With over 20 years of industry experience, Wagner enters the role as Aviation Business Development Manager
Salt Lake City—May 22, 2019— Kaddas Enterprises, a second-generation family-owned business and leader in heavy gauge thermoform plastic manufacturing, is thrilled to announce the addition of Michael Wagner to their organization.
Wagner has over 20 years of procurement, supply chain, sales and marketing management experience in several aviation industries. His aviation background brings a unique and varied perspective in forming innovative solutions for a wide range of industry product applications.
After graduating from California Costal College with an AS in Business, Wagner rose through the ranks of management with one of America’s most successful low-cost airlines, AirTran Airways, which was acquired by Southwest Airlines six years ago. As a recent transplant from Idaho, he and his family enjoy being back in Salt Lake City and are taking full advantage of everything the Wasatch Mountains have to offer.
“My main goal in this new position is to grow the Aviation channel within Kaddas,” Wagner says. “I am super excited to be a part of this growing family business. I am sure we can expand the portfolio into many different areas within the aviation sector, including both commercial and VIP interiors, LAV’s and galleys, as well as expand our current filter line.”
“Kaddas Enterprises began in the Aviation industry,” says Natalie Kaddas, CEO of Kaddas Enterprises. “We are excited to expand our investment into this market. Product diversification makes us a healthier organization, and provides upward mobility for our Operations team. We are glad to have Michael onboard.”
About Kaddas Enterprises Inc®
Since 1966, Kaddas Enterprises has been a leader in thermoform plastic manufacturing. From its headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, Kaddas Enterprises utilizes high-quality materials and innovative design to develop products and solutions for a wide variety of industries, including medical, transportation, and utility. Kaddas Enterprises also manufactures polymer solutions to provide the aviation industry with PMA parts of unsurpassed quality and reliability while allowing customers the ability to enjoy the reduced cost of ownership. Kaddas is a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program and has been providing full-service engineering from consultation and drafting through to prototype creation and final production, while maintaining its dedication to sustainable business practices for 50 years. For more information about Kaddas Enterprises, visit Kaddas.com.
Natalie Kaddas receives Salt Lake Community College’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award
President/CEO of Kaddas Enterprises, a woman-owned, family business, will be honored at SLCC’s Commencement on Friday, May 3
Salt Lake City—May 2, 2019— Salt Lake Community College has selected Natalie Kaddas, president/CEO of Kaddas Enterprises, Inc., a second-generation family-owned business and leader in heavy gauge thermoform plastic manufacturing, to receive the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award. Kaddas will be honored at SLCC’s Commencement ceremony, which takes place on Friday, May 3, at the Maverik Center in West Valley City.
Salt Lake Community College’s prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award honors SLCC graduates and former students for professional excellence and exemplary service in their communities. Nominees are selected for their significant achievements and contributions to their communities in their chosen professional or academic fields. It’s the highest award the College bestows on alumni.
Natalie Kaddas began her journey at Salt Lake Community College in 1992 in the College’s Travel and Tourism program and has since had a long-standing relationship with the SLCC community. Over the years, she has depended on SLCC for training in employment law, sales, electrical technology, accounting, custom-fit training, management and more.
A self-described lifelong learner, Kaddas continues to take classes at SLCC to keep her skills and knowledge on the cutting edge to benefit her rapidly-growing company. Kaddas Enterprises, Inc. recently debuted a patent pending flexible BirdguarD™ line cover and are planning to expand their production into a larger space.
“We have signed the lease on an additional 40,000 square feet,” says Kaddas. “Growing additional capacity, for more equipment, employees and technology investments. We have also hired a new Aviation Business Development Manager to expand our reach and diversify our portfolio of products.”
Awarded 2017 Small Business of the Year!
Kaddas Enterprises, Inc. a woman-owned, family business specializing in thermoform plastic manufacturing, was named the 2017 Small Business of the Year by the Salt Lake Chamber. During the 130th Awards Luncheon and Annual Meeting on September 7, 2017, Kaddas Enterprises, along with other corporate award winners, was honored by Keith McMullin of Deseret Management Corporation.
“The Salt Lake Chamber has been more valuable than I ever expected,” said Natalie Kaddas, president and CEO of Kaddas Enterprises. “In addition to networking, they are a resource for business decisions and local and national public policy review. They offer educational opportunities for everyone within the company and have become our trusted advisors. Our team is thrilled to be selected from such a well-deserving group of professionals and named the Small Business of the Year.”
The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest business association and business leader, representing more than 8,000 businesses and over 500,000 jobs in all 29 counties in Utah. Every year, the Salt Lake Chamber hosts an Annual Meeting to review the previous year and honor those who have made a positive impact on Utah’s business community. The award criteria for the Small Business of the Year title included:
- Good standing with the Salt Lake Chamber
- Community involvement
- Overall growth and success of the company
- Creating jobs within the Utah market
Kaddas Enterprises is a second-generation, family-owned business that has operated in Utah for over 50 years. Natalie Kaddas currently sits on the board of the Utah Manufacturers Association. She is also the chairman of HawkWatch International and vice chair of the Salt Lake Chamber Small Business Committee.
About Kaddas Enterprises Inc.®
Since 1966, Kaddas Enterprises has been a leader in thermoform plastic manufacturing. From its headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, Kaddas utilizes high-quality materials and innovative design to develop products and solutions for a wide variety of industries, including medical, transportation, and utility. Kaddas provides full-service engineering from consultation and drafting through to prototype creation and final production, while maintaining its dedication to sustainable business practices.
