Behind every well-oiled machine is guy holding the oil can. At ETE REMAN, that guy is Ken Rosploch.
As Maintenance Manager, Ken’s team is responsible for everything from cleaning to construction. Beyond that, Ken strives to maintain a safe and organized environment in which team members can use their skills and thrive within their trades.
“I have a crew that has to maintain two facilities – one we’re building from the ground up and the other is an aging building that needs to keep operations up and running. So my job is to keep everyone on task, get the job done, and make sure we all go home safe at the end of the night.”
“It’s been great seeing the new facility take shape. I’ve been involved in the whole process and have had to deal with contractors to get it to this point. My biggest accomplishment will be getting this up and running to full capacity.”
“We’ve got a lot of really skilled people who know their trades; the whole team is great to work with, really. And everyone is involved in the manufacturing process. Like, we built all of our own machines and dynos. I love that. We do so much in-house that it never gets boring.”
For Ken, maintenance and facilities management is a natural extension of his love: fixing things. “I was the kid who would take stuff apart to see how it worked. When I was younger, I’d work summers doing construction.”
With an education in electric, hydraulic, and welding coupled with experience as a maintenance crew lead and appliance repair and construction business ownership, Ken is the kind of jack of all trades that thrives here.
“I had an appliance repair business with my then-brother-in-law. The recession was hard on the business so I decided to look start looking elsewhere. Owning a business is hard – especially construction during a recession. There are so many headaches. As Maintenance Manager, there are still things to worry about, but not as much. It helps that I like coming here and enjoy the atomsphere, owners, and managers.”
So what advice does Ken have for someone who has just joined the team?
“Don’t be afraid to ask questions. There are a lot of people who are great resources. There are so many good managers here – more than I’ve encountered at any place I’ve been at – use them.”