Meet the Kruger Family Industries Staff: Tanya Jacobs

Meet the KFI Staff: Tanya Jacobs

Meet the Kruger Family Industries Staff: Tanya Jacobs

February 29, 2024

What is your role and how long have you worked at KFI?

My name is Tanya Jacobs and I’m a Senior Design Engineer. I have worked at Trienda for 7 years.

What sparked your interest in becoming a design engineer?

I grew up on a farm and watched my dad make/fix a lot of things around the farm out of “junk” he had laying around. Like my dad, I always liked to figure out how things worked and how to make them work better.

What’s your favorite thing about working at KFI?

I like the people I work with. They are friendly and willing to help each other in order to get the job done. I also really like my job in engineering designing thermoformed parts, but my friends and co-workers at KFI are really what makes it enjoyable.

Do you have a project that you’ve recently worked on that you feel proud of?

I recently finished a sample of a full pack set for a steering gear. I designed the tray, pallet, and cover for the steering gear product. It was a tricky design because the steering gear has a shaft with a large gasket sticking out of it and the shaft needed to point vertically in the tray. One of the reasons people like this design is because you can get another full layer of parts in the pack by using the custom pallet and cover with the tray.

As a woman in the engineering field, what are some of the ways you feel women impact the field in positive ways.

This is a hard question for me to answer, because I haven’t really thought of myself as being different than any other engineer just because I’m a woman. There is no doubt that there are not a lot of women who pursue engineering, but I think if someone is interested in math, science, and engineering they should be encouraged to pursue it, regardless of who they are. I think everyone has different experiences in life, and those experiences can give you a different perspective on things. In engineering, it can be beneficial to have multiple people looking at/working on a project, because each person can bring their own unique ideas to the table.

Kruger Family Industries Goes Green

Kruger Family Industries Goes Green

February 28, 2024

As a company, Kruger Family Industries (KFI) recognizes the importance of having a presence and giving back to our community. KFI is located in Portage Wisconsin and is one of the few cities that is recognized for being a Tree City. For our latest community involvement effort, we have partnered with the Portage Parks and Recreational Department to donate a tree at a local park.

Why Being a Tree City is Important: 

  • Trees offer many benefits that go beyond their visual appeal. They serve as natural sound absorbers, reducing traffic noise by 40%.
  • By shading buildings, trees play a crucial role in reducing energy costs for homes and businesses, potentially cutting expenses by up to 25%.
  • Access to green spaces has been linked to improved well-being, reduced stress levels, and increased opportunities for outdoor recreation.
  • The act of planting and maintaining trees is a meaningful step towards creating a healthier planet for current and future generations.

Learn more about Tree City USA

Kruger Family Industries is a Finalist for Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year

Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year

Kruger Family Industries is a Finalist for Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year

February 2, 2024


Kruger Family Industries(KFI) is a finalist for the 35th Annual Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award in the mega category.

The Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year program acknowledges and celebrates the leading manufacturers in the state. This award recognizes businesses based on their dedication to creating quality careers, implementing sound business practices, achieving financial growth, driving innovation, and reinvesting in local communities.

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges from industry, government, education, and past Manufacturer of the Year award winners. Grand award winners will be announced during the awards banquet on February 22, 2024.

Click HERE to learn more about Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year.

How Kruger Family Industries Prioritizes Sustainability

KFI Sustainability

How Kruger Family Industries Prioritizes Sustainability

AUGUST 2, 2023

What is Sustainability?
When you hear the word sustainability, what comes to mind? Most people associate the word with long lasting or environmentally friendly. Now, when you hear the word plastic, do you think of sustainability? In this article we are going to discuss the sustainability of plastic pallets, the effects of environmentally friendly high-density polyethylene (HDPE) products, and ways companies can become sustainability focused.

Advantages of Sustainable Plastic Packaging
As a plastic manufacturing company, Kruger Family Industries makes it a goal to be as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible. This starts with high-density polyethylene (HDPE)Thermoforming Assembly products and swapping expendable packaging with reusable packaging.
Our reusable packaging products and truck accessories are 100% recyclable at the end of their life. Due to the recycling capabilities of our plastic products, this means there is 86% less solid waste found in landfills. Not only will this create a safer and cleaner environment, but it is the future of reusable packaging.
Once wooden pallets reach the end of their life, there really is no more use for them. Reusable plastic saves 40% of trees from wooden pallet production. Making plastic packaging a more efficient product. Plastic pallets are more durable and last much longer than wooden pallets, making them a more sustainable choice for shipping.

Thermoforming Assembly
How to Become a Sustainability Focused Company
Becoming a sustainability focused company seems like an easy job, but it takes time and commitment. Companies that want to prioritize sustainability need to make yearly goals to increase sustainability. It will take little steps every single day, but with a lot of hard work it is possible.
Here are some examples of steps companies can take to become a more sustainability focused business:
  • Use 100% recyclable materials
  • Switch from expendable packaging to reusable packaging
  • Consider waste management alternatives
  • Set goals with sustainability at the top of mind
  • Educate your employees and reevaluate your supply chain
Looking for more information? Check out how Kruger Family Industries focuses on sustainability and more by visiting our website to learn more about our custom capabilities.

Low-Cost Emergency Beds

TriEnda and Penda came together to create an emergency bed solution to prepare for shortages related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The low-cost Emergency & Disaster Relief Bed boasts a durable design that can be easily assembled on-site without tools.

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