TORONTO - After three years on the road in an 18-wheeler, Trans Tech America Inc.'s Kay Wenger has decided to call Toronto home - for the time being. ``This is the first time in three years I've had an address other than our plant,'' said the Indiana native, who has been traveling across the United States and Canada in a tractor-trailer rig loaded with working demonstration models of Trans Tech America's transfer pad printing equipment.
Wenger has now been assigned to open a Trans Tech office in Toronto, its first in Canada.
The huge truck, which was parked outside Toronto's International Centre during Plast-Ex '95, will stay in Canada at least through the end of this year. Wenger said she will drive it to customers' plants.
``Our business in Canada is still small because it hasn't been cultivated,'' she said. ``But we are going to change that.''
Wenger worked as a social worker just after college, but grew tired of that and took a job as an over-the-road trucker. She did that for a year before signing on with Trans Tech three years ago.
Since then, she has driven the truck about 45,000 miles a year, typically spending half a day at a customer's plant showing equipment.
She will sometimes do a little service work on equipment a customer already has.
Trans Tech sells transfer pad equipment ranging from single-color units to highly automated multicolor systems. It manufactures some of the printing equipment and represents other makers.
Trans Tech America also operates an engineering and testing lab for customers' use at its Carol Stream, Ill., headquarters.
Trans Tech also plans to open an office in Mexico.