MGS Inc is excited to welcome our new Military Products Division Account Manager, Erik Wilburn, to the MGS family. Erik is Mechanical Engineer and graduate of the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. Erik brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team, and we’re looking forward to watching him grow in his new position. Welcome aboard Erik!
Chris Steinman Receives 2019 NATM Outstanding Member Award
The National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) named Chris Steinman, MGS Incorporated, the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Member Award. The Outstanding Member award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to NATM and the trailer manufacturing industry.
Chris’ career began more than 25 years ago at Marathon Equipment Company. His work included trailers, but also truck bodies, containers, and compactors. In 1996, he joined MGS Incorporated in Denver, Penn. as Engineering Manager. Tasked with custom designs and aggressive design cycles, Chris regularly applied international, federal, state, and local standards, regulations and codes. He also designed, implemented, and maintained a CAD system using a combination of engineering software.
In 2000, Chris was promoted to Vice President of Engineering and Information Systems for MGS Incorporated. In this role he directs all engineering activities for the company, serves on the Senior Management Team and Quality Team helping to create and implement a number of programs and metrics to ensure the company continues to adhere to rigorous standards of competency and quality. But his work in the trailer industry has extended beyond MGS’s facility.
In 2011, Chris joined the NATM Board of Directors, and he recently concluded his tenure in February of 2019. During that time, he chaired the NATM Technical Committee multiple times and later served as a member of the same committee. His thoughtful approach, strict adherence to the mission of trailer safety, and strong understanding of federal regulations and engineering practices made him an invaluable member of both his committee and the Board. Chris could always be counted on for a straightforward opinion. He wasn’t quick to make decisions, taking in all facts and opinions and asking thoughtful questions that showed his concern not only for the short term result, but also long term impact.
His technical expertise was also guided by his strong grasp of business administration. His years of managing, directing, and serving on senior level teams was evident. The marriage of technical and business acumen made Chris an incredible contributor to NATM and its projects. NATM is better for the many contributions he made.
Kevin and his Wife D’Ann participated in a full marathon along with D’Ann’s sister Dawn Gartrell. This event Started out at about 6,000ft in the Poudre Canyon and ended in Old Town Fort Collins. This event was also a Boston Marathon Qualifier.
The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon. In order to participate, you must first qualify by completing a Boston-qualifying marathon under a certain amount of time. The Colorado Marathon is one of the best marathons to qualify for the Boston Marathon because of the downhill course. The gradual decline in elevation gives runners a fast advantage that not many other Boston qualifier races provide. In fact, each year the Colorado Marathon qualifies 16-18 percent of all participants.
Just so we are clear…… a marathon is defined as: A long-distance running race, strictly one of 26 miles 385 yards (42.195 km).
Although Kevin’s wife D’Ann has run in one other marathon, this was the first for Kevin and Dawn
All three finished very well with no issues. This is a great achievement and we hope you will join us in congratulating Kevin for completing this event!