Saw an interesting blog posting a while ago on IndustryWeek about a Michigan company having difficulty finding precision machinists. I weighed in with a few thoughts on the subject — basically that this situation highlights the need for better education and training, and a renewed focus on manufacturing in the US. I’m a big believer that “knowledge workers are not only in the office — some of the best minds are found on the production floor.” Click here to read the whole thread.
The Kaysun team was pleased to host Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl on his visit to our plant just before Labor Day — see photo below. While in the Manitowoc area, the Senator also visited Silver Lake College to help the school celebrate its 75th
anniversary. As part of its ongoing commitment to the local community, Kaysun is proud to fund an endowed scholarship for local students attending Silver Lake.
After 5 attempts, I finally reached my goal of qualifying for the Ironman World Championships by finishing 6th of 397 males ages 35-39 at the Ironman Wisconsin September 12th. After swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, and running 26.2 miles in 10:06, I came across the finish line very satisfied I never gave up on my goal to secure a Kona slot. My initial attempt at Ironman resulted in a DNF (did not finish) and a trip to the medical tent as I suffered severe dehydration and required 2 IVs). I never will forget how bad I felt after I came to the realization that after a year of training and sacrifice, I came up short of finishing the race. Of course I signed up for another one and trained for another year but this time my bike segment was plagued by 3 flat tires which turned into a very long day, however I did finish the race, thank God. My 3rd attempt at Ironman was rather solid, I finished the race in 10:36 and realized that I did have the potential to land a Kona slot if I kept up the training and hard work. About a year later I competed in my 4th Ironman and due to a great deal of stress I was going thru at work, my race simply fell apart after I finished the bike, which resulted in me walking the majority of the marathon. Yes, I finished but it was a very disappointing day despite that fact. I took a year off from Ironman training and signed up for the 2010 event with the goal of securing a slot and finally achieving that goal made all the hard work and heartache well worth it. That’s my Ironman story. Yes, it can be applied to any challenge, obstacle, or set-back in life. Never give up. Never, never, never, never.
Join our webinar
on September 21 to learn how Kaysun is helping the country’s defense suppliers design and build lightweight plastic products and components that are replacing heavier metal parts and “lightening the load” for our warfighters. Today’s battlefield demands higher levels of agility, flexibility and maneuverability that only plastics can provide. Kaysun CEO Ben Harrison and Sales Engineer Mario Del Real will present. This event is co-sponsored by IDGA, The Institute for Defense & Government Advancement. Click here