Get to Know WINCO – Dan

WINCO has over 80 full-time employees. We want you to meet them!


Name: Dan Curran
Title: Service Manager
Hobbies: Hiking, fishing, camping.


Q: How long have you been at WINCO?
A: 3 years


Q: Tell me about your family.
A: Melissa and I have been together for 10 years. We have a daughter, Chloe, who is 9. We are from Minnesota, but lived out in California for 7 years. We each have our own cat.

Birthday
King & Cleo

Q: Congratulations on your new position as our Service Manager! Tell me about your background.
A: Starting as a young kid, I have always been interested in electro-magnetism and rotating equipment. I assembled my first DC motor from a kit when I was 9. I received a Marine Technician Certificate from Universal Technical Institute. I was certified by many outboard motor manufacturers. I worked for marine dealerships for six years.

Before starting at WINCO, I spent 7 years as an overhead crane & hoist technician and quickly took on the role of Sales & Service Manager. At WINCO, I use my past experience to continually grow in the power generation industry, when troubleshooting units out in the field.


Fun Fact: There are multiple Dan’s at Winco, this Dan goes by 3.1


Jeffers Petroglyphs, MN

Q: Where is your favorite spot to hike?
A: My favorite places are in the mountains. There aren’t any mountains in Minnesota, so I have to settle for cliffs. The best place in MN are Blue Mounds State Park and the north shore of Lake Superior.

Q: Have any favorite fishing holes?
A: I have a lot of ‘sleeper’ spots I like to go to. I don’t tell anyone which lakes, to keep them from getting too crowded. I mostly like just being on the water.


Thank you for taking time to talk to me!

If you’re ever in the area, stop by and be sure to say ‘hi’ to Dan!

See you soon!

– Big Dog

Get to Know WINCO – Mike

WINCO has around 80 full-time employees. We want you to meet them!

Name: Mike Bohnsack
Department: Final assembly
Hobbies: Hobby farm, hunting & fishing

Q: How long have you been at WINCO?
A: About a year and a half


Q: Tell me a little about your family.
A: Michelle and I have been together for 6 years. We have two sons, Bennett and Nathaniel.


Q: What do you hunt for?
A: Mainly deer.

Do you have a favorite spot?
A: I usually hunt on my in-law’s property.


Q: Do you fish year round or for a certain season? Do you keep what you catch?
A: I fish all year. I keep most everything I catch.


Q: I heard you were in the paper, what was that about?
A: Michelle has a flower business. We have a 40′ x 40′ flower garden. We sell them at local farmer’s markets on the weekends and she makes arrangements for special occasions.


FUN FACT: Mike is 6’8″ tall!


Q: What kinds of animals do you have at your hobby farm?
A: We raise cattle and chickens for meat. We will be getting some pigs next year. We also have our dog , Diesel, and a lot of farm cats too.


Thank you for taking time to talk to me!

If you’re ever in the area, stop by and be sure to say ‘hi’ to Mike!

See you soon!

– BIG DOG

If you want to join our Big Dog Team, see what positions we have open and fill out an application here!

Big Dog’s Big Adventures

2022 has been a big year for me! Starting out with local parades and going for car rides around Minnesota attending trade shows. Although the year isn’t done yet, I thought I’d share some highlights!

PARADES

Starting in June, I made my debut appearance at two parades. Cherry Creek Days and the Le Center Fire Department 125th Anniversary celebration. I recently was at the Dozinky Days Parade and have one more left to attend in December. My WINCO friends and I have enjoyed handing out candy and can coozies!

SHOWS

I also hit the road to attend a few fairs and expos around Minnesota, including Nicollet County Fair, Le Sueur County Fair, FarmFest, and a Spray Foam World Wide event. Mother Nature also made a guest appearance; two of the shows were hit by tornadoes. Don’t worry, I was safe!


I had a great summer and I hope you did too! See you soon!

– BIG DOG

Get to Know WINCO – Melinda

WINCO has around 80 full-time employees. We want you to meet them!

Melinda Wedding

Name: Melinda Jindra
Department: Purchasing
Hobbies: Camping, our hobby farm

Q: How long have you been at WINCO?
A: 5 months


Q: Tell me about your family.
A: My husband, Mike, and I have been married for two years. We have a daughter Riley, who will soon become a big sister. We are expecting a little girl.

Melinda & Mike
Melinda and Riley

Q: What is your hobby farm like?
A: We have pigs, chickens, dogs, kittens, cows, and crops.


Melinda Camping

Q: Where do you like to go camping?
A: We go anywhere. Mostly, we like to go to Winona and Pioneer Power. We usually go camping twice a year.


Duluth

Q: What is your favorite place in Minnesota?
A: Duluth.



Thank you for taking time to talk to me!

If you’re ever in the area, stop by and be sure to say ‘hi’ to Melinda!

– BIG DOG

How We Prepare for Service School

When we developed service school many decades ago, our concept was simple; to assist our Service Dealers on becoming more familiar with our product line.

Today, we continue to evolve Service School courses that teach best practices to our Service Dealers. These in-depth courses should give peace of mind to WINCO generator owners that with proper servicing, they can expect years of dependable power.


Creating Courses

Classroom
Courses include in-depth discussions based on course content, depending on the generator grouping. It is our goal to teach an understanding of how our generators work and are maintained. Instructing departments include service, engineering, and sales.

Snip-it from the load balancing course

Hands-On Planning
Coming up with the best and most beneficial hands-on labs is a crucial part of planning. Our technical support team uses feedback from the field to get and accurate picture of what our Service Dealers are facing.

We team up with our Engineers to create training aids that get our course participants working on actual equipment that is found in the field.

In this picture, we installed two ASCO transfer switches that are fully operational. This set-up is designed to simulate failures, test operation sequences, test operations, and help find faults.

There are similar set ups for other generator components that require troubleshooting.

Our generator end and controller labs will assist with testing and how to service them.


Scheduling

Theses are a few factors when scheduling Service Schools throughout the year.

Weather

First off, we are located in Minnesota, weather is a constant factor; especially the snow. While it can be a better time for some, not everyone wants to enjoy a Minnesota winter.

Factory

Heavy coordination from all other departments is needed when setting dates. Our factory stays live during service school, allowing us to provide tours throughout the entire facility. We take pride in what we do and enjoy showcasing our growing capabilities.


How To Sign Up

The best way to get our Service School announcements is to be subscribed to our emails. If you would like to be added, contact your Account Manager at WINCO.

We will also make announcements on our LinkedIn and Facebook pages. Be sure to follow us so you don’t miss out!


Be on the lookout for me at Service School. See you soon!

– BIG DOG