Caframo from the Bay

About Caframo Lab Solutions

In 1954, Hans Heidolph Sr. decided to expand outside of Germany, into North America and in 1955 the new Caframo business was opened, manufacturing and distributing laboratory stirrers in North America and Mexico.

The founders were Hans Heidolph Senior, his son Hans Heidolph Jr, and his son-in-law Doctor Rudolph Zinsser.

The company name Caframo is derived from “Canadian Fractional Motors”.  All overhead stirrers are built with small motors less than a horsepower in strength.

In 1994, Tony Solecki joined the company as General Manager, and in 1996 purchased the company.

We pride ourselves as being an industry leader.  Stirrers are made with brushless DC motors, metal housings and digital displays.  The accessory stands, clamps and mixing impellers are electropolished stainless steel and all available from stock.

Andre Steinman

Director, Business Development

Andre Steinman, now Director of Business Development, Caframo Laboratory Products Division, is excited to contribute in a new way to the positive growth trajectory.
Andre has dedicated nearly two decades to moving science forward; connecting the industry with quality Caframo overhead stirrers to positively impact every part of the world around us. Building key relationships to foster account growth, training internal and external sales teams and motivating, always, speaks to her true passion for people. Supporting the team, industry relationships and strategically mapping new opportunities are top priorities.
Andre is now strategically focused on growth of the Caframo brand by deepening customer and distributor relationships, further developing Caframo’s high quality product line while ensuring the Caframo Lab Solutions team is fully resourced to exceed expectations.
Andre lived and worked in the US prior to joining Caframo and loves all travel. Her career path has always connected to sales, with people at the center, and growth top of mind. Dedication, analytical decision making and strategic thinking will keep the Caframo Lab Solutions business moving forward.

Marta LaForest

Director, Business Development

After a fulfilling 25 year career with Caframo and a 36 year career selling and marketing scientific lab equipment, Marta will retire February 28, 2023. Marta’s contributions over the years have been many. She has been the guiding and driving force behind many projects that have built not only the lab business and the credibility of the Caframo brand, but also deep and influential relationships with our channel partners, industry associations and end user groups.
Marta has provided insights for the full line of overhead stirrer products that make up the Caframo lab business today, has built a team of professionals that provide exemplary customer service and technical support to all customers that our business truly values and has helped develop and support the corporate strategies that focus on a great place to work, growing the business, serving customers and supporting Caframo employees.
Marta’s influence and impact has been felt and enjoyed beyond the Caframo lab business as she is an untiring advocate for improving both the Caframo employee experience and the company’s reputation in the community.
Marta is committed to a smooth transition of her duties and we are very happy to announce that Andre Steinman has been promoted to the Director, Business Development role for the Caframo Laboratory Products Division. Marta hired Andre in 2006. Andre knows this business, our products, our customers, the Caframo brand and the team. This transition ensures the continuity and commitment that the Caframo lab business and you as a customer are in good hands.
Congratulations Andre and Caframo wishes Marta all the best in all she does in her retirement.

Eric Frost

Technical Account Manager

Eric holds an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics and Business Administration from the University of Waterloo and has a background in project management. He is a problem solver and a hands on technical expert who will be able to help you with stirrer operations and system integrations.


Eric’s ability to serve customers and provide quick, efficient help to answer questions fits perfectly within the Caframo team and the reputation we have with our customers and distributor sales reps. With a keen eye for detail and strong analytical skills, Eric looks forward to providing and acting on new information that will improve our product line and customer experience. He is always just a call or click away and can’t wait to talk to you about how a Caframo Stirrer or Mixer can satisfy your mixing needs in your process.

Innes Wunderlich

Applications & Market Research Specialist

Innes is a technical research specialist, expanding the knowledge and expertise of the Caframo Lab Solutions team. Innes understands how Caframo overhead stirrers are used and is able to identify gaps that will improve our products – making your life better at work.


Innes holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and a Master of Science from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.  Her ease communicating with customers comes from lab bench experience working in government and academic research. She has also worked in QC/QA lab manufacturing environments for a Health Canada licensed company.

Laura Kloeze

Inside Sales & Business Specialist

Laura joins Caframo with over eight years of experience working in the laboratory services and consulting industry. As an inside sales and business specialist, you will appreciate her prompt responses and attention to detail. Laura is a data-driven critical thinker who is always looking for efficiencies in the workplace.


Holding a Bachelor of Science degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Graduate Certificate from Niagara College, Laura’s strong organizational skills allow her to prioritize workflow to ensure successful project execution. She is committed to developing and maintaining customer relationships by understanding client goals so she can offer Caframo products to best serve their needs.

Will Heighington

Marketing & Programs Specialist

Will has recently resettled in Ontario after spending the better part of the last two decades living and working in Hong Kong. Will comes from a marketing and sales background where he most recently oversaw marketing for a tech start-up in HK’s Science Park.


With an insatiable drive to enable the most effective and productive communication with our customers available in today’s fast-changing world, Will is always a click or a call away from helping.

Our Technology

Caframo overhead stirrers and accessories are built in Canada to CSA/UL safety standards. We choose brushless DC (BLDC) motors for all of our products which provide more power at the chuck. Caframo boasts the highest torque laboratory overhead stirrers in the marketplace – the most power for their respective size.

We incorporate Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to test customer custom applications to ensure the correct motor power and impeller style are selected before investment. CFD simulations are also conducted during product develop phases to determine and confirm new product specifications. This testing helps to shorten the design and development process and optimizes designs at the early stages of development.

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