MEET OUR WÜRTH INDUSTRY NORTH AMERICA ENGINEERING AND QUALITY TEAMS

Engineering & Quality Team

Get to know our Würth Industry North America Engineering and Quality Control staff!

Our dedicated teams span across North America and offer an incredible breadth of technical expertise to our customers.


Engineering Team

Gerry Abraham

Gerry Abraham

Location: Greenwood, IN
Email: Gerry.Abraham@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-317-779-5090

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 2000
Fastener Experience: 20 Years as an Applications Engineer in the Fastener/C-Class Item Industry
Joined Würth: 2020

Training/Education: BS Agricultural Engineering Technology; University of Wisconsin - River Falls
Areas of Expertise: Applications Engineering; VAVE; Screw Machine to Cold Formed Conversions
Industry Experience: Diesel Engine and Agricultural

Mark Allen

Mark Allen

Location: Des Moines, IA
Email: Mark.Allen@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-515-306-5037

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 2017
Fastener Experience: DOT Quality Lab
Joined Würth: 2017

Training/Education: BS Mechanical Engineering, Southern Illinois University; Markforged Certified Additive Expert in Composites 1
Areas of Expertise: Autodesk Fusion 360 (3D Models & Drawings), FDM Additive Manufacturing, CFF (Continuous Filament Fabrication), ADAM (Atomic Diffusion Additive Manufacturing), Automotive
Industry Experience: 3D Printing & Product Design

Terry Bartley

Terry Bartley

Location: Arrington, TN
Email: Terry.Bartley@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-615-374-8127

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 1989
Fastener Experience: Sales, Application Engineering, Stampings, Quality Liaison, ITW Shakeproof, Anchor Fastener, Kamax, March Coatings, ER Wagner & RBW.
Joined Würth: 2011

Training/Education: BS Industrial Technology, Tennessee Technological University
Areas of Expertise: Problem Solving
Industry Experience: Automotive, Appliance, HVAC

Garrett Bitzer

Garrett Bitzer

Location: Forman, ND
Email: Garrett.Bitzer@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-320-314-2992

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 2010
Fastener Experience: Supply Quality Engineer for OEMs, Construction Industry
Joined Würth: 2018

Training/Education: AAS in Mechanical Engineering Alexandria Technical College, BAS Industrial Technology Bemidji State University (Incomplete), SBTI Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Tooling U, Injection Molding, Research and Development, Autodesk Software
Areas of Expertise: OEM Networks, Construction, Recreational Productions, Door & Window Manufacturing, Non-Profit Organizations
Industry Experience: Recreational Productions, Construction

Doug Dye

Doug Dye

Location: Richmond, VA
Email: Richard.Dye@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-804-357-6518

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 2003
Joined Würth: 2005

Training/Education: Degreed Mechanical Engineer
Areas of Expertise: DFMA, Bolted Joint Analysis, VA/VE, Mechanical Design, Machine Design, and Robotics.
Industry Experience: All, after 30 years of mechanical engineering, I do not think there is too much I have not seen or heard of!

Jim Dubel

Jim Dubel

Location: Minneapolis, MN
Email: James.Dubel@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-612-670-2054

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 1982
Fastener Experience: SPS Technology Aerospace and Industrial Products Group, 5 Years
Joined Würth: 2006

Training/Education: Hennepin Technical College; Degree in Powdered Metallurgy, Clemson University Fastening Technology and Screwed Joint Design
Areas of Expertise: Distribution & Manufacturing Industries, Designed All Engine Fasteners for a Large Manufacturer of Domestic ATV Engines, Conversion of Complex Screw Machine Components to Cold Formed Technology
Industry Experience: Recreation Products, Turf Care, Hydraulics, HVAC Industry along with Industrial and Consumer Applications

Sandy Emry

Sandy Emry

Location: Owatonna, MN
Email: Sandra.Emry@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-507-363-1177

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 2001
Fastener Experience: Stanley Engineered Fastening (Textron Fastening Systems/Acument Global Technologies/Infastech)
Joined Würth: 2020

Training/Education: BS, Finance, & Business Admin. Minor from Illinois State University, and 7-month Fastener Training Program
Areas of Expertise: Sales, Customer Relationships, Project Management, Identifying Cost Savings/Product Improvements
Industry Experience: Recreational Equipment, Lawn & Garden, Power Tools, Aerospace, HVAC, and General Industrial

