UBP Team

Universal Blower Pac’s team includes engineers, service and production managers with years of experience in manufactured blower systems. Combine this with our top-notch shop family of certified welders, degreed painters and a foreman with over a decade of experience and you have one dynamic team that delivers.

Sales Team

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“Our success starts in the design phase. As a custom blower manufacturer, we offer designs our competitors don’t or simply can’t. My goal is to create the most energy efficient system for the end user that is sustainable for years to come.”

-Douglas VanHoy, OEM Sales Engineer

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Andrew Placek, P.E.

Director of Sales and Marketing
E: aplacek@universalblowerpac.com

Andrew is a Professional Engineer with over 10 years in the water and wastewater treatment industry, working directly with municipalities, consultant engineers, independent manufacturer’s representatives, contractors and end users to come up with diverse solutions based on industry needs. He has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Purdue University. Andrew specializes in efficiency optimization and new product development to constantly innovate for the marketplace and UBP customers.  He has developed numerous product solutions, including our patented EE-PAC

Douglas VanHoy

OEM Sales Representative
E: dvanhoy@universalblowerpac.com

Doug collaborates with OEMs for UBP nationwide. He specializes in understanding the overall system needs to help align the best quality blower solution with the OEMs specific goals and go to market proposals.  Doug has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and a strong background in science and energy.  His goal is to aide our customers to obtain the most energy efficient system that will be sustainable for years to come. Additionally, he provides R&D to facilitate manufacturing adjustments that improve product efficacy and aesthetics.

Douglas works alongside our OEM partners to create both cost analysis and energy consumption analysis reports, which helps our customers get a leg up for presenting system improvement options to the various plants and facilities they serve.   These reports, along with clear technical specs and drawings, allow UBP customers to highlight the blower, the heart of the system solution, as an additional part of their scope and helps set them apart from competitors.

Chris Schneider

Senior Estimator

For over 30 years Chris has ensured that every section of our clients’ specifications is reviewed.  When you come to UBP for quotes or specification design, you can rest assured that we won’t miss anything.  With Chris’s strict military background, decades of experience, and attention to detail, he provides proper quoting with detailed clarifications of expectations up front. This is proven by our high rate of approvability with engineers and detailed custom designs.

Mandy Gutfranski

Aftermarket Sales
E: mgutfranski@universalblowerpac.com

Mandy joined the UBP team in 2004 and has worked in many facets of the company through the years. She is an expert in helping our clients make sure they are getting the right parts, lubrication, repairs and service solutions to keep them running. She additionally helps customers set up proper maintenance schedules and oversees certified parts purchase orders to help prevent failures and downtime. Mandy attended Aurora University on academic scholarship where she studied business and IUPUI for her nursing.  She daily lives out her goals to help others better their lives with applicable solutions as she is an avid volunteer and advocate for community service in Noblesville Schools through coaching, special education and tutoring.

Customer Service

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“Customers tell me all the time that it’s nice to have one person to call for answers.  They know they can trust me to push to get that answer quickly too.”  

– Barb Smith, Customer Advocate and Service Facilitator

Greg Bender

Service Manager

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Barb Smith

Customer Advocate and Service Facilitator
E: bsmith@universalblowerpac.com

Barb has been with Universal Blower Pac for over 20 years and has been a part of customer facilitation for blower systems manufacturing since the beginning.  As we push to constantly improve our UBPcare strategy, we wanted to make sure our customers felt like that had a real insider completely dedicated to getting the information and answers they needed quickly and without hassle, and Barb’s full-time role as the Customer Advocate became a dedicated position.  Her detailed knowledge of UBP and customer service assist customers from the time the order is placed, ships out the door and is ready for start-up.  Barb works vigorously to provide bullet-proof ship dates that are mutually acceptable to both the client and UBP.  She is your one call person to help facilitate getting you the information you need when you need it. 

Production

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“There is a real family environment in the shop. We just enjoy working together and take pride in the every product we produce.”  

