This Is Us

Wright-K Technology is a maker of custom machines and welding technologies based in Saginaw, Michigan. Founded in 1982 as Miles Machinery, We are nationally and internationally known as a premium supplier to industries such as automotive, aerospace, commercial and household products.

Our company is housed in 62,000 square feet of manufacturing space and 17,000 square feet of engineering and administrative space. We have an extensive background in controls systems and architecture as well as data acquisition systems. Wright-K designs its systems using 3D modeling and thus employs best practices and innovations that benefit our customers.

Acquiring Technology and Talent

Newcor Bay City was purchased in 2008, bringing welding machines, parts and service, engineering and new technology activities. In addition, the two companies merged their business practices and corporate culture under the Wright-K Technology brand.

Arplas and Wright-K formed a partnership in 2019 to bring capabilities for barrel welding and other welding technology offerings to our valued customers.

Our company participates in an apprenticeship program by partnering with area universities and trade school programs. Students receive valuable on-the-job training and the company gains access to top talent and skilled resources.

Wright-K Technology is a certified woman-owned and veteran-owned business.

Wright-K Technology is focused on helping our customers succeed. To that end, the Wright-K Technology brand promise is:

  1. To earn our customer’s business each and every day.
  2. To value and promote open and honest communication with our team, vendors, and customers.
  3. To create high-quality products that exceed our customer’s expectations.
Wright-K Technology Headquarters

Wright-K Technology, Inc.
2025 East Genesee Ave
Saginaw MI 48601

Meet Our Team

Our core values include honoring our commitments to our customers, our community, and our employees. The Wright-K Technology team includes experienced and talented engineers, technicians, and customer-driven staff members. Let’s introduce them.

Constance Kostrzewa
Board of Directors Chairperson

Constance Kostrzewa has over 35 years of operational experience in custom machine manufacturing for various industries.

As a Certified Woman-Owned Business, Connie’s role encompasses operational responsibilities and senior management leadership including initiatives for business strategy, acquisitions, and integration as well as financial management, Human Resources, and community involvement. She is passionately committed to the continuing education of employees and interns. Connie received a BS from Eastern Michigan University and an MA from Michigan State University.

John P Sivey
President and CEO

John Sivey is an expert in custom machine building and welding technology. John is results-focused and driven by customer relationships and solving manufacturing problems.

He leads the organization’s design, engineering, and testing efforts with a singular vision of quality. Under his 3+ decades of leadership, Wright-K has helped organizations all over the globe build and implement new manufacturing technologies. John is determined to provide customers with solutions that improve processes and show an immediate return on investment. He is a U.S. Army veteran and has invested his time and energy in organizations such as the Boy Scouts, the advisory board of Delta College, and many other community mentoring opportunities. John is a licensed Journeyman.

Chris Soule
Operations Manager

Chris Soule is a 20+ year veteran of welding and manufacturing industries with extensive experience in engineering and management.

He has led projects for new equipment specification, manufacturing process design, and quality and performance measurement. Chris is a true leader at initiating large-scale business transformation initiatives and change management including ERP systems. He manages the day-to-day plant operations and builds solutions to help all levels of the organization succeed. He holds an AS and BS in Welding Engineering Technology from Ferris State University, and an MS in Engineering Management from University of Detroit Mercy. He is certified in CAD through ITT Technical Institute.

Christy Coombe
Financial Manager

Christy Coombe has various responsibilities in accounting, financial analysis, and budgeting.

Prior to joining Wright-K, Christy worked at Rehmann honing her skills in financial auditing and process improvement. She is involved in daily operations including customer service, accounts payable and receivable, procurement, and bookkeeping. She holds a BA in business and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Jim Nicoson
Engineering Manager

Jim Nicoson has 37 years of experience in designing, building, and servicing custom machines for the automotive, appliance, and aerospace industries.

His career progressed with increasing responsibilities in engineering, manufacturing practices, and quality balanced with various leadership roles. Prior to joining Wright-K, Jim served in the capacity of President and General Manager of Newcor Bay City, as well as VP of Operations, Chief Mechanical Engineer, project engineer and design engineer during his 22 year tenure. He holds a BS in Mechanical Technology from Indiana State University and has taken MBA courses from Saginaw Valley State University.

Bob Van Otteren

Bob Van Otteren has over 40 years of experience in welding equipment development, machine parts fabrication, power supplies, transformers and weld controls.

