Stephen Bindus joined the Kaspar Manufacturing team as Director of Operations in 2015 after a 20-year career in automotive aftermarket manufacturing. His experience includes a combined 15 years in the Director of Operations role, where his responsibilities involved the management of operations at numerous facilities located in both the United States and Mexico. Prior to his manufacturing profession, Stephen honed his leadership skills in the U.S. Air Force as Crew Chief for the C-5A, which is one of the largest aircrafts in the world. Born and raised in San Diego, California, he continued his education at Southern Illinois University, earning a Bachelor of Science in industrial technology.
Lori Hamilton grew up in The Berkshires in Western Massachusetts and spent most of her professional life thus far in the Northeast working in the corporate toy industry world. She spent 17 years with KB Toys as manager of store operations where she created rollout plans for operational initiatives, prioritized store calendars, directed budgets, and oversaw communications. She became a Texan in 2011 when she moved to Austin to serve as Communications and Corporate Affairs Manager for a home shopping company. Lori's experience managing vendors, directing expenses, negotiating contracts and building relationships has prepared her for her business development role at Kaspar Manufacturing. Lori enjoys discovering BBQ destinations in Texas and ranks her wine tasting tour in Tuscany, Italy, as a favorite lifetime memory.
Dan Ziebold grew up in the Midwest and began his career working for an Ag/DIY retailer before taking a position with Best Buy traveling the Midwest specializing in management, marketing, pricing and e-commerce. A decade later, Dan joined Meijer Stores in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and served as a buyer focusing on replenishment and category management. In 2013, Dan moved to Texas to join Academy Sports and Outdoors as a buyer in various hunting categories before joining Plano Synergy Holdings as a national account manager in the hunting and fishing industries. His multi-faceted retail experience provides a deep understanding of the challenges in today's competitive environment and enables him to build strategic solutions for our companies. Currently living in the San Antonio area, Dan and his wife enjoy being outdoors with their two dogs. Their son is proudly serving as a member of the U.S. Army and stationed in Colorado Springs.
John Kovalcik has worked at Kaspar Manufacturing for more than 40 years. Starting at the Sho-Rack welding division in 1976, John has worked his way up in the company, supervising the jig department in the ‘90s and becoming the Supervisor of Die and Tool in 2015. He has always appreciated the versatility offered in his positions due to the wide array of projects Kaspar Manufacturing develops. From weld frames and wire lengths to building new samples for the factory, there is always a new and different project to tackle. When he’s not supervising for Kaspar Manufacturing, he enjoys fishing, hunting and spending time with his grandchildren.
Ronnie Kresta has been with Kaspar Manufacturing since 1977. He started in the shipping department, but has been part of the Quality Control Department since its creation in 1995. Holding titles as Quality Assurance Inspector, Safety and Compliance, Cost Estimating and Inventory Control/Expeditor has well prepared him for his current role as Quality Assurance Supervisor, where he enforces the high standard expected from Kaspar Manufacturing. Yet it could be argued that he might be most proud of his title of “Grandpa.” He enjoys time with friends and family, and his days outside of Kaspar Manufacturing are spent fishing, hunting and working around the house.
While Pat Benes probably could have made it as a comedian, the folks at Kaspar Manufacturing are pleased that he instead took a job on the Sho-Rack division’s production lines back in 1980. From there, he has held numerous positions at Kaspar Manufacturing, where his attention to detail and problem-solving attitude have cultivated customer’s ideas to fruition. He was raised to believe in an honest day’s work and has loyally proven this belief through his strong work ethic. When asked what he loves, Pat will top the list with his wife of 30 years, his two children and his pickup truck. When not at Kaspar Manufacturing, you’re likely to find him fighting fires as a volunteer for the Shiner Fire Department.
Dan Jalufka began his career with Kaspar Companies in 1987 and over the past 29 years has worked his way up from a wire works factory worker to Kaspar Manufacturing's Wire Forming Supervisor. In Dan’s current role he oversees the production in the wire division, making sure materials are ordered and allocated to the right equipment and people. A hard working Texan, Dan can often be found down on the factory floor helping out wherever he may be needed. Dan’s extensive manufacturing equipment knowledge and passion for tinkering have prepared him to excel in his role. In his free time Dan enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his four grandchildren.
Our story is one that started well over 100 years ago, when August Kaspar refashioned the remnants of an old wire fence into a single corn-shuck basket. Since selling our first hand-fashioned inventions, we have developed our production offerings to include a wide range of manufacturing capabilities: engineering, wire, sheet metal, machining and finishing. We remain at the forefront of innovation through the utilization of our state-of-the-art machinery and knowledgeable craftsmen within our 40-acre manufacturing plant, spanning 550,000 square feet. Kaspar Manufacturing turns your concept into a product completely in-house at our Texas-based facility — experience the advantage of American manufacturing since 1898.
Kaspar Manufacturing, previously known as Kaspar Wire Works, has been a member of Kaspar Companies since its creation in 1898. Specializing in American-made, turnkey manufacturing, Kaspar Manufacturing began with August Kaspar’s innovative idea to transform a broken-down wire fence into a basket built to carry corn shucks. The business was born when he sold the basket to a neighbor for a dollar and recognized the important role his invention would play in the farming community. Kaspar Manufacturing has sustained itself for a century by constantly updating and growing with the metalworking needs of the time and standing firm in their principles of high-quality products and advanced design.