Meet The Slagel Team
Quality drives our decisions as a company and the daily work of our employees. Beginning with our co-founder, Mark Slagel, working hands-on with local farmers and his own farm with his brother and co-founder, Don Slagel, Slagel Manufacturing has grown into a fixture in the community and a trusted provider of precise metal fabrication in Central Illinois while serving businesses across the country. We welcome you to meet the Slagel Manufacturing Inc. team.
Becky Hoffman, Technical Metals
“Slagel Manufacturing is a strong partner of American Event Services. With Slagel’s accurate and timely production of our custom parts, we are able to provide our customers with some of the best designed and constructed products in the marketplace. The design process is very hands on where communication is key. Todd Freehill is an integral part of this and is invaluable to us”
Tony Tauer, American Event Services
“Slagel Manufacturing has earned our trust and confidence. KSI has worked with Slagel Manufacturing for more than 15 years, relying on them for design input, quality fabrication and on-time delivery at a fair price. There is no doubt that our relationship with Slagel has helped us to maintain a reputation for high-quality products in our industry”
Hartzell Kaeb, Director of Operations, KSi Conveyors Inc.
Mark Slagel, President
“The only thing I’m more proud of than the quality work we provide on a daily basis is the group of talented friends who come to work with me each day at Slagel Manufacturing. My job as the President of the company is to take care of my staff, who are dedicated to providing the best service to the businesses and individuals we work with.
The son of a farmer, I learned what a strong work ethic was from an early age. My first job off the farm was making high-wheel weed mowers and log splitters at a local business. I started out on the paint line, then moved into the welding department, and later did machining work, along with fixture design and building. This all led to creating Slagel Manufacturing in 1993 to provide what I knew the local community, farms, and businesses everywhere would be proud to turn to when in need of metal fabrication.”
Don Slagel, Vice President
“I grew up in Central Illinois and have been encompassed by farming since the day I was born. Living on a dairy farm taught me about hard work and having a strong work ethic, not to mention the importance of a good cup of coffee.
I enjoyed working on farm equipment, which led me to become a mechanic for many years. Later, I moved into the position of service manager at a farm equipment dealership where I scheduled service appointments and oversaw technicians. With an entrepreneurial spirit, a desire to invent, and work for myself, I joined my brother as co-owner and vice-president of Slagel Manufacturing Inc. in 1996.
I truly enjoy being a hands-on participant in the attentive service that we provide to our customers.”
Jessie Toohill, Head of Logistics
“I began at the company in the cut-off department and ran a number of different machines while working my way up into logistics. After several years and a lot of hard work, I was promoted to manager of the logistics department. I’ve spent most of my time at Slagel Manufacturing in logistics and specialize in working with production and scheduling to ensure quality parts in a timely manner for our customers.
Seeing every part that left the facility put me in a position to do quality checks, and I jumped on the opportunity to join the internal auditing team, which is a part of our ISO 9001:2008 certification.”
Sebastian Mekarski, Head of Production
“In January of 2008, I received a life-changing opportunity to operate a laser machine at Slagel Manufacturing. With no prior manufacturing experience, I relied on hard work, determination, and an unquenchable thirst for success to achieve my goal of becoming the Head of Production. I enjoy challenging myself to improve workplace atmosphere and revolutionize operational strategies. I strive to empower and challenge my co-workers to achieve their goals in and out of the workplace. I believe in cultivating strong relationships with our customers and vendors so we can turn parts into partnerships.”
Todd Freehill, Head of Design
“30 years of experience in manufacturing has kept me involved in every facet of the business. Starting out as a machinist and learning from invested mentors has helped me develop great insight into process improvement and problem-solving. When I came to Slagel Manufacturing, I started out helping in the fabrication department, and a short time later, was involved in building an addition that doubled the size of our facility. From there, I became more involved in the engineering department. Currently heading this department, I am responsible for helping customers design their products. I use a wide range of modeling tools to produce parts right on the first try.”
Andrew Wright, Manufacturing Engineer
“As a new member of the Slagel Manufacturing team, I am proud to work for a company that cares for its customers and employees. Although only being with the team for a short time, I can say that the team is dedicated to quality, strong work ethic, and listening to customers. I have over 10 years of experience with welding, structural steel fabrication, and design. I now work directly with customers to take their ideas from design to final product. I look forward to growing with the team and serving our customers for many years to come.”
Ron Folk Jr., Production Manager
“I started at Slagel Manufacturing in 2006 seeking advancement in steel fabrication, knowing this was a rapidly growing business. Throughout my career, I have been the 2nd shift supervisor, AWS certified welder, CNC sheet rolling programmer, and robotic welding system programmer, as well as having ten years of laser cutting experience. Over eight years of being a supervisor, I have obtained organizational and management skills that ultimately led me to my current role as production manager.”
Christie Todd, Office Manager
“Since being offered the opportunity to become the Office Manager in 2013, I’ve taken pride in welcoming customers and leading them in the direction that best meets their needs. Years of administration in running my own business and working for others has taught me to have an accommodating, “How can I help?” and “Let’s get it done!” attitude and work ethic. I look forward to the opportunity to help you!”
Lincoln Slagel, Finance Manager
“I was born right around the time my uncle and father founded Slagel Manufacturing and I have truly grown up with the company. I can remember when they hired their first employee and I have seen the company evolve over time into what it is now. The one aspect that makes me the most proud to be a part of Slagel Mfg. is the company culture. The feeling that everyone is family is the same now as it was when the company had two employees. There has always been that feel to Slagel Manufacturing and our family of employees work together to accomplish the task at hand, whatever that task may be.
I recently completed degrees in Finance, Business Management, and Economics at North Central College in Naperville, IL and came back to the family business to apply what I have learned. It immediately became clear to me that through the owners’ intelligent investments in the business and managing the company finances in a conservative manner, Slagel Manufacturing is set up for a long future of sustainable growth and stability, and will be a source of high quality metal fabrication and employment for years to come.”
Paul Lahr, Quality Manager
“I was born and raised in Central Illinois in a tiny town right on Rt. 66. I spent many of my younger years in the agricultural industry learning mechanics and machining, walking beans and bailing hay. This quickly developed into an interest in plant and soil nutrition, which led me to pursuing my bachelor's degree in Agronomy Industry Management from Illinois State which also included classes in machining. After college, I worked in the agricultural industry and then moved into a machining position for the last 5 years.
I started at Slagel Manufacturing in Oct 2018. As a newer member of the team, I can already clearly see the dedication to quality products, strong work ethic, customer service, and quality of business here which mixes well with my drive to do things well the first time, every time. I am proud to work for a company that truly cares for its customers and employees.”
Jessica Nash, Administrative Support Specialist
“After almost 13 years in the same position I decided it was time for a change. I began working at Slagel Manufacturing in May 2019. Everyday here is a new adventure and I'm continually learning new things. I enjoy working here because we are all a team and work together. I feel motivated to come to work and get the tasks done that need to be completed. I feel like I have found exactly where I am supposed to be in my career. I look forward to greeting you when you call or stop in.”