Innovation Meets Experience in BC
Penticton Foundry, located in British Columbia, Canada, prides itself on its team of highly skilled, experienced and forward thinking staff. Our long-standing client relationships speak to our willingness to go above and beyond the call to innovate, create and deliver solutions to our customers’ wear problems and project needs. From our president to plant manager, we focus on hiring people whose years of experience, education and proven track record mean that our clients have access to some of the best people in the foundry industry. Contact us today for more information about how our team can help yours deliver.
For the past 25 years, Brian has dedicated his career to the foundry industry. With a degree in Materials Engineering (specializing in Metallurgy) and an Executive MBA, Brian has helped transform Penticton Foundry into one of the most successful foundries in Canada.
His wide-ranging foundry experience (he’s managed production, been head of Quality Assurance and lead on special projects) has meant that he has gained a unique skill set and perspective that directly benefits his customers. For example, his education as a materials engineer, coupled with his background in Quality Assurance, has helped spearhead many of the current casting innovations that have been the hallmark of the Foundry’s most recent success and client satisfaction.
Brian balances his dedication to his career with a passion for rock climbing and mountain biking. He can often be found dangling from one rope or another in the Skaha Bluffs.
Ryan Morcombe is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 15 years of progressive finance and management experience in manufacturing. Ryan joined Penticton Foundry in 2014 and became General Manager in 2020. He has been responsible for developing and implementing best financial practices and new business systems for some of BC’s largest manufacturing operations, including Copper Mountain Mine and Canfor. As someone who is dedicated to continuous improvement, Ryan pursued and received a certificate in Metallurgy of Iron and Steel from McMaster University in 2021.
Troy Newsham has over thirty-one years of foundry experience, twenty-two of them with Penticton Foundry. He’s a certified molder and core maker. He began his career at the Foundry in 1993 working on the floor. Within a year he was promoted to shift supervisor. In 2001 Troy became the Foundry’s production supervisor and in 2005 he was promoted to plant manager. His experience enables him to be a strong troubleshooter, manager and problem solver.
Quality Assurance Manager
With a Bachelor of Applied Science in materials science and engineering, Hannah Bendig brings a wealth of expertise to her role as Quality Assurance Manager at Penticton Foundry. As a former environment/quality analyst and project manager, Hannah has the ability to collaborate with key production personnel to improve product quality and design. A natural relationship builder, Hannah works closely with customers, vendors and our pattern shop to ensure customers’ expectations are met and exceeded. Not one to rest on her laurels, she has initiated several manufacturing process improvements that have led to greater efficiency and casting conformance.
As a Certified Payroll Compliance Practitioner with over 20 years of payroll experience, Debbie Gillespie began her career at Penticton Foundry in February 2000 looking after payroll, employee benefits and AR/AP. In 2008 Debbie became the Purchaser for Penticton Foundry. Her commitment to lifelong learning is evident in her Level I and II diploma in Office Administration (accounting specialty) and her pursuit of her diploma in Supply Chain Management.
Pattern Maker/Pattern Maker Supervisor
Randy Harkin is a journeyman pattern maker and has been making patterns for over twenty-five years. His leadership approach is grounded in strong communication skills which enable him to effectively supervise his team of pattern makers. The result: customers’ designs are successfully taken to the final casting product.
Randy couples his leadership skills with an ability to visualize the end product and can transform customer blueprints, 2-D or 3-D CAD models into full scale, three-dimensional patterns.
Randy has worked for Penticton Foundry for twenty-two years.
Charlie Hatchard draws upon an extensive and diverse background in his role as Sales Manager at the Penticton Foundry. His experiences as a welding technologist, journeyman welder/fabricator, NDT/welding inspector, metallurgy educator and QA Supervisor combine to create a solid foundation for client support and advisement. Charlie is able to work in business partnership with the Foundry’s clients, understanding what is needed to generate successful results in a project, part or casting. Over the past sixteen years, Charlie has ensured value added service to both national and international clients.
Jeff Luesink is the Penticton Foundry’s Technical Sales Representative. He couples his educational background as a Mechanical Engineering Design Technician with 30 years of manufacturing expertise. His past experience as an On-Site Designer, Production Planner and Supply Chain Manager means he can work in partnership with the Foundry’s customers from project inception to completion. His strong problem solving skills and desire to help his customers, has translated into long standing, successful business relationships throughout Canada.
As an accomplished sales representative, Jeff Jakubec brings over 20 years of experience to Penticton Foundry. With a BA in geography and economics, coupled with formal education in business administration, Jeff understands how to add value to each of his customers. His background in mining and forestry are particular assets, as is his supply chain management and heavy equipment operation experience. His dedication to his customers, their business needs, and his coworkers, is complimented by his love for recreational activities with his friends and family.
Bruce Sutley has been working for Penticton Foundry for over 20 years. He started as a crane operator on the pouring floor and later transitioned into the core room. He is currently responsible for data integrity.
A Production Planner needs to have big picture thinking, while still being detail-driven. With a BA in Business, a diploma in Geomatics Engineering Technology, and experience as a project manager, Gerry Frederick is able to understand customer needs, while ensuring that Penticton Foundry’s production can deliver on expectations. Gerry prides himself on his strong communication skills, and ability to see a project through from inception to completion.
If he’s not exploring the backcountry with his family, you can usually find Gerry fly-fishing, or on the golf course.