Bob spent 29 years at Newcor where he was responsible for all facets of new equipment builds and testing, design specs and spare parts fabrication. Customer relations and onsite consultation are one of Bob’s strengths. Bob has U.S. patents for Projection Welding of an aluminum sheet, Direct Resistance Heating Process and Apparatus, Hot Planishing Apparatus, and Process for welds and Low Inertia Bearing for Resistance Seam Welding Wheel
As a member of and regular contributor to the American Welding Society for more than 30 years, Bob has taught Resistance Welding to numerous mechanical and electrical engineers. He is highly respected and sought out for consulting. Bob attended Purdue University for Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Jerry Vermeesch

Jerry Vermeesch is a sought-after expert in welding, engineering, and machine shop practices.

He worked for Wright-K Technology for 14 years and Newcor Bay City for 32. Today, as an independent voice of the industry, Jerry contributes industrial engineering experience, shop control knowledge, and shop expediting skills both in leadership and mentoring roles with Wright-K. He excels at developing customer loyalty as well as supporting parts and sales departments. He is a certified OSHA Safety and Supervision Training, Industrial Engineer, Welder and attended classes at the University of Michigan School of Business.

Nate Neubecker
Welding Specialist

Nate is a new addition to the WKT Team.

Nate uses his advanced customer relationship skills while being a Welding Specialist at Wright-K Technology. He has his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Saginaw Valley State University. He is a Marine Corps veteran where he worked as a Flight Equipment Technician. He has dynamic communication skills, and a deep knowledge of being a leader. Before coming to Wright-K, he worked as a New and Used Car Salesman. He keeps the customer the center of his focus in his day-to-day work which makes him a valuable asset to our company and our customers.

Brandon Donaghy
Technology Manager

Brandon Donaghy brings 18 years of experience in managing the delivery of Information Technology projects.

He is skilled at solutions architecture and software development. Brandon’s responsibilities include maintaining the corporate technology backbone and data communication infrastructure. He leads Wright-K’s assessment, integration, maintenance and expansion of hardware and software for the company’s growing technological innovations. He is a go-to problem solver having implemented our ERP system and office automation, engineering, and production applications. Brandon holds numerous certifications from Microsoft, Novell, and Cisco.

Ray Zabelski
IT Technician

Ray started at Wright-K 3 years ago in Shipping & Receiving.

He then pivoted into the Technology Department.  He is responsible for the health and delivery of Information Services. His daily activities include repairing / troubleshooting / upgrading equipment.  He is a multifaceted resource due to his work in the manufacturing environment and his knowledge of information technology.

Robert Lauka
Project Manager

Rob Lauka has over 35 years of project management experience at Wright-K and asserts leadership and creativity in completing each project.

He specializes in customer interaction and creates proposals that include precise estimates, schedules, and design and build parameters. Rob’s experience as a design and project engineer coupled with his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Institute of Technology, lend themselves to complex project consulting, deployment and delivery. He is a valued team member for his knowledge and field experience.

Kevin Durocher
Jr. Project Manager

Kevin Durocher has been with Wright-K since October of 2017

Since joining Wright-K, Kevin has been a valued assist on the assembly floor with the building of machinery, finishing work and working closely with our customers on the validation and run-off of our Specialized Welding Equipment. Recently Kevin joined the Project Management Department assisting with the quoting and management of new projects. Kevin studied Pre-Engineering at Delta College and is completing his degree in Engineering Technology Management at Saginaw Valley State University. Kevin is a proud veteran of United States Air Force, working as a Fuel Distribution Specialist, as well as, a Fuels Maintenance Specialist. Kevin is goal oriented and motivated mindset to good use. Kevin is a team player that possesses excellent leadership qualities.

Dan Scheffler
Shop Mechanical Leader

Dan is a 3rd generation in the Machine Tool Manufacturing Business with over 40 years of experience.

He is an experienced Skilled Trades Journeyman Machine Tool Mechanic. Dan got his start in the industry by working in machine maintenance, general services, painter, and finisher for Miles Machinery. He also has experience in the Customer Service sector by being a Customer Service Manager at McConnell Enterprises. This experience makes him a valuable asset to our Service team. Dan is a very hard worker and an outstanding leader and supervisor on our manufacturing floor.

Tom Greenwood
Manufacturing Manager

Tom Greenwood is a veteran at tool making, mold design and builds, inspection, and engineering liaison.

