Leadership

Ron McNees - President   As one of the founders of Altron Automation and someone who has been in the design and build industry for 35 years, Ron is passionate about this business. He is committed to continuous improvement as an employer of choice and as a supplier to our customers. Ron’s dedication can be attributed to his desire to meet future challenges with creative and practical solutions for years to come.

Ron McNees - President

As one of the founders of Altron Automation and someone who has been in the design and build industry for 35 years, Ron is passionate about this business. He is committed to continuous improvement as an employer of choice and as a supplier to our customers. Ron’s dedication can be attributed to his desire to meet future challenges with creative and practical solutions for years to come.

Arnold 'Spike' LaCombe - Vice President   Spike has been in the design and build industry for 35 years and the co-founder and Vice President of Altron Automation for 29 years. A controls engineer by education, Spike knows the challenges that our employees and customers face. As a result, he has many unique ideas about how we can take the services we offer to the next level. His commitment to excellence is apparent in all of the ways in which he supports the organization.

Arnold 'Spike' LaCombe - Vice President

Spike has been in the design and build industry for 35 years and the co-founder and Vice President of Altron Automation for 29 years. A controls engineer by education, Spike knows the challenges that our employees and customers face. As a result, he has many unique ideas about how we can take the services we offer to the next level. His commitment to excellence is apparent in all of the ways in which he supports the organization.

Gary Moore - General Manager   As the General Manager for Altron, his focus is our employees, our customers, and our owners' success. Gary brings to Altron 35 years of experience in design and build businesses, 28 of those years spent in leadership. He contributes with continuous improvement, along with an investment in our employees, facilities, equipment and technology to keep Altron as a world class company in the industry.

Gary Moore - General Manager

As the General Manager for Altron, his focus is our employees, our customers, and our owners' success. Gary brings to Altron 35 years of experience in design and build businesses, 28 of those years spent in leadership. He contributes with continuous improvement, along with an investment in our employees, facilities, equipment and technology to keep Altron as a world class company in the industry.

Business Unit Directors

Kirk Whitney - Director of Reinforced Plastics   Kirk has over 9 years of engineering and program management experience. He attended Ferris State University for Mechanical Engineering. Kirk is responsible for overseeing all operations for the Reinforced Plastics business unit, including sales, program management, engineering and plant management. He is committed to providing high quality production products at every level. His dedication to continuously provide solutions and pass-through knowledge provides great opportunities for each program to be successful.

Kirk Whitney - Director of Reinforced Plastics

Kirk has over 9 years of engineering and program management experience. He attended Ferris State University for Mechanical Engineering. Kirk is responsible for overseeing all operations for the Reinforced Plastics business unit, including sales, program management, engineering and plant management. He is committed to providing high quality production products at every level. His dedication to continuously provide solutions and pass-through knowledge provides great opportunities for each program to be successful.

Scott Smith - Director of Advanced Manufacturing Systems   Scott has been an integral part of the Altron Automation team for many years, several of those years as a part of leadership. His primary focus as the the Business Unit Director in the Advanced Manufacturing Systems group is to produce high quality equipment, as well as high level support for all customers. Scott encourages our engineering team to develop new and innovative solutions for automation and testing, while ensuring manufacturing provides a consistent quality product in an organized and timely fashion.

Scott Smith - Director of Advanced Manufacturing Systems

Scott has been an integral part of the Altron Automation team for many years, several of those years as a part of leadership. His primary focus as the the Business Unit Director in the Advanced Manufacturing Systems group is to produce high quality equipment, as well as high level support for all customers. Scott encourages our engineering team to develop new and innovative solutions for automation and testing, while ensuring manufacturing provides a consistent quality product in an organized and timely fashion.

Tyler LaCombe - Director of Operations   Tyler has 9 years of experience in both high volume and design & build manufacturing, including 6 years at Altron Automation & its subsidiary companies. He has held a wide array of responsibilities in many different business disciplines including leadership positions in Sales, Manufacturing, Systems Engineering, and, most recently, Materials Management. Tyler holds a B.A. of Sports Management from the University of Michigan.

Tyler LaCombe - Director of Operations

Tyler has 9 years of experience in both high volume and design & build manufacturing, including 6 years at Altron Automation & its subsidiary companies. He has held a wide array of responsibilities in many different business disciplines including leadership positions in Sales, Manufacturing, Systems Engineering, and, most recently, Materials Management. Tyler holds a B.A. of Sports Management from the University of Michigan.

 
Pat Cooper - Director of Finance   Pat has been a member of the Altron Management team for over 22 years. He has a total of 38 years of financial experience including 11 years at Coca- Cola and 5 years at United Technologies Automotive. As Director of Finance, Pat is responsible for all administrative aspects of the company such as accounts receivable, accounts payable, cash flow, budgeting, banking and all financial reporting. Pat is a graduate of Michigan State University with a major in accounting and a minor in economics.

