On Tuesday, September 12, 2023
Q&As with Travis Krieger
Travis, you’ve been with the company since 1997. How did you end up at AHT initially and what keeps you here?
I started part-time in Feb 1997 at 16 years old. My stepmom was the accounts payable clerk at AHT at the time. I never thought at 16 that 26 years later I would still be here, but AHT’s family-oriented atmosphere, dedication and loyalty to its employees has kept me focused on building a career here at AHT.
You recently changed roles at Advanced Heat Treat Corp. Tell us about that.
I recently left a nine year stretch as 3rd shift supervisor to take on a 1st shift supervisor position with a focus on supporting all departments and employee training. I have overseen both our induction department and our conventional heat treat department over the years.
You are one of the longest tenured employees at our Burton Ave. location in Waterloo, Iowa, so I’m sure you’ve likely seen a lot of changes over the years. What are a few changes that stick out to you?
In 1998, I helped move ion nitriding vessels out of our Burton Ave location to our MidPort Ave location in Waterloo, Iowa. I then watched our empty Burton plant grow to what it is today - adding more induction machines, the addition of conventional heat treat furnaces, and a large building expansion.
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When you’re not working, how do you like to spend your time?
Camping, fishing, cold beers and making memories with my family
What is something people may not know about Travis Krieger?
I have had two of my 4 children work at AHT at one point. My oldest son Alex worked here for a short period then decided to go into a different field of work. My daughter Jadah worked here for 5 years in various roles from accounting to quality while attending college. My grandfather was the lead foreman on the construction of our Midport building.
What advice would you give our customers?
If I were to tell our customers anything: 'just reach out to us'. We are here to help in any way possible to get them the best and right heat treatment process needed. We offer so many different options in heat treating and we can help figure out what process would give them the best results.
What is an accomplishment you are proud of?
I’m real proud to say I’ve been with the same company for 26 years - not many people can say that anymore.
The Burton Ave. location offers heat treatments such as through hardening, carburizing, induction hardening, etc. What is an interesting part you’ve processed in the past?
It’s been many years, but I thought it was the neatest thing when we were heat treating some titanium hip replacements.
It's pretty cool when you see a part you have heat treated in a video clip or a movie.
Now some random questions:
- Awards or Honors? Heat Treat Today’s “40 under 40” recipient (Read about it by clicking here.)
- First job: When I was 14-16, I delivered the newspaper and worked at a bakery with my mom.
- Favorite food: Pizza
- Least favorite food: Seafood
- Hobbies? Kayaking & Camping
- Pets? 1 dog
- Kids? 4
- Married? Michelle, my significant other of 13 years
- Any hidden talents? Can sleep through a tornado
Have Questions for Travis? Give him a call at 319-232-5221.
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