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We cast high quality components for industry leaders who demand excellence. At ATEK Metal Technologies, we’re building more than great products. We’re building long-term relationships.
An industry pioneer and leader for more than 50 years. Did you know ATEK Metal Technologies introduced low-pressure permanent mold casting to the United States for contract production? Since those early days, we’ve grown to be a leading supplier of complex, cored, pressure-tight and cosmetic metal castings. We’re internationally recognized for our technical capabilities and high quality products, and have a well-earned reputation for delivering excellence through the use of advanced simulation modeling, tooling design, state-of-the-art casting equipment and experienced foundry engineers.
With more than 30 years of manufacturing experience spanning diverse markets and processes, Joe has concluded that strong business execution is a result of aligning people (employee) strengths to the demands of a customer centric business approach. The results are higher performing teams and greater individual employee and customer satisfaction. Prior to joining ATEK, Joe held numerous manufacturing leadership positions in both multinational public and privately held companies. When not working Joe can be found either on his bicycle or hiking in mountains somewhere in the world.
Director of Human Resources
Teresa has an eagle eye for talent, and a knack for recruiting the best of the best candidates for any position. In addition to talent acquisition, Teresa is responsible for all facets of human resources, including employee relations, benefits, training, safety and environmental. She serves on the HR Committee and Management Council for the American Foundry Society and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. She holds the SHRM-SCP and SPHR certifications and has a BA from the University of Northern Iowa. Outside of the office, Teresa can most often be found with her husband in a gymnasium or ballpark cheering for their daughters.
Cary Van Sluys
Director of Business Development
With over 20 years of experience in diverse manufacturing backgrounds, Cary has the ability to help find both business and technical solutions for our customers. The majority of his career has been in casting and machining businesses in Engineering and Sales roles. His past exposure to various market segments from Automotive and On Highway trucks to Recreational and Commercial applications allows Cary to be extremely effective in his role. He is a technical minded sales professional that truly understands customer issues and requirements. He works closely with the customer’s Engineering teams to develop solutions to their casting needs. Cary holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Michigan University in Industrial Technologies.
As one of the founding employees of the ATEK Metal Technologies’ team, Joel has been instrumental in developing a successful organization dating back before the plant even began producing parts. With a strong technical background, keen eye for continuous improvement opportunities, and an ability to develop strong relationships with our customers and employees, Joel does a tremendous job of driving top notch performance in our casting operation. In a business environment that requires strong commitment to safety and quality, ability to quickly adapt to operational needs and changes, and provide excellent business results on a daily basis, Joel succeeds by empowering his people and surrounding himself with an excellent operations and maintenance team. When Joel is away from work, he can be found enjoying time with his family in the great outdoors or sporting events.
With over 15 years of financial leadership in manufacturing settings, Heather has the knowledge and experience to help drive strong financial performance in our organization. Heather has a keen eye for the finest of details as well as the greatest of opportunities. Her ability to blend her accounting knowledge and her manufacturing experience is instrumental in creating solutions that benefit both our organization and our customers. Heather holds the CMA and has a BA in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa. When not at work, Heather’s love for adventure has her enjoying the sun and wind in her face while riding her Harley, UTV, and other outdoor recreational activities.
Jeff joined ATEK Metal Technologies in 2020. After graduating with his degree in Mechanical Engineering he has held a variety of leadership roles in production, new product introduction, quality, and continuous improvement. Jeff’s focus is on providing our customers solutions to their specific requirements. His team is responsible for developing robust, repeatable, and linked processes that generate the highest quality with the best value possible for each solution. When Jeff’s not at work he enjoys traveling, bicycling, kayaking, and spending time with his twin daughters.