Northern Plain March RETA Chapter Meeting
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When: Thursday, March 17, 2016
6pm lite evening meal, 7pm presentation
Where: Rochester Meats
1825 7th St NW
Rochester, Minnesota  55901
United States
Presenter: Greg Giegielewicz, Mulcahy
Contact: Tim Kohrs

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 The location for the meeting is 1825 7th St NW, Rochester. MN 55901, the training will be held in the Training Center directly north of the plant, on Valley High Dr. The parking lot between the plant and the Training Center can be used for parking. Should be a great meeting.



Well for some the winter is flying by. It is moving slow for me after surgery. I am doing good and on the mend. I have another doc appointment on the 17th so hopefully I get a walking cast, knee board is better than crutches but still has limitations. During this ordeal I have so many people to thank. The one that I am most thankful for is the management team at West Central Turkey for making accommodations so I can work. Living in a small town has some perks, after the first week or so Brenda went to the local gas station and talked to them about being a full service gas station for me when I start driving. Which they agreed to.  I drive up, honk the horn and out they come. The other day it was misting and the wiper blade was no good on the driver’s side so they changed it (I’m driving the car which I call the smart car, it has been driven by the 2 girls and has 6 years of college, needs some work).


The February meeting was held at J&B Group Inc. which was sponsored by SCS Engineering with Eric Teale from AIR presenting on Bob’s Replacement Pipe. I got a copy of the presentation which Bob the stick man continuing his education on the PSM standard. Thanks to Andy Fiala from SCS Engineering for sponsoring, thanks to Joe Bloch and crew for providing  a  place to have the meeting and the tour I heard was great, and thanks to Eric Teale from AIR for his presentation.


The March meeting will be held on the 17th (remember to wear green for St Patrick’s Day) at Rochester Meats starting with a lite evening meal starting around 6pm with a presentation starting at 7pm. The presentation will be given by  Greg Giegielewicz from Mulcahy.  He will be talking about pumps and VFD's. The evening will end with a tour of the engine room. Thanks to all that are making this meeting possible. As I am writing this I do not have the address for Rochester Meats nor specific parking instructions, along with which door we us. I will update as soon as I get that information.


Bret and myself will not be at this meeting. Eric Teale will champion this, Thanks Eric. Bret has had the Refrigeration Awareness Day Grand Door Prize tickets ready and Mike Schlosser will have them available at the meeting. Take and sale plenty.


We have been working on the Refrigeration Awareness Day which we have 5 presenters lined up. If anyone has any ideas on what you would like to see let Bret Swanson, Eric Teale, Lawrence Straley or myself know. We still have a couple openings for presenters if anyone is interested. Bret, Eric, Lawrence, and I will be getting together on March 24 to finalize the plans, if anyone else wants to join the meeting you are more than welcome. The exact location has not been set yet, but it will be in either Alexandria or St. Cloud so if interested let me know so you get the invite.


Tentative Schedule for the balance of this winter is:


April Meeting will be held at Mclanes in Northfield on April 21st

May 18th, 2016 will be in Alexandria Refrigeration Awareness Day


Tim Kohrs


Northern Plain Chapter of RETA

Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association
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