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Promotions & Growth within the Starn Family of Companies

MEADVILLE, Pennsylvania — February 2018

Jimmy Smith 2Mecal by Starn has promoted Jim Smith as it’s General Manager. He will oversee all the sales and operations for the facility. Jim has been with the Starn family of companies for nearly 30 years. He started out as a janitor at Starn Tool & Mfg. Co, then slowly moved his way up throughout the company while taking night classes for additional training. He operated a surface grinder for 4 years and then moved into the assembly department. In the meantime, Jim continued doing maintenance, material prep and various other miscellaneous duties throughout the facility such as shipping and inspection. He then transitioned into the Engineering Department at Starn Tool where he worked for several years. With the onset of a new sister company, Mecal by Starn (2008), he moved to their facility to assist as a technician in 2012. This transition slowly morphed into quoting and customer service and eventually he took over the sales department becoming the Sales Manager at Mecal by Starn. With Mecal by Starn’s continued growth, the need for a General Manager was determined and with Jim’s vast knowledge of the business, he was selected. Jim resides in Guys Mills, PA with his wife Mary. They have 5 children and 3 wiener dogs.

Shawn Schmitz2Shawn Shmitz has been promoted to General Foreman at Starn Tool & Manufacturing. Shawn has been with the company for 20 years, starting out cleaning and painting at the age of 18 while in high school. Hired full time after graduation, he worked in various departments of the shop including the Saw Room, CNC lathe and Manual Mill areas. With the addition Wire EDMs, he became the Supervisor for this department and eventually the Manufacturing Manager for Mecal by Starn. Shawn has taken various night classes including inspection, CAD/CAM, wire EDM, accounting and business. As General Foreman he will oversee and be responsible for the entire manufacturing process on the shop floor.

Zach Tinko NEW2Shawn and his wife Megan reside in Meadville, PA and are proud parents of 3 daughters Anna, Lillian and Lydia. Zach Tinko has been named Manufacturing Manager at Mecal by Starn. Zach began working at Mecal by Starn in 2013 as an assistant for inspection, job set up and summary billing. He then took over the shipping and receiving responsibilities and eventually moved to the manufacturing floor operating the Wire EDMs. Zach will oversee the entire wire EDM Department, track and monitor job costs and work flow. He attended Penn State Behrend for Plastics Engineering and has received his certificate of achievement from Leadership Development classes. Zach lives in Meadville, PA with his black lab Sasha.


Starn Tool & Manufacturing, Co. is a precision tool and die company located in northwestern Pennsylvania, operating for the past 72 years. They work in a wide variety of industries including automotive, consumer electronics, defense, aerospace and medical supplies.

Mecal by Starn, established in 2008, is a manufacturer and distributor of crimping applicators and presses for the wire harness industry.

The Starn family of companies consist of Starn Tool & Manufacturing, Mecal by Starn, Starn Marketing Group and Starn Technical Services.

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