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Embracing operational excellence in electric motor repair


At Tekwell Services we embrace operational excellence and have done so for generations. So, we were interested in reading what benefits the Houston Chronicle has listed for companies that pursue excellence in operations. In these types of work cultures, managers’ time is freed up to grow the business, because employees are empowered to become problem solvers. Because employees are solving many of the daily challenges that arise, managers can focus on continuing to improve service quality, market the business to new customers and much more. And, because the employees are closest to pro


Motor rewinding shop offers tips to repair/replace motors


Motor Rewinding Service: What Makes Sense? When a motor burns out, asks Smart Energy User, do you rewind it or replace it? Although this article is 20 years old, it still contains plenty of relevant information. Many times, of course, it makes sense to rewind. If the magnetic core is still in good shape, then a motor rewinding shop can bring it back to its original efficiency. Other times, especially when you have an older motor, the problems can also be seen as an opportunity to upgrade to a newer motor, one that will serve your business better and be more energy efficient. To add to the sit


Professional news from industrial motor repair company


Electric Motor Repair Company Joins TAUD Tekwell Services is now a proud associate member of the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts (TAUD). This organization serves more than 500 utilities and businesses in the state of Tennessee, and its mission is to “provide the highest quality technical, legal and operational support to assist its members in delivering safe and efficient services in the public interest.” David Brooks, outside sales representative for Tekwell Services in Knoxville, Tennessee shares more about the decision to join. “We do quite a bit of electric motor repai


Industry motor repair company shares networking tips


Importance of Joining Professional Organizations In today’s world, networking is crucial – crucial to broaden your network of professional contacts, to learn even more about the industry from different perspectives and to mentor younger professionals on their career path. A helpful article, titled Top 10 Reasons to Join a Professional Organization, shares more details about the benefits of joining. The number one reason listed is to broaden your knowledge, perhaps through seminars offered by an organization. Quality organizations, the article points out, “keep themselves and their me


Five generations of electric motor rebuilding!


Jamey Steffner: Electric Motor Rebuilding Shop CEO You can hear the family pride in Jamey Steffner’s voice as he talks about his great-great- grandfather opening up an electric motor repair business way back in the 1890s. What an exciting time to work on motors, with so much potential on the horizon! The love of entrepreneurship has continued through the Steffner family over the next four generations, with Jamey’s grandfather – and then father – starting their own businesses in the industry. This shrewd business acumen led Jamey’s father to buy the company that is Tekwell Service


Story behind the scenes: Tennessee electric motor rebuilding


Mark McKinney’s World: Knoxville’s Industrial Motor Repair Leader Mark McKinney is the vice president and general manager of Tekwell Services’ facility in Knoxville, Tennessee – and makes the following bold statement. “We really are the best in the industry. At Tekwell, you’ll meet a group of people who are all passionate about their work, who really like what they do – and are very good at what they do. This creates an atmosphere that allows for the best customer service and quality of product possible.” Mark has decades of experience in the electric motor repair and rebui


Electric motor repair company invests in quality


Bruce Parkman: “No Lip Service” Approach to Electric Motor Repair Quality Many companies claim to be the best at what they do. But Tekwell Services, Vice President of Sales Bruce Parkman says, puts their philosophy into practice in concrete ways. “Our facilities are in Tennessee and Georgia,” he says, “but we’ve recruited skilled labor from as far away as the state of Washington, from Massachusetts and from Florida – simply because we want the best.” Six months ago, Bruce himself left what he describes as the largest manufacturer in the world in a certain industry to come


Behind the scenes: electric motor rebuilding in Georgia


Barlow Walters: 40 Years of Electric Motor Repair Experience As the vice president and general manager of the Cartersville, Georgia facility, Barlow Walters doesn’t do hands-on industrial motor repair very often himself any more. But, his four decades of experience – a combination of hands-on motor maintenance and repair, along with supervisory know-how – is just what’s needed to provide world class customer service in Georgia. “My job,” he says, “it to keep the operations on course while moving the facility forward through employee training and support, facility upgrades, eq


Little known facts about what powers electric motors


Fourteen Little Known Facts about Electricity We all rely on electricity, both at home and at work, so we thought it would be fun to share some offbeat facts on the subject. Electricity travels at the speed of light, which is more than 186,000 miles per second. Even still, if a light switch in your home was connected to a light bulb on the moon, you could travel around the world eight times before the bulb would light up. A single spark of static electricity can measure up to 3,000 volts. Lightning bolts travel at about 130,000 miles per hour and can reach nearly 54,000 degrees,


Electric motor repair: all started with a Scottish monk!


If your business operates in part because of electric motors, then you have a Scottish monk to thank! Andrew Gordon was born to an aristocratic family in Cofforach, Forfarshire in Scotland. He traveled to Regensburg to attend the Benedictine Scottish Seminar, where he completed their five-year general studies program. With that background, he was able to travel to Austria, France and Italy before entering the monastery, where he studied scholastic philosophy. After entering the priesthood, he completed studies in law and theology at the Benedictine University of Salzburg, and he became