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Saluting Our Unsung Hero, Mr. Freeze

By: Terry Lackmeyer, My Pet’s Brace Customer Service Representative

Five years ago, Jim Freeze joined the ranks of the My Pet’s Brace family. He had retired years earlier from his career as an electrical engineer and was working part-time in a nearby home improvement store. Our owner knew him through the local Rotary Club and felt his engineering background would prove beneficial in helping us through some especially busy times. Little did he know…

Mr. Freeze at My Pet's Brace

In no time at all, Mr. Freeze learned the ropes of pouring casts – the first step in turning the cast into a dog brace. He quickly moved on to pulling plastic and machining braces. His methodical and meticulous nature along with his excellent work ethic made us realize Mr. Freeze wasn’t just someone to help us out during busy times. We needed him full-time!

As with any business, there are challenges to meet and problems to solve. Can we do this better? How can we make that more efficient? Mr. Freeze with his engineering background rose to the challenge. He seemed able to solve any mechanical issue that came along, suggested ways to improve things, and always did it with a willing nature and a smile on his face.

Then came the real challenge – when we outgrew our original building and moved to a facility three times bigger. We needed to have larger and more efficient workstations, improved capabilities for working on multiple braces simultaneously, better storage, etc., and we wanted all of this to be neat, orderly, efficient, and of course, we wanted it yesterday. Once again, Mr. Freeze came to the rescue. “Sure, I can do that”. Or, “Yes, I can figure something out,” seemed to be his mantra. There wasn’t a problem he couldn’t solve.

Over the years, Mr. Freeze stopped working on braces and became our go-to maintenance man (although he was more than willing to jump in and help with brace production when the need arose). No matter what we needed, we could count on Mr. Freeze to come to our rescue. From working on the furnace, to painting, to unjamming the shredder, to designing and fabricating vacuum forming stations, to creating revolving storage spaces, to making or creating anything and everything we needed. Our mantra became, “Talk to Mr. Freeze; he can take care of that!”

Needless to say, when our beloved Mr. Freeze announced he was retiring for the second time, we were crushed. What will we do without our problem-solving-fix-anything-can-do-attitude maintenance person? We will miss you greatly, Mr. Freeze, that’s what we will do.

Mr. Freeze, with a smile on our faces and tears in our eyes, we wish you the absolute best. At 83 years young, you have earned the right to retire… again. Your age may say retirement time, but your youthful thinking and jovial attitude proves you are decades younger. Enjoy whatever it is you choose to do. Travel with your wife (once COVID ends), go kayaking, have fun. Above all, enjoy life. We may end up with another maintenance person, but we will never find anyone to replace you. You are truly one in a million!

Mr. Freeze at My Pet's Brace

Meet The Fabrication Team

By: Terry Lackmeyer, My Pet’s Brace Customer Service Representative

Last month we blogged about how braces are made. This month we thought you would like to meet the folks that make those braces. Their expertise and attention to detail ensures every device is made to the highest standards.

Jeremy Amos – Production Manager
Jeremy has lived in the area his entire life, having grown up in nearby Gibraltor, Pennsylvania. He received his associate degree in business administration from Penn State Berks campus and has been creating braces with us for 3 ½ years.

When not making braces, Jeremy enjoys guitar playing and has played in several local bands. He also enjoys cooking, especially barbequing, camping, outdoor adventures, attending concerts, and watching movies.

He currently resides with three roommates and a sweet pit bull mix named Sam.

Mike Stangl – Technician
Mike grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He graduated from West Chester University, then went on to receive his Master of Theology from Dallas Seminary in Dallas, Texas. He returned to the area in 1993 and now resides in Gap, Pennsylvania.

After pursuing the ministry for twenty-three years, Mike was ready for a change. His additional mechanical expertise has served him well and he has been with us for 4 ½ years.

In his spare time, Mike enjoys woodworking, furniture repair and refinishing, history, genealogy, and archeology. Mike resides with his wife and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Mindy and Bella. He has two grown children, a boy and a girl.

Michael Gallagher – Technician
Michael grew up in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He spent two years studying theatre arts at Arcadia University and is currently studying computer science at Delaware County Community College. Prior to starting with us, Michael worked at Home Depot and spent several years in the food service industry.

Michael currently lives in Pottstown with his girlfriend, Alice, and two ferrets, Nibbler and Niffler. He holds a third-degree black belt in American Kenpo, a form of marital arts, and has spent the last seven years as a volunteer at Preston’s and Steve’s Yearly Camp Out for Hunger, one of the largest food drive events in the nation. In his spare time, Mike enjoys walks, the beach, and hanging out with friends.

Martin Reph – Technician
Martin is the latest addition to the My Pet’s Brace family. He grew up in the nearby East Greenville/ Pennsburg area of Pennsylvania and attended Lehigh University where he studied archeology. Prior to joining us, he spent 5 years working in the prosthetics and orthotic industry.

Martin currently resides in Pottstown with his wife, Emily, and five children. His family includes a pet bullfrog, Pigu, and two bunnies, Sandy and Kiwi. In his spare time, Martin enjoys sculpting.