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Employee-Owner Profiles - Tom Degrandt

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 10/7/19 8:01 AM

Tom Degrandt started working at Sentry Equipment before some of our newer employees were even born.

He joined the company as a finisher in July 1995 when he was just 20 years old because he wanted to learn how to weld and he wanted health insurance – two things his previous job couldn’t provide. He was offered a job at the end of his two-hour interview and never looked back. “Time flies when you're having fun,” he says.

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Topics: Company News

Top 5 Best Practices for 20+ Years of Safety

Posted by Canton Larson on 10/3/19 8:03 AM

Workplace injuries and illnesses have a major impact on an employer's bottom line. It’s estimated that employers pay almost $1 billion per week for workers' compensation payments, medical expenses and costs for legal services. But indirect costs – including lost productivity, repairs to damaged equipment or property, and the cost of lower employee morale – can be just as damaging to a company.

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Topics: Company News, Any Application

Our Commitment to Manufacturing Excellence Begins With Employee Ownership

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 10/1/19 11:02 AM

October is Employee Ownership Month and Manufacturing Month!

As a proud employee-owned manufacturing company, we’re celebrating this important month by featuring a series of stories highlighting our talented employee-owners and the unique company programs supporting our manufacturing capabilities. This combo of talent and investment in continuous improvement programs are key to our high-quality solutions, products and services that our customers have come to know well.

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Topics: Company News, Any Application

Employee-Owner Profiles - Chris Yerke

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 8/19/19 8:00 AM

Everything Chris Yerke learned about small business, he learned from his dad.

His family owned a small greenhouse and garden center in Mukwonago, WI, about 30 minutes south of Sentry’s Oconomowoc headquarters, where he got his first paycheck at the young age of 10. He learned the benefits and challenges of running a family business from his parents. In 1954 his grandfather started the greenhouse which his parents expanded when they took it over to include a year-round garden center.

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Employee-Owner Profiles - Lipi Hurtado

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 7/5/19 8:00 AM

Lipi Hurtado likes a challenge. After steadily climbing the ranks to head of operations over nearly eight years at an oil and gas commodity company, she felt stalled because the company didn’t offer further opportunities for growth or promotion.

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Topics: Company News

Asking Why: Understanding the Heart and Soul of Our Company

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 2/14/19 8:32 AM

 

If we’ve learned anything from almost 100 years in business, it’s that our most important values don’t come from what we do or how we do it. Our most important values come from a much deeper place within our organization and our people.

When explaining what Sentry Equipment does, it's tempting to just say "Sentry Equipment makes sampling equipment". But that’s not the fundamental reason we exist. Understanding the “why” behind what we do is critical to serving customers better, maintaining a strong ownership culture, and setting ourselves up for sustainable growth and success. 

Why do we exist?

Why do we do what we do?

Why do we get out of bed in the morning?

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Topics: Company News, Any Application

Process Monitoring Tech Center: World-Class Expertise Right Where You Need It

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 7/19/17 2:30 PM

As Texas ramps up crude oil production and a “resilient” oil and gas industry is expected to see slow but steady growth in 2017 and beyond, it’s more critical than ever that these refining and petrochemical plants have the technologies and expertise they need to meet demand.

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Topics: Hydrocarbon Processing, Upstream & Midstream, Company News

Employee-Owner Profiles - Chris Heinecke

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 7/12/17 2:00 PM

Sixteen years ago, Chris Heinecke was doing what he loved as a mechanic at an auto shop. He enjoyed the work, but wasn’t sure if it was the right career path for him. When a friend joined Sentry Equipment and recruited him to join the company as an assembler in 2001, he jumped at the chance to take on a bigger challenge.

He's been a class A electromechanical assembler, working with electric parts and mechanicals for Sentry’s Steam and Water Analysis System (SWAS) panels. 

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Employee-Owner Profiles - Rich Gaffney

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 6/14/17 9:52 AM

Employee-Owner Profiles is a new feature that will highlight members of our team. As an employee-owned company, Sentry Equipment believes that employee ownership makes a difference. Our employee-owners are dedicated to hard work, positive results and continual improvement and innovation to provide our customers the highest quality products and services.

Rich Gaffney loved to play with Legos as a kid, and he wanted to be a machinist like his dad or an architect like Mike Brady from The Brady Bunch. He liked the idea of building something with his hands that would last a long time.

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Topics: Company News

Employee-Owner Profiles - Joe Kreinus

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 5/31/17 2:00 PM

Employee-Owner Profiles is a new feature that will highlight members of our team. As an employee-owned company, Sentry Equipment believes that employee ownership makes a difference. Our employee-owners are dedicated to hard work, positive results and continual improvement and innovation to provide our customers the highest quality products and services.

Growing up in West Allis, WI, Joe Kreinus learned three lessons in life: Work hard, do what’s right and earn what you get. Those values are now the backbone of his work philosophy as the Director of Applications Engineering and Customer Service at Sentry Equipment.

“What I like most is meeting and exceeding customers’ expectations,” he says. “I want to help them be comfortable with the relationship they have with us and develop a close connection.”

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Topics: Company News