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Jim Lemons - President

In May of 2009 Jim founded Manufacturing Solutions (MSI) along with Craig Hall. Jim is responsible for all aspects of MSI’s day to day business, except the Outside Sales Team. Jim started in the manufacturing industry back in 1985 de-burring parts and cleaning coolant tanks in a small machine shop. He attended Hawkeye Institute of Technology and was certified in structural welding in 1988. Jim continued to work his way up in the shop, from an operator of manual and tape reader machines, to CNC lathes and mills, gear hobs, gear shapers, gear shavers, broaches, assembly of heavy duty gear boxes, offline programmer and then becoming a setup / lead man in a union production shop. Once into a leadership role Jim moved up quickly into shop management. While on the shop side Jim completed over 60 different courses for supervision, CNC programming, management, ISO 9000 internal auditor, fixture design, Quality Management, CMM inspection equipment and Lean Manufacturing. Jim has also attended over 100 Manufacturers product training seminars. Jim has been in Industrial Distribution since 1998 and has produced in excess of $8 million dollars in documented cost savings for his customers. Jim resides in Diamond Bluff Wisconsin. In his free time, Jim enjoys spending time with his Kids Emily and Bradley, salmon fishing, hunting and snowmobiling. - Jim.Lemons@msmni.com - vCard

 

 

 
 

Craig Hall - Vice President - Outside Sales Manager

In May of 2009, Craig joined up with Jim to found Manufacturing Solutions. Craig is responsible for the Outside Sales Team and new business development for MSI. Mr. Hall has had experience in the manufacturing industry since graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from Bemidji State University in Industry Technology in 1993 during which time he also served for the MN Army National Guard for six years. After college he started as a Manufacturing Engineer and then moved up to being the Engineering Manager and then into cutting tool sales for an Industrial distributor in 2003. Craig has experience in the management of integrated supply contracts providing end users with significant cost savings through multiple competing lines and reducing costs in various manufacturing processes. He also has an extensive background in high volume manufacturing of automated transmission case machining, shaft manufacturing and other drive train components. Craig specializes in new technology tooling and work-holding products designed to optimize production machining processes. He loves assisting customers from design stages through the final production providing the optimum and lowest cost per part process possible. He is experienced in programming CNC lathes, mills, robots and grinders, designing fixtures and special machines for various applications, and has worked with broaches, hobs, roto-flows and aluminum die casting machines. In his spare time, Craig enjoys snowmobiling, fishing, motorcycling with his wife, golfing with his family, boating doing watersports such as tubing, knee boarding, and skiing with his kids. In the fall months, he enjoys hunting with his son, dad, relatives and friends. Craig, his wife, their two kids and their three dogs reside near Detroit Lakes Minnesota in a small town he bets you can’t find on map! - Craig.Hall@msmni.com - vCard

Craig’s Tidbit: His friends call him "Goodwrench" because he can fix almost anything!

 

 

 

 
 

Brett Huneke - Director of Operations

Brett has been with Manufacturing Solutions since July 2014. He is the Director of Operations. Mr. Huneke attended Dakota county technical college for Machine tool and Die and was a Skills USA-VICA State champion for Machine Tool and Die in 2000. Brett has been working hands-on in a machine shop since 2000. Brett specializes in process development, fixture design, programming, on site machining, LEAN manufacturing, setup reductions, product standardization, and 5s process improvement. Briefly before coming to MSI Brett was a Factory Representative for a large round tool manufacturer. In his free time, Brett enjoys the outdoors and shooting sports. - Brett.Huneke@msmni.com - vCard