Meet Our Team

At Nix Companies we believe our people are the best and most authentic competitive advantage we have. This doesn’t happen by accident. We work very hard to attract, train, and retain some of the best people in our industry. We adhere to the model that experience is always secondary to character, and utilize our in house training program to give our team members the skills they need to perform their specific roll requirements. “One of my favorite things about giving customers a tour of our facility is the absolutely obvious level of quality and professionalism with our staff. If our customers have been in any other shops, there’s no mistaking our advantage. I take great pride in this, I believe our people do too, and I’m certain it shows in the quality of our work and customer service.” … Matthew Nix

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Nix Metals Team

Ryan Weinzapfel
Engineering Manager

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.



Brian Merkley
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.

Tracy Stroud
CAD Design & Project Manager - Poseyville

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.

Cory Wilzbacher
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".





Lindsey Nix
Market Development Specialist

Lindsey Nix joined the company in 2012 to help support marketing, Human Resources, and accounting efforts. Today her role has evolved to primarily growing various markets of our company through sales and marketing. Lindsey graduated from Indiana University with a business management degree. Her well rounded skills and experience make her an extremely valuable to help guide our company as we continue to grow and evolve.





Ryan Hufford
Project Manager - Poseyville

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.

Tony Shell
Quality Manager I Project Manager - Poseyville

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.




Brett Mattingly
Shop Foreman - Poseyville

Brett joined Nix Metals in July of 2017.  Brett started a career in welding and fabrication 17 years ago. He brings a lot of understanding and experience having been involved with small fabrication projects and electric motor manufacturing up to large structural steel projects of 80,000 pounds plus. Brett's leadership, experience and commitment to quality allow him to lead our growing team to meet customer expectations and deadlines.

Lance Allen
Material Processing Team Leader - Poseyville

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.

Casey McMillan
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.

Curtis Drake
Operations Manager - Superior Fabrication

Curtis has been involved in the metal fabrication industry his entire life.  He started working in this industry at a very young age; his career began as a kid working with his dad on his mobile welding truck gaining experience in the oil fields and the heavy equipment industry.  From here, Curtis went on to gain seven years’ experience erecting steel before he transferred his focus to shop fabrication.  Curtis then began his career outside of the shop as an estimator as he worked for a tank and pressure vessel fabricator and later moved to project management and sales management.  In 1997 Curtis pursued his passion and began Superior Fabrication.  Curtis has a passion for serving his employees, customers, and the community.  Curtis will be continuing his leadership role at Superior Fabrication. as the Operations Manager.  

Adam Williams
Detailing Manager - Superior Fabrication

Adam Williams grew up in Evansville, IN where he graduated from North High School in 1997 and went on to attend Ivy Tech Community College. Adam left Ivy Tech when he was offered a job as a Structural Detailer in 1998. Adam worked as a Structural Detailer for 13 years before accepting a job in 2011 to Design and Detail Fuel and Water Tanks. During this time Adam decided to return to Ivy Tech Community College where he earned an Associate’s Degree for Computer Information Technology in 2012. In 2013 Adam was offered a job as a Structural Detailer, Adam welcomed the change and returned to the field of his choice. Adam worked at this job for 3 years before accepting a position at Superior Fabrication in 2016.

Adam has 19 years in the Steel Industry whether it is Detailing and Checking Structural Steel or Designing Water and Fuel Tanks. Adam is well versed in SDS/2, AutoCAD, FabSuite and Microsoft Office products.


Nick Hawkinson
Project Manager - Superior Fabrication

Nick Hawkinson has been with Superior Fabrication for two years.  He has a degree from Western Kentucky University in Construction Technology.  Nick has several years of project management experience working as a Foreman for Commercial Construction General Contractor.  Nicks project management experience and commitment to quality will allow him to lead our team to meet customer expectations and deadlines. 

Gary Ashley
Lead Estimator - Superior Fabrication

Gary joined the Nix team in 2018.   Gary has extensive experience in the field of fabrication.   Gary has been in estimating, project management and shop operations.  We are looking forward to learning from Gary’s years of experience at both Superior Fabrication and Nix Metals.