Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Gilbert Energy Forum July 1, 2010

We've been invited to exhibit and would like to invite friends of Colnatec to join us tomorrow evening. It's a free event. Here's the information:

Energy Forum
Sponsored by the Town of Gilbert

Date/Time: July 1st, Thursday | 7- 8:30 p.m.
Location: Council Chambers | 50 East Civic Center Drive | Gilbert, Arizona

Part One (7-7:20 p.m.)
• Overview of Town initiatives related to energy conservation
• Highlights of Gilbert energy companies

Part Two (7:20-8:10 p.m.)
Special Guest Speaker: L. Douglas Smoot, Professor Emeritus, Dean Emeritus, Energy Consultant
Energy & Climate Change
Meeting the energy needs of our country in a secure, clean and cost effective way is a major national challenge. It has become far more difficult with international concerns over global warming and climate change. This illustrated presentation will consider the challenges of meeting America’s energy needs while addressing climate change and how they are interrelated. Potential energy sources will be identified and their timeliness for use will be compared. Five commonly held misconceptions regarding energy sources and climate change will be discussed and possible causes and questions of climate change will be noted. Win-win directions for our country will be identified. An effort will be made to present this complicated information in a general, understandable way.

Part Three (8:10-8:30 p.m.)
• Questions/Answers

Saturday, June 26, 2010

What a week!

What a week we've had! First, Scott and son, Phil, drove a truck loaded with our production equipment from Greenville, SC to Gilbert. A long, hot journey to say the least. We got it all unloaded and set up, and within hours, we were in full production. We had a minor glitch when a chiller went down, but fortunately there's Chiller City in Mesa, and they just happened to have a rebuilt chiller in stock and ready to go for a reasonable price. We stopped by after hours to pick it up and we were back in business.

Then, we did some follow up interviews with office manager candidates and found Tina who started 2 days later, just in time for process walkthroughs on our ERP system. She's taking to it like a duck to water! Tina mentioned a friend, and while we really didn't think we were quite ready to hire a production person yet, we interviewed her and liked her so much for the manufacturing tech position, we called her back an hour after she left to offer her the job! Welcome to Colnatec, Sheryl! She's still working at another job so won't start for us until Scott returns and can train her. We're all really looking forward to it.

So, not only did we hire two employees, move gear and start production, begin process walkthroughs on NetSuite, our cloud-based ERP system that we go live with on July 1st (and have been configuring since April), we also shipped our first products from Arizona! In fact, we shipped several. It's now time to turn this engine on and really get her humming. Once our new hires are fully trained and in charge, it'll be "Katie bar the door" ;) We are ready to take on the world.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Employee #1

Very exciting news! We've "hired" our first employee! Technically she will be working on a contract for a couple of weeks while we get all our ducks in a row, but her first task will be to hire herself...that is, put all the things in place to begin hiring, like setting up payroll, benefits and so on. I've started a long list of projects for her, so she'll no doubt have tons to keep her busy. Welcome aboard, Tina!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Article about Colnatec in the Phoenix Business Journal

Colnatec receives $100k to develop specialized thin-film sensor 

A Gilbert company received a $100,000 federal research grant last month for development of a sensor to help manufacture thin-film solar panels and displays.

The money from the U.S. Department of Energy will help ColnaTec LLC push its research to a more commercial stage. The company already is drawing interest from foreign companies, said co-founder and CEO Wendy Jameson.

“We’re going out to talk to (organic light-emitting diode) manufacturers in Korea,” she said. “The optics are [also] a big portion of what we’re doing, along with solar.”

Organic light-emitting diodes, known as OLEDs, are a small but growing force in the video display business. Their manufacturing methods are similar to those of thin-film solar modules, as both are made by placing materials on thin metals. [Follow link to read remainder of article]

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

New Sales Channel for 6 countries!

Today we inked an exclusive distributorship agreement with AcePlus Technology Services of Penang, Malaysia. They will be selling our crystal sensors, new hardware and electronics in Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia. We're thrilled to see our products making their way into new territories, and we're very happy to have a world class organization like AcePlus representing us!