ALGONQUIN, Ill.—Kenmode Precision Metal Stamping recently expanded its team in quality, production, project management, and distribution by hiring two new managers and promoting three employees, the company said in a press release. The new hires include Greg Beck, who joined Kenmode as production supervisor, and John Doerr, who has stepped into the role of senior quality engineer.
The company has also promoted Terry Handel to the position of supervisor, project management; Tim Johnson, to supervisor of warehouse and distribution; and Tom Lazansky, to director of quality assurance.
“Our business is growing, and we are always looking for top talent to meet the demands of our industry and our clients for advanced technical expertise and manufacturing management experience,” said Kurt Moders, president of Kenmode, in a statement. “We are fortunate to be able to attract seasoned managers from leading manufacturers, as well as to promote our own employees as their skills and experience merit.”
Greg Beck joined Kenmode after 26 years in metal stamping at Ultra Stamping and Assembly, where he rose from a tool and die apprentice to plant manager, production manager, and quality manager. As production supervisor at Kenmode, he is responsible for production scheduling, including metal stamping and secondary operations, as well as working with other departments on internal and external corrective action. He has an associate’s degree from Rock Valley College, where he completed his apprenticeship training.
John Doerr, an independent consultant in ISO quality system compliance since 2006, also has extensive experience in manufacturing management. At Deringer-Ney, he was director of quality from 1997 to 2006 and became plant manager in 2003, responsible for profit and loss of welding and stamping operations. At Kenmode, he works with customers and suppliers on quality issues, conducts internal audits for ISO compliance, and collaborates on quality improvements in production methods. He has a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from Eastern Illinois University and has completed Six Sigma Black Belt training, as well as ISO assessor training.
Terry Handel had been a project manager for Kenmode since 2012. In his new position as supervisor of project management, which handles all new client projects, he manages a team responsible for meeting customer demands for rapid prototyping, faster turnaround of new product development, and improved processes. Before joining Kenmode, he was master planner for Cast Aluminum Solutions and had earlier been production supervisor. He was also a project engineer and manufacturing engineer at ITW’s Paslode/Industrial Fastening. He holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Iowa State University and a certification in project management from Loyola University of Chicago.
Tim Johnson, an employee of Kenmode since 1998, has risen from set-up operator in production to various positions in the warehouse, handling materials and supplies for the pressroom. He was promoted from assistant supervisor to supervisor of warehouse and distribution, where he oversees incoming and outgoing shipments of raw materials, products, and secondary operations from suppliers, as well as import/export shipments and web-based shipping scheduling. Before joining Kenmode, he worked in material handling at a plastic injection molding firm. He attended Elgin Community College and holds certifications in EMT and forklift instruction.
Tom Lazansky has been a Kenmode employee for his entire career, spanning 33 years, most of which has been spent in the quality inspection lab. He continues to oversee day-to-day operations of the lab and is now responsible for the quality management system. He manages a team of 15 people, who handle all customer quality issues. His team conducts first piece, in process, and final inspections and secondary operation verifications. They also compile and monitor quality data in metal stamping production. Lazansky attended Elgin Community College and has completed training in such subjects as blueprints and statistical process control.
Kenmode Precision Metal Stamping (www.kenmode.com) prides itself on “strict adherence to uncompromised quality and performance standards in the manufacture of complex, high-precision custom metal stampings and assemblies for the automotive, electronics, consumer goods, insert molding, and medical device industries worldwide.” The company handles a wide range of metal stamping materials and component parts, from micro-miniature medical stampings to large automotive stampings made from steel.