Andrew Fristed

Andrew Fristed

Location: Brooklyn Park, MN
Email: andrewfristed@wurthindustry.com
Position: Engineer In Training

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 2021
Joined Würth: 2021

Training/Education/Continued Education: Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Areas of Experience: Creo Parametric, Solidworks, NX10
Industries with Most Experience: Aerospace and Robotics

Thom Gibney

Thom Gibney

Location: Greenland, NH
Email: Thomas.Gibney@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-860-461-5645

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 1992
Fastener Experience: Stanley Engineered Fastening, DB Roberts Company
Joined Würth: 2021

Training/Education: BS Mechanical Engineering
Areas of Expertise: Sales Engineering, Solving Customer Manufacturing/Installation Problems, Quantifying Soft Cost Fastener Changes ROI, Extensive Blind Fastening & Lockbolt Experience.
Industry Experience: Class 8 Trucks, Truck Bodies, Trailers, School and Transit Buses

Steve Hasson

Steve Hasson

Location: Houston, TX
Email: Steven.Hasson@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-713-446-3109

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 1995
Fastener Experience: TSP and US Bolt Manufacturing, Würth
Joined Würth: 2017

Training/Education: BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, MBA in Operations Management, University of Houston, Green Belt Training at GE Oil & Gas, FTI Fastener Technology and Bolted/Screwed Joint Design, APICS CSCP Certification
Areas of Expertise: HVAC, VA/VE, Critical and Engineered Fasteners for Oil and Gas, Hot forged and Machined fasteners, Familiar with ASTM, SAE, API 20E and Customer Material and Coating Standards Used in Downhole, Drilling, and Subsea Oil and Gas Equipment, Applications Engineering, Review of Drawings, Specifications and Standards, Contract Review and Customer Requirements Review, GD&T, Quality Auditing
Industry Experience: Oil & Gas, HVAC

Thomas Hoagland

Thomas Hoagland

Location: Richfield, WI
Email: Thomas.Hoagland@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-262-623-1905

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 1992
Joined Würth: 2005

Training/Education: BS Industrial Technology, MS Industrial Management, University of Wisconsin - Platteville, Six Sigma Black Belt-DFSS – Textron Academy
Areas of Expertise: Cold Heading and Cold-Formed Specials
Industry Experience: Elco/Camcar/Textron Fastener Systems- Fastener Manufacturing, Sales, Quality, and Applications Engineering

Aaron Keevan

Aaron Keevan

Location: Houston, TX
Email: Keevan.Aaron@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-281-723-0338

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 2013
Fastener Experience: Sales, Application Engineering, Process Improvement, 7 Years TSP
Joined Würth: 2018

Training/Education: BSME, Texas Tech. University; APICS Principles of Inventory Management
Areas of Expertise: Critical and Engineered Fasteners for Oil & Gas, Machined Fasteners, Familiar with ASTM, SAE, ASME, IFI, API 20E & 20F, and Customer Material and Coating Standards Used in O&G. Application Engineering, Supply Chain Processes, Review of drawings, Standards, and Specifications. Continuous and Process Improvement Projects, QMS Corrective/Preventative Action and Root Cause Analysis, and Vendor Managed Inventory
Industry Experience: Oil & Gas

Randy Lammers

Randy Lammers

Location: Houston, TX
Email: Lammers.Randy@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-832-453-0787

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 1978
Fastener Experience: 8 Years with Small Screw Manufacturing
Joined Würth: 2005

Training/Education: 45 Years on-the-job Training
Areas of Expertise: Application Engineering, Assembly Design, Torque Tension
Industry Experience: Nuclear Power, Electronics, Computers, Valves, Oilfield Equipment, Appliances, HVAC, and Machinery

Scott Lee

Scott Lee

Location: Cleveland, OH
Email: Scott.Lee@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-440-321-2208

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 1992
Fastener Experience: 18 Years in Application Engineering of Fasteners
Joined Würth: 2007

Training/Education: BSME Engineering, Youngstown St. Univ., 6 Courses Sequenced in Engineering Graduate Studies, Clemson Univ. Fastening Technology and Screwed Joint Design
Areas of Expertise: Applications, Torque Tension Analysis, Bolted Joint Behavior
Industry Experience: Heavy Truck, AG Equipment, Turf Care, Industrial
Associations: Society of Automotive Engineers, ASME

