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.”
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.
Sarah joined the Cass team in 2020. As Controller, she oversees the financial health and well-being of Cass. She has 20+ years of experience in manufacturing and enjoys the challenges and variety the world of manufacturing brings each and every day. Sarah holds a B.A. in Accounting from Gustavus Adolphus College. Sarah is married, has 2 sons and a dog. She enjoys spending quality time with family & friends, watching her sons play sports, and traveling.
Director of Sales
Derick has over 25 years’ experience as a leader in sales and marketing management, from large fortune 1000 companies to small privately owned businesses. Derick has successfully led both sales and account management teams in global technology businesses, the service industry and manufacturing. His success as a sales leader allowed Derick the opportunity to run his own sales consultancy firm for 10 years, mentoring sales leaders and teams in a variety of industries including financial institutions, high-tech, manufacturing and professional services.
An active member in the Minnesota business community, Derick has served on the board of directors for Local and International business associations including International Association of Business Communicators, Technology Service Industry, Grow Minnesota, the American Marketing Association, The Minnesota Miracle League, and Twin Cities Trout Unlimited and The Twin West Chamber Of Commerce. His passion for delivering strategic solutions has afforded him the opportunity to serve global organizations that include 3M, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Johnson Controls, Lexmark and Cargill.
Derick holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas and has lectured at UST’s Business School, Carlson School of Management and the U of M on branding, sales, marketing, business analytics and business development. Derick is an avid and passionate outdoorsman. When not helping companies with sales growth he can be found on northern Minnesota lakes fishing, in the western prairies chasing Pheasants or in the Boundary Waters canoeing and camping with his family.
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.
Steve Gerber joined Cass in 2017 as a Sales Engineer. Steve broke in at Cass working side by side with Steve Brown until his retirement. Steve brings over 40 years of machining and manufacturing experience to Cass, working his way up from machinist trainee to shop foreman. He is well known by his customers and colleagues for doing whatever it takes to get the job done. Steve is also a certified Park Patroller for the Three Rivers Park District and enjoys spending his down time hiking, snow shoeing, mountain biking and bike packing.
VINCENT SCHMITZSales Engineer
Vincent Schmitz joined Cass in 2005 as a multi-spindle automatic screw machine operator. He moved on to running our EDM wire machines, making custom tooling for all Cass machining departments. Vince became foreman of the automatics department in 2015. In 2019, he moved to the role of Cass Sales Engineer. Vince does a great job of leveraging his extensive machining and shop floor experience in his Sales Engineering role, while also supporting our DFM services to the benefit of all of our customers. He enjoys spending time with his family at the lake, riding dirt bikes, and snowmobiles.
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.
Planning and Logistics Team
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
This is the team behind the scenes that keeps everything at Cass running on all cylinders. Managing accounts receivable and accounts payable, order entry, materials, transfers and HR administration, they operate as the nerve center that keeps Cass running smoothly.
Manufacturing Leadership Team
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.
DENNIS YASGERSingle-Spindle Automatics Foreman
CHRIS KARNITZCNC Foreman and Manufacturing Engineer
NATE GUNDERSONMulti-Spindle Automatics Foreman
DAVE MOYGrinding Foreman