May 19th: Factory Tour in Review

This week’s factory tour was, once again, a huge success.  As the attendees came off our production floor and entered the lobby showroom they were buzzing with inquisitive questions and animated recaps of what they’d seen and learned.  The sophisticated equipment we use blew everyone away, from the robotic welders to laser cutters to the advanced air filtration system that keeps our production floor clean and aroma free.  All especially admired the fact that we are a “Green” building.  We strive to be leaders in the effort to be environmentally friendly by not only recycling our air, but by maximizing the use of ALL our materials so that our recyclable waste is kept at a minimum. The sight of isles upon isles of this efficient and progressive technology is made all the more spectacular considering the tour begins with the story of our humble beginnings…one man, a 120 square foot Ballard shop, and an espresso (hey, this is Seattle!)

So, it’s not all about machines and how we minimize our steel recycling; although we do find that stuff pretty fascinating and could probably drone on about it for hours. We also discuss the history of the company and the story behind what makes us special.  Rochelle, visiting us from Vermont, said “I was amazed to hear about the longevity of the employees,” as she glanced up at our giant ‘Then & Now’ poster.





This is what comes from a group dedicated not only to making the best product decade after decade, but to creating a family environment that encourages levity, enthusiasm and creativity day after day.

Grant, also from Vermont, expressed his appreciation towards his Lopi Endeavor woodstove during a TWO WEEK long power outage a couple of years ago in the New England area.  It doubled perfectly as a heater and a cooktop stove.  You’re quite welcome Grant. We’re glad we could help.

Though we were sad to see them leave, we said farewell to a happy and well fed tour group who was eager to tell friends and family about their morning.  I want to give a big “Thank you!” to everyone who came to visit, and I hope you come back to take the tour again. We’d love to have you, and I know that every time I meander through the 11 acres here we like to call ‘home’ I learn something new.

(Left to Right) Jim, Rochelle, Kurt Rumens (Pres.), Jim Holt (Prod. Dev. Coord.), Grant





We hope that you can join us!


~ by Travis Industries on May 25, 2010.

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