Simalex is a family owned and operated business that was founded by Alex Lyhne and George Wentworth in 1964. Fred Lyhne, Sr. became a partner soon after and passed the torch onto his son, Fred Lyhne, Jr., who currently leads our team of die casting design and engineering experts.
As a Simalex client, you’re working with some of the most talented die casters and CNC machining experts in North America while getting exceptional value for your money. See for yourself by choosing Simalex for your next custom high pressure die casting project! To explore the possibilities, contact us today.
CEO, Plant Engineer | 30 years
Fred is the third generation of Lyhnes to head up Simalex, and loves knowing the company is still family-owned after all these years. He manages all aspects of Simalex’s operations, and also works on our tool engineering, robotics integration, quotes and inside sales support. Fred is a Red Seal journeyman tool and die maker and machinist. He is also an expert die casting engineer. He has over 30 years of experience in the die casting industry with Simalex, and is qualified in SolidWorks, Inventor, AutoCAD, MasterCam, GibbsCam, CamWorks and Pro Engineer. Fred loves getting involved in sports, such as bodybuilding, powerlifting, football and hockey. He also loves drag racing and muscle cars.
Colton is the voice of our company, and if you’re an existing customer, you probably know him quite well. He works with our customers every day, handling all aspects of customer service. He loves building long-term relationships with our existing and prospective customers. Colton is a hockey fan, and loves spending his free time watching games, or hitting the gym.
Shipping & Receiving | 22 years
Jodi has worked for Simalex for over 25 years! She handles all of our shipping and receiving, including third party pickups, bills of lading and NAFTA documentation. When she is not ensuring that our incoming and outgoing product is organized and moving efficiently, she enjoys gardening, arts and crafts and spending time with her family.
Quality Assurance Manager / Safety Systems Coordinator | 19 Years
Tammy has over 20 years of experience in the manufacturing sector. She is certified in human resources, as well as CMM programming and operation. At Simalex, she is responsible for PPAPdocumentation, inspections, dock checks, internal and external audits and quality management. When she’s not at work, Tammy likes to read, and let loose by gaming on her PC or PS4.
Office Administrator | 26 years
Ole has over 29 years of experience in office administration, and is our go-to person for everything office related. She handles all of our reception, accounts receivable, accounts payable and payroll responsibilities and makes sure our team has everything they need. When she’s not at work ensuring everything is running smoothly, she loves reading, wine tasting and spending time with her family.
CNC Machinist | Programmer | Tool & Die Maker
Freddy is the fourth generation of the Lyhne family to be at Simalex, and loves being involved in multiple aspects of the company’s operations. Freddy is responsible for CNC machine programming and setups, fixture manufacturing and keeping our production area in tip-top shape. He is certified Level 1 in PCDMIS, qualified in SolidWorks, GibbsCam and CamWorks, and is a third year apprentice in tool and die making. When he’s not carrying on the family tradition at work, he enjoys bodybuilding, football and spending time with friends and family.
Tooling & Maintenance Coordinator | 46 years
Jim has an impressive 45 years of experience in tool and die making as well as machining. He is a journeyman machinist and tool and die maker, as well as an expert welder and fabricator. His knowledge and experience is a big part of our successful team here at Simalex. Jim coordinates allactivity in the tool and die shop, manages our apprentices and handles all plant and tool maintenance, and repairs. When he’s not at work, Jim loves to restore hot rods, as well as birdwatch, garden and embrace his creative side with photography.
"Simalex Manufacturing has been making die cast parts for my company for more than 15 years. They use all of their industry expertise to design and help us get the best parts at the best value. They take our products from the concept phase to the design of tooling stage, and then die cast the finished products. They always ship our parts on time. Simalex is rated high in our supply chain."
"When it comes to new and innovative products, we never hesitate to give Fred at Simalex a call. We had a concept, and Simalex had the solution. Simalex custom manufactures our new ATV Superclamp tie down system. We couldn’t be happier with the quality and consistency of the castings produced by Simalex."
"Simalex Manufacturing has been an easy company to work with. I had a great experience dealing with them through the initial stages of product development. We sent them a railing piece that we were machining out of an aluminum extrusion and welding together. They partnered up with us in order to model the piece to our specifications and recommended the best approach to making it feasible for die casting. Simalex has been a great company to work with and provides the level of service and communication you need in the manufacturing industry. I would recommend Simalex to any other company who could use their services."