February 05 2016

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Westfalia Technologies, Inc - York, PA

By: Staci Cretu, Marketing & Communications Manager

Twenty-four years ago, Dan Labell, president/owner, Westfalia Technologies, Inc., York, PA never imagined he would be at the helm of an industry leading warehouse automation company with 110 employees all focused on, and committed to helping our customers’ businesses succeed. February 7 comes around every year but this year, Westfalia Technologies, Inc. celebrates the one year countdown to 25 years of business.

“Growing a business comes with its challenges, and we have seen our fair share. I will always remember how we were able to triumph over these challenges to become the successful business we are today,” said Labell. If there is one thing that Labell has learned over his 24 years in the warehouse automation business, it is that perseverance is the key to not only developing a lasting product, but also building a successful company that is viewed as a major player in the industry.

“I have always said that if you are a jack-of-all-trades, you are the master of none. I have a strong belief that you should stick to what you’re good at and capitalize on your strong points in order to succeed, especially in this industry,” said Labell, reflecting on his 24 years.

Westfalia was founded on the principles of trust and commitment, to each other and to our customers. Twenty-four years later, these principles still hold true. Labell has dedicated his career to developing and growing a company dedicated to providing warehousing solutions that stand the test of time, while also creating a place where employees can be proud to say they work.

“I have worked at Westfalia since its inception in the U.S., and have remained with the company because I am proud of the quality of products produced and the way in which Westfalia conducts business,” said Carol Plitt, conveyor sales manager. “In this day and age, it is rare that employees stay at one company for the majority of their working lives.”

Plitt, along with Jeff Landis, senior assembler, have been with Westfalia since inception in 1992. Immediately after incorporation, Westfalia Technologies acquired Thompson Equipment Machine Company (Temco) of York. Plitt brought 12 years of experience with her when Temco was acquired, allowing her to quickly transition into her new role in sales with Westfalia.

“It has been very exciting to be part of a company that has become “World-Class.” One of my earliest memories is the day Westfalia was awarded our first AS/RS contract and the excitement of all the employees,” said Plitt.

Westfalia continues to grow and receive recognition as a leader in warehouse automation and this next year will be no different. We will continue to focus on advancing the modernization of automated material handling systems and introduce new products.

So what’s truly in store for Westfalia before we celebrate the big 25? Dan, sitting back in his chair comfortable and proud stated, “To dominate the niche we are in and grow into new markets with our technology.”

Join us as we celebrate the year before we turn 25!