Our Team

Get to know us better with this brief overview of the awesome people who make Christy Machine & Conveyor possible

Alex came to CMC in 2006 as a shop laborer in our polishing department. He has served in the positions of polisher/finisher, machinist, head welder/fabricator, lab tech, CAD operator, design engineer, Foreman, and Vice President of Operations. He achieved his current position of President and Owner in 2016, continuing our company history of employees-turned-owners. His broad personal history within the company gives his leadership a foundation of practical hands-on experience as he works to better serve our customers and grow our business.

President/Owner (chief devil's-advocate)

Alex Robinson

Notable Contribution(s):

- Developing welding and polishing methods to increase sanitary finish

- Developing the latest model of the Christy Precision Pattern Control

- Expanding CMC catalog to officially include conveyors and custom equipment

- Developing Christy Metal Customs, our metal art side hustle

- Hiring Hagan Bjerga

Less Notable (or appreciated) Contribution(s):

- Sudden silence and faraway look when struck with a new idea

- Building his own office desk

- Painting his  very first welding helmet to (kind of?) look like Darth Vader's mask

- Inflicting barely relevant trivia on nearly every shop discussion

- Establishing a bathroom cleaning schedule

Kevin started with CMC in 1999 through a work placement program from Vanguard Technical Center here in Fremont, Ohio where he studied machine trades. He hired in as a full-time machinist after graduation. He currently boasts the most shop hours of any of the crew and his long experience has earned him the title of Human CNC. He personally assembles nearly every Christy machine and is solely responsible for making our precision depositing shafts.

Foreman (human CNC)

Kevin Wilbur

Notable Contribution(s):

- Improving the machining methods for our Grooved and Toothed Shafts

- Formalizing machine assembly practices

- Updating and improving consumable and tolling organization

- Streamlining project flow

Less Notable (or appreciated) Contribution(s):

- Innumerable hunting and fishing decals on his toolbox

- Drawing a spiderweb on his caliper case

- Nicknames for everyone (except himself)

- Bucket stool

Pam has had the privilege of working with every CMC owner to date. She began as one of our secretaries in 1995, and is now in charge of payroll, purchasing, and inventory, as well as aspects of customer relations. Her long experience with our company makes her an invaluable source of information of customer history and previous project details. However, her most important function is that of Shop Mom, in which she hilariously corralling our fun-loving crew into some semblance of acceptable professionalism.

Office Administrator (company brains)

Pam Pendleton

Notable Contribution(s):

- Developing a long standing and personal relationship with our suppliers. 

- Greatly improving inventory tracking and organization

- Instilling dread fear in any crew member who messes up inventory organization

- Willingness to give straight-forward and useful advise for leadership team

Least Notable (or appreciated) Contribution(s):

- Inspirational squirrel pictures

- Willingness to give straight-forward and useful advice (i.e. frustratingly accurate corrections) for leadership

Hagan was brought on board in 2018 after graduating from the Colorado School of Mines with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. As the head of our engineering department, he works with our customers throughout the concept and design process. He is directly involved with R&D and lab testing when a unique solution is required and his ability to step out onto the shop floor and produce concept parts allows him to quickly prove out new concepts

Design Engineer (resident millennial - functional)

Hagan Bjerga

Notable Contribution(s):

- Bringing large improvements to our design and R&D capabilities

- Providing ongoing assistance in streamlining our manufacturing processes

- Consolidating our data network and storage (65 + years of files makes a mess)

- Introducing 3D printing for R&D

Least Notable (or appreciated) Contribution(s):

- Adjustable standing desk

- Actually using his gag gifted iridescent unicorn calendar

- Use of the term "In any case"

Anthony started out in our polish department in 2017. His thorough performance and amazing attention to detail quickly earned him the position of Lab Tech in early 2018. He is responsible for conducting all tests of customers' samples to determine the correct depositor model and component setup needed to achieve our customer's depositing goal. He also produces our demonstration media to prove out testing results. He holds an Associates Degree in CAD and Manufacturing from Terra State Community College, which assists him in producing custom parts for testing and R&D

Lab Technician (ascetic philosopher)

Anthony Steinmetz

Notable Contribution(s):

- Improving Sample intake and tracking practices

- Streamlining organization of the Test Lab 

- Refining testing practices

- His ever present notebook

Least Notable (or appreciated) Contribution(s):

- Painting every possible surface of the Test Lab and Holding Area

- Tea pot ... in the shop ... where people can see it

- Incessant podcasts 

- Escalating  his friendly prank war with Travis

Brendan was hired in 2013 as our junior welder. Like our Foreman, he is a graduate of Vanguard Technical Center. In addition to welding, he also performs polishing and machining duties. Since becoming Head Welder in 2016, he has continued to hone his machining and fabricating skills and even has a personal machine shop in his own basement. He has become one of our most skilled fabricators, often being tasked with creating complex and detailed concept parts with very high tolerances.

Head Welder (perfectionist extraordinaire)

Brendan Lee

Notable Contribution(s):

- His large collection of custom welding and fabrication jigs

- Creating high precision machine tooling

- Improving the sanitary design of several machine components

- Improving our overall welding standards

Least Notable (or appreciated) Contribution(s):

- Duct Taped welding helmet

- Wearing the same flannel shirt every single day

- Using an old barbecue bottle to hold coolant

- Napping on the floor during break time

Jim came to use in 2016 and quickly proved his exceptional ability to quickly and elegantly solve complex fabrication problems. He has spent most of his career in plant and machine maintenance, which required the constant development of custom, high functioning solutions. He has been instrumental in finalizing and simplifying new equipment concepts that have since become standard offerings. Every Christy depositor now comes standard with our new "Jim Rod" safety system. He and his brother Kevin (Foreman) form the core of our machining capabilities.

Head Machinist (MacGyver)

Jim Wilbur

Notable Contribution(s):

- Simplifying and finalizing the design of our new Adjustable C-Frame

- Developing the "Jim Rod" safety system

- Improving the sanitary design of our depositor lids

- Ability to immediately spot errors in shop drawings (poor Hagan)

Least Notable (or appreciated) Contribution(s):

- Friendly chuckle when pointing out a flaw or mistake (poor Hagan)

- Saying "Oh that'll never work", and then making it work his way

- Letting everyone hear the music from his earbuds while they are in his  ears

Travis is our current Polish Master in charge of "Sand Land", our famous Polishing Department. Starting in 2016 as a general shop helper, Travis has expanding his capabilities beyond machine cleanup to include machining and welding. He and his team are responsible for the majority of our shops welding prep and cleanup, as well as machine layout and stock prep. His is primarily responsible for polishing our machines and parts to the extremely high sanitary finish standards which, along with our machines' performance, has set us apart in our industry.

Head Polisher (suspiciously normal guy)

Travis Vollmar

Notable Contribution(s):

- Simplified polishing methods

- Improving the organization of the Polishing Department

- Hanging layout formula charts so the poor guys don't have to walk to the other end of the shop to get their dimensions

Least Notable (or appreciated) Contribution(s):

- Picking a prank war with Anthony

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