Our People

Ironform’s dedicated workforce, nearly 1,000 strong, are among the most experienced metal fabricators in North America.

 

Ironformers are problem solvers

We celebrate every opportunity to improve, and we cultivate leaders dedicated to effective problem-solving and constant growth. At Ironform, leadership means going hands-on, taking responsibility, and taking care of our people. There is no Lean Six Sigma team or initiative – rather, every Ironformer relies on these principles to meet customer demands, solve problems in real time, and drive continuous improvement every day. 

 

Our investment in Ironformers

We provide all employees with over 75 hours of training and continuing education in Lean tools, safety, and other essential topics, and partner with local vocational institutions to develop specialized skills in welding, forming, and computer numerical control (CNC). Our curricula are designed to restore manufacturing as a career.
 

 

Ironformer profiles

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Joy Burton

Quality Engineer

Started at Ironform: 2015

Location: Dublin, Virginia

 

About me

I’m very passionate about physical and emotional health. I like knowing where my food comes from, so my family and I enjoy growing, preserving, and cooking our own food. I also run and bike to stay physically fit, and that aids in my emotional health as well.

 

Why I love being an Ironformer

Ironform saw something in me that I didn’t see myself. I began here as a temp assigned to the quality department, and they groomed me for a career in quality. If you had asked me 10 years ago if I would end up in quality, my answer would have been no. Now, I’ve been entrusted with this department and I feel that it’s a good fit.

 

What I bring to Ironform

If a manufactured product is found to be out of tolerance or doesn’t meet the customer’s requirements, my team opens an investigation into why it happened, how we can fix it, and how we can prevent it from happening again. We also manage the quality management system and audit every facet of the facility. I bring strong organizational skills, a keen eye for details, and an upbeat attitude. When a coworker feels discouraged, I always try to be that person who says, Let’s take it one step at a time – we can do it!
 

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Vignesh Balasubramanian

Program Manager

Started at Ironform: 2016

Location: Chehalis, Washington

 

About me

Our CEO calls me West Coast Viggy, but I personally introduce myself as the Notorious V.I.G. I’m an avid hiker and explorer, and you could call me an adrenaline junkie: I ride a motorcycle, I’ve jumped off the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas, and last year I jumped 30 feet off a Montana bridge into a freezing river.

 

Why I love being an Ironformer

The company recognizes and appreciates the value, creativity, and contributions of everyone in the organization. They also promote strong work-life balance, professional development, and healthy relationships between teams. I love working for a company that’s constantly building and evolving, and that challenges me every day.

 

What I bring to Ironform

I act as a bridge between the customer and our organization, supervising and organizing projects and new product launch activities, and ensuring that project goals are met in a timely manner. I pride myself on being a pragmatic thinker who finds realistic solutions, and always working with a positive attitude. I live by the saying, Hard work pays off.
 

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Ronny Berry

Plant Manager

Started at Ironform: 2013

Location: Lebanon, Missouri

 

About me

My wife Michelle and I have been married 8 years, and together we have 7 children, 10 grandchildren (including newborn twins), and 3 dogs – Max, Marcus, and Shaggy. I love visiting the grandkids, watching dirt-track late-model racing, playing golf, and rooting for the Dallas Cowboys.

 

Why I love being an Ironformer

Every day is different here, which makes it fun. There are always obstacles to navigate and problem-solving to be done. The leadership treats us really well, and they’re always available if we need them.

 

What I bring to Ironform

I manage the day-to-day manufacturing operations – including roughly 250 employees – with the help of supervisors, superintendents, and production leads. This is a big plant, and I’m in charge of making sure everything runs smoothly and our customers’ needs are met. I’m present on the floor, and I focus on building relationships and communicating well with my team. I expect to be successful, and I instill that in my team.
 

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Oscar Closner

Estimating Manager

Started at Ironform: 2015

Location: Denton, Texas

 

About me

I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family, including the love of my life, Nadiya, and our 120-pound puppy, Bandit. My favorite family trips in recent years include kayaking the Buffalo River in Arkansas, hiking at Sleeping Bear Dunes in northwest Michigan, sightseeing at Yellowstone National Park, and visiting the Grand Canyon.

 

Why I love being an Ironformer

The work-life balance is great. The systems we have in place make it enjoyable to come to work, finish the tasks at hand, and enjoy life outside of the office.

 

What I bring to Ironform

I lead a team of estimating engineers through all phases of the customer quote estimating process, including manufacturing feasibility. I have a degree in mechanical engineering, as well as over 20 years of experience in steel fabrication, managing cross-functional teams in the launch and development of products used in the automotive, military, agriculture, construction, logistics, IT, and energy industries.
 

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Maggie Giesige

Customer Service / Master Scheduling Manager

Started at Ironform: 2014

Location: Defiance, Ohio

 

About me

I love spending time with friends and family, especially my 7-year-old son, who keeps me on my toes. We have a place in northern Michigan and go up there every chance we get. My husband and I got married there in 2010, and we made it a holiday weekend for everybody – put the kids in ski school, drove snowmobiles. It was beautiful and so much fun.

 

Why I love being an Ironformer

I love the people, from corporate down to the production floor. They really are good, caring people to work for. I also love that they tend to promote from within. If you want to do more, they’re always looking to give you the opportunity.

