November 9, 2004
Aristo Machines Inc. has hired Don Leonhard as vice president of engineering, Francis Zhang as a system design engineer, James Allman as a controls technician, and Tracy Woodall as a tool design engineer.
Leonhard has an extensive mechanical engineering background. He was chief engineer at J.D. Gould Co. and development engineer at NIBCO. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He has been active with the Solenoid Valve Section of the Fluid Control Institute (FCI). He manages engineering.
Zhang has a background in mechanical engineering with an emphasis on tube bending systems. He has worked for Pines Manufacturing and adaptive Motion designing and building tube bending machines. He had formal training in China and has a degree from the University of Akron. He is responsible for hydraulic forming systems engineering.
Allman has a background in electrical and software engineering. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Tri-State University and is an accredited professional engineer in the State of Indiana in electrical engineering. He is responsible for designing and building machine control systems on standard machines, as well as working on the development of new and custom systems that integrate new technologies.
Woodall's tool engineering background includes positions at Britt Tool, Brazil, Ind., and Hittle Machine & Tool in Indianapolis. He is an associate professor at Vincennes University, and has taught classes in drafting, CAD, and jib and fixture design. In his new role, Woodall works on tooling design for the company's machines.