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Made in the USA – Mi-T-M Corporation Manufactures Industrial Equipment

Posted on: June 26th, 2018 by | No Comments

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Made In The USA

The ability to work and provide value to a company, a community or even just a neighbor has given Americans purpose for generations. A company such as the Mi-T-M Corporation not only provides employees the opportunity to find purpose in their life but also produces a product that enables the end-user to add value to their life as well.

The Mi-T-M Corporation was founded in 1971 by A.J. Spiegel, a professional paint contractor, who recognized the need for a portable pressure washer. He used his vast knowledge of equipment to design and build an efficient 1000 PSI pressure washer. The self-contained, gas-powered unit quickly became known as the “Mighty 1000.” It wasn’t long, and the name was abbreviated to “Mi-T,” paired with the Roman numeral “M” and became the company name…Mi-T-M.

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As a manufacturer of high-quality industrial equipment, Mi-T-M’s Peosta, Iowa based plant churns out:

Over 450 hard-working employees uphold the promise to deliver unmatched performance — from product quality to the dedication of each employee who does what’s right for customers — every time.

Today, the Mi-T-M manufacturing facility includes a fabrication division, 23 production lines, 11 CSA test rooms, a fully automated 800-foot conveyor line and expansive shipping docks. This allows Mi-T-M to manufacture, test and ship hundreds of units and parts every day.

 

By displaying a Made in USA sticker on equipment, Mi-T-M is reassuring customers that they’re getting the highest-quality equipment on the market, because building equipment in Peosta, Iowa means agility and flexibility and never compromising.

This American manufacturer would like to express its gratitude to loyal customers who continue to travel on this incredible journey with them.

 

 

Congratulations Becky Kremer

Posted on: May 15th, 2018 by | No Comments

 

Becky Kremer

Hire Date: June 14, 1976

 

What was your first position at Mi-T-M?

Secretary – It included secretarial, receptionist, bookkeeping, purchasing, anything related to office work. When I was hired it was just AJ, I and one other guy (Jerry Brimeyer) in the office and there were just a couple guys in the shop.

What is your current position at Mi-T-M?

Sales Administration Manager

 

Is there one memorable moment or outstanding memory from Mi-T-M that you’ll always remember?

One would be AJ calling from the road and asking “Where am I?” because he was travelling so much. Another memorable time is when we starting making terrific sales. When I was first here, there were months when we were lucky to sell a couple units. It was such a shock when we started having single days when the sales equaled annual sales for some of our early years. I am still amazed at some of our sales days and where all that equipment goes.

 

What are you plans after retirement? Or what are you looking forward to doing once you retire?

The summer will be spent with the grandkids. We will spend quite a bit of time at our timber (especially my husband). Mostly I am looking forward to relaxing and not feeling rushed to get things done.

For people just starting at Mi-T-M, what would you say to them or tell them? (advice, tips, guidance, etc.)

Mi-T-M is a great place to work. You can tell by the number of employees who have been here for so many years. If you have any questions, there always is someone there to help you out.

 

Anything additional you’d like to mention?

While I am really looking forward to spending time with my husband and family, I am going to miss my Mi-T-M family terribly. When you have been together for as long as some of us have been, you develop a bonding relationship. I think some people here are aware that in December, it hit me hard that I was actually going to be leaving Mi-T-M and how much I will miss the day-to-day interaction with these special people. However, as retirement nears I am really looking forward to this new phase in my life.

 

Congratulations Chuck Kluesner

Posted on: April 26th, 2018 by | No Comments

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Chuck Kluesner

Hire Date: May 23, 1984

 

What was your first position at Mi-T-M?

I was hired as an assembler of hot water pressure washers. Mi-T-M had just started the production of these units. From production, I went to the parts department, then worked in shipping and receiving and now I’m just in shipping.

What is your current position at Mi-T-M?

Shipping Supervisor

Is there one memorable moment or outstanding memory from Mi-T-M that you’ll always remember? If so, what is it?