Kaddas Enterprises chosen to represent small business interests globally
CEO of Kaddas invited to White House dinner with President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel
SALT LAKE CITY—APRIL 28, 2016— CEO of Kaddas Enterprises, Natalie Kaddas is changing the face of international trade for small businesses around the world and achieving high growth for Kaddas Enterprises’ export business at the same time.
Recently Kaddas presented her company’s manufacturing business model and American-made products as industry-leading examples in international trade at a special White House event. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel invited Kaddas along with other top political and business leaders from such companies as Microsoft, Honeywell and Lockheed Martin who discussed economic growth promotion in such sectors as energy, climate and more.
Additionally, Kaddas Enterprises, a woman-owned, family business specializing in thermoform plastic manufacturing, was chosen as one of six companies by the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development to exhibit at the Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial trade fair. Through Utah’s State Trade and Expansion Program (STEP), Kaddas Enterprises has the opportunity, as a small company, to expand into foreign markets. Since 2013, Kaddas has grown its export business by an average of 400 percent, and continues to focus on new products and areas to expand their custom solutions for reclosers and power pole mounted equipment.
“It was truly an honor to meet President Barack Obama and have the opportunity to represent Kaddas Enterprises and the state of Utah at this White House event,” said Kaddas. “During his speech, President Obama addressed the importance of educating small businesses in order to grow globalization, and that point hit close to home. As a small business, breaking into the global market can feel intimidating, but there’s a need and a place for us, too. Through trade missions and programs like STEP, Kaddas Enterprises is able to showcase its strengths and, hopefully, inspire other small businesses to do the same.”
Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development Press Meeting ~ Kaddas Enterprises
Kaddas BirdguarD™ Products Pass IEEE Standard 1656-2010 For Wildlife Protective Device
The scope of IEEE Standard 1656-2010 is for wildlife protective products that are installed on overhead electrical distribution systems rated up to and including 38kV. This standard provides test recommendations regarding these products that are in direct contact or in the proximity of energized parts and conductors.
|Category||Part Tested||IEEE Standard Section Tested|
|Line Protector||KE1162-03||PASS >= 90% (Dry)||PASS||PASS||PASS < 100 µV|
|Cutout Cover||KE1183||PASS >= 90% (Wet)||PASS||PASS||PASS < 100 µV|
|Dead End Cover||KE1113||PASS >= 90% (Dry)||PASS||PASS||PASS < 100 µV|
|Bushing Cover||KE1501||PASS >= 90% (Wet)||PASS||PASS||PASS < 100 µV|
Section 5.3 – Wet Power Frequency Flashover
Section 5.8 – Retention Testing
Section 5.9.3 – High Current Test (Power Arc)
Section 5.10 – Radio-Influence Voltage Test
When it comes to Animal Caused Power Outage Protection, think Kaddas BirdguarD™ ~ we’ve got you covered!
Kaddas Enterprises Participates in Utah Governor’s Trade Mission to Israel
Kaddas Enterprises Inc. Launches new BirdguarD™ product to protect Electric Reclosers from animal caused outages
Salt Lake City, UT. ( October 2012)— Kaddas Enterprises is a small,100% Woman Owned Thermoform Plastic Manufacturer located in Salt Lake City.
The Design, Development and Production teams at Kaddas Enterprises have recently completed a new product to add to their extensive line of animal caused outage protection products. Kaddas has finalized installation training and on-site field modifications for the Cooper NOVA recloser. The progressive design and locking cover system utilizes patented BirdguarD™ electrical outage protection technology and proprietary materials for NSTAR Electric & Gas, who has been providing electricity and natural gas to the residents and businesses in Eastern, Central and Southeastern Massachusetts for more than 100 years.
In a collaborative effort with the Kaddas BirdguarD™ team, Jake Kennedy, Andy McMahon of Shamrock Power Sales and NSTAR’S John Ventura and Bill Eklund installed the first covers in the South Boston area last month. Mr. Ventura conceived the design as a way to reduce squirrel caused outages by insulating all grounded points of contact. “Kaddas was receptive and creative in producing a product to meet our specific needs. Overall, I think the covers look fantastic! Thanks to the folks at Kaddas for working with us on this project”, stated Mr. Ventura.
Kaddas BirdguarD™ products are utilized by most US based electrical utility companies and around the world. Internationally, the products are performing strong in four different continents.
This is an important addition to the Kaddas Snapfit BirdguarD™ line of products. Kaddas offers the most extensive product in the industry with over 170 types of covers. According to the U.S. Department of Energy animal caused outages account for 18% of all power outages, and their economic impact is estimated annually in the billions of dollars. Kaddas is proud partners with many national groups & utility industry companies, sharing a common goal of realizing uninterrupted service, associated savings and reliability for energy consumers, while creating a sustainable environment for wildlife.
Kaddas Enterprises Receives Utah’s Green Business Award
Congratulations, Kaddas Enterprises has been named a Utah Business 2011 Green Business award winner for Corporate Achievement for products, processes and practices that promote sustainability and businesses that have changed or enhanced practices and goals to reduce their environmental impact.
Every year, 18% of all power outages are caused by animals and are considered an avoidable outage, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.