Personal Stories

Ralph Moshage, Corporate Engineering Manager

My initial experience working for Carus Corporation was during my teenage years in the 1970s. My father worked 30+ years for Carus, retiring as the Plant Manager, and I had done part time and seasonal work there from the time I was fifteen years old. I knew even then that I wanted to be an engineer, and that early experience at Carus cemented that desire and gave me valuable experience.

After finishing our four-year tour in Ghana, we returned to the states, where I worked for a number of years at the Army Corp of Engineers Research Lab, traveling extensively to military installations throughout the US and even briefing military commanders at the Pentagon.

In 1996, I had the opportunity to return to Carus Corporation as a Maintenance Engineer. This was a position which offered both growth opportunities and the ability to bring my children closer to their grandparents and extended family. I’ve held a number of different positions at Carus since – including Maintenance Manager, CAIROX Operations Manager, and my current role: Corporate Engineering Manager.

Along with these roles, I’ve traveled extensively for Carus. In 2000, Carus acquired a manufacturing facility in Oviedo, Spain. I was transferred to Spain from 2001 to 2003 – relocating my family there – for oversight of the plant operation. From 2007 to 2009 I oversaw the construction and startup of a Carus manufacturing facility in Foshan, China, building the plant, sourcing equipment and workers, and traveling extensively to and from China during that time.

My time at Carus has challenged me in many ways and forced me to grow well beyond my previous experience. My current role has given me oversight of the engineering department, which includes both the main Carus manufacturing facilities in LaSalle, Illinois and the Corporate Headquarters in Peru, Illinois.

Outside of Carus, I have a number of hobbies and interests that I actively pursue. I love the outdoors, and spend as much time as I can in the open air. I have been a scout leader for 30+ years, and thoroughly enjoy the camping, hiking, canoeing, and caving activities that come along with that role. I also own a horse, volunteer as a trustee at a local church, and have recently joined the local Rotary group.

All these things keep me extremely busy in my time away from work, but I firmly believe each individual receives only one chance to live each day, and I do my best not to pass up the opportunities that present themselves.