Jose Leyva

Jose Luis Leyva

Location: Querétaro, MX
Email: Jose.Leyva@wurthindustry.mx

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 2020
Fastener Experience: Supplier Quality Assurance and Inspection of Fasteners
Joined Würth: 2020

Training/Education: Automotive Systems Engineering, National Polytechnic Institute (IPN/MX)
Areas of Expertise: CATIA, SolidWorks, BobCAD-CAM, Quality-Projects
Industry Experience: Automotive and Aerospace

Luke Murphy

Luke Murphy

Location: Greenwood, IN
Email: Luke.Murphy@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-317-665-0079

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 2020
Fastener Experience: Cold Form Component Manufacturing
Joined Würth: 2020

Training/Education: BS, Industrial Engineering Purdue University, Management Minor
Areas of Expertise: Preventative Maintenance Management, Cold Formed Specials, Bookbindery Production
Industry Experience: Fastener and Publishing

Andrew Nimon

Andrew Nimon

Location: Louisville, KY
Email: Andrew.Nimon@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-502-216-1462

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 2015
Fastener Experience: Quality Lab
Joined Würth: 2015

Training/Education: BS Mechanical Engineering Technology, Purdue Polytechnic
Areas of Expertise: AutoCAD, Autodesk, Database entry, GD&T, Inventor, Adhesives, Manufacturing Machinery & Tools, PPAP & FAIs, Solid Works, Metallurgy/Plastics Analysis & Testing, Precision Instruments, Quality Standards, Quality Assurance, Quality Liaisons, Problem Solving
Industry Experience: Fastener

Richard Oberlies

Rich Oberlies

Location: Brooklyn Park, MN
Email: Richard.Oberlies@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-612-804-0727

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 1992
Fastener Experience: 25 Years as an Application Specialist for Distribution, Tinnerman Training, ITW Deltar Training, ITW Shakeproof Training
Joined Würth: 2000

Training/Education: BS Marquette University, Fastening Technology and Bolted Joint Design Continuing Education, Cadkey
Areas of Expertise: Injection Molded Plastics, Stampings, Bolted Joints, Specialty Fasteners, Plumbing
Industry Experience: RV, Bus, HVAC, Appliance, Recreational Products, Power Generation

Joshua TeGantevort

Joshua TeGantvoort

Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Email: Joshua.TeGantvoort@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-605-553-5689

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 2011
Fastener Experience: Sales, Application Engineering and Process Improvement
Joined Würth: 2011

Training/Education: Bachelors of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Areas of Expertise: Torque Tension Analysis, Torque Control, Application Analysis, Continuous and Process Improvement, Product Sourcing, Sales
Industry Experience: Skid Steer Loaders & Attachments, Compact Excavators & Attachments, AG Equipment

Jay Younglove

Jay Younglove

Location: Richfield, WI
Email: Jay.Younglove@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-262-391-3545

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 1984
Fastener Experience: Elco/Camcar/Textron Fastening Systems – Fastener Manufacturing and Application Engineering
Joined Würth: 2004

Training/Education: BS Industrial Technology, University of Wisconsin Platteville; Six Sigma Black Belt training (DMAIC and DFSS), EduPro US, Inc. Fastening Technology and Bolted/Screwed Joint Design, Lean and Kaizen training
Areas of Expertise: Cold Heading, Conversion of Complex Screw Machine Components to Cold Formed Technology, Thread Forming Fasteners
Industry Experience: Motorcycle, Concrete Construction Equipment, Lawn and Garden Equipment


Quality Team

Thomas A. Akins

Thomas A. Akins

Location: Greenwood, IN
Email: takins@servicesupply.com
Phone: 1-317-704-8607

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 2018
Fastener Experience: Fastener Distribution, Accredited Metallurgical lab
Joined Würth: 2018

Training/Education: Tennessee Technological University
Areas of Expertise: APQP, Internal Auditor, PPAP, MSA, FMEA, CP, RCA, QMS / EMS / LMS management, IATF 16949, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, VDA, Quality Standards, Rubber Seals manufacturing, Warranty Analysis
Industry Experience: OEM Tier 1 supplier, Internal & External sealing systems, Plastics, Synthetic Rubber, QMS / EMS / LMS management

