Author: Carrie Soltner

  1. People Behind the Products: Meet Brooks

    People Behind the Products: Meet Brooks The scissor lift screeched as the legs gradually expanded, raising the burly man with it. He rose higher with every second until he was face to face with the heavy boxes he'd come for. Brooks is our facilities manager. With us for one year, his job includes maintenance and occasionally operating heavy machinery such as lifts. He loves NK for its Read more...
  2. People Behind the Products: Meet Kelly

    People Behind the Products: Meet Kelly Kelly sat at the end of the line, picking up the finished unit that had just appeared at her station. She laid it inside the leak tester and shut the door. In a few moments, she would know if it was a pass or fail. This April, Kelly celebrates her second NK anniversary and since then has cross-trained in many of our product lines, including Read more...
  3. People Behind the Products: Meet Citra

    People Behind the Products: Meet Citra One by one, she set them in place. A row of them occupied the length of the container in a single line. Once finished, she lowered the door closed and watched carefully as the laser machine freed the windows of their excess mold, or "flash". This August marks Citra’s ninth year at Nielsen-Kellerman, and she is a jack of all trades. That’s Read more...
  4. People Behind the Products: Meet Justine

    People Behind the Products: Meet Justine When one board failed, she carefully removed it from the tester and replaced it with another. As the second tested, rolls of text flashed across the screen, but for the moment, Justine turned her attention elsewhere. She dipped a kimwipe sheet in alcohol and turned the failed board over in her hand. Gently, she smoothed the chemical down the length Read more...
  5. People Behind the Products: Meet Marie

    People Behind the Products: Meet Marie With nimble hands, she folded the box into the shape, peeling free a wide square sticker, a courtesy warning, and smoothing it into place. The woman, Marie, joined the NK team in 2007, and over the years has been cross-trained in Kestrel, DROP, and much more. Today, you'll mostly find her packing Kestrel products into their boxes. When asked about Read more...
  6. People Behind the Products: Meet Kim

    People Behind the Products: Meet Kim Carefully lining the adhesive with the square imprint on the case, she let it fall, tracing the edges with her finger to ensure a good fix. Satisfied, she peeled off the excess paper to reveal a second side of tape, over which she placed the window, a black outlined square identifying the unit, and pressed it in. Kim joined the NK team two years Read more...
  7. People Behind the Products: Meet Ryan

    People Behind the Products: Meet Ryan Raising the amplifier to his lips, he speaks loud and clear, sending feedback throughout the plant. "Testing, 1-2-3." Ryan has been with NK for just over a year now, first joining us as a Kestrel team member, before making his way through DROP and transitioning to the Blue Ocean Megaphone line. He says he enjoys the work for its easy-going Read more...
  8. People Behind the Products: Meet Christina

    People Behind the Products: Meet Christina Gentle in her movements, Christina slipped the ends of the thermistor, a pair of blue wires tipped with a white bead, through the two little holes at the top of the board. After adding a quick coat of flux (flowing agent) over the holes, she grabbed her solder wand and with a careful sweep, secured it to the board. Christina has been employed at Read more...
  9. People Behind the Products: Meet Verrell

    People Behind the Products: Meet Verrell At the end of each product line there hung a single sleeve, almost like a pouch. Every so often, a worker would appear to slide a bright slip of paper inside it. Some were an Aegean blue, others a bumblebee yellow. The different cards added nice speckles of color to the warehouse. Their appearance signaled an important notice: stock was low, and Read more...
  10. People Behind the Products: Meet Shaniyah

    People Behind the Products: Meet Shaniyah After packing the Kestrel nicely into its box, she topped it off with a few documents, including instructions, before folding it closed. All that was left now were the stickers. Shaniyah, who first joined us in the summer of 2008, returns to us during breaks as she continues her education. Usually a packer, she's also been trained in the assembly Read more...

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