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a backstage pass to an Italian manufacturing tour

hot_rod Member Posts: 16,344
Perhaps we all hope our children will follow us into the industry. In my son's case, Max would ride along on my install and service jobs. He had a keen interest and picked up on the concepts quickly. It seems, for Max, the business opportunities have enticed him to continue in our industry, more so than the physical labor.

Max likes the "behind the scenes" aspects. He appreciates the organization, and the how and where of the product design and manufacturing.

Together we started MAXROHR "Smart Parts for Neat Heat." We developed a line of brass pump flanges and isolation flanges back in 1994. The products hit the market at the very first RPA show at the Thunderbird Motel in Minneapolis. Max - 9 years old - manned the booth.

Recently, Max had a unique opportunity to spend a year working at a first class brass manufacturing factory in Italy. They rotated him through the different areas to get exposure to all the technology.

Returning to the US, Max worked at a very progressive wholesaler in the Chicago area. Then, the opportunity came along to move to Colorado and take a job with Shamrock Sales learning the rep business.

Tomorrow at noon central time, Max will present a 1 hour tour of the Caleffi plant and show some of the sites he visited on weekends.

With Dans permission I'd like to invite you to come along via a Go To Webinar presentation, follow this link

<a href="https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/187886553">https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/187886553</a>

<a href="https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/376387057">

While my pulling on wrenches helped make much of this possible for Max, let the young people know there are great jobs in our industry in addition to the mechanics in the field.

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Bob "hot rod" Rohr
trainer for Caleffi NA
Living the hydronic dream


  • Mark Eatherton
    Mark Eatherton Member Posts: 5,839
    Having had watched this lad grow up over the years...

    I must tell you that you and Ellen did a fantastic job of teaching this young man all he needs to know to go through life. Fantastic kid, and I look forward to working with him in the immediate future. You have my envy.

    I surrounded myself with beautiful women, some of whom adopted and further developed their "hands on skills" (we call her Martha Villa...), and I have no regrets looking back over the years, but you've got what every man hopes for. An intelligent son who works in the industry that you were brought up in. Did I mention how good he looks? Fortunately, he favors his mom ;-)

    I will have to catch the archived copy, because I will be headed West to Hydronicahhh when the show is airing.

    Congrats to you and El on raising the perfect kid ;-)

    It's not so much a case of "You got what you paid for", as it is a matter of "You DIDN'T get what you DIDN'T pay for, and you're NOT going to get what you thought you were in the way of comfort". Borrowed from Heatboy.
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 15,992
    I love that photo.

    Seems like yesterday. Max has had such broad experience since that day and he's now with a terrific company. I was at OESP and didn't get to watch the show but I hope it will be in an archive where I can see it.

    Well done, Hot Rod & Ellen!
    Retired and loving it.
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