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Welcome to the ESCO Engages blog, a Weir Group publication! At Weir our people take pride in making a difference around the world and in their communities. Our ESCO Engages blog will feature the unique perspectives of our employees who are passionate about education, service and leadership. ​  ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​                                                              ​​​
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 Award-Winning Engineer Reflects Weir's Passion for Sustainability

 

​November 20, 2019

Jessica Schmidt's vision to create an innovative and highly technical, sustainable solution has been easily transferred to her engineering work in New Product Development. Sustainability is at the heart of creating value for our customers, and Jessica's recruitment to Weir was well-timed with our renewed focus on sustainability. 

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 Portland State University Co-Op Program Connects Interns to Meaningful Work at Weir ESCO

 

Steve Irvine | November 7, 2019

The opportunity to mentor someone as driven and talented as Lisa has shown Steve Irvine, director of blades products – and the rest of our team – just how much talent exists in our own backyard and how important it is that we continue to foster relationships with local colleges and universities like PSU.

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 When Opportunity Knocks: Perspectives of Inside Sales as a Pathway to Career, Company Growth

 

October 16, 2019

The opportunities for growth within th​e ESCO division of Weir are limitless, but our inside sales role stands out for the pathway it provides to a variety of other positions  and departments.

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 Weir ESCO Highlights Diversity of Careers in Trades, Engineering, for National Manufacturing Day

 

October 10, 2019 ​

Each year on Manufacturing Day, thousands of companies and schools open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders with the goal of featuring the highly skilled careers in modern manufacturing. Go behind-the-scenes at the foundries in Newton, Mississippi, and Portland, Oregon.

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 Personal, professional and process improvement

 

​Matthew Horn | September 18, 2019 ​

Eric Estrada is no longer a hopeful 20-year-old applicant outside the red and white walls of Plant 3. Today, he is one of our strongest team leaders and is approaching his 8th anniversary with the company, all the while working to earn his bachelor’s degree in applied management.

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 Reflections on a Summer Internship at Weir Portland

 

Yesenia Meraz-Torres and Mark Beatley September 12, 2019 ​

The end of summer is bittersweet on our Portland campus as we await the return of drizzly days and say farewell to our bright summer interns. This year, Weir Portland hosted seven talented young men and women in engineering, data science, advanced technology, supply chain and information technology.

 

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 Spotlight on Stephanie Poppe and the Growth of the Weir ESCO Women’s Network

 

Misty Rogers August 7, 2019 ​

While you may never have met Stephanie Poppe, if you work in one of our remote offices you’ve almost certainly been touched by her role in the Weir ESCO Women’s Network-North America (WEWN-NA), where Stephanie and Misty Rogers share the responsibility for involving WEWN-NA members from our remote sites.

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 Weir ESCO Women's Network Hosts Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Event

 

Ermanno Simonutti | July 25, 2019 

Weir employees showed their steadfast commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) during a recent event in Portland, Oregon, led by Lillian Tsai, President of Tsai Communications and renowned leader on these important topics.

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 Customers, Core Values and the Four Corners: Meet Teresa Brown-Bialy

 

Rachel Hanks | July 10, 2019 

In a small New Mexico town tucked away in the Four Corners of the United States with a vibrant Navajo community lies a little known, five-person branch of Weir ESCO that quietly performs a task as unique as their location: keeping the mines of our customers running.  

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 Weir ESCO Sends two Colleagues to Weir Leadership Development Conference

 

​June 26, 2019

This year’s leadership development conference was held in Stirling, Scotland, and included 21 rising stars from across the globe. Hear about the unique experience from Weir ESCO's Alyssa Potratz of Portland, Oregon, and Mateus Ribeiro of Betim, Brazil. 

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 From Student to Mentor: Weir ESCO Guides Next Generation of Engineers

 

Eugene Havenga | June 12, 2019 

Eugene Havenga was an active member of Baja SAE during his time studying at the University of Pretoria. Now he is on the other side of the table, committed to giving back to the next generation of engineers. 

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 Louis Pridey Tackles Challenges with Creative Solutions

 

May 30, 2019

Louis Pridey remembers the sensation he had seeing castings hot off the pouring line and newly made by his own hands. Today he has a few more irons in the fire, in a new role and new team, and shares with us how his skillset has grown exponentially since joining in 2010.

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 Take Your Child to Work Day Highlights Diversity in Weir ESCO Careers

 

May 15, 2019

While the day’s activities vary each year, we always try to teach the kids about all aspects of our business and our products—from engineering to sales to manufacturing at Plant 3.

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 Career Growth Fuels Building of Stronger Communities

 

​Amir Ceric | May 1, 2019 

Since 1998, Amir Ceric's role has taken him all over the world for Weir ESCO, inspiring a lifetime of paying it forward in his own community. 

