Fred Piercy, President and General Manager of R&B Plastics Machinery, joined the company in 2014. Prior to his current role with R&B, Fred spent 21 years in the Plastics Packaging industry where he held various roles in management, sales, engineering, and manufacturing for Amcor, Schmalbach Lubecca, and Johnson Controls. His past success in commercial and operations management has given him strong capabilities in team building, commercial account management, financial management, problem solving, engineering project management, and continuous improvement of manufacturing operations.
Fred’s extensive knowledge of Blow Molding and Extrusion Machinery and processes coupled with his prior experience from the customer perspective gives him a unique insight into the needs of our customers, the market overall, and the growth potential for R&B as a leader in the Plastics Machinery Industry.
President & General Manager
Ken Caryl has a tenure of 33 years with R&B Plastics Machinery and currently serves as Sales Manager for New Machinery Sales; a role he has held for over 10 years. He originally joined the company in 1988 and spent his first 10 years as a Mechanical Engineer designing custom machinery solutions for our customers. Ken then joined the sales department and has had multiple roles with increasing responsibility including Customer Service, Service Manager, and eventually Sales Manager.
Ken’s career with R&B has afforded him the complete understanding of all types of Blow Molding and Extrusion Machinery from design, assembly, installation, and repair. His expertise in all aspects of the sales and production process makes him a true professional in helping our customers achieve solutions for their most basic to most complex Plastics Machinery needs.
Sales Manager for New Machinery Sales
Rob Caryl is the Sales and Service Coordinator for R&B Plastics Machinery. He joined the company in 2013 in mechanical assembly on the plant floor, advanced to a service technician role, and then successfully transitioned to our sales department as a Customer Service Representative 5 years ago. Rob’s technical knowledge of plastics machinery, strong ERP understanding, and professionalism makes him a valued resource for both our internal and external customers.
Today, Rob’s focus is preparing customer proposals for our new or rebuilt blow molding and extrusion machinery and working directly with customers on specific rebuild opportunities and projects. He also manages R&B’s Injection Molding production and EBM Bottle Sampling program.
Rob recently earned his Associates Degree in Business Administration from Washtenaw Community College and will continue to be a valued part of our company’s growth and success.
Sales & Service Coordinator
Jacqueline has served as the Corporate Controller for R&B Plastics Machinery since 2016 and is responsible for the management of the daily accounting and finance activities, financial reporting, month-end closing, standard cost analysis, financial forecasting & budgeting, treasury function, internal audits, tax reporting, and ERP system maintenance for the company.
With over 25 years of experience working for diverse, multi-national corporations, Jacqueline brings a wealth of financial experience and knowledge to the R&B management team. She has previously worked for Siemens Communication, Siemens VDO Automotive, Siemens Yazaki, Hyundai/Kia Automotive, and Mastronardi Produce (Canada). She has also served as Chief Financial Consultant to EunaCon Group (Shanghai, China) and Capsonic Automotive and Aerospace (US & Mexico).
Jacqueline holds a BA in Accounting and an MBA in Finance from Eastern Michigan University.
Dave Corson is the Director of Sales and Marketing for R&B Plastics Machinery. He has held this role for the last 11 years and is responsible for directing all sales and marketing functions for new Blow Molding and Extrusion Machinery. He successfully leads a team of sales professionals to maintain and grow our customer base; diligently pushing to find custom and economical solutions for our valued customers.
Dave first joined R&B in 1993 and has held various positions of increasing responsibility including Service Coordinator, Service Manager, Inside Sales, and Sales Manager. His tenure at R&B has given him not only an abundance of technical knowledge of Blow Molding and Extrusion Machinery, but also a full understanding of the machine building process from idea conception to machine completion and beyond. His dedication to our customers’ needs results in long term partnerships that are the foundation of our business.
Dave obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Ferris State University in 1993.
Director of Sales & Marketing
George Hurden, a veteran of the Blow Molding industry for 45 years, joined R&B in early 2021 as Sales Manager, New Blow Molding Machinery. His years of progressive sales and management experience in the plastic blow molding business allows him to contribute to the future growth of R&B and be a strong asset to our customers requiring innovative solutions to their plastic packaging needs.
George began his plastics career at PVC Container Corp. in sales and production/engineering roles. He then spent 20 years as co-owner and President/CEO of Custom Process Solutions, LLC., where he provided sales and consulting services to a wide range of blow molding companies throughout North America. Prior to joining R&B, George served as Regional Sales Manager with Kautex Machines, Inc.
