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(Pictured: Jason Mioduch being congratulated by York President, Kevin Krupp) A beautiful Friday afternoon as York celebrates another employee milestone.  Jason Mioduch, the servo motor expert and department manager, has been with us for 20 years now!  He started out winding motors but soon latched onto servo repair and has upped our game in that department ever since.  Jason's vast training and technical skill over many brands are second to none in the industry.  Jason graduated from Minnesota West Tech in motor repair and has attended extensive training in servo motors in the time since. 

Thursday, February 11,  2016    Steve Jezowski celebrated 40 years with York Repair Inc, recently.  Steve (pictured on far right, next to Kevin Krupp, President, and Frank York, Founder, who is telling one of many funny stories with Steve) came to York right out of the Navy.  Steve was the 2nd employee at York, and he has seen it grow from a small company (where Steamers Pub used to be in Bay City) to the now 80,000 square foot Technical Center it is today.

York Repair has announced that it has been approved as an EASA Accredited Service Center for achieving excellence in quality. York is the first company in Lower Michigan to receive EASA Accreditation.

To earn this distinction, York has “successfully demonstrated through a third party, independent audit that it follows the prescribed good practices to consistently deliver quality electromechanical repairs that maintain or improve AC electric motor efficiency and reliability.”

Earlier this month, York celebrated the 30th anniversary of Brian Martin at a luncheon with all employees in attendance. Brian, a graduate of the now defunct Southwestern Tech in Jackson, Minnesota, which specialized in teaching electric motor maintenance and repair, came to York after working for a competitor in Chicago, a year out of school. Starting on the tech center floor as a winder, Brian quickly moved up to supervisor, then plant manager. But ultimately, he has served as the main go-to person on the phone when the customer calls for a repair or parts, many a time in a frantic rush.

BAY CITY, MI -- Chris Cathcart says the 14th of every month is now noted as "Michael Day," in honor of her nephew, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Cathcart, who was killed Nov. 14, 2014, while serving with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

Those closest to the Bay City native have found different ways of remembering and honoring the fallen soldier -- some simple, some more complex.

We got a call in the afternoon that the stator from Sanford Lake Dam was about to be removed using a large crane.  This project was started earlier in the winter, when 1 of their 3 lines went down due to failure.  This is the first time one of these generators have been off-line due to breakdown since they were installed- in the 1920's!  Pretty amazing that they have gotten almost 100 years of use without failing.  Before they could remove the stator and rotor and all the related turbine pieces, they had to cut a hole in the roof, and then construct a removable slide piece.  

On the harsh, cold lakeshore and a frigid (-14), Don Maxon and I pulled up to the Sanford Lake Dam to pick up a 22 ton rotor from a 1,375 KVA turbine generator.  It is one of three generators that were installed in the the 1920's - and the FIRST to go bad!  Because none of these turbine generators had ever been removed for repair, the rigging company had to fabricate a removable roof piece to get this turbine out, piece by piece.  

Escalating investments in the exploration and production of conventional oil and gas is propelling the adoption of pumps around the world. The Western hemisphere will lead the way in uptake as production surges owing to the shale oil and gas boom in North America, oil sands in Canada, and conventional reserves in Brazil, Venezuela and Mexico. New deep-water and ultra-deep-water reserves in Asia-Pacific will contribute further towards oil and gas production, and in turn, the sale of pumps.

It was the Thursday before Easter weekend when the situation started. York Repair was working at a large rubber manufacturing company in Grand Rapids, investigating a failure on a 1250hp DC motor. The motor failure would have caused the shutdown of North American Operations in a matter of week, if they were not back up and running. The repair of their motor was a minimum 3 weeks due to the catastrophic failure of the winding's. We were investigating alternate options for locating a used motor we could get delivered and installed. There were no motors readily available for shipment.

John Monville has been a fixture at York Repair and with its customers for 30 years now. You don't see that very often anymore. Our commitment to our customers is mirrored by people like John.  John's commitment to the job and the customer is second to none. Without that commitment, York wouldn't exist.  A master service technician, John runs the field service department.  But he is also an excellent motor winder, a machinist, and can pretty much do all repairs on motors and other industrial equipment that comes in. Thank you for your outstanding hard work and sticking it out here.

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