THE J&B MACHINE TEAM
Steven Chavez, President
Steven began his career in the metalworking industry at the age of 18 as General Manager of Billet Concepts, a California machinery company producing aftermarket components and accessories for the motorcycle industry. After relocating to Colorado, Steven joined J & B Machine in 2011 to head up CNC Machining operations and oversee quality control functions. He was promoted to General Manager two years later and then acquired the firm in 2015 when the company’s founder retired. Steven and his wife live in Timnath, Colorado and he enjoys spending time with his newborn son.
Joe Warner, Shop Foreman
Joe joined J & B as a welder in 2013 with 15 years of experience in a variety of machining and fabrication environments. After two years, he was promoted to Shop Foreman, responsible for overseeing all aspects of day-to-day floor operations. Joe is a certified welder and is working toward his CWI certification. In his off time, he enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his family, especially hunting and four wheeling.
Gary Drago, Machine Supervisor/Master Machinist
Gary is currently J & B’s longest-serving employee, having joined the company in 1999 as a Machinist with 18 years of machining experience. He operates both conventional and CNC machines and manages all of the company’s machining operations. Gary not only is a Master Machinist, but he’s certified in Mastercam and handles all the programming for J & B’s CNC machines. Gary is originally from Southeastern Michigan and enjoys camping with his wife.
Gary Chesnut, Fabrication Supervisor
Gary joined J & B in 2009 as the company’s Fabrication Supervisor. Prior to that he was the Facility Maintenance Manager for Monfort Feedlots (Now JBS). Gary has more than 40 years of mechanical and fabrication experience and he facilitates the production of high-volume fabricated components while also tackling unique mechanical jobs. Gary enjoys the outdoors and he and his wife frequently camp and explore Colorado backcountry on their ATVs.
Dave Carlson, General Manager
Dave started in manufacturing while still in high school working in a local mold and die shop. After high school he joined the Air Force as an F-15 Crew Chief and then returned to manufacturing in aerospace machine shops designing manufacturing
processes for V-22 Osprey and other aircraft. Dave traveled the eastern half of the US as territory sales manager selling manufacturing software and machinery. He gets excited about process flow charts, graphs, and statistics. Dave also volunteers with the Northern Colorado Manufacturing Partnership to help align education with careers in manufacturing.