REID FOSTER NAMED DIRECTOR OF CONTROLS ENGINEERING AT SPRING AUTOMATION 

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Reid Foster - Director of Controls Engineering

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September 15, 2022

REID FOSTER NAMED DIRECTOR OF CONTROLS ENGINEERING AT SPRING AUTOMATION 

Spring Automation is pleased to announce internal advancements within the Engineering department.

Nashville, TN — Thursday, September 15th, 2022 — Spring Automation is pleased to announce the promotion of Reid Foster to Director of Controls Engineering. Reid will play a key role in establishing standards, processes, and tools for programming and design that will result in high-quality and efficient engineering. His responsibilities include managing team capacity, verifying critical technical tasks, providing technical expertise to his team and other departments, and meeting regularly with leadership and team members. In addition, Reid will provide technical expertise to project engineers, team leads, and application engineers.

Reid graduated from Murray State University with a degree in Electromechanical Engineering Technology. He joined Spring Automation in 2018 as a Controls Engineer. After joining the team, Reid quickly became Engineering Lead, where he technically led a series of successful projects for multiple customers. During his time as team lead, he focused on taking Spring’s engineering practices to the next level while mentoring team members. Throughout projects, he has completed engineering work such as design, programming, and system start-up while overseeing electrical installers and procurement.

Director of Controls Engineering, Reid Foster, with Spring Automation Commissioning Engineers in California.

Before Spring Automation, he worked as a systems controls engineer deploying WCS, writing PLC code, creating HMI applications, and commissioning systems. In his spare time, as if being an excellent engineer wasn’t enough, Reid is also an avid farmer, helping his family out on their farm on his free weekends.

About Spring Automation:

Spring Automation provides material handling controls, software, and installation services to end-users, integrators, and OEMs across North America. We specialize in bringing our customers high-quality and dependable programming, design, and build solutions for their projects.

At Spring Automation, we are a family by our shared purpose: To Have Fun Building Legacies Together. We are a team that loves each other and what we do. We design and implement high-quality controls solutions. We strive for growth through diversification while maintaining a culture of teamwork and innovation. Whether we are serving our customers, community, or family, we take pride in everything we do. When we win, we win together.


Join Reid and learn more about opportunities at Spring Automation by visiting our Career Page.

 

NASH ORTEN NAMED LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT TEAM LEAD

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A familiar face at Spring Automation will now serve as a subject matter expert (SME) on learning and development within the engineering department.

Nashville, TN — Thursday, July 21, 2022 — Spring Automation is pleased to announce Nash Orten as Learning & Development Team Lead. In his role, he will oversee the development of training and certification programs, the learning management system (LMS), onboarding planning, the controls engineering internship program, and process documentation.

Nash Orten began paving the road for growth by providing straightforward and easy-to-access training documents during his time as Engineering Team Lead by creating an online training portal. His goal for the training portal design included ease of access, low pressure for trainees, and crafting a roadmap of fundamental content. Nash also developed the certification program at Spring Automation designed to accomplish the following goals: accurately evaluate team member skill sets, provide streamlined hands-on training catered to our clients and industry, ensure quality standards at the onboarding phase, and invest in continuous growth for existing team members and interns. In his new role, he will conduct annual training and development needs assessments, develop training programs and objectives, ensure employees are aware of training resources, and manage university outreach. In addition, Nash will ensure the implementation of effective methods to educate, enhance performance, and recognize team members.

Nash is passionate about the control systems that bring the world into motion, whether that includes robust industrial control systems, high-tech gadgets, or flashy animatronics; applying his engineering background to bring a system to life is what he lives for. Nash Orten received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Murray State University. He started within the Diakonia Group in July 2016 as a Controls Engineer II. His engineering experience prior included designing, fabricating, and installing control systems for Animatronics Systems with renowned theme park and entertainment companies. A fun fact about Nash is he has a spicy pug named Nacho.


About Spring Automation:

Spring Automation provides material handling controls, software, and installation services to end-users, integrators, and OEMs across North America. We specialize in bringing our customers high-quality and dependable programming, design, and build solutions for their projects.

At Spring Automation, we are a family by our shared purpose: To Have Fun Building Legacies Together. We are a team that loves each other and what we do. We design and implement high-quality controls solutions. We strive for growth through diversification while maintaining a culture of teamwork and innovation. Whether we are serving our customers, community, or family, we take pride in everything we do. When we win, we win together.

Learn more about seven reasons to invest in training and onboarding at https://springautomation.com/blog/the-importance-of-training/

Alex Smith

Alex Smith Joins Spring Automation as Director of Sales & Marketing

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January 13, 2022

ALEX SMITH JOINS THE SALES DEPARTMENT AT SPRING 

Spring Automation is pleased to announce the addition of Alex Smith as Director of Sales & Marketing.

