About Us

Our Team

Our team at API has over 250 years of combined experience in product and mold design, manufacturing, and assembly in the plastics industry.

Michael Lax,
Chairman and CEO

BS Chemical and Mechanical Engineering, University of Rochester

Skills and Experience:
Management Training (Kodak, Rochester NY), YPO Universities, 11 US Patents for plastic processes and product design

Years in Plastics Industry: 41

Years with API: 36

Tim Keuning,
President

BS Chemical Engineering,
Polytechnic University

Skills and Experience:
Assembly and Operations Management, Computer and Information Systems, and 5 US Patents for product design

Years in Plastics Industry: 20

Years with API: 20

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Bill Stubbs

Bill Stubbs,
Director of Sales

BS Industrial & Systems
Engineering, State University
of New York at Binghamton

Skills and Experience:
Sales, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, Product Development, Assembly and Operations Management, Efficiency Improvement, Value Analysis, SAP

Years in Plastics Industry: 6

Years with API: 3

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Fred Van Koot,
Manufacturing Engineer

Skills and Experience:
Assembly Automation and
Machine Design

Years in Plastics Industry: 18

Years with API: 18

Jim Jacoby,
Plant Manager

Skills and Experience:
Molding Process, Facilities Management, Automotive, Hydraulics, Electric Systems, Safety

Years in Plastics Industry: 20

Years with API: 20

Suresh Desai,
Quality Control Manager and ISO 9001 Management Representative

BS Mechanical Engineering, L.D. Engineering College,
Gujarat University, India

Skills and Experience:
Diploma Quality Engineering, American Society for Quality. ISO9001:2000 QMS and Internal Auditing Training, OTS Quality Registrars, Inc., Design of Experiments

Years in Plastics Industry: 27

Years with API: 18

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Roy Jacob,
Electrical Engineer

MS, BS Electrical Engineering
from the University of Pittsburgh

Skills and Experience:
Various experience designing with analog, digital and RF circuitry, power supplies, and solid state lighting systems

Years in Plastics Industry: 10

Years with API: 10

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Phil Tjimos,
Operations Manager

BS Computer Engineering
from Columbia University
in the City of New York

Skills and Experience:
SAP, Business Objects, Business Intelligence, SQL, MS Sharepoint

Years in Plastics Industry: 5

Years with API: 5

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Rob Epifania,
Molding Manager

BS Mechanical Engineering,
BS Automotive Engineering & Industrial Management
BS Mechanical Engineering IP
Farmingdale State College

Skills and Experience:
EPA Certified – Universal HVAC Technician
Molding Process, Decoupled Molding, Over-molding, Insert Molding, Tig & Mig Welding, Quality Control, Robotics, Preventative Maintenance, Repair, Design & Fabrication.

Jerzy Prochnicki,
Tool Room Manager

Master Cam, NX and other CAD/CAM platforms

Skills and Experience:
Smart Cam, Master Cam, and other CAD/CAM platforms

Years in Plastics Industry: 42

Years with API: 13

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HaoPing Qi,
Design Engineer

BS Mechanical Engineering, South China University of Technology, MS Mechanical Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo

Skills and Experience:
Various CAD/CAM platforms, high volume injection mold design: insert molding, 2-shot molding, in-mold unscrewing, 2 stage ejection mold, mold with sequencing control for slider and mold plate action, improving part design, Mold Flow / MoldEX-3D analysis, CNC programming, Wire EDM programming, sourcing channel to China

Years in Plastics Industry: 17

Years with API: 12

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Agjah Libohova,
Director of Research & Development

MS Mechanical Engineering,
University of Tirana (Albania)

Skills and Experience:
Product Design and Development, Application engineering, CAD/CAM/CAE in several platforms, CNC Programming, Systems, and 23 US Patents for product design

Years in Plastics Industry: 36

Years with API: 17

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Karen LeDoux,
Assistant Controller

BA in Business Administration
(Eastern Nazarene College)

Skills and Experience:
Accounting, Payroll, Employee Benefits

Years in Plastics Industry: 17

Years with API: 17

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