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Quality Manager – Rachel Holt

AFI would like to introduce Rachel Holt
as our new quality manager as of April 2022.

She has been developing into her
role since January of 2021 working as a
quality technician throughout our facilities.
Rachel was referred to AFI by a
friend and intrigued to become a part of
our team because of our family culture.
Rachel has shown excellent motivation
to grow and learn in her career leading
her to develop strong relationships with
both customers and colleagues.
Rachel is a native to Mankato, MN. She
graduated from Minnesota Valley Lutheran
High School in Courtland, MN.
After high school, Rachel attended college
at Bethany Lutheran College where
she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in
Business Administration. Her previous
jobs have included managing teams and
processes in customer service.
Rachel’s aspirations with Associated Finishing
Inc. mirror the top qualities we
were looking for in a Quality Manager.
Her attention to detail has been a staple
to our production team. Rachel will
oversee all quality issues that may arise,
determine the root cause, complete corrective
action cases, and also document
and manage the data collection on any
given issue.
Rachel will play a pivotal role in
continuing our ISO 9001certification
and continually improving
our quality management system.
She was very involved in improving
our quality system in the
months leading up to the most
recent ISO audit and through
this process she got a in-depth
look at the strengths and opportunities
our quality system.
While she admits she has much
yet to learn, we are excited
about her willingness to push for
success into the future.
Rachel’s goals within her position
as Quality Manager are to develop
new processes that will help
the company as a whole improve
customer quality and satisfaction.
She believes Quality Managers
need to be able to act on their
observations and make strategic
suggestions about how to uphold
quality standards and improve
the accuracy of outgoing shipments.
They’re strong leaders who can
motivate and train their team with relevant
feedback and helpful suggestions.
Overall, Rachel believes that quality is
one of the most important aspects of
the industry and she is very committed
to helping this department grow!
Outside of being a Quality Manager,
Rachel’s favorite activities include exploring
nature and hiking with her dog.
She also loves kayaking down the Blue
Earth river and spending time with family
and friends.

AFI Welcomes Mick Rykhus!

Associated Finishing is proud to announce the addition of Mick Rykhus to our team!

Mick is originally from Eagle Lake, MN and attended Minnesota State University, Mankato. He graduated from MSU with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating, Mick went to work for CAT as a Manufacturing Engineer in the fabrication department for Caterpillar Work Tools in Wamego, Kansas.

We are excited to bring Mick back to the Mankato area. His title is Facilities Manager, but we will be using him in many different ways. AFI will count on his design and fabrication skills to improve our processes and create an ideal facility to best suit our customers. AFI is always on the road of continual improvement and adding Mick to the team is definitely moving us in the right direction. Welcome Mick!

Check out our new website at http://www.associatedfinishing.com

AFI at the Design 2 Part Show

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth at the Design 2 Part Show. AFI had a great showing there and we really enjoyed the chance to discuss our business with a variety of companies. The “church-key” bottle openers that we gave as a free gift were a big hit! AFI powder coated a variety of different colors and pad printed our logo on them. We gave out over 200 openers!

If you were at the show, but didn’t get a chance to talk to us, and want to learn more about our powder coating and liquid coating processes give us a call today!