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Herb Burfield
Herb has worked in the electronics industry for more than 35 years. In the first 15 of his working years he was involved in component level servicing of military, consumer, and industrial equipment. For the last 20 plus years he has been primarily involved in industrial automation control systems design, programming, and industrial production equipment service. Herb’s expertise, dedication, and success in developing cost effective control solutions that meet his customers needs have earned him the reputation as a systems integration leader in Western Wisconsin. Herb has served on the executive board of the LaCrosse chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
Joe Stammeyer
Joe has been involved with Industrial Controls, Automation, and electrical work for the past 15 years. His career started after graduating from Northeast Iowa Community College in 1990 with an AAS degree. Joe has real world knowledge in the design and fabrication of electrical control systems, working in industries varying from cold rolled steel pipe manufacturing to concrete plant control and paint line control. At a leading fastener manufacturing plant, he was able to successfully design and implement numerous control systems. These included PLC control of cold heading machines, and punch presses, part inspection, and implementation of AC/DC drives with numerous applications. His next position was at a leading temperature control manufacturing plant. Joe's position at this plant required him to design control panels, develop wiring diagrams, and monitor the assembly of multiple contiguous projects. Now with Industrial Automation, Joe has been involved with projects varying from wood handling to punch press control, printing press operation, and robotic programming. He looks forward to continuing to provide automation and control solutions both to local and national businesses that are looking to get ahead in the world of automated manufacturing and control.
Alex Spatchek
Alex began working with automated industrial machinery in 2011 as a CNC operator and maintenance technician. Graduating from Western Technical College with an AAS degree, he shifted his focus to automated systems integration and joined the team at Industrial Automation in 2013. He is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art control solutions to fit both new and existing customers' specific manufacturing applications.
Alex Spatchek
Annette Langen
Annette joined Wettstein’s in 1997 as an Administrative Assistant to the Industrial Automation Manager. She oversees the department, handling the paperwork and maintaining the inventory with the ordering and receiving stock. When the Industrial Automation department was joined with the Electrical Department into Wettstein Brothers Electric, she was put in charge of payroll and accounts payable in addition to her other responsibilities.
Ron Lund
Ron started his work in electrical control systems in 1996 as a component-level secure voice and data cryptographic technician for the United States Marine Corps. After successfully fulfilling his military duties, Ron returned to western Wisconsin and put his electrical and networking skills to work for a local automotive body control systems manufacturer. There he was introduced to statistical process control systems, robotic automation, variable speed motor controls, and industrial networking. Now with Industrial Automation, Ron is developing applications like Ignition to provide real-time data reporting of production environments.
Mike Wettstein
Mike Wettstein is a 1994 graduate of UW Madison, earning his BS in Electrical Engineering with a concentration on Power, Power conversion, and Motor control. Mike’s 11 years of experience with the Trane Company have provided a solid foundation in Factory Engineering, Product Design & Development and Project Engineering. Mike currently manages Industrial Automation and the Wettstein Brothers Electric Businesses


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