President’s SUITE Update

2021 2nd Quarter Recap

Ken Manninen, President

Poster with acronym SUITE
Second quarter 2021 has had its ups and downs. We are extremely busy with a full backlog of orders. Several machines are in process, but supply chain issues are continuing to pop up. We have been working closely with our key suppliers to head-off supply interruptions, but even something as simple as a “fuse” can prevent us from fully completing a project. A lot of time and energy is being expended to finding alternates to keep things flowing. Adversity brings innovation – some of our workarounds are forcing us to find alternate components or methods, which has brought some unintended positive outcomes.
Alliance strives to be on the forefront of sustainability in products, processes and people.


If you are wondering – Can Alliance do BIG parts cleaning systems? The answer is absolutely. We just completed an extremely large multi-stage conveyorized machine for cleaning newly manufactured pots and pans. With the coming of COVID and the pandemic, many people who otherwise would have been dining out, found themselves having to cook at home. As we all know, cooking at home requires pot, pans and all the accessories. This system is not only big, but we also incorporated several new and unique features that are important for ease of maintenance on a machine that is nearly 80’ long and has an 8’ wide conveyor belt.


Test facility – Our test facility is fully operational. We will have full testing capabilities for both aqueous parts cleaning and vacuum degreasing. Our recent Demo Days in June was a great success. We had several Representatives, Chemical Partners and Customers in to view and run machines. If you are currently using any type of open top solvent degreaser, start to prepare yourself for EPA phase-outs of many widely used solvents. Fortune 500 companies are ahead of the curve and putting new systems in place to replace antiquated machines. We stand ready to assist with Aqueous, Modified Alcohol, Hydrocarbon or VOC-exempt solvents. Sustainable cleaning processes are the way of the future.


I want to send a special welcome to the most recent additions to the Alliance team:

Reid Baumhardt, CAD Technician

Reid is currently studying to achieve his Mechanical Technology Degree from Moraine Park Technical College. While away from work, he enjoys anything mechanical, from fixing things around the house to building creative devices.

Ryan Bortner, Mechanical Assembler

In Ryan’s free time, he likes to build things, take apart and re-assemble Harley’s, and remodel homes. His recently just finished remodeling his own home with his dad! Ryan is a very hands-on guy and enjoys doing just about anything that involves creating something.

Happy anniversary!

Jan Guell, Part Sales Specialist

Jan is celebrating his 20th year anniversary with Alliance. Over the years Jan has worked in various capacities in customer service, part sales, and shipping. I want to extend a special thank you to Jan for his many years of dedicated service.

SUITE Employee Award – The SUITE award is an open vote process by our peers, to quarterly recognize an individual within the company that has gone above and beyond for their co-workers. This quarter’s SUITE award goes to…

Jason Krug, Senior Mechanical Engineer

Jason’s co-workers commented:
  • Jason does a great job of helping the shop solve problems with machine builds.
  • He is a great support to the Sales team during the kick-off and design of machines.
  • Patiently guides the new Engineers on the workings of the Alliance processes.
  • Always willing to jump right in and help problem solve.
  • Jason works hard, is a team player and has a great attitude!
Thanks Jason! Keep up the good work!
We are currently hiring for several positions, so if you have a friend or colleague looking for a new opportunity, please have them send us a resume.
We are here for YOUR cleaning needs!
Alliance Manufacturing, Inc.
Ken Manninen