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 saw mills, 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 and 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 in history, 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 kilns, asphalt dryers, metal recyclers, mining equipment, and other large scale industrial fabrications. 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.

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.

Scott Lowry –VP of Sales & Marketing

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In 2017, Scott transitioned to VP of Sales to focus his efforts on Finch’s business development, sales, and customer satisfaction. The previous five years Scott served as Managing Partner and CEO of Finch Technology overseeing all aspects of the business. Scott has over 31 years of engineering, construction, manufacturing, and operations management experience. Prior to joining Finch, Scott served as Director of Operations at a large electric utility responsible for a workforce of over 500 employees. Throughout his career, Scott led increasingly complex projects, including multiple $30,000,000 plus strategic initiatives to accomplish key operational performance improvements. Scott is a graduate of Millersville University.

Michael J.  Brown –  General Manager

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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. 

Steve Scarpetta – VP of Government Sales

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As VP of Government Sales, Steve leads our endeavor of identifying government contracting opportunities, responding to these solicitations and then working directly with government agencies in this challenging process. Steve has over a dozen years as a contracting, site selection, and economic development consultant. He has successfully achieved contract awards and grants at both the state and federal level. Steve is a graduate of Loyola College in Maryland.

Michael E. Batyko – Director of Engineering

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As our Director 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 – 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 the majority 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.

Jeff Markovich – Field Service Project Manager

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As Finch’s Project Manager, specializing in field service projects, Jeff brings over 35+ years of field service experience. In addition to Rotary Processing Equipment projects, Jeff has supervised up to 30 people on intricate cement plant projects including bucket elevator replacements, pan conveyor replacement, drag chains, air seals, kiln nose replacements, finish mill liners, trunnion replacements, ID fan repairs, etc. Jeff enjoys finding the most efficient means to repair or install a component or system and can even work directly on the project to include all modes of welding.

Equipment List

Finch is capable of manufacturing both large- and small-scale equipment and machinery. Some of this 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