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Engineering Impresses with Extensive Capabilities

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Ross Young, Project Engineer; Jack Gleason, Engineering Manager; and Chad Essink, Design Engineer; form the foundation of SourceOne's extensive engineering capabilities.
Ross Young, Project Engineer; Jack Gleason, Engineering Manager; and Chad Essink, Design Engineer; form the foundation of SourceOne's extensive engineering capabilities.
Design Engineer and new registered Professional Engineer Chad Essink reviews a drawing for a recent project.
Design Engineer and new registered Professional Engineer Chad Essink reviews a drawing for a recent project.
From President Elmer Wessel to the operators on the shop floor, innovative engineering ideas abound at SourceOne.

When customers choose SourceOne, they are partnering with some of the most talented engineers in the industry. Its engineering staff has the ability to turn concepts into a cost-effective solutions.

“Regarding automation projects, some customers come to us with an idea of what they want to accomplish, but no clue what the machine will be,” said Design Engineer Chad Essink. “Others know precisely what they want. We can start anywhere in the process.”

The team's experience and education speaks volumes. Essink became the newest registered professional mechanical engineer on staff in May. After graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a mechanical engineering degree in December 2007, he began working toward registration by passing the fundamentals of the engineering exam and working at SourceOne. Engineering Manager Jack Gleason has been a registered professional mechanical engineer since 1985. Project Engineer Ross Young is a talented process engineer. He has the skills necessary to develop a concept and execute it on the shop floor.

“We have many people here who provide insight every day on how we can improve our manufacturing process,” said Division Manager Chris Reed. “Having professional engineers enhances the level of engineering skills we offer our customers.”

SourceOne's engineering abilities are not limited to its engineering staff. Approximately seven employees have four-year engineering degrees. Many others have practical engineering experience used to find more efficient ways to produce parts at a reduced cost. For example, Project Coordinator Pat Miller recently modified a production process for a repeat order. His idea significantly reduced the amount of material, number of parts and amount of labor needed to produce a part, which lowered the production cost by 50 percent.

“Through the years, we have had numerous successes helping our customers make a more inexpensive product,” Miller said.