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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.


Fred Lyhne

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.


Tammy Waltham


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 PPAP documentation, 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.


Patrick Whelan

Director of Business Development

Patrick is our Business Development Coordinator. He came to us from an unlikely place - the Printing and Signage world where he had made a career as the go to graphic guy for some of the most iconic retailers and brands in North America. Patrick is right at home with the Simalex family and his passion for finding and creating meaningful relationships lives on. He says he credits his success in sales to the belief that a Sales Rep must represent the client's best interest above all else. Outside of the office, Patrick is a family man, a nature lover and an adventurer. Whether it's a weekend in the woods with his family or a motorcycle trip to the Arctic, he's always planning his next outing.


Freddy Lyhne Jr.

Director of Manufacturing

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 supports our Operations in overseeing Production, the CNC department, HR, and working with our vendors. He is certified Level 1 in PCDMIS, qualified in SolidWorks, GibbsCam and CamWorks, and is a certified Red Seal Machinist. When he’s not carrying on the family tradition at work, he enjoys bodybuilding, football and spending time with friends and family.


Jodi Goranson

Shipping & Receiving Coordinator

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.


Andrew Wilton

CNC Coordinator

Andrew Wilton joined Simalex in February of 2019 in the role of CNC Coordinator. Andrew is a ticketed Tool and Die Maker who, for the last twenty years, has been building prototypes and custom machinery for every industry from food packaging to Aerospace. He has worked on all kinds of CNC equipment from Lathes and Mills to Aqua-Jet and EDM. He keeps the CNC Machines humming while planning and organizing the next round of fixtures and future jobs. “I actually love the process and sense of completion that successful building provides. I am truly blessed to be the guy who enjoys his work.” Far from his origin in Ontario with no wife, no kids and no cat, he has far too much time on his hands. In his spare time you can find Andrew Golfing, Reading or floating around on whimsy.


Jennifer Jules

Office Coordinator

Jennifer Jules joined the Simalex team in July of 2018 after coming to us from the Pharmaceutical world. Jennifer oversees our Accounts Payables, Accounts Receivables and Payroll. She is also the friendly face when you first walk into Simalex and always happy to greet and assist the next person to come in (or call in!). Although she’s as organized and tidy as they come, Jenn has an easy going personality and a wicked sense of humour. Jennifer lives for her family and likes making memories with them (although it has been suggested that she likes animals more than people). When she does manage to find that much needed quiet time to herself she says there’s nothing quite like a good book to curl up to.

  • "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."

    Sam Menzies, menzies metal products

  • "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."

    Jon Over, Production Manager KDL Enterprises