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 Weir Committed to Inclusion & Diversity

 

​Joe Huang | April 17, 2019 

Diversity and inclusion are important aspects of a successful work culture that many companies are working to improve. Our colleague, Joe Huang of Xuzhou, China, is proud to be serving on the company's first inclusion and diversity committee.

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 One of the First: Weir's Pioneering Female Engineer

 

​Steve Sester | April 3, 2019 

When Becky Van Raden joined ESCO’s Dragline Products Group as a design engineer in 1979, she was the first female design engineer hired by the company. 

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 Meet the Man who Brings Weir Engineers' Designs to Life

 

Heather McGee | March 20, 2019 

Tima Peau has grown into his new role as methods technician, showing the personal growth we hope to see in each of our team members.

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 Mike Funke Speaks to Portland State University as Part of Longstanding Partnership

 

​Mike Funke​ | March 14, 2019

Weir has a long history of partnership with Portland State University (PSU), both in the college’s School of Business and its College of Engineering & Computer Science.

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 Beyond Engineering: Weir Supports Career Exploration and Development

 

​Sun Cho | February 28, 2019

Last October, Sun Cho stepped into a new role with the ESCO division of Weir. She brought with her many valuable words of wisdom from her first experience with the Weir Oil & Gas team: adapt, take risks, learn and be vocal.

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 Weir Engineer's Career Path from Portland to South Africa

 

​Dustin Ashford | February 13, 2019

Weir sees the benefit of investing early in its employees, including engineer Dustin Ashford, who is currently serving on a six-month international assignment in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he gets to interact with the region's customers, improve designs and provide products to best serve our customers.

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 Why Diversity and Inclusion Matter to Engineer Yesenia Meraz-Torres

 

Abram Hernandez | January 30, 2019

Yesenia Meraz-Torres, a Senior Design Engineer based in Portland, became the newest member of the ESCO Women’s Network (EWN) Steering Committee in February 2018 and has big plans for expanding the EWN’s role to promote workplace diversity and gender equality.

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 Robin Churchill Continues to Share 38 Years' of Metallurgy Experience

 
Daniel Widlund | January 16, 2019

Our Principal Metallurgist Robin Churchill has over 38 years’ of experience helping to develop new processes and advance metallurgy, both within our team and for the industry.​

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 Global Weir Teams Find Common Ground at 15th Annual Engineering Challenge

 

2018 Engineering Challenge Committee | January 10, 2019

Each year, the Engineering Challenge gives our team members an opportunity to highlight their creative and technical expertise, while bringing together our teams across the world during the holidays. The addition this year of the new teams from other Weir locations added to the fun and sense of collective, collaborative celebration. 

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 Meet the Robinsons: Career Growth at Weir

 

Kat Robinson ​| December 12, 2018​

Even though Allen Robinson retired at the end of 2017, his story continues to inspire his daughter, Kat, and her colleagues at Weir—not only to constantly seek new challenges and opportunities as Allen did, but also to be proud of the company they work for. 

 

 Weir Shares Expertise with Future Engineers at West Albany High School

 

Kevin Stangeland Kevin Stangeland ​| November 28, 2018

Throughout the semester, three engineers have visited a group of students at West Albany High School. Find out what happened when we gave the students a glimpse at a "day in the life of an engineer."

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 Weir-ESCO Hosts 43rd Annual Harvest Dinner for Friendly House

 

Mike Funke and Kristol Cohn ​| November 14, 2018

On October 27, ESCO, a Weir Group Division, hosted the 43rd Harvest Dinner in coordination with Friendly House, a local nonprofit dedicated to creating a thriving community by connecting people of all ages and backgrounds.

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 ESCO Hosts Beaverton High School Students for Future Day 2018

 
​Chris Grewell | October 31, 2018

Did you know what you wanted to do when you were 14 or 15 years old? Weir and Beaverton High School are working to get kids thinking about their futures and the steps they need to take to reach their goals earlier.

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 Boy Scouts Build Preserves Camp Clark for Future Generations

 

Steve Sester | October 17, 2018

Rain or shine ESCO employees take on an ambitious project each year along the Oregon Coast: the annual Boy Scouts of America Build at Camp Clark.

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 ESCO Engineers Follow Product Lifecycle from Start to Finish

 
Clinton Wood ​| October 3, 2018

It’s uncommon for people to connect mining with innovation or high-tech, but the small part Clinton gets to play in the industry allows him to actively contribute to the full product life cycle every day and be part of the continued success of a world-class brand. ​​

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 ESCO Celebrates Long History with OMSI at 2018 Maker Faire

 

​​Eric Blackburn September 19, 2018

ESCO fired up its casting booth at the annual OMSI Maker Faire held on September 15-16, 2018. While ESCO’s connection to OMSI is deeply rooted in the Swigert family, its legacy will live on and grow as our community and our society continues to focus on STEM education.

