Enjoy Your Family and Friends

As many of us gather together for the holidays we may get to see (or have to see) family members and old friends we do not normally visit. I particularly enjoy this time of year (not only for the food) but I get to see my 2 cousins, 1 who lives in Texas and the other in North Carolina. This is the only time we can ALL get together and this year is a little more special as one of my cousins gets to meet our new son for the first time.

My family celebrates the same way a lot of families do, by preparing a lot of food, complete with all the trimmings. As most families have their own tradition, mine isn’t much different. After we say grace, we start at one end of the table and work our way around so everyone has a chance to give thanks for their blessings. I personally am thankful for more than words could ever express. I have a beautiful wife, who supports me through all life’s craziness. I’m blessed beyond measure to have 2 wonderful, healthy boys who I cherish more than anything and a family I can confide in and turn to whenever needed.

The other thing I have been particularly blessed with is my job. I have an awesome job! I am truly thankful that I work for a company who values it’s customers and it’s employees just the same. I have only been here a short time, but it has truly been the best year and a half of my career.

Our offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday of this week and next week so our employees can celebrate Christmas and the new year with their families. Everyone has a tradition, and whatever yours is, I hope you celebrate to the fullest and enjoy each other’s company. We never know what tomorrow brings so be thankful for the days you have and live life to it’s fullest. Have a blessed and Merry Christmas!

Justin Nicholl
Application Engineer
justinnicholl@exair.com
@EXAIR_JN

 

 

Kentucky Family Racing In Mexico

This year marks the second year in a row that one of our EXAIR team members will be racing in the SCORE-International Baja 1000.   While I am extremely envious (not to mention mad at myself for not going), we all wish we could be there to support him and his family as they try to complete the torturous event.  The Longshore Racing team has made nothing but improvements over last year when they completed over 600 miles of the event but ultimately were brought down by part failures.

2014 Baja 1000 UTV 1943
2014 Baja 1000 UTV 1943

Since then, they have completely rebuilt the vehicle and learned a tremendous amount about what they need and implemented it all for this year’s event.  The team is a family affair for one of our Design Engineers, Ryan Longshore, his father, brother, and mother all play a significant role.

Longshore Racing's Favorite Taco Stand
Longshore Racing’s Favorite Taco Stand

 

The group definitely knows that when you want to achieve and excel, you have to work hard. I wish them the best of luck in this year’s race.   Here’s a picture of the team launching from the start line.

The 2015 Longshore Racing Baja 1000 Starting Launch
The 2015 Longshore Racing Baja 1000 Starting Launch

Ryan and his team managed to make it past halfway this year, before snapping frame welds that could not be overcome. He came back with another year’s worth of experience and knowledge, while still maintaining his resolve to someday conquer the course.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer Manager
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF

 

Cookouts Are Awesome

Here at EXAIR we truly are a team.  When everyone bands together and gets everything done right it shows.   Yesterday we had the luxury of getting lunch cooked for us by the President and owner.  Whenever good things happen around here they treat us with a belly filling cookout. Heck, even if it’s been a while since the last cookout they will come up with a reason to serve us.  We can order our choice of different style burgers and even have a few special orders which facilitate different diets.  They have been cooking out for us for so many years that the process is down to a science and we are always sitting down to lunch exactly at our normal lunch hours. The spread is deliciously nice and it’s always good to see everyone from all departments getting together for a nice sit down lunch.

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(Pictures are of what is left after everyone made their way through.)
(They also don’t show the other half which was salad bar and of course deserts!)

In many ways the cookout process resembles the way we treat customers… We never need an excuse to treat you well, we can make custom products for your unique processes – if we don’t already make what you need, our products have been shipped 99.9% on time for a ridiculously long time (ever since we started tracking it 18 years ago), and we are confident you will be pleased with the products. I guess you could say EXAIR’s company culture serves both internal and external customers.

Times like this are when I know I am a part of the right company, one that not only is the leader of Intelligent Compressed Air Products, but also a company that is based on a solid foundation that takes care of its employees.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF

Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I’m blessed beyond measure to be able to spend this day, for the twentieth consecutive time, at the home of Grandpa Harry…my wife’s grandfather. I’ll be having dinner with him, his six children and their spouses, most of their children (my wife included), and THEIR children (among them, my sons). It takes four rooms to seat everyone, but nobody leaves hungry.

Speaking of being blessed, it’s not the only – or even the first – Thanksgiving dinner for me this year. Last Sunday, the boys and I had dinner with my best friend Andrew and his son – the ones we’ve spent the last eight Father’s Day weekends camping with – at his mother’s home, which we’ve also been doing for years now. After dinner, the five of us always take a hike down the railroad tracks that run through Pleasant Plain, Ohio. Sometimes we head east, sometimes west…this time, we went west. As Andrew and I watched the boys run ahead of us, we decided to turn and head back when we reached a certain pond. As we walked on, we both marveled that the boys, who surely hadn’t heard us, took a sudden turn towards that very pond. It could have been coincidence, but we chose to believe that the five of us are all just like-minded. Which is true, regardless of the reason they might have actually headed for the pond.