Pat Cooper - Director of Finance

Pat has been a member of the Altron Management team for over 22 years. He has a total of 38 years of financial experience including 11 years at Coca- Cola and 5 years at United Technologies Automotive. As Director of Finance, Pat is responsible for all administrative aspects of the company such as accounts receivable, accounts payable, cash flow, budgeting, banking and all financial reporting. Pat is a graduate of Michigan State University with a major in accounting and a minor in economics.

Stephanie Darling - Human Resources Manager   Stephanie has over 7 years of experience in the Human Resources field, gaining knowledge in many different areas of throughout her career. In her role at Altron, she is responsible for all functions of HR, including talent acquisition, learning and development, employee relations and total reward. Stephanie holds a Juris Doctor from Michigan State University.

Stephanie Darling - Human Resources Manager

Stephanie has over 7 years of experience in the Human Resources field, gaining knowledge in many different areas of throughout her career. In her role at Altron, she is responsible for all functions of HR, including talent acquisition, learning and development, employee relations and total reward. Stephanie holds a Juris Doctor from Michigan State University.

Jeff Sandel - Continuous Improvement Manager   Jeff has over 25 years of Lean Manufacturing experience that he brings to Altron. He has worked in a broad range of manufacturing environments. In previous roles, Jeff received training in the Toyota Production System. He has learned that, regardless of the diversity of the process being performed, there is always a place for Lean methods and a culture of Continuous improvement. He aspires to be a change agent for the company and share the knowledge he has acquired, by teaching the methods of Lean through events including but not limited to: Kaizen, Value Stream Mapping, Gemba, 5S/Visual Workplace.

Jeff Sandel - Continuous Improvement Manager

Jeff has over 25 years of Lean Manufacturing experience that he brings to Altron. He has worked in a broad range of manufacturing environments. In previous roles, Jeff received training in the Toyota Production System. He has learned that, regardless of the diversity of the process being performed, there is always a place for Lean methods and a culture of Continuous improvement. He aspires to be a change agent for the company and share the knowledge he has acquired, by teaching the methods of Lean through events including but not limited to: Kaizen, Value Stream Mapping, Gemba, 5S/Visual Workplace.

 

Account Managers

Greg Feyer - Account Manager - Reinforced Plastics   Greg is passionate about servicing customers and providing solutions for their automation needs. He is innovative, always thinking " outside the box" when trying to help customers with their requirements. He started his career building machines and progressed through various positions ranging from design, estimating, Sr. management and sales. He has experience in industries from automation, robotics, injection molding, commodity products and the trade show industry. In his free time, Greg loves to mountain bike, spend time with his grandchildren and volunteer at his church. Greg has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology and Management from Ferris State University.

Greg Feyer - Account Manager - Reinforced Plastics

Greg is passionate about servicing customers and providing solutions for their automation needs. He is innovative, always thinking " outside the box" when trying to help customers with their requirements. He started his career building machines and progressed through various positions ranging from design, estimating, Sr. management and sales. He has experience in industries from automation, robotics, injection molding, commodity products and the trade show industry. In his free time, Greg loves to mountain bike, spend time with his grandchildren and volunteer at his church. Greg has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology and Management from Ferris State University.

Jim Stebbins - Account Manager - Advanced Manufacturing Systems   Jim has served in the Automotive Industry for 35 years. For 20 years, his emphasis was in the manufacturing sector. Jim was able to use his training in manufacturing & project engineering to develop processes and to manage their implementation. During this time, he was able to expand his contribution by being trained in Lean Manufacturing and quality standards. For the past 15 years, Jim has focused his insight to partner with customers to produce world class equipment. Jim’s passion is to provide an innovative product by understanding the customer’s requirements and representing the voice of the customer to the team at Altron throughout the process – from the start of the project to processing customer’s parts in their facility.

Jim Stebbins - Account Manager - Advanced Manufacturing Systems

Jim has served in the Automotive Industry for 35 years. For 20 years, his emphasis was in the manufacturing sector. Jim was able to use his training in manufacturing & project engineering to develop processes and to manage their implementation. During this time, he was able to expand his contribution by being trained in Lean Manufacturing and quality standards. For the past 15 years, Jim has focused his insight to partner with customers to produce world class equipment. Jim’s passion is to provide an innovative product by understanding the customer’s requirements and representing the voice of the customer to the team at Altron throughout the process – from the start of the project to processing customer’s parts in their facility.

 
 

Altron is proud of its 130+ employees that make Altron who it is each and every day

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