Leadership Team

Harry Smith- President

“It’s a privilege to be part of the Automation Plastics community and to serve our customers and our employees on a daily basis. I look forward to the never-ending process of becoming a better version of who we are.”

A graduate of RPI with a Masters’ Degree in Management and Industrial Systems Engineering, Harry spent the first half of his career in various manufacturing and general management assignments with Chemcut, Figgie International, and Dirt Devil. He joined Automation Plastics in 1994 as General Manager and purchased the company from Henry DeRocher in 1999.

He and his wife Katie spend time, when possible, with their 3 grown children, Perry, Karen, and McKenzie, and new grandchild, Caleb. Their faithful Wheaton Terrier and Rottweiler are always home to provide comic relief. And they enjoy frequent involvement in a variety of activities at the Parish of St. Rita in Solon, along with an occasional ride on their motorcycle.

John Dietz- Plant Engineer

John received his BS in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University and achieved Professional Engineer registration. He has held supervisory positions in plant engineering, manufacturing, safety and maintenance management in several industries including technical ceramics, aerospace forgings, and pharmaceuticals. John has training as a Six-Sigma black belt and enjoys collaborating with all levels of the organization on process improvement and capital projects.

At APC John coordinates maintenance department efforts, oversees outside contracts, and facilitates manufacturing engineering and automation projects. He works closely with the Safety Team to assess and promote plant safety. Additionally, he is responsible for Information Technology.

John enjoys playing golf as often as possible. He completed a golf Masters Training program a couple of years ago. John and his wife enjoy visiting friends and relatives which allows plenty of opportunity for another of his passions -- travel and nature photography.

Desirae Metcalfe- Human Resources Manager

Desirae joined Automation Plastics in September, 2013. She has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources, is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. Prior to joining Automation Plastics, Desirae’s main focus was on mediation and arbitration cases as well as EEOC Compliance in a large manufacturing environment. She spent two years in the banking industry in various roles before starting her career in the Human Resources field.

Desirae previously served as the VP of Legislation on the Lake Geauga (LGA) Board, a local SHRM chapter. She also served 9 years on the Board of Directors for Family Pride, a non-profit organization aiding at-risk youth.

Will Wilke- Production Manager

Will has been with APC since 1996. He has performed in various roles in his time at APC: Shift Supervisor, Quality Manager, Process Engineer, and has been in the role of Production Manager since 2007. Will has degrees in Plastic Processing Technology from Lorain County Community College and in Automated Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Akron University.

Jerome Smith- Sales & Engineering Manager

Jerome has been with Automation Plastics since receiving his B.S. Degree in Plastics Engineering Technology from Penn State Behrend in 1997. He also has an Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. At APC he has been intimately involved in nearly every aspect of the business with his primary focus on plastic part design, mold design, cost estimating, and project management.

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