Nashville, TN — Thursday, January 13th, 2022 — Spring Automation is pleased to announce the addition of Alex Smith to the Sales department as Director of Sales & Marketing. Alex will play a key role in ensuring that Spring reaches its potential. His responsibilities include planning and directing all aspects of the organization’s marketing and sales policies, objectives, and initiatives. The key duties of the Director include the hiring and development of members of their team, creating and executing sales strategies, developing and managing the sales and marketing department budget, and working directly with clients. As Spring grows, his role will have a high impact on Spring’s overall direction for successful project execution and account growth.

Alex graduated from Western Kentucky University with a degree in Corporate and Organizational Communication. He has held a CMSE (Certified Machinery Safety Expert) certification since 2018 while working for a safe automation company providing engineering services and products to OEMs, integrators, and end-users. Before joining Spring Automation, Alex spent 8+ years in the automation industry, serving in various sales roles. Most recently, he worked for an automation company specifying equipment for barcode scanning, dimensioning, and presence sensing, among many other applications in Logistics Automation. In his spare time, Alex enjoys playing golf, spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, and watching sports, especially the Kentucky Wildcats and Atlanta Braves. He is most looking forward to being introduced to new friends and helping drive growth at Spring Automation.


About Spring Automation:

Spring Automation provides material handling controls, software, and installation services to end-users, integrators, and OEMs across North America. We specialize in bringing our customers high-quality and dependable programming, design, and build solutions for their projects.

At Spring Automation, we are a family by our shared purpose: To Have Fun Building Legacies Together. We are a team that loves each other and what we do. We design and implement high-quality controls solutions. We strive for growth through diversification while maintaining a culture of teamwork and innovation. Whether we are serving our customers, community, or family, we take pride in everything we do. When we win, we win together.


Schedule a time to meet Alex at MODEX 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia or set up a call by connecting at alex.smith@springautomation.com.

Chelsey Arnold Promoted to President of Spring Automation

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December 16, 2021

CHELSEY ARNOLD PROMOTED TO PRESIDENT OF SPRING AUTOMATION

Chelsey will continue leading the Spring Automation team through a new role.

Nashville, TN — Thursday, December 16, 2021 — Spring Automation is pleased to announce that Chelsey Arnold has been named President of Spring Automation. Chelsey joined the Diakonia Group of companies as a Controls Engineer for DCS in November 2016 after a successful start to her career with two material handling integrators. She transitioned into a Team Lead role when Spring Automation was formed. Since that time, Chelsey has steadily taken on more responsibilities at Spring, moving into the Director of Operations and VP of Operations roles. In the past year, Chelsey has led Spring to successfully execute projects, hire key team members to support significant growth, and clearly communicate her long-term strategic vision for Spring to Diakonia management, governance, and ownership. Most importantly, Chelsey embraces the Spring core values and sets a strong cultural tone for the company.

Chelsey holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and is originally from Atlanta, GA. She loves living in Nashville and everything it has to offer, as evidenced by the names of her two beloved dogs, Cash and Jolene!


About Spring Automation:

Spring Automation provides material handling controls, software, and installation services to end-users, integrators, and OEMs across North America. We specialize in bringing our customers high-quality and dependable programming, design, and build solutions for their projects.

At Spring Automation, we are a family by our shared purpose: To Have Fun Building Legacies Together. We are a team that loves each other and what we do. We design and implement high-quality controls solutions. We strive for growth through diversification while maintaining a culture of teamwork and innovation. Whether we are serving our customers, community, or family, we take pride in everything we do. When we win, we win together.


If you have any questions, please reach out to Chelsey Arnold at chelsey.arnold@springautomation.com.

Spring Automation Launches the Pioneer Program

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October 7, 2021

THE PIONEER ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Spring Automation is pleased to announce the launch of the Pioneer Program.

Nashville, TN — Thursday, October 7th, 2021 — Spring Automation has developed an Engineering Development Program called The Pioneer. The program is over two years designed to focus on Commissioning and Training. It will consist of extensive travel, and a participant will commission projects across the United States to develop skills to become an Elite Engineering Professional. Throughout the program, individuals will complete associate level training as part of Spring’s Certification program between the various projects.

The Pioneer Program roadmap includes three rotations over two years. The first rotation is working with Cognex, a Spring Automation End-user. As a Cognex Logistics Partner Integrator, program participants will commission scan tunnels. Partnering with Cognex has enabled Spring to expand its capabilities with vision and ID systems. 