 

What I bring to Ironform

I oversee the master schedulers and customer service for all production sites, review and report on sales forecasts, and help the plants navigate through day-to-day issues or projects that arise. I have 28 years of experience in manufacturing. Also, I am organized, stay on task, and always try my best.
 

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Angie Hendrix

Director of Human Resources

Started at Ironform: 2009

Location: Lebanon, Missouri

 

About me

I am a mother of three boys who play football, basketball, and baseball, so my hobbies are my kids and their sports. Between school ball and travel teams, we never get a night off!

 

Why I love being an Ironformer

We have great people here, at all levels of the organization. And there’s opportunity for growth: Ironform believes in promoting people from within, and I myself moved up within the company into this role. They also make everyone feel like a valued part of the team, through things like monthly employee appreciation lunches and service awards.

 

What I bring to Ironform

I oversee human resources at all of Ironform’s locations. In addition to 17 years of experience in human resources, as well as a master’s degree and certification in the field, I bring integrity, objectivity, impartiality, and a sympathetic attitude.
 

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Kelsi Kennedy

Corporate Recruiter

Started at Ironform: 2018

Location: Dublin, Virginia

 

About me

I enjoy traveling and hanging out with my pitbull, who I rescued when he was about a year and a half old. His name is Ace, but he goes by Bubz (I only call him Ace when he’s in trouble).

 

Why I love being an Ironformer

First, I would say all the things Ironform does for its employees. For example, our local plant held a company picnic with bounce houses, live music, and dunk tanks (that the supervisors got in). I also like the way Ironform gives back to the community. Employees do a lot with the Women’s Resource Center here in Virginia, and the company really supports us.

 

What I bring to Ironform

I help all the plants with staff recruitment, and I’m also a backup for human resources here in Virginia, as well as working with training materials and social media. I love talking to people and getting to know them (which is important in recruitment), I’m very goal-oriented, and I’m always looking for new and interesting ways to boost employee morale.
 

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Cameron Revert

Director of Engineering – Stamping and Launch

Started at Ironform: 2014

Location: Denton, Texas

 

About me

I enjoy fishing, vacationing in the Dominican Republic, and watching my three grandchildren, who I adore. I started taking the 4-year-old fishing last year – that was a hoot.

Why I love being an Ironformer

Ironform is a growing company with diverse opportunities for advancement and a good group of people in its portfolio. In the automotive sector, everything was very serious; here, we’re a little more laid-back. We get the job done, but we also like to joke around.

What I bring to Ironform

I work on new equipment, facilities, advanced product, and processes. I keep things running smoothly; if an issue comes up, they call me. Before working at Ironform, I was in the automotive sector for over 35 years, so I bring expertise in stamping, welding, program management, and launch activities.

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Cleopatra Turner

Quality Manager

Started at Ironform: 2015

Location: Lebanon, Missouri

 

About me

Before I had kids, my hobby was baking – I would bake a dessert and bring it to work every week. Now, with a 6-year-old daughter and young twins, I’ve had to change my hobby to something I can enjoy with my kids, so now it’s crafting and I love it. But I do miss the baking!

 

Why I love being an Ironformer

When I was laid off 5 years ago (with an 8-month-old daughter and no health insurance), Ironform gave me a job when I needed them. And they keep me busy: It’s never the same thing two days in a row, and you’re always learning something new. There may be a dull moment, but only for about five minutes!

 

What I bring to Ironform

I bring 24 years of experience and knowledge to the quality management system, due to my background in the automotive, aerospace, and military/defense sectors. I keep the lines of communication open with customers and always respond quickly, to let them know I’m here to support them whenever they need me. My passion is auditing, which is beneficial for both Ironform audits and customer audits.
 

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Vijay Viswanathan

Director – Program Management

Started at Ironform: 2013

Location: Decatur, Texas

 

About me

I like to travel and explore new places – I’ve covered most states in the U.S., as well as international destinations like Egypt. I try to go beyond the usual touristy spots to find experiences unique to that particular place.

 

Why I love being an Ironformer

I’d say the freedom to explore within the company and experience all aspects of the business. I started as an intern, and I’ve gone from engineering to quality to program management, where I now lead the team. There are definitely opportunities to grow and learn.

 

What I bring to Ironform

I manage a team of program managers who handle all the commercial aspects of our key customer accounts, working with our internal costing, estimating, engineering, and launch teams. I bring a strong technical skill set, with a master’s degree in industrial engineering, and I’m always looking for ways to grow Ironform and contribute more.
 

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Steven Warzecha

Director of Operations

Started at Ironform: 2013

Location: Texas

 

About me

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two kids, as well as woodworking.

 

Why I love being an Ironformer

I’ve been able to grow with and through Ironform. I originally joined the company as a quality intern. After progressing to the position of quality engineer in our Texas facility, I was asked to take on the responsibility of the materials department and then, a couple years ago, to get into the operations side. That’s one of the great things about Ironform – there are always opportunities and plenty of support.

 

What I bring to Ironform

I’m Director of Operations for Ironform and directly responsible for the Virginia facility. My work generally revolves around day-to-day production requirements, and I’m also responsible for the supply-chain side of the business. I keep a positive attitude, and I’m willing to take on any challenge or try any new thing that’s asked of me.