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Growing up in Green Brook, New Jersey, Jonathan Kuentz was “in awe” of people who had the skills to build houses and work on vehicles and equipment. He began his own experimentation with mechanical devices at an early age with somewhat mixed results. “There was a point when I loved to take things apart, but it wasn’t until later in my life that I learned to put them back together,” he recalled laughing.


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After Kuentz completed high school, his interest in all things mechanical led him to Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston, MA where he studied automotive technology. From there he went to Engine City Institute of Technology in Union, New Jersey where he took courses to specialize in diesel engines to include truck-related components. He moved to the Washington D.C. area and got a job with a construction company maintaining their trucks and rebuilding major components. Searching for more opportunities, he went through the phone book and sent out resumes to every company that


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