The second rotation includes working with an OEM Sortation. Our job at Spring is to receive the components and commission them to full functionality. This includes calibrating a weight scale, vision system, and dimensioning sensors which feed data to a server. OEM Sortation has test criteria, which requires us to be exceptionally accurate in our work. Partnering with OEMs to commission their sorters and other equipment prepares engineers to test larger control systems functionality. The third rotation is based around Controls. Spring is proud to provide controls solutions across North America. A program participant will have the opportunity to perform on-site commissioning of large conveyor systems through IO checks, networks configuration, functional testing, and troubleshooting PLC & HMI programs.

After the completion of the program, engineers will have an opportunity to transition into a variety of engineering roles, including Controls, Commissioning, Cognex, and Application Engineering. Leaders include Jeff Sherman, a Spring Automation Commissioning Team Lead, and Nash Orten, a Spring Automation Team Lead and Training Coordinator. The Pioneer Program is designed to have the opportunity to have a streamlined hands-on experience and work with exciting end-users in the Parcel, Retail, and other industries.


About Spring Automation:

Spring Automation provides material handling controls, software, and installation services to end-users, integrators, and OEMs across North America. We specialize in bringing our customers high-quality and dependable programming, design, and build solutions for their projects.

At Spring Automation, we are a family by our shared purpose: To Have Fun Building Legacies Together. We are a team that loves each other and what we do. We design and implement high-quality controls solutions. We strive for growth through diversification while maintaining a culture of teamwork and innovation. Whether we are serving our customers, community, or family, we take pride in everything we do. When we win, we win together.


Explore other full-time and internships opportunities by visiting our Career Page. To apply, connect with our HR Business Partner and share your details.

Brian Carey Joins Spring Automation as Director of Project Execution

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June 15, 2021

BRIAN CAREY JOINS SPRING AUTOMATION

Spring Automation is pleased to announce the addition of Brian Carey as Director of Project Execution.

Nashville, TN — Tuesday, June 15th, 2021 — Spring Automation is pleased to announce the addition of Brian Carey to the Project Execution department as Director of Project Execution. In his new role, his duties consist of overseeing and directing the execution of multiple projects while guiding and mentoring Project Managers and Electrical Installation Supervisors. The Director of Project Execution is knowledgeable of contracts and understands the company’s strategic goals. Brian will be responsible for setting deadlines, assigning responsibilities, and creating complex schedules of projects being performed. His role will be a crucial component for Spring’s project management and client interactions.

Brian Carey graduated from Western Kentucky University with a degree in Applied Technology, AS in Automated Industrial Systems. He has held a PMP Certification since 2009. Before joining the automation industry, Brian spent twenty-five years in manufacturing and served in the US Navy. During the last ten years, he was involved in Project Management and discovered that he was his passion. Brian gained experience through a small automation company as a General Manager before moving into the material handling industry at Designed Conveyor Systems (DCS). He had many roles at DCS, including Project Manager, Director of Engineering, Director of Client Support, and Director of Project and Site Management. You can find Brian camping with family in his spare time, playing golf for fun, or working on his family farm. He is most looking forward to working with old friends and being introduced to new ones. A fun fact about Brian is his favorite part of a project is commissioning, and he enjoys Project Management. He is excited to be a part of the growth that is ahead for Spring Automation.


About Spring Automation:

Spring Automation provides material handling controls, software, and installation services to end-users, integrators, and OEMs across North America. We specialize in bringing our customers high-quality and dependable programming, design, and build solutions for their projects.

At Spring Automation, we are a family by our shared purpose: To Have Fun Building Legacies Together. We are a team that loves each other and what we do. We design and implement high-quality controls solutions. We strive for growth through diversification while maintaining a culture of teamwork and innovation. Whether we are serving our customers, community, or family, we take pride in everything we do. When we win, we win together.


If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to Chelsey Arnold at chelsey.arnold@springautomation.com.

Jason Dusch

Jason Dusch Promoted to Director of Solutions

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March 25, 2021

JASON DUSCH PROMOTED TO DIRECTOR OF SOLUTIONS

A familiar face at Spring Automation will now lead the Solutions Department.

Nashville, TN — Thursday, March 25, 2021 — Spring Automation is pleased to announce the addition of Jason Dusch to the Application and Estimating department as Director of Solutions. His duties consist of overseeing and directing the concepting, writing, and delivery of Spring solutions and proposals. The Director of Solutions is a driving force behind Spring’s Application and Estimating department. His role will also focus on driving down engineering and lead times while building positive relationships with key partners and will be a crucial component for Spring’s client interactions. Jason will have a high impact on Spring’s overall direction for successful project execution and account growth.

Jason Dusch joined Spring Automation as a Project Manager in February 2020, serving on some of Spring’s most significant projects. He received a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He is very knowledgeable about the industry due to working at FedEx Ground for ten years as an Automation Engineer and Project Engineer. Jason enjoys being involved in a little bit of everything at Spring Automation and having a say from start to finish. He has had the opportunity to develop processes and standards that will help Spring evolve. His advice for someone new to the industry is to get to site as soon as possible because it will help things click faster and get familiar with the processes already in place and the suppliers. In his spare time, you can find Jason playing soccer or hockey and traveling. A fun fact about Jason is he is vegetarian, and he has four dogs.


