2018: Just the highlights, please

It’s been a great year here at APS, and we’re so grateful to our customers, vendors and partners who have made it so. Thank you!

As 2018 wraps up, we’re looking back on the people, places and happenings that stand out:

January | We started the year with a big announcement: The new Thomas K. Evans Memorial Scholarship invited local students pursuing a college degree in science, technology, engineering and/or math to apply for a $5,000 award toward higher education costs.

February | APS high-output alternators began powering Ford vans used in the fight against the opioid crisis in Boston. The vans provide mobile care to people struggling with addiction as part of the Kraft Center’s CareZONE project.

March | National Sales Manager Jim Dunlap represented APS at The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. The show is always a great spot to network, sell, and soak in the latest industry news and trends.

April | Program Managers Phillip Potter and Vince Kresho traveled with Iowa Economic Development Authority on a trade mission to Sub-Saharan Africa. Aside from the usual meetings, they also enjoyed some exploration. Also in April, APS converters were spotted in a video featured on the Popular Mechanics website.

May | As they do every spring, Phillip Potter and Vince Kresho made an appearance at SOFIC to connect with clients and keep abreast of new projects. This year, before the show, APS released its first case study. The study features a 28-volt system for a special-operations vehicle.

June | APS President Amy Lank traveled with Phillip Potter and Vince Kresho to Eurosatory, one of the world’s largest defense and security expositions, held in Paris. At the show, APS introduced its new lithium-ion battery storage system to the international defense community and received a warm welcome, including in-show editorial coverage of the system by Jane’s IHS Markit.

July | APS gladly announced Cole Caleo (Moline, Ill.) as the first-ever recipient of the Thomas K. Evans Memorial Scholarship. Cole currently is studying engineering at Iowa State University.

August | At the tail end of summer, President Amy Lank was appointed to the CIRAS Industry Advisory Council; CIRAS and Iowa Department of Natural Resources featured APS in feature stories on their respective websites; and APS released its second case study, this time focusing on products supporting a remote weapon station.

September | Phillip Potter and Vince Kresho visited South Africa a second time in 2018 for Africa Aerospace and Defence 2018 in Tshwane (Pretoria).

October | Heavy rains caused widespread flooding that impacted the riverfront in the downtown area where APS is located. However, flooding didn’t impact operations at APS.

November | APS proudly supported our local AUSA Chapter’s Day of Giving, which helped feed 100 families.

December | Here we are! The first weeks of December are always spent wrapping up projects and shipping orders before the holidays. The APS office will be closed Dec. 24-Jan. 1, reopening Jan. 2, 2019.

Happy holidays, one and all!