Innovative Solutions in Industrial Automation Starts Here
Don founded Quest Industrial LLC formally in 2001. He was the company’s only full-time employee for some time, but was aided part-time by a few friends. With a great deal of hard work, time, and dedication, Don was able to expand the business and employ a few more people in 2005 – 2006. During these first few years Don decided to incorporate FANUC robotics into his innovative industrial solutions, eventually becoming an authorized FANUC integrator. Quest’s creative and expert use of vision systems in particular, earned the company a FANUC Vision Specialist certification. Quest is one of only thirteen such certificate holders in the United States.
2007 and 2008 brought a lot of change to Quest Industrial: doubling its workforce and the volume of work completed. In 2007, Quest won an award for Exemplary Leadership in Sales and Integration from FANUC robotics. By the end of 2008, Don had six employees and had made numerous innovations yielding effective and creative solutions for his clients.
The three years following 2008 brought further expansion of the company, once again doubling its workforce and expanding the scope of projects to complete production lines in addition to the individual production cells. 2009 was a particularly significant for Quest and Don: In March of 2009, Don won the Green County Development Corporations Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. In October of 2009, Quest became accredited by the Better Business Bureau, and Don was recognized by the Young Professionals of Green County and received their Young Professional of the Year Award. Don was also awarded the Regional Entrepreneur Established Business award from the Southwest Wisconsin Economic Development Coalition.
In 2010, Quest was recognized again by FANUC robotics with their Outstanding Sales Growth as well as the Excellence in Intelligent Robotics Awards. Don began exploring options for the expansion of Quest’s facilities in 2010. Quest Industrial became one of Wisconsin’s companies to watch in 2011, presented by The Edward Lowe Foundation and The Wisconsin’s Entrepreneur’s Network.
During 2011, Quest received FANUC’s Innovation Award, an accolade not frequently awarded, and increased demand for Quest’s products promoted further expansion. Also in 2012, FANUC recognized Quest with its award for Excellence in Intelligent Robotics, and Don was recognized by the Wisconsin Entrepreneur’s Network for his various contributions to inspire future entrepreneurs and foster innovative thought. Quest was also proud to be recognized as one of the top places to work in Wisconsin by the Better Business Bureau.
2013 brought the ground breaking of Quest Industrial’s new facilities in the Monroe Industrial Park. Quest was again recognized by FANUC for Excellence in Intelligent Robotics. While exhibiting at the 2013 International Dairy show, Quest won the Sustainability Innovation Award for the Pro Pick Pack. By the middle of December, Quest had moved to its new facilities and was fully operational within the few weeks following. This year the compact fully functional robotic palletizer, the Boxed-Bot was revealed and displayed at the International Dairy Show in Chicago.
The relocation of Quest was well deserved and needed. The employees enjoyed their new offices, an outstanding parking lot and space – which came in quite handy when Quest completed one of the largest projects to date and needed to remove a few overhead vents to ensure the equipment would be able to fit. Once again, Quest Industrial was recognized by FANUC for Excellence in Intelligent Robotics and was delighted to receive a new award, Outstanding Sales Growth, that was proudly accepted in 2014. The engineer’s of Quest also launched the Quest Quick Pick & Pack, a compact pick and place machine with speeds up to 400 pieces per minute, along with the Quest Quik Sealer that is capable of sealing a box every 3 seconds with glue or tape.
Quest Industrial’s team visited several schools in 2015, including New Glarus Middle and High School and St. Victors School in Monroe. The team also had the pleasure to host the Monroe Behring Senior Center Men’s Group, who toured Quest’s facilities, asked questions and watched robotic automation in person. While at the International Dairy Show, Quest displayed its redesigned Boxed-Bot – our engineers cut off 8 square feet to leave it with a minute footprint for plants with minimal floor space. In October, Quest built the first Pro Pick Pack Plus, which features two Fanuc M20s to reach maximum speeds for larger products being picked and packed. At the same time, our specialists released the Automated Ultrasonic Cutter that boasts speeds up to 22 cuts per minute and has a very small footprint at about 2 ft. x 4 ft.
Community spirit is core to Quest, and our employees volunteer with various organizations, and participate in numerous local and regional events. When out and about in the Wisconsin area make sure to look for our logo: we are pleased to sponsor events such as Cheese Days, Badger Tractor and Truck Pulls, golf outings and various youth events. Don, specifically, has spoken at several schools and is one of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s distinguished alumni.