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Distributor's Link Magazine Winter 2020 / Vol 43 No1

PASSING ON THE DREAM The

PASSING ON THE DREAM The American dream for Rich Kovach includes a second generation. His son, Ken, for whom the company is named, serves as the Vice President. He remembers going out to the family’s garage with his dad at the age of 5 and doing odd jobs. “That’s where I earned my first dollar. I remember when my dad began building Ken Forging in Jefferson. My grandfather came to visit and we both helped with the building. My dad is a visionary, nothing is too big for him. He looks at something, envisions it and keeps at it until it is done as he saw it.” When asked if he ever thought of doing something else, Ken replied, “No. I always knew this is where I wanted to work. This was where I wanted to be.” And what does Ken see for the company today at its 50-year mark? “This is the busiest time we have ever seen,” he replied. “We have a few projects in the works and continue to evolve and I want to see them completed.” Ken admires his father’s work ethic and his example of being there every day. He concluded, “He’s an amazing man and has accomplished so much. “ Kris Kovach Velliquette, daughter, recalls doing odd jobs as a child to help around the company and to earn money. She cleaned offices, cut the grass and worked in the office. “In 1993, I moved away to attend college which resulted in working in mental health services. I returned home after 25 years and when an opportunity opened up in sales, I took the job. The biggest change I saw was the size and growth of the company. I feel management and employee dedication have contributed to the success of the company. I am grateful to be a part of the Ken Forging team.” continued on page 132

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