George has been an SPE member for nearly 40 years and has served on the Board of the SPE Blow Molding Division since 2013.
Sales Manager, New Blow Molding Machinery
Dave Kohler serves as the Service and Aftermarket Sales Manager at R&B Plastics Machinery and has held this position for the last 14 years. Dave is a committed and strong leader of all service personnel and manages the sales process for machine improvement, repair, and upgrades.
Dave’s career at R&B originally began with R&B Machine Tool in 1979 when he first started in the wood pattern shop. Over his tenure, he has held many different positions including hydraulics & pneumatics assembly, mechanical machine assembly, Service Technician, Plant Foreman, and Plant Manager. His knowledge of plastic machinery building and repair is unparalleled and Dave has played an integral part of R&B’s success and growth over the years. With his strong technical knowledge, he is able to successfully manage a customer service team that can provide solutions to our customers quickly and efficiently. Dave also serves as Project Manager for the more detailed Custom Machinery projects we do for our customers.
Service & Aftermarket Sales Manager
With R&B Plastics Machinery for almost 35 years, Jake currently serves as Manager of Electrical Engineering, a position he has held for over 23 years with the company. He is responsible for the design of the electrical schematics and controls programming for our machinery business and has been a driving force in our success as a leader in the Plastics Machinery Industry.
Jake originally joined the company as an Electrical Engineer after his education at Washtenaw Community College in 1987. Today, he leads a successful team of highly skilled Engineers in the development of our electrical solutions. Jake’s extensive background in electrical controls and programming as well as his attention to every detail makes him one of the industry’s leading experts in Blow Molding Machinery and Machine Tool Controls.
Manager of Electrical Engineering
With over 20 years of Business Administration and Development experience, Kelly currently serves as the Human Resources Manager and Office Manager for R&B Plastics Machinery, LLC. Since joining the company in 2017, she is responsible for directing the company’s benefit portfolio, staff recruitment, performance management, and office operations.
Kelly obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Michigan State University in 1992 while serving in administration for a growing company in the Construction Supply Industry. She then worked in Sales and Business Development for several organizations including over 10 years in the Global Logistics Industry.
Kelly is also tasked with the execution of special projects supporting the Core Values of R&B Plastics Machinery and our “Focused on Customers, Driven by Excellence” initiative.
Human Resources & Office Manager
Phil Smith serves as the Plant Manager for R&B Plastics Machinery and has held this position for the last 12 years. He originally joined R&B in 1980 as a machine builder, advanced to service technician, and eventually to his current role.
Today, Phil is responsible for the day-to-day operations involving machine assembly, rebuild, and/or repair for our customers in our 3 buildings in Saline, MI. Leading our highly skilled teams of electricians, mechanical & hydraulic machine assemblers, and machine processors, Smith’s vast hands-on experience allows him to provide efficiency and quality to the process in order to meet our customers’ needs. Phil also overseas building maintenance, R&B’s Shipping & Receiving and Paint departments, as well as ensuring the safety of our valued employees. He dedication and long-term commitment to excellence has made him an integral part of the success of the company.
Chris Swirtz recently joined R&B Plastics Machinery as the company’s Supply Chain Manager after the retirement of our longtime Director of Procurement, Terry Lloyd. Chris has more than 17 years of hands-on experience and professional success in materials management, logistics, inventory control, warehouse management, and production planning in various industries.
Chris’ impressive career has also afforded him the opportunity to gain significant talents in database development and administration. His expertise in these areas will help R&B better manage our supply chain and ERP system utilization to improve our visibility and productivity. Chris will be a key part of the future of our company as we continually strive to improve results and efficiencies for our customers and employees
Supply Chain Manager
With over 39 years of tenure at R&B Plastics Machinery, Larry currently serves as Director of Mechanical Engineering for the company. In this role, he is responsible for leading the mechanical design of our Blow Molding and Extrusion Machinery business. Under Larry’s leadership and with his continual strive for design excellence, R&B has continued to provide world class innovative and technical solutions to the everchanging global needs of our customers.
Larry first joined R&B Machine Tool Company in 1981 on the plant floor for a short time and was then brought on as an Engineer after earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University in 1982. He has held various roles over his career at R&B including 4 years as VP of Plastics and several engineering roles with increasing responsibilities.
Director of Mechanical Engineering