About Spring Automation:

Spring Automation provides material handling controls, software, and installation services to end-users, integrators, and OEMs across North America. We specialize in bringing our customers high-quality and dependable programming, design, and build solutions for their projects.

At Spring Automation, we are a family by our shared purpose: To Have Fun Building Legacies Together. We are a team that loves each other and what we do. We design and implement high-quality controls solutions. We strive for growth through diversification while maintaining a culture of teamwork and innovation. Whether we are serving our customers, community, or family, we take pride in everything we do. When we win, we win together.


If you have any questions, please reach out to Chelsey Arnold at chelsey.arnold@springautomation.com.

Spring Automation Becomes a Logistics Partner Integrator for Cognex Corporation

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April 9th, 2020

SPRING AUTOMATION BECOMES A LOGISTICS PARTNER INTEGRATOR FOR COGNEX CORPORATION

Spring and Cognex partner together to implement camera solutions for integrators and end-users

Nashville, TN — Thursday, April 9th, 2020 — Spring Automation, a material handling controls integration company, announced their new partnership with Cognex. Spring is officially part of Cognex's network of LPIs (Logistics Partner Integrator). Spring engineers are participating in training and certification programs provided by Cognex and are assisting in the evaluation, integration, and support of Cognex camera systems across the country.

“I am excited to be supporting Cognex Corporation through system implementations and by providing excellent service,” said Ahmad Alsadi, Spring’s LPI Project Manager. “We enjoy working with them as a team.”

This partnership has enabled Spring to expand its capabilities with vision and ID systems. In return, Cognex now has access to Spring's growing number of commissioning resources.


About Cognex Corporation:

Cognex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets a range of products that incorporate sophisticated machine vision technology that gives them the ability to “see.” Cognex products include barcode readers, machine vision sensors, and machine vision systems that are used in factories, warehouses, and distribution centers around the world to guide, gauge, inspect, identify, and assure the quality of items during the manufacturing and distribution process. Cognex is the world’s leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 1 million vision-based products, representing over $4 billion in cumulative revenue, since the company’s founding in 1981. Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, USA, Cognex has regional offices and distributors located throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For details visit Cognex online at www.cognex.com.


About Spring Automation:

Spring Automation provides material handling controls, software, and installation services to end-users, integrators, and OEMs across North America. We specialize in bringing our customers high-quality and dependable programming, design, and build solutions for their projects.

At Spring Automation, we are a family by our shared purpose: To Have Fun Building Legacies Together. We are a team that loves each other and what we do. We design and implement high-quality controls solutions. We strive for growth through diversification while maintaining a culture of teamwork and innovation. Whether we are serving our customers, community, or family, we take pride in everything we do.  When we win, we win together.


Company Contact:

Chelsey Arnold
VP, Operations
chelsey.arnold@springautomation.com


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Spring Automation Announces Move Into New Nashville Headquarters

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March 4th, 2020

SPRING AUTOMATION ANNOUNCES MOVE INTO NEW NASHVILLE HEADQUARTERS

Spring relocates to new 11,000+ sqft facility to accommodate headcount increases and a larger controls lab.

Nashville, TN -- Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 -- Spring Automation, a material handling controls integration company, announced their new company headquarters located at 720 Fessey Park Rd, Nashville, TN 37204.  The 11,000+ sqft facility will house Spring’s growing team of engineers, project managers, and installation supervisors. It will also house an expanded controls testing lab and future conveyor test loop for project bench testing and R&D.

"The Spring team is excited about the move into a space that supports Spring’s strategy of performance, culture, and community," said Chelsey Arnold, VP over Operations.  "We will grow into our new space that brings energy to the team by showing a commitment to our growth and success.  In our HQ, we are able to create an environment that fits our culture and business needs.  We are also located in a growing community that we look forward to finding opportunities to support."

Pictures of the new headquarters can be viewed below:

About Spring Automation:

Spring Automation provides material handling controls, software, and installation services to end-users, integrators, and OEMs across North America.  With over 180 years of combined controls experience, we specialize in bringing our customers high-quality and dependable programming, design, and build solutions for their projects.

At Spring Automation, we are a family by our shared purpose: To Have Fun Building Legacies Together.  We are a team that loves each other and what we do.  We design and implement high-quality controls solutions.  We strive for growth through diversification while maintaining a culture of teamwork and innovation.  Whether we are serving our customers, community, or family, we take pride in everything we do.  When we win, we win together. 

 

Company Contact:

Austin Studebaker
VP, Sales + Marketing
austin.studebaker@springautomation.com