Mr. Ries has a B.A. in Business from Concordia University and over 30 years of manufacturing experience. Working his way through the production process, he as held positions as a Designer, Engineering Technician, Process and Product Engineer, Quality Engineer, Quality Manager, Corporate Supplier Quality Manager, Operations Manager, Vice President of Sales, and General Manager.
The majority of his career was spent with Hutchinson Fluid Transfer Systems, an automotive tier one supplier of tube and hose assemblies for the HVAC industry. He also worked at tier one automotive stamper Advance Engineering, and Wauseon Machine, a 120 machine CNC machining company.
Since joining the GB Manufacturing team in 2011, Mr. Ries has focused on expanding GB’s capabilities and improving technology: larger, faster stamping presses, larger press brakes, electronic process verification, and state-of-the-art laser technology. Mr. Ries recently shared an impressive cellular manufacturing process improvement activity success story at the Diverse Manufacturing Supply Chain Alliance’s national convention.