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A History of Quality Machinery Manufacturing

Established in 1855 by Ashael P. Finch as the Finch Company, Finch Manufacturing & Technology, LLC has a history of quality manufacturing dating back more than 160 years. Originally based out of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Finch remained a family-owned company well into the 20th century, primarily serving the coal and railroad industries.  For years, Finch manufactured a turbine water wheel, an invention of a senior partner, as well as portable engines, mining machinery, circular sawmills, iron fronts for buildings, and steam heating apparatuses.

In 1880, A.P. Finch retired, leaving his son, Irving, as the sole proprietor with . approximately 100 employees.  By 1890’s, Finch grew to over 200 employees making Finch one of the leading industries in Scranton. Into the 20th century, Finch manufactured sewer covers that can still be found on the streets of Scranton.  In World War II, Finch drilled the insides of U.S. Navy battleship guns and received the Navy’s “E” award for excellence.

In 1960, while the Company was operating as Finch Manufacturing Co., the business relocated to West Pittston, Pennsylvania. The relocation signified a strategic shift for the Company as the new location offered a more expansive machine shop.

In 2008, as the economy of the United States experienced one of the greatest recessions, Finch Technology underwent hardships of its own. As a result, Finch was purchased by a group of investors in 2011. Since then, Finch has experienced significant growth due to the Company’s customer-centric focus and investments made in the business which have increased overall capacity.

Today, Finch Manufacturing & Technology crafts steel components of all sizes for rotary processing industry and many other industrial processes. In early 2019, to further demonstrate our commitment to quality,  Finch became an ISO 9001:2015 certified company. As a smaller business with large capabilities, Finch is dedicated to meeting our customers’ needs quickly, efficiently, and with an intense attention to detail.

Custom Designed and Fabricated Portable Archaeology Shaker Table

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Old Photo of the Finch Shop

Trunnion Refurbishment

Rotary Kiln Sections Leaving Finch

Rotary Kiln Section with Tire and Mounting

Large Rotary Kiln Fabricated Gear

Today’s Finch Manufacturing and Technology

FMT’s management team possesses hundreds of years of managerial, engineering, and manufacturing experience.

Robert Zinnen – CEO & Managing Partner

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As CEO and Managing Partner, Bob brings over 30 years of executive decision making as a GM, COO, CFO, and President in business units ranging from $13,000,000 to $700,000,000 while managing 50 to 1,100 people. Bob actively leads FMT’s strategic and operational planning as well as works hand in hand with the FMT team by leveraging his experience in financial management, project management, and business development. Over the past five years, Bob has given many hours of volunteer work to veteran’s organizations in the Philadelphia region. Bob served five years in the U. S. Army with expertise in supply chain management prior to being medically retired as a Captain in 1991. Bob is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and received his masters from Johns Hopkins University. Bob is a Service-Disabled Veteran.

Michael J.  Brown –  VP of Business Operations

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Mike has more than 30 years’ experience in the manufacturing of steel parts and components and over 20 of those years as a General Manager. Mike’s real world and tested knowledge of steel and its fabrication ensures the routine jobs are easy and is critical in finding the most expedient means in a time sensitive project.  He has had up to 100 employees and managed multi-million-dollar accounts. His knowledge of steel and milling processes is unmatched.  He also completed courses in Business Management and Training.

Michael E. Batyko – VP of Engineering

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As our VP of Engineering, Mike leads our design and engineering department and plays a key role in our DESIGN-BUIILD-INSTALL success. Mike is a master’s level mechanical engineer with over 10 years of experience in the design, process, and manufacturing fields. Mike comes from a highly hands on mechanical background with a quick understanding of the moving parts and workflow.  Mike likes working with customers to ensure their process is optimal or to solve any issue.  He takes great pride in working closely with our customers to ensure their process is optimal and that the project meets or exceeds their expectations. Mike is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology receiving his master’s from Wilkes University. 

Blake Barrows – Senior Project Engineer

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As a Project Engineer, Blake balances his time between engineering design, project management, and field/install supervision.  He enjoys going to the field to assist with either small projects or working on the larger Design-Build-Install projects. Blake’s detailed understanding of mechanical components helps the team with the drawings required for our reverse engineering projects and with field work/installs.  Blake graduated from Penn State University with a degree in mechanical engineering while specializing in machine design with a minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship.  At Penn State, Blake was an intern with a leading manufacturing company aiding in product design and preparing models and drawings for manufacture.

Daniel Rodriguez – Project Engineer

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As a Project Engineer, Dan spends much of his time on engineering design and solid modelling. He enjoys working on the Design – Build – Install projects and the reverse engineering projects. Dan graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Engineering Mechanics.  At Penn State, Dan worked on the PSU FSAE team and interned at PennDOT where he helped design and inspect bridges. Dan enjoys tinkering with electro-mechanical components and helping friends and family with mechanical problems.

Mike Neguse – Proposal Engineer

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As a Proposal Engineer, Mike works with sales and engineering to assist with sourcing materials, getting quotes, and making models/drawings. Mike is a graduate from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and is experienced in working as a design engineer, product engineer, and analysis engineer. Mike enjoys working on mechanical design and learning about manufacturing processes.

Bill Boyle – Sales Specialist

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As a Sales Specialist, Bill’s goal is to identify Target accounts and to begin the process of adding them to Finch’s family of satisfied customers. Bill uses relationship building as a tool to make customers trust and turn to him for exceptional customer service. Bill studied at Susquehanna University and has over 20 years of experience as a successful sales Professional in Wastewater/Water, Fleet Management, and Construction Equipment.

Equipment List

Finch is capable of manufacturing both large and small  scale equipment, components and parts. Some of our equipment is the largest in the industry.

  • Vertical Boring Mill with 18’-9” Swing
  • 750 Ton Wheel Press
  • Milling & Planning 5’ x 10’ Table with 72” Clearance
  • Carbon, Stainless & Aluminum Welding Capabilities up to 4” Thick
  • Machine to 50” diameter x 17’ long in our Lathes