ITASCA, Ill. — Ellis Corporation, a manufacturer of commercial laundry, water heating and wastewater systems, announced the appointment of two veteran technical professionals to its staff.
Josh Stewart has been named Technical Support Engineer and will operate out of Milwaukee. Steward started work with Ludell, an Ellis subsidiary, working in assembly, following in the footsteps of his father, who was a welder for Ludell for 20 years. Due to his mechanical abilities, Josh was promoted up to the technical staff after just eight months on the line. With a solid grounding on the mechanics of Ludell equipment, he was selected to cross-train on Ellis laundry machinery as part of an initiative to broaden the skills and expertise of Ellis technicians. This will allow them to oversee installations and trouble shoot for multiple types of equipment across the Ellis and Ludell brands. This is especially effective and beneficial to customers since a large number of Ellis laundry systems are used in conjunction with Ludell systems as well. Being sent out to service equipment across the country fits in with his enjoyment of sight-seeing and hiking.
Russell Stout has also been appointed Technical Support Engineer and will be based out of Phoenix. A 20- year Navy veteran, Stout used his technical skills to keep things running on USS Elrod (FFG 55), a guided missile frigate which served in the Atlantic, the Persian Gulf, the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and the Caribbean. He also served as maintenance coordinator for the Navy radio and TV station in Guantanamo Bay. In his spare time, he likes to travel to San Diego to golf and get together with his Navy buddies. Stout’s biggest technical challenge to date was keeping Elrod operational despite budget cuts and lack of proper parts. Relying on a network of fellow sailors to find spare parts and pieces as needed, he brings with him an innate ability to think outside of the box due to this experience.
Image: Stout (L) / Stewart (R)