Desert Storm is something I’ll never forget. We worked 12-18 hours a day for 10 days to build those 2000 machines. On the last day we worked 25 1/2 hours straight and after, AJ made a toast to celebrate and then told us all to go home and get some sleep. Over all the whole experience of working at Mi-T-M is memorable; seeing the expansion of the company over the years; going from shipping nothing to now – it’s an astounding difference.

What are you plans after retirement? Or what are you looking forward to doing once you retire?

I’m looking forward to yardwork and gardening, fishing, spending time with the grandkids, relaxing and taking trips.

 

 

For people just starting at Mi-T-M, what would you say to them or tell them? (advice, tips, guidance, etc.)

Mi-T-M is a good company to work for.

 

Congratulations Tom Woerdehoff

Posted on: April 26th, 2018 by | 1 Comment

Tom Woerdehoff

Hire Date: August 1, 1988

 

What was your first position at Mi-T-M?

My first position was in sales.

 

What is your position at Mi-T-M?

I’ve been Credit Manager for 26 years.

 

Is there one memorable moment or outstanding memory from Mi-T-M that you’ll always remember? If so, what is it?

Actually there are a couple. In the early nineties AJ would strap on roller blades and do laps around the plant at the Kapp location. After production left you could find him out there in the low light having fun. It always brought a smile to my face. He should dust them off and go at it again. Another was whipping up a batch of homemade Irish Cream a couple days before Christmas and bringing some in to share. It became a tradition and I was pleased that I was able to add to the holiday spirit. And finally, all the people that have passed through this great company on their way to somewhere else. There have been many and most have left strong contributions and fond memories.

 

What are you plans after retirement? Or what are you looking forward to doing once you retire?

I prefer to not call it retirement but an opportunity to do other things. Too much to mention in this small space!

 

 

For people just starting at Mi-T-M, what would you say to them or tell them? (advice, tips, guidance, etc.)

Enjoy what you are doing and try to find a reason to laugh and share humor. Look up Donnie Holdridge; he is always good for a laugh. Do the best work possible. There were many who came before you who I’ve had the pleasure to know and who took pride in their work. They are the reason Mi-T-M is as great as it is. Build on that.

 

Anything additional you’d like to mention?

I do need to thank AJ, Sam and Tom Allendorf for the opportunity to work here and contribute all these years. I am very grateful. Best wishes to all the friends I have made throughout my time here.  Many have been with me since the beginning and I cherish the memories.  I look forward to keeping in touch – but maybe in the future that can be over a beer and a pool table.

 

Karen Steger -The “Voice” of Mi-T-M

Posted on: April 24th, 2018 by | No Comments

Karen Steger -The “Voice” of Mi-T-M

In the spirit of Administrative Professional’s Day, we’d like to introduce you to one of the most recognizable voices of Mi-T-M. For 26 years, customers have been greeted by the warm and friendly voice of Karen Steger – a humble employee who refers to herself as, “just the receptionist.”

 

As a potential customer’s first point of contact, it’s crucial for Karen to provide the highest quality customer service possible. Karen is the voice of Mi-T M which means she is also the first person many customers speak with when they call. She is on the front lines of giving every customer the best experience possible, each and every time.

 

Karen has had the pleasure of meeting many loyal Mi-T-M dealers and customers face-to-face when they come to the Mi-T-M Headquarters. Meeting customers and dealers in person allows Karen to distinguish who is calling just by the sound of their voice. Mi-T-M always strives to make every customer feel like the #1 priority of their company and Karen makes sure that happens with each interaction.

 

Karen has made many great memories at Mi-T-M that she’ll be able to reflect on for years to come. From being featured on the company calendar twenty years ago to a recent trip to Mexico where she was able to strengthen relationships with Mi-T-M dealers.

 

Customers of Mi-T-M equipment stay with us because of amazing employees like Karen and the quality products we create.