Steve Braun

Steve Braun

Location: Remote
Email: stephen.braun@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-331-229-0895

Years in Fastener Industry: Since the 1970s
Fastener Experience: Cold heading, heat treating, electroplating, and powder metallurgy
Joined Würth: 2016

Training/Education: Business Management, ISO Internal Auditor, Quality Management
Areas of Expertise: Over 40+ years’ experience in quality management, auditing, supplier development and 25+ years’ experience in distribution and manufacturing of fasteners
Industry Experience: Fasteners, heat treating, plating, and powder metallurgy

Joshua Bush

Joshua Bush

Location: Greenwood, IN
Email: Joshua.Bush@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-317-704-8460

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 2016
Fastener Experience: Fastener Distribution, Accredited Metallurgical lab
Joined Würth: 2016

Training/Education: Bachelor of Science in Business from IWU, Auditor training from Pleiades International, Auditor and Risk Management Training from A2LA, HACCP Certified from NSF International, Certified Quality Manager / Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE) from ASQ (The American Society for Quality), Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) from ASQ (The American Society for Quality)
Areas of Expertise: Management, Laboratory Management, Risk Analysis, Oil Analysis / Tribology, Food Safety, Root Cause Analysis, Fastener Product Quality, Laboratory Quality, Method Development
Industry Experience: Laboratory Manager for Wurth Service Supply, Quality Manager for Wurth Service Supply, Director of Quality for Wurth Service Supply, Supplier Quality Resolution Manager for Wurth Industries North America

Jacob S. Eitrheim

Jacob S. Eitrheim

Location: Brooklyn Park, MN
Email: Jacob.Eitrheim@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-651-357-0107

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 2016
Fastener Experience: N/A only been in distribution
Joined Würth: 2018

Training/Education: BS Industrial Engineering
Areas of Expertise: Problem solving, process creation/management, management/creation of metrics, inspection/dimensional testing, ISO9001
Industry Experience: Full professional career has been at Wurth

Joseph Emmendorfer

Joseph Emmendorfer

Location: Des Moines, IA
Email: jemmendorfer@servicesupply.com
Phone: 1-317-807-6080

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 2019
Fastener Experience: None
Joined Würth: 2019

Training/Education: Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering
Areas of Expertise: Product Quality, PPAPs and Inspection, and Root Cause/Corrective Action
Industry Experience: None besides with Würth

Rob Girdley

Rob Girdley

Location: Greenwood, IN
Email: Rob.Girdley@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-734-516-8439

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 1995
Fastener Experience: Stalcop L.P., Lake Erie Screw and Dokka Fasteners for a combined 8 years
Joined Würth: 2001

Training/Education: Indiana University 4 years in Economics and Computer Science, 1 year of Quality Training at Ford Motor Company and Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, and Lean Manufacturing Training at Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
Areas of Expertise: Cold Forming, Hot Forming, Heat Treatment, Various Plating Applications, Auditing, Problem Solving, Customer and Supplier Solutions
Industry Experience: Wind Energy, Heavy Truck, Hydraulic Motors, Agriculture Equipment, Lawn and Garden, Recreational Products, and General Industrial

Steve Greene

Steve Greene

Location: Greenwood, IN
Email: steve.greene@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-317-450-3916

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 1980
Fastener Experience: I have worked in the Quality Department for 2 different Specialty Cold Heading Fastener Manufacturers. Both manufactured specialty per print items with the majority of their products being made from copper.
Joined Würth: 2004

Training/Education: Most of my training came after I began working in the industry. I have had training in Supervision, SPC implementation, ISO 9001 lead auditor, ISO 14001 auditor, Design of Experiments, and Six Sigma Blackbelt.
Areas of Expertise: Product Quality and Systems Quality
Industry Experience: I have worked in both manufacturing and distribution. My entire work life has been in Quality with the majority as either a Quality Engineer or Quality Manager. Most of my career at Wurth has been in a Supplier Quality role.

