Employee Spotlight News

Employee Spotlight: April 2022

Ryan Schmitt, Senior Machinist

Gear & Machine Division – Princeton

What is something your co-workers may not know about you?

My co-workers may not know that one of my hobbies is working on model trains.

What are your favorite hobbies?

I enjoy camping and boating with my family as well as making cornhole boards.

Where did you go to school or training?

I went Evansville Memorial for High School and also completed a 4-year apprenticeship in machining.

Are you married?

Yes, coming up on 15 years.

Do you have kids?

I have 3 step-children.

Before working at Nix, what was the most unusual or interesting job you ever had?

I worked for a machining company that made items for ARs and a lot of cool things for the government. A lot of things I can’t talk about.

Tell us a funny or embarrassing story while you were at work.

Early on when I first started, I was cleaning one of the machines and fell into the grease pit. I was
covered in grease the rest of the day from head-to-toe. At the time I didn’t think it was funny, but I guess I can laugh at it now.

Field Services Team

Frank Rye

Frank Rye

Machine Shop Supervisor

Frank joined the Nix team in October of 2021 through the acquisition of Northend Gear & Machine in Fairfield, OH. Frank first began at Northend in 1993 as a machining intern. After Frank graduated High School, he came to Northend full time as a machinist. Throughout the years, Frank moved around the shop learning every machine and its capabilities. In 2016, Frank became the Shop Foreman and began developing leadership skills. Frank now leads Northend as the Machine Shop Supervisor and can assist our customers with a variety of machining and gear manufacturing projects.

Pre-Production Team

Shelby Richards

Shelby Richards

Project Manager

Shelby joined the Northend Gear & Machine Division in March of 2022 as a Project Manager. Shelby graduated from Miami University with an Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to Northend, Shelby worked at machining and manufacturing facilities starting as an Engineer/ AutoCAD and going to an Engineer and Team Lead. With Shelby’s leadership and industry experience combined with her skills in machining, project management, and customer relations, she makes a territic resource for our customers to work with.

Heavy Machining Recent Projects Shop Services Team

Manufactured Sheaves

Our Northend Gear & Machine Division operating near Cincinnati, OH completed a bulk order of sheaves for a manufacturing customer. From saw to lathe, see how these sheaves developed throughout the pictures below. The Northend division has Manual Lathes offering up to 36″ diameter (Victor 16X60, Victor 20×60, Victor 29×120 & Bullard 36″) and CNC Lathes offering up to 36″ diameter (Mazak PowerMaster, Mazak QT35, Mazak Nexus 200, Mazak QuickTurn 15).
Services offered at this division include machining, gear manufacturing, gearbox repair & rebuilding, dynamic balancing, welding & fabrication, and engineering. View the division’s key assets and capability details by visiting their page here: Northend Gear & Machine Division or call for help with your next project at (513) 860-4334.
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