 

Preserving The Monuments That Honor Our Veterans

Posted on: November 8th, 2017 by | No Comments
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The Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs. The Famous F-4 MiG Killer. #463. Triple Nickel squadron

Ponsford Ltd., is the most unique conservation group in the United States and has been using Mi-T-M equipment for over 25 years. Ponsford has developed into a highly regarded conservation, restoration, and preservation group since its inception, but the tools with which they operate has required little change.

 

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Peace Monument at Lookout Mountain – Chattanooga, Tennessee (National Park Service) *Additional laser treatment powered by Mi-T-M generators.

 

Arlington National Cemetery

From 1984 – 2006 Ponsford was granted the honor of cleaning and preserving monuments at the Arlington National Cemetery such as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the John F. Kennedy Grave. Mi-T-M pressure washers were an essential tool when it came to cleaning 300,000 white head stones in just 6 months time. That’s 50,000 head stones a month, so you can see why dependability mattered. Protecting these historic landmarks against deterioration and maintaining their integrity is vital for the remembrance and acknowledgment of why they are placed there.

 

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Arlington National Cemetery honors those who have served our nation by providing a sense of beauty and peace for guests of the site. The impressive landscape in Arlington, VA serves as a tribute to the service and sacrifice of every individual laid to rest within the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. As a conservation group that operates around the globe, servicing monuments of Arlington National Cemetery is an extremely prestigious opportunity. Decades of experience has given Ponsford the intimate knowledge needed to effectively clean highly valued monuments, statues, and objects.

 

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Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado

 

Hot vs Cold Cleaning Power

All of this experience has led Ponsford to rely on Mi-T-M equipment because of the superior performance it has provided. Hot and cold pressure washers are used to clean these monuments and provide contrasting results. A hot water pressure washer does an amazing job of removing surface mold and other debris from a sculpture without needing to increase the pressure from the washer. This prevents erosion and surface wear that can compromise the structural integrity of the monument or statue and can be costly to repair. Cold pressure washers aren’t used as frequently on delicate surfaces but are used on heavy duty metal surfaces where a sandblasting tip is used for more abrasive applications. A cold-water pressure washer and sandblasting tip is generally used on memorials such as tanks and heavy artillery installations seen at national and local parks.

 

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South Carolina Army National Guard: APC – Armored Platoon Carrier

 

A Passion And An Honor

Owner Gordon Ponsford says, “having the opportunity to clean monuments and sculptures at such a historic and storied location such as Arlington National Cemetery is one of the highest honors. It is very important to us to preserve and honor our history.”

 

Mr. Ponsford points out two important reasons why he’s chosen to stay with Mi-T-M products over the years: reliability of the equipment and service from the dealers. Mr. Ponsford’s travels take him across the entire globe but he is always able to find a Mi-T-M servicer wherever he goes. Furthermore, under a federal or government contract there is no leniency with malfunctioning equipment. With Mi-T-M equipment being so reliable, he has never had to look elsewhere.

 

Maintaining The Indianapolis Motor Speedway: The Tale Of Quipco Sales.

Posted on: May 11th, 2017 by | No Comments

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a 2 1/2 mile stretch of road that has led many drivers to greatness. There are many unique things about this place, an obvious one being the prestigious Indy 500. Although many events around race day are well documented, many don’t consider the extensive work that takes place before, during, and after. We’d like to give you an insider’s look at what it takes to keep the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in pristine condition for drivers and spectators alike.

As a young boy Daniel Porterfield would ride his bike to the track so he could witness all the action happening on race day. Years later he took over the company his parents founded Quipco Sales and began selling Mi-T-M power washing equipment; because of the contacts he made when visiting the track, Daniel was able to establish the Indianapolis Motor Speedway maintenance crew as his clients. This relationship continued to grow over the years, and in 2016 proved to be fruitful for both sides. Internal factors lead to a track management vacancy at IMS, and Daniel was notified immediately once the contract became available. A relationship that began over 25 years ago resulted in Daniel earning a contract to power wash the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which is a testament to properly serving clients.

