures the entire packaging at once. Not only did it solve the ergonomic problem but it also made our packaging look much more consistent because the staples were all aligned with each other. And best of all, it shaved a few seconds off the time it takes to package each baseboard heater. That adds up to lots of time saved over the period of a year.

They also do things like custom build trade show displays, patch concrete and even turned an old unused space into a video studio.

And that’s just a few of the many examples of the type of things this amazing team does. It’s these little changes that allow us to continually improve the processes we use to build our heaters. At the end of the day, that automation is what allows us to build all our heaters in the United States.

Thanks so much for your work!