Archive for March, 2017

Cold Spring Brewing Co. Recognizes Maintenance Planner Brian Topp for 13 Years of Excellent Service

COLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Company (CSBC), the #1 producer of exclusive beer and craft beer brands for major retailers throughout the world, is pleased to recognize Brian Topp, Maintenance Planner for 13 years of outstanding work in maintenance at CSBC facilities.

Topp began working as a Line Maintenance Technician for CSBC in 2004, after graduating from Alexandria Technical College and working for Douglas Machine in Alexandria. Topp’s background in automation in a production environment has made him a valuable addition to CSBC’s team. As Maintenance Planner, Topp wears many hats. He coordinates work for the maintenance staff, handles quotes for work and equipment and keeps CSBC running as smoothly as possible.

“My goal every day is to eliminate production downtime. I like to keep everything running smoothly,” said Topp. “Our facility runs 24 hours a day, 5 days a week. Our operations are highly efficient, and we’re always improving.” Topp has extensive experience working directly with production equipment, and he enjoys teaching, coaching and sharing his knowledge with the rest of the maintenance team. They’re a tight-knit group of hard working craft beer enthusiasts. “We all enjoy taste testing new brews when we’re off the clock! Keeping up with the industry is a fun part of working at CSBC.”

The role of Maintenance Planner for a large-scale production facility is never dull. Between scheduled downtime for preventative maintenance and unexpected events, Topp’s team keeps busy. Quick power outages can wreak havoc on processing equipment, and with the extremely windy conditions experienced by most of Minnesota in March, it was a busy month for Topp. “My top priority is to keep our equipment running without ever having unscheduled breakdowns,” said Topp.

Last year, CSBC produced over 26 million cases of product, and is positioned to increase output in 2017. With a 300,000-square-foot expansion in the works, a maintenance planner’s job never ends. “The expansion will certainly increase our workload, which is exciting. We’ll install state-of-the-art equipment to maximize efficiency in the new facility,” continued Topp. “There are a lot of opportunities to increase automation. We’re looking forward to producing more than ever before.”

CSBC is a state-of-the-art brewery and beverage product developer and producer that includes Third Street Brewhouse and Monarch Custom Beverages.

Third Street Brewhouse’s tap house is open on Fridays from 4-8pm and Saturdays from 12-5pm.

Cold Spring Brewing Co. Announces Amanda Trovall as Receptionist

COLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Company (CSBC), the #1 producer of exclusive beer and craft beer brands for major retailers throughout the world is pleased to announce Amanda Trovall as Receptionist.

Trovall brings a fun energy to the front of the house at the Third Street Brewhouse facility, providing a knowledgeable, friendly face to greet all guests. She joined the CSBC team as a receptionist in 2016 after having worked in both the fashion and real estate industries. Trovall has experience running boutique clothing stores and in property management with Granite City Real Estate, which translates well to administrative duties for CSBC.

“I was ready to make a career change so I jumped at the opportunity with Cold Spring,” said Trovall, a Clearwater, MN native. “I’d heard great things about the company and I knew my experience and skills are well suited for administration. It’s a great fit. I love my job.”

Trovall is the first stop and security check-in point for customers, vendors, contractors and employees alike. She has her finger on the pulse of the facility, knowing who’s coming, who’s going and any events scheduled anywhere on the CSBC campus. Trovall greatly enjoys the ever-changing aspect a reception job provides. Every day is different so her duties, responsibilities and priorities adjust as necessary. “You never know who (or what!) is going to come through that door; it’s really fun and it keeps me on my toes,” continued Trovall.

She also assists in the taproom, which is conveniently located right behind her desk. She helps with samplings and walk-in tours of the brewhouse, brewing facility and (for summer tours) the packaging facility. “I’ve expanded my taste for craft beer, too. There are so many great beers out there, but you can’t go wrong with a Hop Lift IPA!”

Learning more about the craft brewing industry comes with the territory for CSBC employees. “The entire brewing process is fascinating,” said Trovall. “Having never worked in the production and manufacturing industry, I’ve already learned so much. Everyone here has so much knowledge to share and the company supports employees seeking opportunities to grow.”

CSBC is a state-of-the-art brewery and beverage product developer and producer that includes Third Street Brewhouse and Monarch Custom Beverages.