Also on the subject of being blessed…and turkey dinners…my wife brought home a modest-sized bird from the grocery store the other day, to cook up on Friday. Plans are to spend the day at home, decking the halls and putting up the Christmas tree, and playing board games.

EXAIR, like a lot of American businesses, will be closed until Monday. Whatever your plans are for the holiday weekend, I wish, for you and yours, the richest of blessings. If you’re spending this time treasuring each others’ company, then that’s a wish well wished.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
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Recap Of Mother’s Day Week 2013

This has been a busy week; here at EXAIR and at home.  Between Mother’s Day on Sunday, EXAIR Softball Practice on Tuesday and Thursday, some new product releases and finally ending tonight with a night of me watching my daughters while my wife enjoys a night out with friends.

First, for Mother’s day I found a project to build a squirrel feeder out of a fence post and glass jar.   So I built the feeder and the present from our daughters is that they get to decorate it with their mom.  (The squirrels are lucky that we don’t own a bedazzler …yet).

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Second, as my blog last week mentioned, the Softball team is coming together.  A good number of us went to a local field and hit the ball around for a few hours Thursday. It was nice to leave all the titles behind and just be a group of friends playing ball.  I do have to mention that so far we have had no injuries, other than lots of soreness from unused muscles.

No drip

Third on the list is that EXAIR is offering a full line of No Drip Atomizing Liquid Spray Nozzles now,   if you have a precious liquid, or if you can’t have over spray or dripping of the liquid then our No Drip Nozzles are the solution to your problems. The new nozzles don’t require an extra valve or separate air line.  Simply install it just like any other Atomizing Spray Nozzle from our line and then when the air pressure reaches 30 psig the internal valve will open allowing liquid flow.  Simply turn off the compressed air to stop the flow and not a single drip of liquid will escape.

As for tonight, the plans will be determined by a three year old and I will simply be the chauffeur.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF

So many hobbies…. So little time

In case you haven’t read my previous blog posts I tend to blog quite a bit about my hobbies.  I tend to consider myself a jack of all trades, as I like to think I know enough about most subjects to at least get me in trouble.  My hobbies include, motorcycles, marksmanship, anything with an engine, spending time with family, video games, juggling, working on electronics, wood working, car stereos, designing gadgets, and even photography.  Some of my hobbies are projects that I have around my home that are all in some stage of being done.  I tend to float from one to the other when I start to hit a wall on one I will simply walk to another and work on it to help get a fresh mind with the first.  Slowly but surely they all get completed in a timely manner and I’m always pleased with the outcome.

One of the projects I currently have is a 1970’s pinball machine my parents had in their basement.  While it halfway works it is a true wiring nightmare.  This is one project that may get terminated due to the cost of repairs needed.   However, I do love the hum all the electro-mechanical switches make when you kick it on.  It’s not like all the new computerized units where you don’t hear the relays arching and the levers kicking.  I am normally tinkering on this during the winter months when it is too cold to be out in the garage.

                                                     

The two hobbies that I feel help me to relax and bring the most enjoyment are photography and motorcycles.  That’s why whenever I am out on a ride as soon as we stop the camera comes out.  Or in most cases now, the GoPro gets slapped on the bike before we leave with a full battery and empty memory card.  When at Deal’s Gap last week I was running three cameras, one on my bike, one on the bike my brother in-law was one, and one on my father in-laws Honda Pilot.  Since I was in the lead and I am a little more advanced in riding than the others I was only in their video until we got to the start of Deal’s Gap.

When I was going through “The Gap” there are all kinds of overlooks and views that you can pull off an overlook the Smokeys.  For this trip I was more focused on letting my knee pucks touch that lovely Tennessee asphalt.  Now for the rest of the trip I was the guy behind the camera the entire time.  I was constantly snapping pictures of Madelyn and my wife, Beth, along with all of the in-laws.  I took hundreds of pictures through the week and well over 30 GB of video on the GoPros.

The problem then comes to time to process all of these.  As I type this blog in one window I’m converting the video from my father in-laws trip through Deal’s Gap in another so I can post it to Youtube.  Time seems to be getting less and less available for these hobbies and life doesn’t seem to slow down at all.  I find that most nights I will be sitting on the couch much like Lee Evans was in his blog yesterday, and have a laptop on trying to either weed through pictures or process and edit video.  While this does get stressful because I feel that I am behind on getting videos out and pictures sent to family, it is still relaxing because as I am looking through the pictures or clipping videos I get to relive those moments.  The reason I am always doing this at night after Madelyn has gone to sleep and Beth and I have discussed the days events and what the next day holds, is there is no time like the present for family or friends.  You never know when that time will end.  So whether you’re in the middle of a sentence in your blog, or making that final cut for that furniture project make sure you take a minute to just be together with the ones you love, turn off the phones, TV, and all the other technology.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer / Jack of All Trades
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF