The MCL Team

The Heart of MCL

We are an extended family with diverse skills and a passion for world-class practices. We do whatever it takes to get the job done right. We are quiet leaders who push the boundaries of best practices and attack challenges with an attitude of fearless innovation. Our passion for improvement is unparalleled and our spirit of camaraderie is contagious.

Yes, we take our promises and our partnerships very seriously. But we also make time to laugh and have fun in the process, because that’s just how genuine ingenuity is best brewed. It’s an added value both our team members and business peers will raise their glasses to—and it’s also an experience we’d like to share with you.

Leadership Team

Bob Rupp

Bob Rupp

CEO

Bob brings a few decades (but he is only slightly gray) of some very relevant management and life skills experience to MCL. His broad network gained through his past roles in leading other companies and his current involvement in leadership peer groups such as TEC, has helped him to add to the already high content of ideas and energy at MCL. All these form Bob’s passion to help us serve our customers with a blend of hard work, unique approaches and a whole lot of fun which is one of our six stated values. He believes that highly engaged teams produce a level of speed and responsiveness that is quickly becoming our #1 point of difference when serving our customers.

Bob also enjoys the off road (where you can also find most of our customer’s products) and considers anything that has tires and spark plugs really cool. He also enjoys spending time with his family either on the ski slopes or in or on the water anywhere “up north.”

Paul Knoll

Paul Knoll

President

Paul joined MCL in 2016, bringing 22 years of engineering and leadership experience. Paul began his career as a Mechanical Engineer working to solve customer challenges with new innovative solutions. His experience in problem solving and project management and his love of people led him to accept a leadership position 10 years ago. Paul found great satisfaction leading business units and coaching. Today he employs a service mindset to lead teams to deliver their best to our customers, suppliers, and employees in a constructive high energy workplace.

When Paul is not at MCL he enjoys spending time with his wife and three sons. Together they remain very active in the outdoors and anywhere there is some sort of youth sporting event. He also is active on several volunteer school boards.

Scott Hanstedt

Scott Hanstedt

Director of Sales and Marketing

Scott has been involved with MCL since he was knee high to a grasshopper. Progressing from the kid mowing the lawn, to working in the shop earning beer money during summer vacation from college, and eventually making his way into sales. Scott brings an organic vision, experience and laser like focus on customer satisfaction which the company was founded on. The lessons learned through MCL’s consistent and dramatic growth have provided Scott with the understanding and experience that allows him to lead the sales effort with a perspective of the humble beginnings, unwavering commitment of creating excellent experiences with the customer and an eye to the future needs and trends within the markets we serve.

Outside of work, Scott enjoys spending quality time with his friends and family in any outdoor activity.

Matt Goetsch

Matt Goetsch

Director of Operations

Matt joined the MCL team in 2013, bringing 20 years of supply chain and management experience to MCL. Matt’s work experience includes customer service, account management, operations, and procurement. In addition, he has a strong background in ISO and continuous improvement. This experience and skillset will help guide the operations and supply chain within MCL.

When Matt isn’t working at MCL or in his capacity as a Town Supervisor in New Denmark, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids. In addition, he has a passion for anything rugby. He is an active administrator and coach of several groups in the area.

Jake Brunke

Jake Brunke

Director of Manufacturing and Quality

Jake started at MCL in 2011 and has 20 years of quality and manufacturing experience. Jake’s experience includes 12 years of quality management as well as QS & ISO certifications. Jake also has a background in six sigma and enjoys using the tools to continuously improve MCL.

Outside of work, Jake enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, crop farming, and the outdoors. He also stays busy on the weekends running his two boys to hockey games & tournaments throughout the year.

Sales & Marketing Team

 

Bob Rutten

Bob Rutten

Business Development Manager

Bob found MCL in 2012 while searching for a company with a culture that paralleled his personal values. He will quickly earn your trust through his desire to always treat others how you would want to be treated. Bob is a hands-on Sales guy who started his career as an Engineer. He has nearly 30 years of experience in manufacturing which has left him with a jack-of-all-trades type of background. He has an excellent business sense about him and will always ask a lot of questions while trying to understand the big picture.

At work, rest or play, you will usually see Bob wearing a pair of boots of some sort. After he has earned your trust and respect you too will be calling him by his nickname “Boots.” When Bob is not helping to solve a problem someplace, you will find him and his wife on a trail anywhere in Wisconsin or the U.P. burning high-octane gasoline in a Ski-Doo product. Sometimes the trails are optional! They like to call it “picker-diving.”

