Spring 2015: Manufacturing in the News

The Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Newsletter is published four times a year. Read on for our Spring 2015 articles.

Newsletter Articles: "Plenty of great work for women" and "The women of Faustson Tools"

Plenty of great work for women

There's a myth about manufacturing- that it's great…but only for men. However, we recently spoke with a few women in manufacturing who disprove that myth- it's a great place for women and men alike.

Why manufacturing?

Manufacturing can mean promising careers for people from all walks of life. "You don't have to have a four year degree to make a good living in manufacturing. Just a willingness to learn," says Tina Solano, an Electronics Technician at Geotech Environmental Equipment. "It's really fun to work hand-in-hand with the engineers to design new technologies and products," says Rose, also an Electronics Technician with Geotech.

Rose and Tina both report long and happy careers in manufacturing. Today they enjoy working on Geotech's "5 'S' Team" to promote the 5 S's of Lean Manufacturing in addition to their production work. The efforts to refine processes, stay organized, and reduce wasted time, materials and effort are rewarding because they can see the difference they are making.

The best part

Both women agree that what they really enjoy is the ever-changing work. Tina contends that "there's no chance for boredom." There's always something new to learn and something different to work on. Rose says she loves her job in manufacturing because if she stops learning, she moves on. And that hasn't happened for quite some time. Tina agrees that it's the variety of work that keeps her coming back. "One day I'm working on building a new product, another I'm on a different team working to restructure parts."

For Rose, it's also about health, "I don't sit all day and I get to stay mentally and physically active."

"We need more people"

When asked if manufacturing is a good place for women to seek work, both vigorously agreed. Rose says "we always need more people, especially women." For them, manufacturing means interesting work, good pay, and a great long-term career. What does it mean to you?

About Geotech:
Geotech Environmental Equipment, Inc. is an international leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of equipment used for sampling, monitoring and remediating groundwater and soil pollution. State-of-the-art manufacturing, machining, and extrusion capabilities allow Geotech to innovate cost-effective solutions to tough environmental problems for its extensive list of international government, consulting and private industry customers. In addition to its 125,000 square-foot Denver-based factory and headquarters, Geotech operates 9 Regional service centers, a European Sales Center in Barcelona, Spain, plus a representative office in Beijing China. Geotech equipment meets environmental challenges on every continent!

The women of Faustson Tools

Today, Faustson Tool operates a 16,000-square-foot facility with more than 20 highly skilled employees, and is owned and operated by Alicia Svaldi. While it may not be common to find a manufacturing company owned and run by a woman, leadership roles for women are increasing every day in Colorado's manufacturing community. Both Alicia and Faustson's Vice President. Heidi Hostetter, love their jobs in manufacturing.

When asked what women are missing out on by not considering a career in manufacturing, Heidi replied "An honest day's work." In addition to good work with good people, Heidi "loves the variety of work we are exposed to as women in manufacturing." Some days she gets to conduct presentations, other days she might be doing inventory or cleaning equipment.

Alicia says her "favorite part is coming to work every day with the amazing crew we have." Although when she's asked about the technology she gets to work with, she can't help get excited about that too. "Pioneering new technology to be the leader in this region is a blast. We dove into EDM technology in the 80's and in the 90's conquered the 5 Axis Milling. Now we've secured our first 3D Metal Printer and we're so excited! Our entire company is very enthusiastic about accepting the challenge of this new technology."

Faustson Tool
remains in the forefront of the manufacturing industry, continuing a tradition of pioneering the newest technology and pushing its limits. Faustson Tool takes on the most challenging applications only a few U.S. companies can handle, using state-of-the-art precision machining to do things no one else in the industry thinks can be done. Faustson's reputation for innovation and excellence has earned the company prestigious clientele: Faustson Tool manufactured a key component in NASA's Kepler space telescope, and has worked with Ball Aerospace to produce parts for the U.S. F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter jet.

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