Tom worked at Newcor for more than 18 years and has been with Wright-K for 12 years and counting. He puts his knowledge of process engineering, casting and forging, and raw material properties to work everyday. Customers rely on his expertise when looking for service parts and maintenance procedures that keep their plants up and running. Tom has an Associates Degree in Applied Science and nearly 100 credit hours in engineering and tool making. He is a Journeyman Tool Maker, Class A Machinist, and Journeyman Machinist.

Patrick Pickard
Inside Sales Engineer

Patrick joined the Wright-K team halfway through the 2019 year as a Mechanical Design Engineer.

He has recently been moved to Inside Sales as a Representative where he will be utilizing his engineering background and knowledge by processing orders, doing research, and quoting items to our customers. Patrick is planning to obtain his Engineering Management degree with minors in Business Management and Mechanical Engineering from Saginaw Valley State University this fall semester. He is a valuable asset by bringing his previous experiences as a machinist, a CNC programmer, and a manufacturing engineer prior to joining the Wright-K team. He previously completed his Mechanical Engineering Technology degree from Delta College. While being in school, he applies what he learns to the workplace and designs and edits prints using his knowledge/skillset in 2D/3D CAD software such as Solidworks, Solid Edge, and AutoCAD.

Steve Rittmaier
Spare Parts Leader

Steve Rittmaier uses his technical abilities and leadership skills to manage the spare parts department.

He uses the 14 years of experience In CNC machine operations, plant operations, robotics, and technical maintenance every day at Wright-K. Steve joined our organization 4 years ago and spear-headed process improvements to organize the spare parts area and streamline customer service. He hold a diploma in Automotive Technology from Saginaw Career Complex, and an Associates of Science Degree in Record Arts from Full Sail University.

Colin Hubbard

Colin Hubbard leverages over 25 years of Mechanical Engineering and 3-D drafting experience to focus on manufacturing techniques for our spare parts and service department.

He worked for Wright-K Technology back in the 1990s and then pursued opportunities with Dow Chemical, Nexteer Automotive and Ally Equipment Solutions. Colin returned to Wright-K in 2018 bringing well-seasoned experience in customer product monitoring, computer drafting, and mechanical engineering design. Colin holds an Associates in Business Administration and is certified in Solidworks, FMEA and Internal Quality Auditing, and Autocad.

Kevin Marcy
Sr. Controls Engineer

Kevin is a highly skilled Controls Designer with over 30 years of expertise in PLC and HMI programming.

He brings extensive experience in needs assessment and controls design. Kevin creates innovative solutions to critical manufacturing needs and strives to exceed customer expectation. He has a proven track record of implementing complex projects and establishing best practices. Kevin holds an Associates Degree in Electronics. Prior to coming to Wright-K, he worked at Control Technology Corp.

Paul Abenth
Service Leader

Paul Abenth manages the Service Department at Wright-K.

He brings practical experience and insights that link service to customer satisfaction. Using his knowledge as a machine build electrician, Paul organizes the service personnel and seeks process design, improvement, and implementation in the scheduling of service department work. He brings a wealth of experience from stints at B&K Corporation, TRW, Nexteer, and Ford Motor Company. Paul attended Saginaw Valley State University and has extensive experience in electrical maintenance.

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Jake Schmiege
Service Coordinator

Jake joined the Wright-K Customer Service Department as a Service Technician in September of 2018.

Before coming to Wright-K Technology, he was on a different career path in Criminal Justice. He has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and also served as a Private Investigator for 8 years. Jake lives and works on a farm, so it’s no surprise that he’s a hard worker. Some of his diligent work at Wright-K includes providing on-site technical service for our customers throughout North America and Internationally. Jake is customer focused and his highly regarded for his ability to adapt to any circumstance while working offsite and following up with customers to ensure satisfaction.

Andy Brzeczkiewicz
Service Technician

Andy started at Wright-K Technology in March of 2018, following in the footstep of his father who worked for Wright-K in 2006-2007.

Education and learning are of utmost importance to Andy. He began his educational journey at Delta College in Accounting and Finance and then decided that he wanted to find a career in an industrial setting that would allow him to develop technical skills and learn about manufacturing.  Andy is currently enrolled as a Mechatronics Apprentice where he hopes to receive his Associates Applied Science Degree from Delta College.  Prior to joining Wright-K, Andy worked for Nexteer where he was a Production and Assembly line employee and helped troubleshoot machines, manage, and keep track of stock, clean and organize areas of the Plant.