From an early age, Jay was fascinated by mechanical principals and earned his first job in a machine shop at the age of 14. Jay has experience in nearly every aspect of the industrial field and has even worked as a travelling machinist on the NHRA circuit. Jay founded Innovative Machine in 2000 with the vision of filling the need for quality machine work, that had been lacking for so long in the Tri Cities Area. Jay began Innovative Machine in his garage with a single truck and has built this company into what it is today. If there is a question that Jay can’t answer, it hasn’t been asked yet. The passion that Jay has for Innovative Machine and this industry as a whole, is evident in the quality of products that are produced at his facility.
Duane comes from the “old-school” line of machinists and began honing his craft at an early age. Duane held the position of Plant Manager at both Short Run Stamping and Stamp Tech, making Duane a natural fit to join our team back in 2009. Having experience in most areas of the modern machine shop, Duane continues to mold and lead our team of machinists and fabricators. Duane’s hard work and technical knowledge is a vital part of the production and quality that our reputation has been built on. In addition to being an expert machinist, Duane was the 1994 and 1996 Men’s World Archery Champion.
Justin is one of Innovative Machine’s longest tenured employees and our expert big buck hunter. Joining our team in 2003, Justin was a natural leader and quickly became a vital member of our team. When our sister company, Advanced Hydraulics, was started in 2009, Justin became the Hydraulics Manager and has been responsible for its tremendous growth and success. Justin has become a hydraulic expert and is called on by many in the metro-Richmond area for his vast knowledge in the industry.
An alumnus of the University of South Carolina, Louis served with the 2/18 Field Artillery Battalion in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Beginning his professional career in construction project management, Louis transitioned into the role of plant manager at a biodiesel production facility, and eventually made the natural progression into industrial project management.