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Excel Engineering Newsletter

December 2017

Excel Engineering 2019 Technical Conference

The 2019 conference will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the Shoreview Community Center in Shoreview, MN . This will be the 14th annual event that Excel Engineering will host.

If you have any topic suggestions, are interested in speaking or interested in being included on our invite list, please contact Patrick Mahoney at

December 2017 Newsletter

Click here to read our December 2017 Newsletter.


Are your workers trained to identify and properly address electrical hazards?

The new 2018 revision of NFPA70E is now available. NFPA70E is the “Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace” and requires employers train workers that may be exposed to electrical hazards.

“Such employees shall be trained to understand the specific hazards associated with electrical energy. They shall be trained in safety-related work practices and procedural requirements, as necessary, to provide protection from the electrical hazards associated with their respective job or task assignments”.

The 2015 revision of NFPA70E incorporated several major changes in “how stakeholders evaluate electrical risk”. The 2018 revision continues “to evolve to address risk assessment”. Article 110 has several new sections including addressing “human error” in risk assessments, hierarchy of risk control, LOTO auditing, job briefings, accident investigation, and electrical safety training documentation.

Article 110.2 requires employees be re-trained every three years.

OSHA continues to levy fines to companies that have failed “to provide a workplace free from hazards that could seriously harm workers”, or where inspections reveal that workers have not had adequate training. OSHA 1910.331 and 1910.332, addresses the requirements for workers who are employed near electrical hazards, and the training required in order to stay safe on the job.

Excel Engineering can assist you in becoming compliant with workplace training requirements for new employees, or provide re-training as required.  We can offer flexible sessions to accommodate your specific needs and production schedules. Just click here for more information on our Electrical Safety Training page.


Employee Anniversaries

We would like to congratulate the following employees on recent anniversaries with Excel Engineering. We appreciate your commitment to Excel!

 10 Years

Tom McGrath

Jeff Richardson

Craig Thingvold

Steve Townsend

5 Years

Mike Johnson

Andy Lund

Wayne Salo

Elena Tivyan

Don Tschida

New Employees

We are pleased to announce the addition of the following new employees to the Excel organization.

Corporate Administration

Steve Eichten has a B. S. degree in Accounting from St. Cloud State University. Prior to joining Excel Engineering, Steve has been working for manufacturing companies for 28 years including stops at a liquor bottling company, a medical plastics packaging company and an ESD packaging company serving the electronics industry. Working in Controller and CFO positions for these manufacturing companies, his primary areas of responsibility included Accounting and Finance, Human Resources and Information Systems. Steve enjoys working on lean processes and continuous improvements in helping companies improve, reach goals and succeed.

Patrick Mahoney received his Associate of Applied Science degree in graphic design from Century College in 2002 and began work at small print shop in Orange County, California. New opportunities brought him back to Minnesota where he worked in marketing communications for the 3M Traffic Safety Systems division. Here he managed the division’s websites, created reports, and provided marketing support. Several years later he moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where he worked for two years as a property manager in the shadow of the Grand Teton mountains. He then moved back to Minnesota, where he started working at Vital Images in the finance and accounting department. At Vital, he had roles as an order processing specialist and financial reporting analyst. It was during his time at Vital that he went back to school and completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

Staci Congdon has 24 years of experience working in the accounting/business world, with a variety of company sizes. She has worked for Ecolab previously in accounts payable and as the senior payroll accountant, processing the most difficult payrolls.  Staci has also worked for three different CPA firms.  She has experience with every facet of accounting from accounts payable, billing, payroll, HR to processing financial statements, corporate tax returns and individual tax returns.  In addition, Staci also loves exercise and teaches a gamut of different exercise classes at two different YMCA locations.  She loves music and performs on the flute whenever an opportunity arises and is currently learning how to play the cello.  She has also worked as a caregiver for two different homecare services/agencies.

Client Services

Dennis Paulus
Owner’s Designated Representative