Director of Engineering
Dan joined the Hydra-Flex team in September of 2019 as the Director of Engineering and brings with him years of cleaning industry experience. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from NDSU and 30 years for engineering experience. He worked for Tennant Company, a major Floor Care Equipment Manufacturer, the last 14 years with several roles including Director of Advanced Product Development. He is excited to join Hydra-Flex and help deliver new innovations to further fuel the company’s rapid growth. Dan enjoys wake surfing, golfing, cycling, hunting, fishing and spending time with his wife and two children.
Principal Project Engineer
Peter comes to Hydra-Flex from the 3D printing industry, where he spent the past 7 years developing printers and consumables for Stratasys. Prior to that, he worked for 9 years developing ID and credit card printers for Datacard, and before that he worked for Pemstar, a contract engineering and manufacturing company. Peter graduated from Milwaukee School of Engineering with a mechanical engineering degree. When not at work, Peter enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, woodworking, metal fabrication, fishing, hunting, and anything outdoors.
Sr. Product Design Engineer
Caleb joined Hydra-Flex's engineering team in October 2016. After receiving his bachelor's degree at Minnesota State - Mankato, Caleb worked in product design, mainly in the fluid handling and medical device fields. He enjoys tackling design problems and designing new innovative solutions for the end customer. Outside of work, Caleb enjoys playing flag football, lifting weights, wakeboarding, snowboarding, and keeping up with his favorite sports teams.
Ken joined Hydra-Flex in March of 2019 as Solutions Architect. Having 27 years' experience working with technology starting in the print and graphic design industries, he spent the last eleven years with Garmin leading teams focusing on cloud services and integration with web and mobile applications and connected hardware. Outside of the office you're likely to find Ken with his family, relaxing outside, enjoying a movie, flying his drone, reading, or monkeying around with a wide variety of DIY projects.
Dan is a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin, Stout, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Design. Dan joined the Hydra Flex team in June of 2015 and is eager and motivated to work collaboratively with the Hydra-Flex team to create and execute design solutions that will improve the form and functionality of HFI products. In his spare time Dan likes to share his sense of humor with family and friends, and stays active playing softball, lacrosse, and racquetball.
Casey joined Hydra-Flex in May of 2018 as a Designer with 4 years of experience creating custom retail environments for large commercial retailers, hoping to bring his strong creative input along to help with our mission of product expansion. Casey holds a bachelors in MET, along with an associate degree in drafting and design, with hopes to expand his knowledge by returning to school. At work, Casey enjoys being involved with the upfront design process to give ideas on how to make our product innovation stand out from the crowd. Outside of work he is an avid golfer, Blackhawks fan, and keeps his creative passion going by always thinking of the next idea to make.
Engineering Laboratory Manager
Dan joined Hydra-Flex's engineering team in February 2017. Prior to Hydra-Flex, Dan held the role of Lead Lab Technichian at Alliance Laundry Systems in their commercial dryer division. Dan also brings with him 7 years of experience in building and programming stations for equipment testing to qualify new product designs. His goal at Hydra-Flex is to help the engineering team make the our engineering lab a world-class testing facility. When not at work, Dan enjoys spending time with his family, camping, being outdoors, and playing a variety of sports.
R&D Lab Tech
Joe joined the Hydra Flex team in July, 2018 as a Laboratory Technician. He graduated from University Wisconsin River Falls with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. After that he worked for a year in a laboratory testing adhesives and sealants before moving to the lab at HFI. He enjoys the lab environment which includes setting up tests and fixtures and maintain them and utilizing different devices to collect and interpret data. When not at work he enjoys going out with friends and exploring for new restaurants and spending time with family.
R&D Lab Tech
Josh joined Hydra-Flex in May of 2020 with 15 years of experience working as a Research and Development engineering technician testing oil and fuel filters. When he is not working, he enjoys home improvement projects on his new home, playing pool, ping pong, golf tennis and poker. He and his wife spend lots of time watching football and are avid players of Fantasy football, cheering for the Chiefs and Vikings.
Jeff joined Hydra-Flex in October 2017 as a Product Engineer. Jeff received his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University Minnesota Duluth. At a previous employer, he worked on continuous improvement projects on various lines of power equipment such as air compressors, log splitters, semi-trash pumps, and generators. At work Jeff likes to design and improve products so customers have the best product to fit their needs. Outside of work, Jeff enjoys working on home improvement projects, grilling, hanging out with friends, and keeping up with football and hockey.
Senior R&D Lab Tech
With a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Pa joined the Hydra-Flex team in September 2019. He has experience as a Designer and a Power Plant System Engineer. In his free time he likes to spend time with family, bake, play video games, tennis, work on house projects, and your typical car maintenance. He won’t pass up ice cream, a ping-pong match, or a race in Mario Kart.
Nate Cota joined the Hydra-Flex team as a Prototype Machinist in the fall of 2019 with a background in aerospace, medical service, industrial service, welding and fabrication. In addition to machining, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two young daughters as well as working in the garage on his Rat Rod. Nate likes playing and watching hockey, and when he has time, going to games. He couldn't survive without coffee and his favorite time of the year is autumn.
Sr. Project Engineer
Derek joined Hydra-Flex in December 2019 as a Senior Project Engineer and is excited to advance his career in the fluid handling field. His prior experience at Eaton Corporation, developing products to transfer fluid in hydraulic and engine systems, and at Donaldson in their Liquid Filter division aligns well with the development objectives which fuel growth here at Hydra-Flex. Derek received his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Design from the University of Wisconsin – STOUT and MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater (but don’t mistake him for a Packers fan). In his spare time, Derek enjoys spending time with his wife and five kiddos, hanging out at the family cabin in northern MN, and all things powersports.
Senior Project Engineer
Ian joined our team as a Senior Project Engineer to continue to explore and innovate new products. He once worked at Tennant Co experimenting with different techniques of pressure washing aircraft carrier decks. Though he was born and raised in England, Minnesota has been home for 25 years. He enjoys spending time with his wife and sons, jogging (just a little faster than walking), and fishing whenever he gets the chance.
Nate joined the Hydra-Flex engineering team in July 2020. Nate comes to HFI with 15 years of experience assisting companies from all industries design, develop, and get their product(s) to market. Nate brings an additional upfront mechanical design mind to the R&D team and is looking forward to helping HFI continue to find ways to disrupt the marketplace. When not at work, Nate is hanging with the family, enjoying everything outdoors, perfecting his culinary skills, and always cheering on the Hawkeyes.
Senior Electrical Engineer
Andy joined Hydra-Flex in July of 2020 as an Electrical Engineer. He grew up in Wisconsin, and moved to MN to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of St. Thomas. Andy brings 8 years of experience in new product design at Entrust Datacard where he developed the electronics for ID and credit card printers. He is excited to work with the Hydra-Flex team to develop the next generations of electronic capabilities. Outside of work, Andy enjoys spending time outdoors with his son, wife, dog, family, and friends.