Mike has been in the meat equipment industry since 1991. He started at Carruthers Equipment, where he helped develop improvements that increased sales by 500% in five years. He then became the Western Territory Sales Manager at Alkar for 10 years, receiving thermal processing training from the “Great” Bob Hanson, and attending all short courses at Iowa State. Maki’s passion for creating innovative equipment led him to found Cove Food Equipment, where he created, manufactured, and sold innovative smokehouses, slicers, and shredders. Cove was purchased by Fusion Tech in 2015.