Variegate, Inc. is located in Huntsville, Alabama and was founded by Michael Gruber in July of 1992. Mr. Gruber is a graduate of Auburn University and is a Registered Professional Engineer. Upon graduating he accepted a project engineering position with 3M Company in St. Paul, MN. During his first six years with 3M he gained extensive experience in the area of medical/surgical product development, facility construction, and capital equipment procurement and design.
During his next three years he was heavily involved in the area of tape and labeling machinery product design and development. His efforts in this area resulted in five U.S. Patents (all involve electro-mechanical machines).
Mr. Gruber's background also includes conceptual design, estimating and customer support of aqueous parts washers. He also worked for Boeing as a Design Engineer on Space Station Freedom. His work through the years has exposed him to a variety of machinery, computer systems, computer software and electronic control devices.
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Everyone always asks - Why Variegate and what does it mean? The answer can be found in Mr. Gruber's background. Over the span of his career he has worked with a variety of products and technologies. Like all engineers Mr. Gruber enjoyed this diversity and decided to incorporate this into the company name. Picking up Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary and starting with the word variety he started his search. This search ended with the word variegate and one of its meanings: "to enliven by means of variety". The rest is history!
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