– Josh Bailey, Production Manager

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Josh Bailey

Production Manager

Josh has been an integral part of UBP production since 2002. Through the years, his role in manufacturing has guided improved processes to increase productivity, on-time delivery, and internal protocol to help provide consistent high-quality products for our clients. Josh began in UBP assembly as a certified welder and grew his skills to work on numerous details from start to finish, which helped develop his servant leadership style amongst the shop team. Josh says, “There is a real family environment in the shop. We just enjoy working together and take pride in the every product we produce.” When not in the shop, you can find him out hunting and fishing or working on property maintenance for his relative’s rental investments.

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Jason Pope

Shop Foreman

Jason has over 20 years of experience in construction and manufacturing with major corporations across the country (even Alaska!). He carries both a Class B Pipefitter Certification and a Painting and Sandblasting Certification. He began with UBP in 2008 as an industrial painter and continued exercising his various skills in assembly processes by contributing to every day problem solving and overall coordination with the entire shop team. “I feel we all work hard here to accomplish our goals, and we have fun doing it,” says Pope. Jason grew up in Surfside Beach, TX and is a self-proclaimed ‘beach baby.’ His athletic skills in both baseball and soccer translated to his love for always being active in manufacturing. He still seeks out fun on the water when possible and enjoys being outdoors with his wife and two children.

Engineering

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“At UBP our Engineering team has developed standard products considered among the benchmarks for the industry. We also excel in custom solutions to meet a client’s specific needs. The ability to do both makes us unique in the industry, and drives our Engineers to new and innovate designs.”  

– Andy Frey, General Manager

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Andy Frey

General Manager

Andy has a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. With over 10 years of experience at UBP, his knowledge of design and manufacturing is evident in his management of the engineers as they provide detailed, concise, and approvable submittals to our clients. During his tenure he has led the development of the 3C-PAC product, EE-PAC, and our standard ATTENU-PAC designs. As a former quality engineer, he understands the importance of a quality product. He combines his experience and knowledge to help his team grow in new ways and achieve improved quality and innovation for our customers year after year.

Executive

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“I feel the team is aligned in our goal to constantly innovate to offer products that people want to buy. It’s a pleasure working with bright, driven people, and I am motivated just by working in the same building with them every day.”  

– Andrew Placek, P.E., Sales Manager

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Ray Fiechter

President and Founder

While working for a large blower manufacturer as a regional sales manager, Ray became tired of telling clients he couldn’t provide the design they wanted because it was not part of the standard blower package offering.  With a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, he knew he could innovate typical standard offerings by providing custom options to help clients achieve the best blower system design based on their specific needs.  With a goal to help clients optimize performance at an affordable cost, he started UBP in his basement in 1979 and immediately became an industry leader in manufactured blower solutions.  Years later, UBP has grown into a global company providing over 5,000 blower system installations to a variety of industries across the globe. 

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Andy Frey

General Manager

Andy has a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. With over 10 years of experience at UBP, his knowledge of design and manufacturing is evident in his management of the engineers as they provide detailed, concise, and approvable submittals to our clients. During his tenure he has led the development of the 3C-PAC product, EE-PAC, and our standard ATTENU-PAC designs. As a former quality engineer, he understands the importance of a quality product. He combines his experience and knowledge to help his team grow in new ways and achieve improved quality and innovation for our customers year after year.

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Andrew Placek, P.E.

Director of Sales and Marketing
E: aplacek@universalblowerpac.com

Andrew is a Professional Engineer with over 10 years in the water and wastewater treatment industry, working directly with municipalities, consultant engineers, independent manufacturer’s representatives, contractors and end users to come up with diverse solutions based on industry needs. He has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Purdue University. Andrew specializes in efficiency optimization and new product development to constantly innovate for the marketplace and UBP customers.  He has developed numerous product solutions, including our patented EE-PAC

Bradley Craig

Controller

Bradley joined the Universal Blower Pac, Inc. team in September 2017.  He brings over 10 years of manufacturing experience within various companies ranging from privately-held to Fortune 500. Bradley graduated from Indiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.