MPI founder and President Keith Rhodes began his career in magnets as a teenager -- first as a production employee building magnets before moving into sales where he began designing magnetic solutions for customers. As he gained more experience Keith had a vision of materially changing the way magnetic equipment was designed and used in industry.
Challenging the status-quo and frustrated with traditional “that’s the way we’ve always done it” thinking, Keith decided to go out on his own and in 1981 founded Magnetic Products, Inc.
Keith is passionate about having his customers equally understand the importance of the capabilities and limitations of magnets. With this knowledge, they could achieve realistic and reliable performance results.
Early in MPI’s life as a company, Keith developed a simple presentation titled “A Magnet Is Not Just A Magnet” to explain the laws of physics and how they impact the fundamental principles of magnet design. His strong belief was that an educated customer would always be an MPI customer because they would understand the design, engineering and quality put into every MPI product.
From the beginning, Keith envisioned a company that rewarded the entrepreneurial spirit of its employees. He put in place a committee to nurture and foster company culture growth and presence within the employee population.
Throughout the company’s lifespan, Keith has made sure that MPI management is dedicated to always giving back and taking care of their employees -- they are the company’s greatest asset. Keith prides himself on the dynamic and talented team that is MPI today. With every employee’s combined efforts, MPI has experienced continual growth and prosperity as an industry leader for over 35 years.
MPI founder Keith Rhodes and Michael Hadjinian had known each other for several years before Michael joined MPI. They developed a friendship based on mutual respect and shared values.
Keith then asked Michael to join the MPI team in mid-2018 with the objectives of enabling Keith to devote a larger percentage of his time to projects outside of MPI, to provide mentorship to the MPI management team and, very importantly, to help accelerate MPI’s growth.
Michael has over 40 years of B2B experience and is an experienced growth President/CEO and board member at manufacturing firms – both smaller and larger than MPI. His industry experience is in leading several manufacturing companies in B2B industrial products, machinery and consumer durables. He has successfully spearheaded several lean transformations and loves manufacturing. Through these leadership responsibilities, he has gained broad experience in marketing and sales, international business and deal making (mergers and acquisitions.) His track record includes sales growth via acquisition and aggressive new product development, both of which are planned for MPI’s future.
Joining the MPI Team in 2008, Stephen has become an integral part of the management team and day-to-day function of the company. Known as “the numbers guy” or “bean counter”. At any given time, Stephen can often be found in his office mulling over multiple Excel workbooks on his three monitors.
His 20+ years in manufacturing and distribution has given him invaluable experience in assisting to direct MPI’s continued growth and evolution as a global company. In tandem, Stephen oversees the company’s technology needs and is dedicated to MPI’s ability to remain on the cutting edge in software and equipment.
Stephen is also part of MPI’s Culture Committee -- a group dedicated to enhancing the MPI Employee experience and ensuring a rewarding work environment for all.
Ron “Kwas” has been with MPI for over 20 years.
Hiring in as MPI’s Plant Manager, his innovative thinking and problem solving quickly made him a trusted authority in new product design and development. Ron was promoted to Engineering Manager and held that position for 16 years before moving solely into research and development.
Ron has an Electrical Engineering Technology degree from the National Institute of Technology and seven patents in his portfolio. His over 30 years of experience in all areas relating to mechanics, electrical, machining, fabricating, and welding has made him a crucial asset in MPI’s ability in maintaining its reputation for innovation.
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Matt joined the MPI Team in 2013.
With 10 years of experience in manufacturing development and management, resource planning, quality control, and workforce management, Matt has quickly proven to be one of MPI’s most crucial assets in day-to-day operations.
Matt leads all MPI production personnel and product manufacturing. He is passionate about being hands-on in improving all areas of MPI’s manufacturing processes. Matt’s priority is to run an efficient manufacturing plant with quality, safety, and on-time delivery. His goal is to ensure MPI customers have the best overall experience and that MPI employees are achieving the best results possible. In addition to his role on the executive leadership team, Matt is also a part of the company’s safety committee -- a group dedicated to employee safety and well-being while on the property.
Prior to starting his career, Matt earned his bachelor’s degree in business from Eastern Michigan University.
Kyle's work with MPI goes back to high school when he began working on the shop floor. Initially, he swept floors but then worked his way up to learning to build many of the products MPI still sells today.
After attaining his Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University, he went on to work with a Tier One automotive supplier in corporate purchasing. Kyle returned to the MPI team in 2009 and has since worked in purchasing, inside sales, outside sales, and sales manager. He is now the Vice-President of Sales & Marketing.
Kyle has assembled a world-class sales team with local Regional Managers across the US to better serve our customers. Always striving to grow professionally and personally, Kyle earned his MBA through Michigan State University and intends to use this extra training to fuel MPI's growth into the future.
As a member of the company’s executive leadership team, Kyle is very involved in promoting one of MPI’s core values -- customer education. This involves working with small, privately held organizations, and large multinational corporations to develop best practices for proper selection, validation, and safety procedures of metal control systems.
When Kyle is not hard at work at MPI, you can often find him cheering on his team at an MSU sports event, traveling the globe with his wife, or jogging outside with his German Shephard, Opal.