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Why our warehouse is clean, organized, and smooth running

Kevin Lees on the diamond-polished floors he’s washed by hand.

Kevin Lees on the diamond-polished floors he’s washed by hand.

If you mistake the appearance of our aerospace warehouse for the cleanliness of a pharmaceutical lab, look no further than Kevin Lees and his brother Dana, Quality Manager.

Having just celebrated 15 years at Atlantic, Kevin assists primarily in inspecting, receiving, putting away product, picking, and shipping orders.

But that’s just for starters.

Annually, at minimum, he reorganizes popular inventory to be stored closest to picking stations, thereby reducing steps. Since the mix of customers changes over time, so does the inventory they demand. And for Kevin, unnecessary work is wasteful, so he wants to eliminate it.

And when the floor cleaning machine has been known to leave streaks occasionally, Kevin’s on his knees washing the floors by hand. “Some people call me fussy, but it’s got to be right or why do it at all,” he notes.

Kevin tending an elephant ear plant that he planted, along with others, on his own.

Kevin tending an elephant ear plant that he planted, along with others, on his own.

Step outside to the grounds surrounding the warehouse and you’ll see Kevin’s influence in the plantings he’s made on his own to beautify the lawn.

There are elephant ears, which he cuts down after the first frost. He digs up and dries the bulbs then stores them in a dark place and eventually replants them again in the spring. To keep away moles, he’s planted castor bean plants. A hawk on the property has also helped. And come fall, he sets up two bird feeders outside the warehouse office window to feed the wildlife he enjoys.

“We are fortunate to have Kevin Lees, who’s intelligent, well organized, and meticulous,” notes general manager Tony Peterson. With such dedication and attention to detail it’s no wonder Atlantic orders are correct, with the proper paperwork, and get delivered on time.

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