I just wanted to thank the Baisch team for the excellent engineering, purchasing, expediting and start-up support of our recent expansion in Barton, AL. The expansion was an astounding success. Since start-up the Tissue Machine, Deink plant, Utilities and Effluent treatment plan have exceeded our expectations. Your planning, professionalism and attention to detail in developing the engineering played a critical role in this success.

—Vice President of Engineering & Maintenance, SCA Tissue North America

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Actively participating in projects, Baisch’s principals work as a team of leaders who are committed to their clients and shared core values. Their communication skills and ability to bring a group of people together to solve complex problems are significant factors in the success of Baisch’s projects. Please don’t hesitate to contact the following principals for more information on Baisch Engineering and how we can help you on your next project.

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Kurt J. Kloehn, P.E.

President, Senior Process Consultant

Kurt has 33 years of experience at Baisch and a strong background in process engineering.

As President, Kurt’s primary role is to lead the operations and strategic direction of the firm. He also serves as Senior Process Consultant on many of the firm’s projects.

Kurt uses his strong technical abilities and management skills to make vital contributions necessary for the success of Baisch Engineering.

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Todd Van Gompel, P.E.

Vice President, Executive Technical Lead, Project Manager

With Baisch for nine years, Todd is the Vice President and is a registered Professional Engineer with 19 years of experience.

As Technical Lead, Todd, in collaboration with a five-person technical team, is responsible for leading Baisch’s technical efforts to consistently deliver the highest quality integration engineering services to the industry. Todd’s Project Management experience includes detailed studies, new plant installations, and major equipment rebuilds. Clients recognize Todd to be a highly skilled Project Manager who rely on his expertise to successfully lead and manage their complex and important projects.

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John M. Forster, P.E.

Corporate Director, Organizational Development Lead, Process Engineer

John has 30 years of experience at Baisch and specializes in the design, installation, and start-up of instrumentation and control systems.

John’s responsibilities include researching and specifying field and in-line instrumentation, preparing instrument location layouts, developing engineering packages for purchasing and installing distributed control systems, and configuring DCS and PLS-based control systems.

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Brian J. Dollevoet, P.E.

Corporate Director, Electrical Department Lead, Electrical Engineer

Brian has 27 years of experience with Baisch.

His responsibilities in this role include the design and installation of industrial electrical power systems, supervising design efforts, project management, specifying electrical equipment, analyzing vendor proposals, and making recommendations for electrical equipment purchase.

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James W. Thunes, P.E.

Corporate Director, Structural Department Lead, Civil / Structural Engineer

As Corporate Director and Structural Department Lead, Jim has 20 years of experience at Baisch leading structural efforts for process buildings and heavy foundations.

His detailed engineering work includes tissue machines, retaining walls, brace frame steel buildings, rigid frame steel structures, floor slabs, heavy equipment foundations, and building renovations. Jim’s civil engineering experience includes site plans, storm and sanitary sewer projects, bridge design, and road construction and restoration.

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Lee J. St. Aubin, AIA

Principal, Architect, Project Manager

Lee has 26 years of experience at Baisch and serves as Project Architect on a wide range of commercial and industrial projects.

Lee combines technology and innovation to achieve cost effective and efficient results. His professional services include project development from inception to completion, facility master planning, scope development, construction cost estimating, project scheduling, 3D visualization, material selection, preparation of construction documents and specifications, and construction administration.

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David R. Weyers

Corporate Director, Executive Project Management Lead, Project Manager

With Baisch for 19 years, Dave has 31 years of experience in providing process engineering services.

As Project Management Lead, Dave oversees a multi-disciplined engineering team responsible for leading project management standards and systems throughout Baisch. Dave has expertise in all facets of Project Management for our general industrial clients, including overseeing funding approval through construction and commissioning of equipment; guiding equipment suppliers on proper integration; developing commissioning plans for construction checkout and startup; developing specification packages; and providing technical and commercial analysis for client purchases.

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Phillip R. Gocker

Principal, Process Resource Lead, Process Engineer

Phil has 8 years of experience at Baisch.

As a process engineer, Phil directs the HVAC, mechanical and process portions of projects. His responsibilities include the HVAC and process ventilation system design for paper/tissue machine rooms, warehouses, pulpers, MCC/electrical rooms, and office spaces.

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