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.
David Beatty joined Weldaloy 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.
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.
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.