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 In the Heart of Slabtown: ESCO Shares History and Future of Innovation

 

Kat Robinson | September 5, 2018

Not many Portlanders know that Slabtown gets its name from the large quantities of slab wood. We’ve been designing and manufacturing innovative products in the neighborhood since 1913. Join us at the 2018 Slabtown Festival on September 8.

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 ESCO Provides Research Opportunities for PSU Engineering Students

 
Daniel Widlund | August 22, 2018

Portland State University students gain major support with their research-based projects in collaboration with the Oregon Metals Initiative. Learn why this type of initiative hits close to home for ESCO's Chief Metallurgist.

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 Shared Passion for Engineering Leads Lo Brothers to Innovation Center

 
August 8, 2018

Brothers Pha and Phai, and their cousin Hue, all started their careers at ESCO working in operations. Today they work in the Hank Swigert Center for Innovation, but the paths they each took to reach that point and find their passion for innovation and engineering varied.

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 Weir-ESCO Partnership Comes Full Circle for Long-time ESCO Employee

 

July 25, 2018

As one of few current ESCO employees who has worked for Weir in the past, Hamilton has the unique experience of watching his career co me full circle as the two companies become one.

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 FIRST LEGO Robotics Provides STEM Learning at All Ages

 

James Ritzman | July 11, 2018

LEGOs is a perfect medium for learning, because it is intrinsically modular, includes interconnectable parts, and you can easily use existing elements to build prototypes and test hypotheses. An ESCO colleague shows us how he is inspiring the future STEM leaders of tomorrow just as FIRST LEGO League seeks to do.

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 Baja SAE Partnership Promotes STEM Education, Experiential Learning and Workforce Development

 

by Steven Hyde | June 27, 2018

Oregon will have an estimated 40,000 new job openings per year in STEM-related fields by 2020. When looking at current and future STEM jobs in Oregon, it is ever more important that we continue to support all partnerships between industry and STEM programming like Baja SAE Oregon. 

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 ESCO and Camp Fire Columbia Dedicated to Community Engagement

 

by Nancy Schmugge | June 12, 2018

I recently joined the Board of Directors for Camp Fire Columbia, a youth development organization that aims to build caring, confident youth and future leaders. In serving as a Camp Fire board member, I recognized that a major part of our culture at ESCO is about supporting the communities where we live and work.

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 How ESCO’s Commitment to Higher Education Impacted my Career

 

​by Beatriz Moraga​​​ June 1, 2018

Beatriz Moraga shares how her days as a student attending Portland State University and ESCO's support to higher education led her to landing a dream job with our company.

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 ESCO Shares Education, Career Opportunities on Take Your Child to Work Day

 
by Dan Kearsley | May 17, 2018 
 

For our annual Take Your Child to Work Day event on April 26, we hosted a fun, hands-on experience for children of
ESCO employees. This is a U.S.-based event best known for introducing careers to children of all ages. At ESCO we
offered a variety of activities showcasing what we do as a company, as well as the educational and career opportunities
that exist in different fields.

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 ESCO Celebrates Earth Day with Forest Park Conservancy

 
by Dziugas Radzius | May 2, 2018

More than 30 ESCO volunteers dedicated their Friday afternoon to wheel-barrowing 12,500 pounds of large rocks and gravel to be staged for future trail work later this summer.

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 Misty Rogers Honored with 2018 STEP Ahead Award

 
by Todd ​Steimer | April 24, 2018

We have many outstanding employees here at ESCO, but it is important to recognize the unsung heroes—those whose contributions often take place behind the scenes. Misty Rogers, our North American systems manager, is one of those unsung heroes.

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 ESCO Supports Local Robotics Team with Custom-Built Parts

 
by Kevin Stangeland | ​April 4, 2018​

I’d like to highlight a group of high school students right here in our own backyard who sought new opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

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 ESCO Celebrates International Women's Day with Lean In Discussion

 

by Brittni Beers-Branco | ​March 21, 2018​

In recognition of International Women’s Day, ESCO recently held an event for our female employees both in Portland and across the United States based on the book, Lean In, by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. ​

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 STEM Gender Inequality - the Workforce Problem and ESCO's Commitment to be Part of the Solution

 
by Sarah Heiner | ​March 7, 2018​

Many industries, civic leaders and non-profits have wrestled with the question of how to bring more women into the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) workforce and support career advancement. 

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 How Engineering Companies can Help Make STEM fun

 

by Anna Thames | ​February 21, 2018

As one of the leading engineering companies in the world, ESCO is dedicated to expanding student interest and access to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. But, with all of the noise and distraction in the world, how do we cut through the chaos and encourage students to engage with STEM education tools?

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 Oregon Must Solve Fiscal Challenges and Invest in the Future

 

by Jon Owens | ​February 14, 2018

​For many companies like Esco, the question remains: What will we need our workers to do in the future?​