Third Street Brewhouse’s tap house is open on Fridays from 4-8pm and Saturdays from 12-5pm. Visit Third Street’s website at www.thirdstreetbrewhouse.com for additional information, locations and a full list of beers.

Cold Spring Brewing Co. Announces Randy Topp as Maintenance Planner

COLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Company (CSBC), the #1 producer of exclusive beer and craft beer brands for major retailers throughout the world is pleased to announce the promotion of Randy Topp to Maintenance Planner.

After working as a union laborer for over 13 years in the Twin Cities, Topp was looking further his career closer to his home in Eden Valley. He spent over a year with the process control team at CSBC before transitioning to Maintenance Planner in December 2016.

“Cold Spring’s leadership team recognizes and rewards hard work,” said Topp. “They value staff at all levels. If you put forth the effort, you will succeed in this company. They’ve given me a chance at a great opportunity.”

As Maintenance Planner, Topp enjoys day-to-day interactions with maintenance staff and vendors, and oversees building and grounds maintenance for the entire CSBC campus including Third Street Brewhouse and CSBC shipping and receiving warehouses. Topp also coordinates process control and utility maintenance. “I wake up every day excited to come to work. Truly!” said Topp. “No two days are the same. There are always new challenges and that I’m constantly learning.”

CSBC experienced incredible growth in 2016, and announced plans to expand the company’s shipping facility by 300,000 square feet. Topp and his team are well positioned to support the additional infrastructure. “It is fun and exciting to be part of a company with so much opportunity to grow – there’s always more to do and learn,” continued Topp.

CSBC is a state-of-the-art brewery and beverage product developer and producer that includes Third Street Brewhouse and Monarch Custom Beverages.

Third Street Brewhouse’s tap house is open on Fridays from 4-8pm and Saturdays from 12-5pm.

Cold Spring Brewing Co. Announces Andy Juelich as Process Improvement Manager

COLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Company (CSBC), the #1 producer of exclusive beer and craft beer brands for major retailers throughout the world, announced Andy Juelich as Process Improvement Manager.

Juelich is no stranger to the beverage industry with nearly a decade of experience. Prior to joining CSBC in 2009, Juelich had the opportunity to work and intern at Leinenkugels Brewing Co., as a Quality Control Technician, where his passion for the beer industry grew and he began developing his skills in process management. In addition to his experience in the field, Juelich attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, WI, where he gained a Bachelor of Science in Food Chemistry.

In his role as Process Improvement Manager, Juelich acts as an advisor, combining logistics with management to develop effective, organized work systems that produce quality products in an efficient manner. “My job is sort of being like a life coach,” said Juelich. “It’s my job to get out and talk to staff about prioritizing issues and investigating problems to determine the best practices for our operations.”

Juelich’s position will also be important for the upcoming expansion of the company’s shipping facility, where Juelich will be working closely with the team to determine equipment, layout, and effective procedures for the new expansion. “We will work to decide what the new facility should have, what we want and what we really need,” says Juelich. “I love that CSBC is always changing and striving to be the best for our future endeavors.”

Cold Spring Brewing Co. Announces Dan Luethmers as PLC Technician

COLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Company (CSBC), the #1 producer of exclusive beer and craft beer brands for major retailers throughout the world, announced Dan Luethmers as Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Technician.

Luethmers brings over a decade of PLC experience to the CSBC team. Prior to joining CSBC in 2011, Luethmers held PLC related positions at Douglas Machine in Alexandria, MN and Park Industries in St. Cloud, MN. In addition to his work experience, Luethmers also holds a degree in Programmable Logic Controls from Alexandria Technical and Community College.

PLC technicians work with digital computers programmed for the process control of manufacturing processes, such as Production lines. In his current role, Luethmers maintains controls throughout the facility, ensuring that all systems are running properly. He also works with the maintenance and production teams to determine more efficient practices, as well as consulting and troubleshooting equipment for packaging beverage products. Along with programming, Luethmers also creates 3D drawings from multiple applications at CSBC which include line layout, facility updates, parts.
“No day is the same here and I love that,” said Luethmers.“I might be out on the floor one minute and be in the office working on a program to update the systems the next.”

Luethmers’ position will also be important for the upcoming expansion of the company’s shipping facility, where Luethmers will be helping out the maintenance team to determine the new layout of the production line. “I’m excited to see what the new expansion has in store and to see a full functioning production line,” says Luethmers. “I can’t wait!”