Daniel Spitzer is a warehouseman and has worked for KEC for more than eight years.
What made you interested in working as a warehouseman? How did you train for work in this field?
I had been praying for financial stability for my family of seven, and the position at KEC opened. I applied for it and was offered the job. Before KEC, I worked in construction framing houses and as a warehouseman at a grocery supplier.
What does a day look like for you as a warehouseman at KEC?
I start my day helping the crews collect all the materials they need for their projects. At KEC, we have two full-time warehousemen and together we are responsible for the staging of materials for future jobs, inventory controls and salvaging/recycling materials. In addition, we receive deliveries as small as nuts and bolts to as large as 15,000-pound transformers and everything in between.
KEC’s headquarters on Dakota Avenue in Hayden is actually two separate parcels. The main parcel, which is on the north side of Dakota, is 10 acres. The second parcel, on the south side of Dakota, consists of five acres and a building. We store materials on both properties, which does not allow for the most cohesive flow of materials. We also have shipping containers full of materials.
We call the outdoor storage areas the “yard” and most of it is not paved. This makes for dusty summers and wet, muddy winters. The warehousemen are also responsible for keeping the warehouse clean and as dust free as possible. We do much of the facility maintenance and snow removal, which includes plowing the parking lots and de-icing the sidewalks.
Tell us about how the new facility will change things in the warehouse.
The new facility will give us three times the space for materials storage, as well as covered storage outside, which we do not have currently. Materials such as underground cable, PVC conduit and transformers will be stored under cover to protect them from ultraviolet rays and other elements, which can damage them in the long run. The crews will save time by not digging materials out of the snow in the winter as they load materials into their trucks each day and when responding to power outages.
What is the biggest challenge in your job?
Space is the most challenging part of my job right now. Our area is growing rapidly, and that growth is requiring KEC to move lines for new roads, add infrastructure for new homes and increase capacity on existing lines. We are going to great lengths to ensure our distribution system is designed to meet our members’ needs both now and in the future. We have seven KEC crews and five contract crews to keep up with the demand. All these crews require a massive amount of materials that must come in and go out of our facility. Add five large storms like we had last year, and you can see how we have a need for more space.
I’m excited for the new facility and the improved flow of the materials, crews and deliveries. We are working with experts on the design and organization of the warehouse so I think our new facility will greatly improve our efficiency.
What is the best part of your job?
KEC has a family atmosphere. It’s great to have a home away from home.