John Axelberg - President
John is the third generation of the Axelberg family to own and operate General Stamping & Metalworks, succeeding his father, Jim, as president in 2005. John formally joined the family enterprise in 1984, learning the business through involvement in all aspects of the operation.
As President, John continually collaborates with the executive team to promote growth and the continuous improvement of the company, as well as its employees. John is still very much a “hands-on” President and active mentor to many of the company’s employees.
John earned a B.A. in English literature from DePauw University and has been actively engaged in board and directorship positions within the South Bend community and the metal fabricating industry.
John Ryal - VP & CFO
As Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, John is responsible for financial oversight of the company, and directs the information systems team to support the company’s operations.
John began his career in public accounting, and served in finance and administrative roles in other companies before joining General Stamping & Metalworks in 2011.
John earned a B.S. in accounting from Mount Saint Mary’s College and an M.B.A from the University of Notre Dame. He is a Certified Public Accountant.
Art Harrison - VP of Business Development
Art is responsible for developing and implementing market development and sales strategies for the company. He brings a wealth of experience to his role, having directed both the manufacturing operations and supply chain teams since joining the company in 1998. More recently, he served as president of the company’s tool and die subsidiary, which he successfully integrated into General Stamping & Metalworks.
Prior to joining General Stamping & Metalworks, Art held positions in materials procurement and manufacturing operations for metal fabricating companies serving the automotive and industrial equipment sectors.
Art holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh. He also attended the MBA Program at Indiana University South Bend, and Executive Leadership Training at the University of Notre Dame. Art is a member of the American Purchasing Society.
Kathy Crimmins - Director of Cultural Development
As Director of Cultural Development, Kathy is charged with developing and maintaining the systems required to attract, train, and retain talented employees, and fostering an environment that is conducive to growth, opportunity, and elevated standards. She also directs the Human Resources function of the company.
Since joining the company in 1993, Kathy has held positions ranging from Controller to Director of Operations, and has gained a deep understanding of the procurement, planning, manufacturing operations, finance, and administrative support functions.
Kathy holds a B.S. in Accounting from Indiana University South Bend, and has earned Advanced Manufacturing and Six-Sigma Black Belt training certifications from Purdue University. Kathy is also a member of the Career Technical Education Advisory Board for the South Bend School Corporation.
Ken Rose - Director of Operations
As Director of Operations, Ken leads the Supply Chain, Production, Quality, and Logistics Teams in the development and implementation of strategies to maximize product quality and resource utilization. Ken also oversees the Health & Safety function within the organization.
Ken joined General Stamping & Metalworks in 2018, bringing over thirty years of experience in manufacturing with concentrations in engineering, quality management, and lean manufacturing practices. His background includes experience with firms serving the automotive, aerospace, and industrial equipment sectors.
Ken holds a M.S. in Engineering Management and a B.S. in Industrial Management, both from Western Michigan University. He has completed many continuing education programs with concentrations in leadership, problem-solving, and professional development.
Lori Russo - Director of Administration
As Director of Administration, Lori is responsible for the development, general direction, and supervision of the company’s administrative support functions and staff, who are cross-trained to respond to the needs of all departments in a fluid manner.
Lori has worked in administrative support roles, including administrative management and executive support, for over 25 years, and came to General Stamping & Metalworks in 2010.
Lori holds a B.S. in business administration from Indiana University South Bend, and holds a Certified Administrative Professional designation from the International Association of Administrative Professionals.