Nix Metals Team
Ryan Weinzapfel joined our company to lead our ever-growing engineering department. This consists of CAD design, mechanical and structural engineering, estimating, and purchasing. Ryan is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He also brings with him well-rounded and extremely relevant career experience in customer service, trouble shooting, design, and project management. Ryan's value has improved the quality of our products as well as expanded our capabilities and offerings to customers. Ryan's ‘common sense' approach coupled with his exceptional mechanical and problem solving mind set, makes him a great asset to our team.
Vice President of Field Operations
Brian Merkley joined our organization as the first General Manager of one of our business units, Nix Coatings. Brian has a degree from Indiana State University in construction management, and prior work experience in operations management. His excellent ‘boots on the ground' leadership style and problem solving skills have earned him high regard with his team members and a track record for results. Today, Brian leads the field operations for all four of our company divisions. From scheduling, to staffing, to maintenance, Brian keeps our facilities running, our customers happy, and our reputation soundly growing.
CAD Design & Project Manager
Tracy joined Nix Metals in the fall of 2015. He works in our engineering department doing concept design for customers, creating complete fabrication drawings for our shop, estimating, and project management. Tracy brings with him, a well-rounded skill set and great experience in both CAD design and construction management.
Industrial Solutions Specialist
Cory Wilzbacher joined our team in 2016 to lead our sales and customer service efforts in one of the growing sectors of our business. Cory's decade plus experience working with heavy industrial and manufacturing clients as a power transmission supply distributor allows him a great foundation to now offer our clients a completely turnkey solution. From simple parts replacements and maintenance jobs, to complex mechanical and automated machinery builds, Cory has earned a reputation with his customers as the "problem solver".
Ryan Hufford joined our team in the summer of 2017 to help build on the synergy between our sales and engineering departments as a project manager & sales specialist. Coupled with his B.S. in Industrial Supervision and prior work experiences at several reputable companies, we are excited to bring Ryan into the NIX family and expect great things from him as he grows accustomed to our culture, camaraderie, and the interesting/challenging projects we provide to our customers.
Special Projects Coordinator
Tony began his career at Nix Metals in January of 2013 as a metal fabricator and welder. Tony brings a lot of experience to Nix from his 16 year tenure as a fabricator. His hard work and experience quickly promoted him to the Fabrication Shop Foreman where he is able to lead our growing team to follow the same standards and practices set forth by prior generations. Tony's nature of organization and cleanliness, leave our shop safer, more efficient, and setting the standard for quality craftsmanship.
Senior Fabrication Specialist
Lance Allen joined our team in late 2014 as a fabricator and primary operator of our new CNC plasma system. Lance has an interesting and useful back ground working on the Nascar circuit as a member of the pit crew. This experience gave Lance a great understanding of team work, quality, and work ethic. Today Lance has grown into a leadership role within our material processing division of the shop. He is responsible for material inventory, timely & quality parts that supply our two shops, and retail sales through our metal sales division.
Mobile Services Foreman
Casey came on board in the fall of 2015. Casey has an excellent and well-rounded arsenal of education and on the job training. His experience in fabrication and industrial maintenance serve him well as the leader of our Mobile Services. Our customers will surely appreciate getting to know Casey outside of the shop walls as he visits their facilities and locations.