Having the right people is the first step in exceeding customer expectations. Each individual on our leadership team takes personal responsibility for maintaining our commitment to our customers and their custom forging needs. We believe that people make the process, and we attribute our success in the forging industry to our dedicated team. Learn more about our leadership team by hovering over each photo below.
Rick is Chairman and Owner of Weldaloy Products Company. He has been Chairman and majority shareholder since 1994.
Rick is involved with numerous civic and charitable organizations. He also holds a BA in Finance from Michigan State University.
To learn more about Rick, his story and his charitable and community activity, go to TheOtherRickWarren.com
Kurt Ruppenthal joined Weldaloy in January 2014 as Engineering Manager and was promoted to Vice President and General Manager in August 2016. Kurt is responsible for leading and directing all R&D, engineering, quality, manufacturing, and maintenance activities. He has a strong commitment to working with the team to continually improve our forging and machining capabilities and to find ways to better serve our customers.
Kurt previously served as the Director of Engineering and Product Development for Enovate Medical, a clinical work station and medical device manufacturer named by Inc. Magazine as One of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies from 2009-2012. He brings a wealth of experience in growing small businesses, team building, leadership and engineering. Kurt holds a BA from Oakland University.
Michelle McCullough joined Weldaloy Products Company in 1997. She hired in as Network Administrator and was promoted to Information Systems Manager in 1999. In 2002, she took on additional responsibilities as Human Resources Manager, overseeing all aspects of benefits, training, safety, recruitment, and employment policies and documentation. She was promoted to her current role as Vice President in 2013. Her primary focus is managing the daily business activities as they relate to Sales, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, and Information Systems. Prior to joining Weldaloy, Michelle was Network Administrator for Right Management.
Michelle holds an MBA from the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management from Michigan State University, and a BA from Oakland University. She obtained her HR Generalist Certification from the American Society of Employers and is a former member of the Society for Human Resource Management.
Jay Hidalgo joined Weldaloy in 2015. He oversees the development and implementation of Weldaloy’s marketing and sales programs.
Prior to joining Weldaloy, he founded ANNUITAS, a demand generation consultancy, where he served as Chief Revenue Officer. Jay has more than 25 years of expertise in developing and building market research, direct sales, and demand generation programs for regional, mid-market and national corporations. He’s also been a frequent speaker at various conferences and seminars about demand generation and lead management. Jay received his bachelor’s degree in Business Communications from Cedarville University in Ohio.
Joe Bloomingburg is Quality Manager for Weldaloy Products Company. As Quality Manager and ISO 9001 Management Representative, Joe is responsible for managing the quality and business systems to ensure the effectiveness of the quality policy, procedures and documentation in meeting or exceeding customer expectations and ISO standards.
Prior to joining the Weldaloy management team in October of 2008, Joe held various positions with TRW Automotive in Product Reliability, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance and Business/Sales Management. In addition, Joe is currently an active member of Macomb Community College Engineering Tech/Quality Department’s Curriculum Advisory Board. Joe holds a MSA degree from Central Michigan University and a BSBA degree from Lawrence Technical University.
Allen was promoted to Engineering Manager in December 2014. Allen has been a long-time employee of Weldaloy, starting his career as a CNC Setup Operator in 1996. Through his hard work, insightful thinking, and dedication, Allen has been promoted many times during his tenure. Allen has 30 years of machining experience, and he also holds several certificates in advanced manufacturing practices. He brings a fresh, hands-on, real world perspective to the Engineering department at Weldaloy.
Margaret Grant joined Weldaloy Products Company in 2011. As Human Resources Manager, Margaret is responsible for legal compliance, managing company polices, benefit administration and safety. Margaret has more than 15 years of experience in Human Resources with extensive skills in recruiting domestically and internationally, retention and employee relations. Prior to joining Weldaloy, Margaret held various positions for public, private and government sector companies including Heartland Rehabilitation Services, HCR ManorCare and the State of Michigan. She has also been a freelance writer for several years.
Margaret holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Journalism from Wayne State University. Her Masters Degree in Human Resource Administration is pending approval from Central Michigan University. She is also an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management.
David Raska has served as Vice President and Controller since November 2015, with a focus on developing financial systems to support Weldaloy’s growth goals. He joined Weldaloy in early 2002 as the Controller where he tightened cost controls to improve process efficiencies. Shortly thereafter, Dave was promoted to Vice President of Sales, with a focus on developing opportunities in new markets and products to meet Weldaloy’s strategic goals. He continues to leverage his sales experiences on the financial side of the business, bringing excellent value to Weldaloy, while continuing to strengthen relationships with our customers and suppliers.
Previously, Dave held finance and tax positions with Midway Products Group‚ Inc., Deloitte & Touche LLP, Perrin‚ Fordree & Co., Grant Thornton, and Chrysler Corporation. Dave holds an MBA in Finance and Taxation from Wayne State University‚ and a BA of Accountancy from Walsh College. He is a CPA and a member of both the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Randy joined Weldaloy in May of 2014 and is responsible for all maintenance and facility operations while maintaining and improving quality, safety and housekeeping standards. Prior to joining Weldaloy’s Management Team, Randy was the General Manager at Enovate Medical. Randy played a key role in bringing manufacturing capabilities in-house at Enovate and helped the company to become one of Michigan’s fastest-growing private companies from 2009-2012. Randy was formerly a partner of RE Frailey Company which provided architectural, general contracting and construction management services.
Randy has gained valuable skills in architecture and building construction through his education at Lawrence Technological University and Schoolcraft College. Randy’s past construction management experience are key as Weldaloy embarks on future expansion and ongoing facilities improvement projects.
Dennis Werthman was promoted to Director of R&D for Weldaloy Products Company in January 2014. Prior to this position, he served as Engineering Manager. With over 18 years in the automotive industry, Dennis brings capability and experience in the foundry, heat treat, and machining areas. Dennis is responsible for new product and process development, as well as supporting business expansion initiatives.
Prior to joining Weldaloy in December of 2004‚ Dennis held positions with Ford Motor Co. and Reynolds Metals Company (became ALCOA in May 2000) in various engineering roles on aluminum components. Dennis holds a BSME from Lawrence Technological University as well as an MBA from the University of Michigan – Dearborn.