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From April 1st to May 25th, Daniel put in 12 hour days of power washing with Mi-T-M equipment before and after each race. One can imagine the amount of cement, concrete, asphalt, composite, and black concrete that’s washed at a racetrack, but picture doing it all by hand. Walking the track with 5,000-gallon water trucks, and spraying it from the top of the bank to the infield seemed to be a never-ending task. As all innovative business owners do, Daniel is currently developing a customized 96-inch truck mounted sprayer to make his operation more efficient the next time around. An improvement such as this could cut his man-hours substantially, and ensure he produces an even better result.

 

Aside from cleaning the racetrack areas, Daniel is responsible for the washing and sanitizing seating, amenities, and other highly traveled areas. The 250,000 bleacher seats at IMS were cleaned throughout the racing season as well as restrooms, concessions, and concourse areas.

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Quipco Sales was founded on the principals of professionalism, trustworthiness, and service, three elements that help to continually strengthen customer relationships. One piece of advice Daniel has for other contractors is, “if possible, always communicate with others on the jobsite. You never know where you’ll make a friend or gain a customer – which are the same thing in my book.”

 

We love to hear great stories like this from our dealer network and those using our machines to do great work. If you have a story to share with us, please contact us on Facebook.

NEW Rotary Screw Air Compressor | Mi-T-M

Posted on: February 8th, 2016 by | No Comments

Mighty Durable

The new Mi-T-M Rotary Screw Air Compressor was being field tested during construction of a large industrial building. During construction, a powerful storm came through and about 20,000 pounds of building material came crashing down on top of the rotary screw. After removing the debris, the rotary screw’s roll cage was damaged but the internal components were still intact and working, including the engine and pump! For durability, the Mi-T-M frame was designed to lift four times its own weight and turns out was also able to withstand the immense weight of an industrial building!

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Storm Safety Tips to Protect Your Family

Posted on: January 26th, 2016 by | No Comments

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Best Practices to keep your family safe and warm for the next storm.

If the temperature is less than my age, I don’t get out of bed,” once quipped Ellen DeGeneres. If that were true, many of us would spend the entire winter under our blankets.

 

In addition to snow, strong winds and storms create unpleasant weather conditions can result in power failures. When emergency strikes, are you prepared to protect your family and home? How long could you survive without electricity and gas? Even with power, how many days could you comfortably stay in your home during a major storm?

 

Why take chances when it comes to the well being of your family? You can’t put a price on peace of mind. Plan ahead before disaster strikes. Following are 12 great ways to prepare for the next storm:

 

  1. Invest in a portable generator. Mi-T-M offers a wide selection of reliable and rugged generators. Choose from models beginning at 3,000 watts up to 14,000 watts. We’ll help you select which type is best for your needs.
  2. Consider purchasing a back up generator. Unlike a portable model, this type of generator is permanently installed and sits outside your home, like an air conditioning unit. When you lose power, the generator revs and roars to action automatically. It delivers power directly to your home’s electrical system. You can opt to power your entire home or just select items like the heating/cooling, lighting, or refrigerator. Best of all, a back up generator will power on even when you’re away from home. You needn’t lift a finger.
  3. Buy a portable space heater or two. Mi-T-M has dozens of models that will keep your family warm and toasty.
  4. Keep a week worth’s of food in your home at all times. Canned goods are the best. Make sure you have a manual can opener.
  5. Stock up on blankets, coats, mittens, and hats. Store these in a plastic container for easy access during storms.
  6. Keep a 5-7 day supply of bottled water. Of course you can drink the water, but if the water supply is gone, you can also use the water for cleaning.
  7. Store paper products for a storm, including Kleenex, paper plates, and toilet paper.
  8. Make sure you have adequate batteries to power your home appliances: flashlights, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and/or remote controls.
  9. Collect enough candles to light each room in your house.
  10. Stockpile firewood if you have a fireplace.
  11. Keep a list of contacts and emergency numbers. Post this in a high and dry location.
  12. Plan for fun. Keep books, playing cards, and board games on hand to pass the time.

 

We hope you’ve found these dozen tips helpful. At Mi-T-M, we provide solutions to make your life easier.