Paul Simons

Paul Simons

Account Engineer

Paul joined the MCL family in 2009. He has a background which includes development of specialized custom vehicles for the National Nuclear Security Administration, as well as military tactical vehicle development for the US Army and Marines. Since joining MCL, Paul has played an integral role of bringing customer design wants and needs into fruition by devising new and innovative designs while always applying best practices for manufacturability and cost savings measures. He has a fun but professional attitude, which helps unify MCL’s engineering department to our customers.

Paul enjoys time with his family, golfing, fishing, backpacking and snowboarding when he isn’t at work.

Andy Colwitz

Andy Colwitz

Account Manager

Andy has a degree in mechanical design and brings with him a wide breadth of experience within the heavy duty military vehicle market. Andy uses his experience with system design and integration and project management with a focus on exceeding customer expectations. Since joining MCL, Andy has played an influential role in managing new projects with our customers as well as improving processes that have resulted in increased quality output and responsiveness.

When Andy is not working he spends most of his summer months landscaping his home and spending time with family and friends along with the occasional backpacking trip. Andy is also an avid snowboarder and will travel whenever he can for it.

Jennifer Hedtke

Jennifer Hedtke

Customer Support Representative

Jennifer may be a new addition to our customer service team, but she is no stranger to making a compassionate connection with customers. Jennifer has been providing outstanding customer service for over 10 years. She has excellent communication skills and thrives on the opportunity to help customers feel the unique atmosphere of MCL. Our Values highlight everything she believes in and will be the catalyst to propel a successful relationship with our customers. She is also eager to help internal employees innovate and develop new strategies to make sure we deliver on our promises to you.

Outside of work Jennifer loves being a mommy to an active toddler. Jennifer and her daughter love to stay active outdoors throughout all seasons in Wisconsin. The outdoor activities range from camping in the summer to building snowmen in the winter. Faith, Family and Friends are what keep this family busy!

Amy Blackburn

Amy Blackburn

Customer Support Representative

Amy has been with MCL since April of 2000. She has an excitement when it comes to getting Customers what they need and willing to help out in any area of the MCL business to accomplish that. She has supported the continuing growth of MCL throughout the years and is eager for the next journey.

Outside of work Amy enjoys the smiling faces of her two young kids and always celebrating with her large family of 4 sisters and 5 brothers and 20 nieces and nephews. She also enjoys being a “groupie” to her significant others many bands…yes she is a true “groupie.” Rock on!

Tanya Dittman

Tanya Dittman

Customer Support Representative

Tanya is relatively new to the MCL staff and her more than 11 years of customer relationship experience have enabled her to step right in with knowledge and professionalism. Whether downstream customers are internal or external, her ability to put their needs as her priority has allowed her to forge strong relationships by following through with commitments and being accountable to customer’s specifications. Her familiarity with working in a cross-functional team environment gives her the versatility to recognize how our unique relationships with one another directly impact the way we define success. She also has leadership and process improvement skills to further enhance continuous improvement efforts.

 Outside of work, Tanya has a toddler, Madelyn, that keeps her and her husband Derick on their toes! Every day is full of new experiences and Tanya can’t get enough seeing it all through her daughter’s eyes! 

Tanya loves to hunt, fish, camp and anything that has to do with the outdoors. Her family and friends are extremely important to her and her dedication to them is evident in everything she does! 

Megan Bies

Megan Bies

Marketing Coordinator

Megan joined the MCL team in May 2017, when the Leadership Team decided to take on a new approach to marketing. Her background is in broadcast journalism and she spent the previous five years in the news business. Megan’s experience writing news and commercial scripts is essential to her role at MCL as she is in charge of creating and sharing relevant content for prospective clients and talent.

Outside of work, Megan enjoys riding behind her husband on their Harley, spending time with friends and family and soaking up the sun while keeping her yard looking nice.

Engineering

 

Cory Klopotic

Cory Klopotic

Lead Engineer

Cory started with MCL in 2006 and has a passion for learning. He enjoys challenges and is always looking for a better way to do things. Getting things done right the first time is important to him but so is having fun at work. His favorite holiday is April Fool’s Day. Cory brings a customer focused approach to leading his team and looking for solutions to solve problems. This collaborative approach, working hand in hand with our customer, our design team, and our supply base, results in solutions that provide value at a wider impact than originally expected.

Outside of work Cory stays plenty busy with his wife and four kids. Occasionally he will find the time to get in a round of golf or a day on the lake.

Rob Lemerande

Rob Lemerande

Designer/Drafter

Rob has been with MCL since October 2009. He started out on the production floor and moved into prototyping. That led him into his current role in engineering as a Designer/Drafter where he designs and builds prototypes and does some service repairs. Rob’s 20+ years of experience in the commercial and industrial fields have given him a knack for troubleshooting and the ability to think quickly while adapting to changing product needs.

When Rob is not at work, you can probably find him riding one of his two horses or his motorcycle. He also enjoys driving his classic car to and from shows.