Tool Gauge expands leadership team

Tool Gauge is pleased to welcome three new staff members to its leadership team.


Julia Pope joins us as our new Controller. During her 17-year career in the plastics, rubber, and mold-making industries, Julia has worked for companies as diverse as ADP and Goodyear Rubber. Her ability to understand computers, people, and processes coupled with her capacity to investigate and solve problems have been key to her success. Julia holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration / accounting from Cal State University in San Bernardino, Calif.


Chris Kaulfuss has been promoted to Manager of Plastics Engineering after being employed with the company for two years as a Project Manager. A 20-year plastic industry veteran with a strong understanding of LEAN manufacturing, including 5S, value stream mapping, and Kaizen events, Chris has served as Senior Process Engineer and Production Manager for large projects in the commodities, automotive and aerospace industries. He holds an associate’s degree in technical design and an HR / supervisory certificate from Olympic College in Bremerton, Wash., as well as an internal auditor certificate of completion ISO 9001:2008:AS9100.


Orlando Tantico joined Tool Gauge as Manager of Quality Assurance in November 2015, responsible for ensuring internal and external product conformity as well as identifying areas for continuous product, delivery, and customer service improvements. Prior to Tool Gauge, he worked at several companies where he built his skills in quality, manufacturing, and lean principals. Before that, Orlando worked in the aerospace industry for some 20 years, including as Lean Manager for six years during which he initiated several programs resulting in elevated quality and delivery through lean assessments and implementation. Orlando has served as a mentor for a non-profit aerospace/ commercial company, guiding individuals into the workplace and transitioning back into society. He holds a Quality & Lean Certificate from The Boeing Company in Auburn, Wash., as well as Lean Certificates from Genie / Terex in Redmond, Wash. and LMI Aerospace in St. Louis, MI / Auburn, Wash. respectively.