WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

In 1949, after learning to weld on ships in WWII, Jerel’s great grandfather founded a manufacturing plant in Idaho. The same dedication to craft and strength forged in wartime drove the business forward. Since then, we have provided the highest standard of food handling equipment and conveyors available.

With our roots in fabrication, Kaitech has led the industry with unique solutions to our customers’ challenges. We are never limited by the items in our catalog, but design each solution to meet our client’s unique demands.

Three generations since our founding, we’ve built on that dedication and industrious drive. In 2016, we added a technology division – Kaitech Automation. Jerel joined forces with Robert, an experienced and talented engineer who stretches ideas far outside the box. Together we are building partnerships with companies like ABB, pushing the envelope in material automation and robotics.

As rapidly as automation evolves, some things never change. Even as technology and robotics advance, we stay close to our roots of hard work, ingenuity, and seeking the best solution for each customer.

We are now an Award-Winning ABB Value Provider focused on helping manufacturers advance!

Strategic Partners

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

In 1949, after learning to weld on ships in WWII, Jerel’s great grandfather founded a manufacturing plant in Idaho. The same dedication to craft and strength forged in wartime drove the business forward. Since then, we have provided the highest standard of food handling equipment and conveyors available.

With our roots in fabrication, Kaitech has led the industry with unique solutions to our customers’ challenges. We are never limited by the items in our catalog, but design each solution to meet our client’s unique demands.

Three generations since our founding, we’ve built on that dedication and industrious drive. In 2016, we added a technology division – Kaitech Automation. Jerel joined forces with Robert, an experienced and talented engineer who stretches ideas far outside the box. Together we are building partnerships with companies like ABB, pushing the envelope in material automation and robotics.

As rapidly as automation evolves, some things never change. Even as technology and robotics advance, we stay close to our roots of hard work, ingenuity, and seeking the best solution for each customer.

We are now an Award-Winning ABB Value Provider focused on helping manufacturers advance!

Strategic Partners

OUR EXECUTIVE TEAM

Jerel Nelson
Jerel NelsonCEO
Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for progress, Jerel carries a torch ignited by his great-grandfather’s vision. Aiming to revolutionize the industry through automation and sanitary custom design, he co-founded Kaitech Automation. Jerel has built several strategic partnerships- an entire ecosystem for custom food and beverage processing solutions.
Bahador Moosavi
Bahador MoosaviCXO
Bahador’s passion for robotics ignited early, leading him to found a robotics team that competed in the World Cup during his university years. Now, as CFO at Kaitech Automation and owner of Remtech Systems, he combines 18 years of experience with extensive robot programming skills (including KUKA, ABB, and more). Bahador’s engineering mastery, backed by a Master’s degree, drives innovation in industrial robotics.
Jake Chouinard
Jake Chouinard COO
Jake Chouinard began as an Electrical Apprentice in 2003, progressing to a key role in industrial automation with expertise in PLC programming and control system design. He completed his apprenticeship and furthered his education in Industrial Automation, earning industry recognition including the NECA Outstanding Leadership Award. In 2020, he joined Kaitech Automation as Head of Controls, later transitioning to Head of Operations.
Tony Lancaster
Tony LancasterDirector of Process Improvement
Tony Lancaster is a process improvement leader with a dynamic career in engineering, design, and cross-sector manufacturing. His passion for efficiency fuels his expertise in product development, technical design, Lean implementation, and global project leadership. His innovative spirit is reflected in patents and industry awards, and underscores his drive to advance.
Jocelyn Weiss
Jocelyn WeissDirector of Administration
Adaptable and eager to learn, Jocelyn carved a path through diverse early-career roles. From ‘Director of Administration’ came a wide array of responsibilities, honing her ability to thrive in ever-changing environments. Collaboration is key for Jocelyn, knowing that even if the answer isn’t readily available, there’s always a helping hand or resource to guide the way.

OUR ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP

Chris Brown
Chris BrownDirector of Mechanical Engineering
With a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering, Chris has tackled diverse roles, from individual contributor specializing in end-of-arm tooling to leading engineering teams at House of Design Robotics. He founded MechMaker Machines, focused on prototype and design services, and his end-of-arm designs have been showcased at major industry events like 3DExperienceWorld.
Mckenzie Steingruber
Mckenzie SteingruberHead of Controls
A robotics whiz who tackles complex systems with enthusiasm. From her Naval Academy roots to her time at Kaitech, she’s mastered top-tier robots (Kuka, ABB, you name it!) and honed her vision programming skills. Not content with just work projects, McKenzie builds her own robots for fun – think autonomous cars and target-tracking turrets! With a Mechanical Engineering degree, a sprinkle of Computer Science, and her role in shaping Boise State’s Mechatronics program, she’s the ultimate innovator to have on your team.
Colter Hodge
Colter HodgeDirector of Project Management
Problem-solving with a smile: meet Colter Hodge, your go-to in all things project management. Juggling diverse teams across industries is his speciality. He has a BS in Information Technology (project management, naturally!), as well as PMP, CSM, and CSPO certifications. Colter’s your guy to keep projects on time and on budget.

Tony Foster
Tony FosterSenior Engineering Lead
Tony brings over 13 years of experience across design and manufacturing, tackling everything from heavy equipment to cutting-edge robotics, to training the next generation of engineers. He boasts an AAS in Drafting Technology, a BS in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on manufacturing and computer-aided design, and is a certified Solidworks Professional.
Chris Anin
Chris AninSenior Engineering Lead
A seasoned mechanical engineer with over two decades of experience in automation and robotics. His expertise in robot programming (Fanuc, ABB) and vision systems (Fanuc IR Vision, Cognex) has been instrumental in streamlining manufacturing processes. Chris is known for his collaborative approach and dedication to delivering cutting-edge solutions within the industry.