Jim Henry comes to Kaspar Manufacturing with over 35 years experience and a background in aviation, military, engineering and manufacturing. After graduating from the Royal Military College of Canada, he began his career with the Royal Canadian Airforce. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel following his 21 years of service. Jim also holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from the University of Tennessee. Holding several leadership titles with StandardAero — Jim’s focus was business, technical services, strategy and engineering. He spent time at Vericor as both a VP of Engineering on the manufacturing side and as a VP of Marketing and Sales on the oil and gas business side. Jim then went on to become president of Concepts NREC, a company that designs and tests turbomachinery. Jim is an avid woodworker and enjoys spending time with his wife and son at their home in the Texas Hill Country.
Laura Gautreau is proof that hard work pays off. Originally from Dallas, she joined the workforce in 1982 with TD Industries, where she worked for more than 25 years. She has climbed her way up the corporate ladder, serving as a President of Accurate Air Systems as well as Vice President at Polk Mechanical in Houston. From Dallas to Houston and then Hallettsville, Laura has now landed in Shiner at Kaspar Companies. Laura loves a challenge and is prepared to put in hard work. As Director of Operations for Kaspar Manufacturing, she has found an abundance of opportunities for development and great potential for the future. When she isn’t working, Laura enjoys gardening, hunting, fishing, and doing DIY projects with her husband Steve. The pair mostly love to spend time with their four children and six grandchildren.
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.
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.