Editor's Note: Several members of the UCEC team recently returned from Monterrey, Mexico where we helped our customer modify and expand some panels they had onsite. This trip made us remember a similar journey in February 2016. Here's what Vice President of Business Operations Evan Coulter had to say about that work trip at the time.
By Evan Coulter
It’s certainly not every day that I travel more than a thousand miles to another country and help wire panels within a brand-new production facility, but I won’t complain. Our longtime customer needed some help and we were more than happy to provide it.
Garrod, Zach and I traveled to Monterrey, Mexico for a week-plus of 10-hour days helping to do terminating inside panels. This allowed the plant electricians to work on other tasks. We joined several other knowledgeable electrical experts and got to work. It was very different than my usual day job (no keyboards or monitors involved!) but it brought me back to my roots and the start of my career at UCEC 16 years ago.
For me, I had a high degree of confidence in the executive team and managers who stayed in Arvada. I knew Mark, John and Paula had things covered. We didn’t hurt production; and we helped our longtime customer get one of their modules wired up and ready to go.
We’re always definitely there for the client when they need our help. If possible, we’re going to jump in and do it. Also, our hands-on work in Mexico makes us better panel builders because we can see what the field needs. We can see what configurations make it easier for terminations in the field.
During our brief time in the field, we also were able to see a wide variety of panels (not made by us). It was a good yardstick of how we are doing in the world of craftsmanship and custom panel building.
Evan is VP of Business Operations for UCEC.