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 clicking on each photo below.
Rick Warren is Chairman and CEO of Weldaloy Products Company. He has been the sole shareholder since 1994. Throughout his career, Rick has launched and led accounting, real estate development, and management consulting firms. He received a B.S. in finance from Michigan State University.
Amid his entrepreneurship and business enterprises, Rick’s true passions are for people and the gospel. He is heavily involved with various ministries and nonprofit organizations around the country—many of which are involved in supporting education. To learn more about Rick, his story, and his charitable and community activity, visit 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.
Doug Ross joined Weldaloy in February 2017 as Vice President of Operations. He is responsible for continuous improvements throughout company operations and working with the senior management team to develop future strategies to grow the organization. Doug’s strong supply chain operations and IT experience allows him to evaluate current systems and give a unique balance of directional leadership in business processes, strategic initiatives, and technical implementations.
Prior to joining Weldaloy, Doug was a Global Director for Federal Mogul (a Fortune 500 company); an Executive Vice President at Blue Fountain Technologies; and Vice President of Systems and Operations at Qualitest Pharmaceuticals. While at these organizations, he led their manufacturing, distribution, and IT teams through growth and strategy initiatives by investing in and implementing new technologies that improved efficiencies throughout the supply chain. Doug received a B.S. in economics from the University of Georgia and an M.B.A. from Brenau University.
Ramachandra (Ram) Canumalla joined Weldaloy in June 2017 as Vice President of Technology. His unique blend of academic, research and development, industry, and management experiences align with Weldaloy’s strategic initiatives of technology and advanced manufacturing. As a metallurgist, Ram also brings in-house expertise and continuous improvement leadership to our manufacturing processes. Ram’s career spans more than three decades and three continents. His key focus areas include metals expertise, development of processes, and risk assessment. Ram was awarded “Metallurgist of the Year” by the Ministry of Steel, Government of India in 1997.
Ram received his PH.D. in metallurgical engineering and his M.S. in materials technology from Indian Institute of Technology, and his B.S. in metallurgical engineering from National Institutes of Technology.
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 accounting, finance, labor relations, and human resources. Prior to joining Weldaloy, Michelle was Network Administrator for Right Management.
Michelle holds an M.B.A. from the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management from Michigan State University, and a B.A. from Oakland University. She obtained her HR Generalist Certification from the American Society of Employers and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.
David Beatty joined Weldaloy as the Director of Finance in January 2018. He has extensive experience in manufacturing financial analysis, having worked at General Motors for 29 years. During his career, he served as finance director over three separate business units and led initiatives that generated $88M in annual cost savings.
The combination of David’s economic background, strategic mindset, and approachable leadership style allow him to provide well-rounded financial guidance as Weldaloy continues to pursue new growth opportunities.
David received an MBA in general management from Cornell University and holds a BA in finance and political economy from Hillsdale College.
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 M.S.A. degree from Central Michigan University and a B.S.B.A. 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.
Randy joined Weldaloy in May of 2014 as Facilities Manager. He 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.