Each Sales Manager represents all of the plants and forging, heat treating and machining capabilities of the full IMT Forge Group.

Lori Brown 
Sales Manager

–  1-(217)-621-5306

Working from Champaign, Illinois, with over 6 years of forge sales experience, Lori serves as the link between IMT Forge Groups’ various disciplines and customers. This includes a focus on advancing a global understanding of the steel forging industry for the benefit of customers.

Market segments: Aero (Civil and Defense), Military and Defense (US), Auto Racing industry

Syl Demers 
Sales Manager

– 1-(905)-714-5554

For over 25 years in the forging industry, based out of Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada Syl has interacted with customers throughout North America to develop and maintain valuable partnerships resulting in favorable customer satisfaction.  As a Certified Profession Purchaser from PMAC (Purchasing Management Association of Canada) Syl is an expert in understanding and solving the many challenges each customer faces resulting and a steady supply of quality custom closed die and upset forgings

Market segments: Oil field equipment, Oil & Gas, Exploration, Transmission, Refining and Distribution, Offshore (Canada), Military and Defense (Canada), Heavy Truck and trailer

Mike Sonnenberg
Assistant GM / Sales 

– 1-(905)-714-6333

Located in Welland, Ontario, Canada, Mike has spent most of his career in the forging industry having joined PC Forge shortly after graduation as an outside sales representative and then joining Welland Forge in 2003 as Sales Manager. Mike graduated from McMaster University with a degree in Business.

Market segment: Heavy trucks, trailers, trucking , truck suspension system

Joe Jones
VP Sales

– 1-(815)-315-3930

Based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Joe serves as a link between IMT Forge Groups’ internal engineering, customer service and inside sales and our external customers and manufactures representative network.

With 20+ years of manufacturing knowledge, Joe is analytical and results-oriented, with extensive experience in manufacturing operations, sales, business development, project management, custom engineering, automation technology, contract negotiations, and customer service. Joe holds a BSEE degree and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin.

Market segments: Oil & Gas




Bruce Wylie 

Bruce is a proven strategic and operational leader. Prior to joining IMT, Bruce held key management or Board positions with a variety of growth companies for over 20 years including a global financial institution, a global tax and financial services firm, and operating companies such as a large open die forger with plants in Canada and the United States. Additionally, Bruce is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator.

Bud Kinney 
VP Innovation & Development

Bud has extensive experience in forging operations, engineering, and sales.  A degreed mechanical engineer with over 20 years of sales and marketing experience, Bud’s responsibilities include leading innovation and related business development for the IMT Forge companies working to strengthen the position of the IMT Forge in the marketplace.

Jason Ray
General Manager, Clifford-Jacobs Forging, Champaign, Illinois

Following his service in the US Air Force, Jason joined the Clifford-Jacobs team. Jason’s forge operations roles include Estimator, Design Engineer, and he has held management positions including Sales Manager and Vice President of Sales. Since 2012 Jason has been General Manager of Clifford-Jacobs Forging and plays a key role on the IMT Forge leadership team.

Dave Thibeau
General Manager, PC Forge, Port Colborne, Ontario

Dave is a degreed mechanical engineer with extensive Tier 1 automotive supplier experience including Process / Engineering Manager, Quality / Maintenance Manager and is a Six Sigma Blackbelt. Dave started with IMT Forge as a Continuous Improvement Manager at Welland Forge. He was later promoted to that site’s General Manager. In 2017 Dave’s was promoted to General Manager at IMT’s PC Forge in Port Colborne.

Shane Smith
General Manager, Welland Forge, Welland, Ontario

Shane, a graduate from Brock University with a business and marketing degree developed his operations knowledge base in automotive related manufacturing field. He joined Welland Forge as President/General Manager and Owner. When Welland Forge was purchased by IMT, Shane moved into the role of Business Development for the IMT Forge Group and now is General Manager.

Lisa Cefaratti
Director of Finance, Welland, Ontario

Lisa is a Chartered Professional Accountant with concentration in steel related industries. Prior to joining IMT Forge, Lisa served as the CFO for a multinational Abrasives company, and Controller for a manufacturer in the Pressure Vessel industry.