Appleton Steel is the clear choice of professional hoof trimmers around the world. Pure steel and made in America our chutes offer maximum durability along with enhanced safety for both trimmer and cow.

Appleton Steel, Inc would not be successful without the solid team behind the product!

Craig Hess

Craig Hess

President

Craig Hess

President

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Craig Hess

President

Jeanette Ekins

Jeanette Ekins

Vice President

Jeanette Ekins

Vice President

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Jeanette Ekins

Vice President

Jeanette is originally from Detroit, Michigan and migrated west for school. She received her degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho and is now the Vice President at Appleton Steel. She grew up in the automotive service industry as her parents owned a large Interstate Batteries franchise in Detroit. She later moved to Appleton, Wisconsin with her family and eventually worked with Interstate again as it expanded into a multi-million dollar business. Jeanette spent 18 months on a church service mission and then moved to Utah where she met her husband John. Together they are the parents of ten children with a large supply of grandchildren in tow. Jeanette enjoys reading, travel, spending time with her family and making the best caramels you will ever taste!

John Ekins

John Ekins

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

John Ekins

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

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John Ekins

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

John is a retired Fortune 500 business development management consultant, sales trainer and motivational speaker. His clients range from international companies like KLM Air, Air France, Delta Air Cargo, Kenworth Trucking, Re/Max, Century 21, Prudential, Honda, and more. He is a LEAN Six Sigma (MBB) instructor and Kaizen manufacturing facilitator. Appleton Steel is a natural fit for John as he is also a 5th generation rancher/farmer growing up with rodeo and ranching on a ranch/farm in Utah. He and his wife Jeanette are the parents of ten children and many grandchildren.

Ranee Botzet

Ranee Botzet

Administrative Director

Ranee Botzet

Administrative Director

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Ranee Botzet

Administrative Director

Ranee is a native of Wisconsin and following high school, she graduated from Fox Valley Technical College with a degree in marketing. She spent 25 years in the retail power sports industry and eventually became a part-owner. In her spare time, Ranee enjoys boating and running having completed 8 half-marathons. She and her husband have been married for 23 years and are the parents of three children.

Keith Sanofsky

Keith Sanofsky

Director of Sales

Keith Sanofsky

Director of Sales

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Keith Sanofsky

Director of Sales

Our new Director of Sales comes to us following 25 years in the transportation industry. He grew up in the Chicago area (We try not to let this bother us) and received his degree from the University of Wisconsin (A good step towards repentance for the Chicago thing.) To better prepare for his role as Sales Director Keith spent a month working with the Hess clan trimming cattle and operating the Appleton. He also worked with Interstate Batteries as a sales manager contributing to the phenomenal growth that they have experienced making them one of the few million-dollar stores in the country. Keith and his wife Kathy are the parents of four amazing children and one exceptional pitbull named Chilli. We are excited to have Keith on our team.

Kelli Claypool

Kelli Claypool

Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Kelli Claypool

Director of Marketing and Public Relations

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Kelli Claypool

Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Karina Franco

Karina Franco

Executive Assistant

Karina Franco

Executive Assistant

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Karina Franco

Executive Assistant

Karina recently joined Appleton Steel as our Executive Assistant. She is originally from Northeast Wisconsin so dairy and industry have been part of her life from birth. Karina is currently seeking her degree from Fox Valley Technical College. In her off-time Karina enjoys the outdoors and can often be found wandering the woods of Wisconsin enjoying the many waterways. We are thrilled to have her as part of our team.

Alex Krueger

Alex Krueger

Welder/Parts Lead

Alex Krueger

Welder/Parts Lead

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Alex Krueger

Welder/Parts Lead

Brandon Kluba

Welder

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Brandon Kluba

Welder

Brain Reinke

Brain Reinke

Welder, Fabrication Supervisor

Brain Reinke

Welder, Fabrication Supervisor

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Brain Reinke

Welder, Fabrication Supervisor

CJ Lamsargis

CJ Lamsargis

Machinist

CJ Lamsargis

Machinist

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CJ Lamsargis

Machinist

David Hoerning

David Hoerning

Fabrication Foreman

David Hoerning

Fabrication Foreman

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David Hoerning

Fabrication Foreman

Louis Carillo

Louis Carillo

Assembly Technician

Louis Carillo

Assembly Technician

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Louis Carillo

Assembly Technician

Nancy Carrillo

Nancy Carrillo

Assembly Manager

Nancy Carrillo

Assembly Manager

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Nancy Carrillo

Assembly Manager

Oliver Clare

Oliver Clare

Plant Foreman

Oliver Clare

Plant Foreman

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Oliver Clare

Plant Foreman

Reice Magolski

Reice Magolski

Mechanic/Service Manager

Reice Magolski

Mechanic/Service Manager

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Reice Magolski

Mechanic/Service Manager