When Jeff Owens, ATS president, and Doug Frank, the director of service center operations, were giving me the introductory slideshow and the tour, the subject of hiring from the military came up. With the number of people ATS needs, Owens said, "we hire from the military all the time.
After the tour of ATS's repair facilities... Do you need a Modicon 984 repaired? They can do it, up to and including remanufacturing circuit boards that aren't available anymore. I think they can fix just about any control or automation product anywhere.
"We're not consultants. We're doers," said Jeff Owens, president of Advanced Technology Services Inc., when I met with him in his office in Peoria, Ill. Advanced Technology Services is a spinoff of Caterpillar, Inc. They provide contract maintenance and depot repair service for many of the manufacturing companies in the...