AUGUST 8, 2018 — Kahler Automation was honored to host U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., on Wednesday as part of her annual visit to each of Minnesota's 87 counties.
The Senator's tour of Kahler's Fairmont, Minn., facility began with a presentation by the company's founder and chairman, Wayne Kahler. After hearing a brief history of the company and explanation of bulk material handling control system technology, Klobuchar, her staff, Fairmont mayor Debbie Foster, and local media were led by CFO Chantill Kahler Royer around the facility.
The first stop on the tour was a testing station where HMI Programmer Kristi Prafke demonstrated Kahler's laser-guided tripper control system and discussed interface design. Next was Engineer Paul Rehm who explained Kahler's various truck traffic control system components. The tour then moved to the production floor, where Production Supervisor Jordan Honnette showed the Senator some assemblies currently under construction, including a high-speed tote filler and a micro measurement system.
Continuing on, Electrical Designer Cole Lightfoot described the function of Kahler's motor control centers, and the components within a standard control panel. The tour concluded with Service Coordinator Supervisor Jerome Niss sharing the importance of technical support & service to Kahler Automation's success — including the fleet of aircraft which allow technicians to get to sites quickly.
In all, Klobuchar spent more than hour touring the facility, asking questions, and greeting employees. Wayne, Chantill, and everyone involved appreciated the Senator making time to visit Fairmont and learn more about technology & manufacturing in Southern Minnesota.