The Team

Many years of Operations and Engineering experience


James (Jim) Friedl Jr. 

Founder and Managing Partner

MS, Manufacturing Engineering,
Milwaukee School of Engineering

BS, Chemical Engineering
University of Detroit Mercy

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Karen Friedl

Karen Friedl

General Partner
and Chief Engineer 

BS, Chemical Engineering
University of Akron

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Michael (Mike) Brauss

 Senior Partner
St. Louis Operations

BS,  Business Administration, Univ. of Missouri – Columbia

Certified in Lean Manufacturing.  with 15 years of industry experience

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David J. Wilson

David J. Wilson

St. Louis Operations

Certified in Advanced Manufacturing, Project Management, Lean Manufacturing

Certified Six Sigma Black Belt

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Dave Ickes


Associate Operations
St. Louis Operations

 BS, MS Business Administration
(Summa Cum Laude)

Certified in Advanced Manufacturing

U.S. Army Veteran
Certified Material Control and Accounting Specialist

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Dan Moore

Daniel S. Moore

Associate Operations

BS, Mechanical Engineering
UNC Charlotte

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Joseph Friedl

Operations & Logistics Associate

BA, Supply Chain Management

Marietta College

Trained in the Toyota Production System

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About Solution Tech

Order to Cash Business Improvement.  Involved in strategic business and corporate plans to reduce costs and improve profitability. Analyze P&Ls to obtain actual performance data as compared to budget. Responsible for forecasting, budget, presentation to Corporate Board and implementation across business units.

Cost Reduction. Utilizing Six Sigma techniques, Lean Manufacturing Implementation, implemented scrap reduction and productivity program improvements with combine savings of $2.5M annually.


The Professionals


  • Masters of Science Manufacturing Engineering
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Chemical Engineering University of Detroit.
  • Bachelor of Science Chemical Engineering University of Akron.
  • Lean Manufacturing Certification
  • Former adjunct Professor – Indiana Tech & Grand Valley State University – Engineering & Statistics
  • Society of Chemical Engineers


  • Research and Development
  • Manufacturing Supervision
  • Engineering Manager
  • Quality Managers
  • Production Manager
  • Plant Managers
  • Director of Operations

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