Celebrating Our Employees – January Honoree

This fall Kalas will proudly celebrate our 60th Anniversary. Starting out of a hardware supply store in Denver, PA to today’s coast-to-coast copper manufacturing and value-add solutions company Kalas has a history filled with seasons of growth and change. To celebrate our 60 years of business and the memories that come with longevity, we will interview associates who have been with Kalas through many seasons witnessing Kalas’ history first-hand.

To start off our monthly feature honoring our most loyal employees, we want to introduce you to Russ Pannebecker. Russ has been with Kalas for over 40 years and has had the opportunity of experiencing many aspects of the manufacturing process. He started with Kalas in January of 1978 working 2nd shift in Engineered Cable Products Division. At that time all divisions were located in one single building in Denver, PA. After a short 3 months, Russ moved to the bare copper wire division where he ran bunchers and wire drawing machines on 3rd shift until moving to 1st shift after 5 years. In the late 80’s Russ was offered a promotion to 2nd Shift Supervisor. Unexpected at the time, this promotion was a highlight and a joy to him. He was able to experience Shift Supervision for each shift over a span of many years following his promotion. After that season, he was promoted to Plant Superintendent. Shortly after he elected to move to a production related job where he currently works as a Process Flow Coordinator scheduling wire production.

Over Russ’ 40 years with Kalas, several memories come to mind as highlights for him. Outside of his unexpected promotion in the 80’s, Russ describes the whole season of the early 90’s through the early 2000s as memorable as Kalas went through vast expansions and change. New equipment was added throughout Kalas, particularly Multiwires at K-1 were introduced and added year after year as well as new bunchers to keep up with Kalas’ growing business. All of the changes made for exciting memories during Russ’ time with Kalas. Russ would say the biggest change he had experienced over his time was the introduction of multiwire and the increased technology during that time period.  “It totally changed how we did things. We went from 40 LB spools to 2,000 LB reels for payoffs, truly was remarkable at the time.” Russ says.

When asked what the favorite part of his job is today, Russ says it’s the people. “I have made many friends over the years in all my position and worked with lots of good hard working associates. I have had many supervisors and managers all of which I had a good working relationship with. I enjoy My current position, but overall I would definitely say the People were the best part of any of the Jobs I had.”

As a company, we are so thankful for associates like Russ who take pride in their roles at Kalas and see the positives in working in our interesting field of manufacturing.


Come see Kalas in booth 2225 at the 2016 FabTech trade show! Held in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, FABTECH is where the industry’s most influential buyers come to see the latest innovations in metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing.

“FabTech is an excellent opportunity to engage with our existing customer network and identify new strategic partners. We are always grateful for the opportunity to participate in this annual industry event,” comments Kym Calabretta Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for Kalas Bulk Wire.

This year, the show will be open November 16-18 during the hours posted below:

– Wednesday 10 AM – 6 PM
– Thursday 9 AM – 5 PM
– Friday 9 AM – 4 PM

SE Power Cord Stock Program

Kalas has announced a stock program for SE Power Cord. This flexible and light-weight cable is available for indoor industrial power applications. Its TPE jacket it makes it both durable and easy to work with. As a UL and CSA rated product, it delivers safe and reliable power to industrial machinery, appliances, heavy-duty tools, motors and temporary indoor electrical power and lighting. Kalas has stock available in 250’ reels of 10/3, 10/4, 8/3, 8/4, 6/3 and 6/4. Contact us at tmweir@kalaswire.com to place your order today!

Click to view SE Power Cord Data Page.

Kalas Launches Type W Cable

Kalas Type W Sample Kit Cable

Kalas is proud and excited to announce the launch of Type W cable! The addition of this product extends our already diverse portfolio of wire & cable products and value-add solutions and positions us to better support the stage, entertainment, and portable power markets. Like all Kalas products, our Type W has passed all industry tests and certifications to ensure reliable performance and the very highest standards of quality and reliability. And it truly is a superior cable. Its flexibility is unmatched! (more…)

Kalas at FABTECH 2015

FABTECH is the leading trade event for metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing in North America. This year it returns to McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, November 9-12. The show covers over 550,000 square feet and is expected to have 40,000 attendees visit the four day trade event.

Kalas will be located at Booth #N26047 in the welding division of the north hall. If you are attending the event, stop by and say hello to our Kalas team!

To learn more about the show visit: http://www.fabtechexpo.com/about/

Visit again for booth photos and show updates.