Since 1972, Weiss-Aug is known in the metalforming and plastics industry as a leader for quality, innovation and technology. Stemming from the founder, Dieter Weissenrieder’s core principles continue to be the foundation for The Weiss-Aug Group. Following in his footsteps, his children Mark, Elisabeth and son-in-law Brad, all are actively involved in the leadership of the Weiss-Aug Group in roles supporting automation, corporate strategy and business development. Leadership at each company consists of individuals with extensive knowledge and experience in their respective fields.
Dieter Weissenrieder emigrated from Germany in 1960 as a tool and die maker to work for his Uncle’s tooling business. He quickly became the manager of the company, and after working for the family business for 10 years, the company was sold to a large firm. He then founded Weiss-Aug in 1972 with his partner Kurt Augustin, while pursuing his industrial engineering degree at NJIT.
Dieter’s vision has led to the growth of Weiss-Aug, and now the Weiss-Aug Group.
Weiss-Aug Co. Inc.
Mark Weissenrieder received his electrical engineering undergraduate degree and technology management masters degree from Steven’s Institute of Technology. He began his career at Bihler Corporation, where he managed automation projects. Joining Weiss-Aug in 2000, Mark managed Weiss-Aug’s automation department, where focused on vision systems technology. He currently responsible for automation and IT for all the Weiss-Aug Affiliates.
Automation & IT Manager
Elisabeth Weissenrieder-Bennis formally joined Weiss-Aug in 2007, after working in the material handling industry. A graduate of St. Joseph’s University, Elisabeth started at Weiss-Aug in the sales and marketing department, assisting in marketing activities. After several years of managing the marketing initiatives at Weiss-Aug, she obtained a master’s certificate in Strategic Planning from Michigan State University. She is now responsible for strategic projects for the Weiss-Aug Group.
Director Strategic Planning
Business Development Manager
Brad Bennis graduated from St. Joseph’s University and shortly after began his career at Weiss-Aug in the customer service department. After several years managing key accounts for Weiss-Aug, he was promoted to a Business Development Management position. Currently Brad is responsible for the oversight of Weiss-Aug’s largest customers.
Virgil DeLay a native of Wisconsin, holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Marquette University. He has held leadership positions at Koller Corporation, Overland-Bolling Company and Connector Service Corporation before joining Diemasters Manufacturing in 2001 as the President, and shareholder in 2003. Virgil DeLay currently serves as a Trustee for the Precision Metalforming Association Education Foundation as well as a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Manufacturing Counsel.
Jeff Cole, a graduate of Lafayette University, joined Weiss-Aug in 1996 as a project engineer. After working several years managing new programs, Jeff moved to manufacturing as stamping plant manager and then vice president of operations in 2005. Jeff obtained his MBA from Rutgers’s University, and was promoted to vice president of tooling and engineering. He currently maintains this position along with the added responsibility of oversight of JK Tool’s operations.
Vice President of Operations
Anthony Sanzari graduated from Steven’s Institute of Technology in computer engineering with honors. He spend time in the Life Science Industry as a project manager and later as a consultant for the deployment of global software solutions and related business processes for compliance to FDA 21 CFR 820. He joined Weiss-Aug in 2007 as Project Engineering Manager, specializing in medical device strategy and growth. He was promoted to Director of Medical Products in 2014 to support the rapid growth of the business, and in 2016, with the launch of the Surgical Products Division, he was promoted to Vice President.
Weiss-Aug Surgical Products Division