Samuel Markel

Samuel Markel

Location: Greenwood, IN
Email: samuel.markel@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-812-569-1183

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 2011
Fastener Experience: I have worked in fastener quality for large Truck OEMs for over 10 years.
Joined Würth: 2021

Training/Education: BS Construction Management Technology, AS Architectural Design
Areas of Expertise: Quality, Manufacturing, Engineering
Industry Experience: IATF 16949

Stephen Mccowen

Stephen Mccowen

Location: Des Moines, IA
Email: smccowen@dmbolt.com
Phone: 1-515-299-6115

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 2016
Fastener Experience: Just my time at Würth. No specific experience with a fastener manufacturer.
Joined Würth: 2016

Training/Education: BS Industrial Technology from Iowa State
Areas of Expertise: PPAP, print review, receiving inspections, industrial specifications, blocked stock
Industry Experience: Manufacturing engineer for John Deere sprayers, quality engineer for TPI Composites wind blade production, production assembly for Danfoss, and manufacturing engineer intern for Case New Holland skid steers

Phillip Mcglathery

Phillip Mcglathery

Location: Houston, TX
Email: pmcglathery@wurthsnider.com
Phone: 1-832-392-1365

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 2016
Fastener Experience: 15 years
Joined Würth: 2017

Training/Education: Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt, BS Education and Training Development
Areas of Expertise: Quality
Industry Experience: 15 Years as Quality Engineer

Corrine Nelson

Corrine Nelson

Location: Des Moines, IA
Email: corrine.nelson@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-515-943-7724

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 2021
Fastener Experience: Only what I've learned at Würth
Joined Würth: 2020

Training/Education: S-Tool/Article Creation and now learning Customer Resolution
Areas of Expertise: Article Creation
Industry Experience: I've worked in the manufacturing business for 10 years. That experience has been beneficial in my role here.

Austin Skarshaug

Austin Skarshaug

Location: Des Moines, IA
Email: askarshaug@wurthsnider.com
Phone: 1-515-380-3133

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 2017
Fastener Experience: I don't have any fastener manufacturing experience. However, I've learned a few things about the industry since joining the quality department with Würth.
Joined Würth: 2017

Training/Education: Bachelors of Music degree
Areas of Expertise: QA and logistics
Industry Experience: Before working for Würth I was a team lead for an auto manufacturer. Since starting at Würth, I've gained experience in picking, receiving, shipping, incoming inspections, setting up inspections, corrective actions, and FC's within SAP.

Chris Vierling

Chris Vierling

Location: Greenwood, IN
Email: christopher.vierling@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-317-727-9581

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 2014
Fastener Experience: Mechanical testing, product identity, knowledge on the manufacturing of fasteners, types of machines, and processes required in the manufacturing processes
Joined Würth: 2014

Training/Education: Mechanical testing, ISO auditing, welding, design and use of fasteners. Installation processes. fastener plating
Areas of Expertise: Mechanical testing, supplier manufacturing auditing. Product quality
Industry Experience: Automotive industry, aircraft, machine maintenance and repairs, hydraulics, electrical repairs, welding, troubleshooting for failures, and auditing to processes and standards

Anna B. Wint

Anna B. Wint

Location: Greenwood, IN
Email: awint@servicesupply.com

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 2020
Fastener Experience: Product Quality, Quality Lab
Joined Würth: 2020

Training/Education: BS Mechanical Engineering from Valparaiso University, 3 Years as a Manufacturing Engineer and 3 years as a Manufacturing Quality Engineer at Cummins Inc., Cummins SQIE Quality College, Mechanical Drafting
Areas of Expertise: Automotive Head and Block Machining, A3 Problem Solving, AIAG, PPAP, Product Quality, PFMEA, Control Plan, IATF 16949 In-Plant Auditor training, Mechanical Drafting, AutoCAD
Industry Experience: Automotive Head and Block Machining, Quality

Mike J. Witt

Mike J. Witt

Location: Des Moines, IA
Email: mike.witt@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-515-299-6131

Years in Fastener Industry: Since 1984
Fastener Experience: None
Joined Würth: 2015

Training/Education: BA, Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Areas of Expertise: standards and specifications, inspection, basic fastener engineering, problem-solving, root cause analysis and corrective action, part submission, customer service
Industry Experience: As with many of us, I started in the warehouse picking orders and receiving product. Worked in inside sales, quotations, purchasing, account management, warehouse management, inspection, quality management, and sales engineering.