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 has been Vice President and General Manager since 2016. Using his broad knowledge of manufacturing and materials, Kurt oversees Business Development and Key Accounts, and also plays the role as company visionary. Kurt strives to have a strong connection with customers and the Weldaloy team, and is committed to finding new methods to serve both of them better.
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.
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, new products and processes development, 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 Institutes of Technology, and his B.S. in metallurgical engineering from National Institute of Technology.
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.
Andrew Smith joined the Weldaloy leadership team in October 2018. Andrew oversees Production, Engineering, Quality, Facilities, Purchasing, and Shipping and Receiving. Andrew is extremely process oriented, and brings an excellent blend of discipline and business savvy to manufacturing. Andrew works closely with his entire team to meet challenging expectations, exceed industry standards, and satisfy our customers’ needs with creative problem solving. Andrew continuously looks to find ways to expand Weldaloy’s manufacturing capabilities, making him a vital member of our leadership team.
Prior to working at Weldaloy, Andrew was the CEO of UV Angel, a technology start-up focused on ultraviolet disinfection for the healthcare industry. Andrew studied Biochemistry at Oakland University.