Alliant Castings takes special pride in its people, and has invested significantly in attracting and retaining a highly skilled workforce. Our team works like a pit crew, combining precision and speed to get the job done right, and right on time. Staff are generously rewarded and motivated by positive recognition for achievement. Through continuous on-the-job training and active management we have built a cohesive team with a single focus: delivering value to the client.
Our team members combine 145 years of industry experience and engineering know-how.
Tom Renk, President
Obtaining his BS degree from Iowa State University, Renk has 25 years of professional Metalcasting experience. His casting career began at the American Foundry Society (AFS) as a Software Development Engineer. During his tenure at AFS he improved existing casting software, taught software related classes, and did contract solidification modeling. After 4 years at AFS, Renk worked as a Foundry Engineer for Maynard Steel in Milwaukee, WI. In 1995, Renk was hired by American Metalcasting Consortium (AMC) as an Applications Engineer. While at AMC, Renk worked with the United States Department of Defense and private defense contractors to optimize costs and casting processes of various military castings. In late 1996 Renk was presented with the opportunity to rejoin the family business, United Machine and Foundry (UMF) as a Foundry Engineer. During his 15+ year career with UMF Renk has held various positions including foundry engineer, technical manager, operations manager, sales manager and his current role as president.
Perry Kamrowski, Production Manager
After going to Winona State studying pre-engineering Mr. Kamrowski went to the University of Minnesota obtaining a bachelor of Civil Engineering degree. Mr. Kamrowski’s foundry work started 2 years after this at United Machine and Foundry (UMF) in 1983 working in the cupola area. During his 35 year career at UMF Mr. Kamrowski has worked in many positions quality manager, furnace operator, production coordinator, and foundry engineer. Mr. Kamrowski is a member of the AFS 5D committee.
His outside hobbies are volleyball and softball.
Kathy Borck, Customer Service
Kathy is a graduate of Cotter High School and Southeast Technical College in Winona, MN with a General Secretary degree. She has worked in Customer Service in the Foundry industry for over 20 years. Kathy worked at Brom Foundry in Winona MN for 12 years and Midwest Metal Products for 3 years, before joining Alliant Castings for the past 10+ years.
Kathy enjoys spending time with her family; her husband Mark and children, Marcus and Emily. She also enjoys photography, scrapbooking, camping, and reading. Kathy is also a big Green Bay Packers fan and loves horses.
Jamie Burt, Operations Manager; NorthStar Products
Ms. Burt attended South East Technical College in Winona, MN and Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, MN before opening and running her own business for roughly 5 years. Ms. Burt has worked in customer relations for 15+ years. She joined the Alliant Castings team in early 2015 as an Administrative Assistant for a short time before moving up to Customer Service for the NorthStar Products division. After a year of learning the ropes of the blasting world, Ms. Burt took the position of NorthStar Products Operations Manager.
Jamie has two daughters and enjoys spending her time outdoors, with her family, gardening, and her three Mastiffs.
Marty Wolter, Foundry Manager
Marty’s Foundry career started out at the early age of 19. He gained knowledge and training in all phases of the business as an employee, and had a great desire to learn more. Marty supervised the Molding and Melt pour for 4 years before being promoted to Assistant Plant Manager. Within the last 5 years, Marty showed great strengths with Alliant Castings and was promoted to Plant Manager. Marty has over 25 years of experience in metal castings.
Marty’s hobbies include four-wheeling, hunting and he also farmed on his own for 5+ years.
Travis Ungs, Finishing and Maintenance Manager
Obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Composite Material Engineering, Travis interned at Alliant during his final year of school. Upon graduation he was presented with a chance to come on full time at Alliant as a process engineer. During his time with Alliant casting Travis has held various positions including: quality tech, no-bake molding, core room, melt lab, production coordinator, molding and core room supervisor and his current position as Maintenance manager.
His outside hobbies include fishing, hunting and being with his family.
Garry Schmidt, Quality Manager
Garry started his 30+ years of foundry experience in 1983 with Castalloy Corporation, a then privately held company. Starting out as a draftsman, Garry worked his way through the ranks holding positions as an Operations Manager for Badger Products, a division of Castalloy, General Mngr. of Tradesman Tool, a subsidiary of Castalloy, and then the Director of Quality and Engineering for Castalloy. In 2006 Garry started his own aftermarket shot blast company called North Star Products. In Feb. 2015 North Star was purchased by Alliant Casting.
Garry loves spending time with his family, watching the Green Bay Packers, being outdoors, hunting and relaxing at his cabin in Wisconsin.
Brian Albrecht, Maintenance Supervisor
Before joining the Alliant Castings team in early 2018, Mr. Albrecht dedicated 20+ years to growing his knowledge in Structural Fabrication, custom house boat bulls, and Maintenance. He is a graduate from Dakota County Technical Collect with a Welding and Structural Fabrications degree.
His outside hobbies and joys are his wife and two sons, dirt tracking racing for the past 25+ years, teaching Sunday school to 7th and 8th grade children, and volunteering as the Chief at his local Fire and Rescue.
Janice Abel, AP/AR & Human Resources
Janice is a graduate of Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School and Western Wisconsin Technical Institute where she received an Associate’s Degree in Accounting. Before joining Alliant Castings in late 2017 as their Accountant and Human Resource Manager, Janice worked in a CPA firm for 25+ years.
She enjoys spending time with her husband, children and amazing grandchildren. Janice also enjoys working in the garden, canning, reading, spending time outside, and going out with friends.