PROFESSIONALS WORKING TOGETHER
Our large array of machining tools would be useless without the people who run them. Our people are what make the difference between Cass and other machine shops. We invest heavily in our staff and treat them like members of our family. The result is low turnover, longevity, and high productivity. They take pride in knowing what they’re making, and for whom. We believe our ﬁrst mission at Cass is to provide good livelihoods to our employees and their families. Without this tenet in place, nothing else would matter.
JIM GARVIN, President
Jim joined Cass as President in 2016 after two years at Hutchinson Manufacturing Inc. in COO role and 22 years at TDK/Hutchinson Technology in a Director of Operations role. Jim has led multiple engineering and manufacturing organizations in both the USA and internationally. Jim is an accomplished, results-driven business leader with a track record of improving performance in all facets of an operation.
Jim’s mission for Cass is to grow the company and update manufacturing while maintaining its long-standing reputation of high-quality service and on-time delivery. Under Jim’s leadership Cass looks to diversify into new industries while continuing growth with its current customer base that it values so much. “We have a great team and are positioned well for growth. I am so impressed by our long history and excited about the opportunities in front of us.”
Pamela Johnson is Controller for Cass. After completing a bachelor’s degree in accounting at the University of Minnesota Duluth and then passing the CPA exam, Pamela gained 14 years of experience managing the accounting functions of three different companies. She loves spending time with her two grown daughters, traveling the world, cooking, kayaking and snorkeling.
Director of Operations
Ted Biorn is Director of Operations. Ted started at Cass in 1995 as a CNC machinist. He is a subject matter expert in machining and turning and has grown into top leadership positions during his tenure at Cass. As Director of Operations, Ted drives the continuous improvement in lean manufacturing technology development and drives efficiencies in all manufacturing. Ted enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, skiing, motocross, tennis, and being on the lake.
Dave Schuh joined the Cass team in the summer of 2017 as a Business Development Manager. Dave brings over 30 years of executive management experience in manufacturing to Cass. His manufacturing and sales and marketing experience includes defense equipment, packaging machinery, and industrial automation components. Dave is passionate about helping customers grow their businesses and solve their problems by connecting them with Cass’ capabilities. Dave holds a BA and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas and resides in Somerset Wisconsin. Dave married in 1981, has three children and one grandchild. He enjoys time with the family on the farm in Somerset, fishing, hunting, golf and pool.
Brad Dalbec is a Sales Engineer who started at Cass just out of high school in 1978. He started out in secondary operations and moved on to oversee the expansion and the day-to-day operations of the grinding department. With over 30 years of experience, he brings a wealth of knowledge to his role. Brad married his high school sweetheart in 1981 and he and his wife have two boys and three grandchildren. He enjoys time at the family cabin, fishing, golfing and traveling with his family.
Steven Brown is a Sales Engineer who started at Cass in 1966 while still in college. He started out at Cass as an inspector and worked his way through the ranks before becoming a Sales Engineer in 1995. He has an in-depth knowledge of the entire sales and manufacturing process. Steven graduated from the University of Minnesota, served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and has been married for 48 years. He has three kids and five grandchildren and enjoys travel, golf, racquetball and jigsaw puzzles.
Ross Greenwald is a Sales Engineer with over 20 years of experience in every phase of the Cass organization, giving him an in-depth understanding of the sales and manufacturing process. Ross holds a B.S. degree from St. Cloud State and loves spending time with family and helping his boys with sports (basketball, baseball, football, etc.), school work and teaching them life lessons along the way. Ross also enjoys weightlifting, running, biking, golfing and Minnesota sports teams (especially the Timberwolves).
Contracts & Purchasing
Kalei Enstad heads up Contracts & Purchasing for Cass. Kalei started at Cass in 1993 and has created a system that enables Cass to stay on top of the very best pricing for raw materials in the industry and allows Cass to maintain the ability to offer fair and competitive pricing for our customers. Originally from Hawaii, Kalei’s passion is dancing and teaching the hula. She and her husband love spending time with their grandchildren, bowling, playing cards and hanging out with friends.
Quality & Continuous
Scott Wyman is Quality & Continuous Improvement Director. Scott has worked in the manufacturing industry for 25 plus years for aerospace, heavy industry, and commercial customers. He also has experience in lean manufacturing and is a Six Sigma Black Belt. Scott takes quality personally and understands the importance of this to the customer. He studied engineering at the University of Illinois and is a certified ISO 9001, 13485, and AS 9100 auditor. Scott also has an interest in high-performance cars and builds his own car engines and suspension systems. He has built multiple cars that run in excess of 200 mph.
Logistics & Customer Support Team
RANDY COTA, AJ SPIELMANN, BRENDA WALETZKI, AND MIKE ACKERLAND
Consistent. Reliable. Trusted. That’s our tagline and we are able to say that because all of our team members step up to the challenge presented by those words.
This team acts as the conduit for our customers for satisfying deadlines, projects and shipment status, and reacting quickly to needs and requests.
Customer Service Team
AMY ZACHMAN, JENNA ANDERSON, KIM DISCH, AND JODI SWAIN
This is the team behind the scenes that keeps everything at Cass running on all cylinders. Our customer service team manages our accounts receivable and accounts payable, order entry, materials, and transfers. This team is the nerve center that keeps Cass running smoothly.
Manufacturing Leadership Team
JIM KARNITZ (Single-Spindle Automatics Foreman), CHRIS KARNITZ (CNC Foreman and Manufacturing Engineer), VINCENT SCHMITZ (Multi-Spindle Automatics Foreman), AND DAVE RYDEEN (Grinding Foreman)
This experienced, nimble team drives the entire Cass operation to the highest quality and delivery while controlling the cost of manufacturing. Our Manufacturing Leadership team has developed a spirit of cooperation that leads to team-driven engineered solutions in a fast-paced work environment.