Manufacturing Services

Gary Ellis

Plant Foreman

Gary Ellis is the Plant Foreman for AbsolutAire.  In this role, he is responsible for manufacturing planning and operations management for the company’s full range of product offerings.  This includes overseeing and directing all production, including fabrication, assembly, piping, electrical, and painting.

Gary was named Plant Foreman at AbsolutAire in 2018, following more than eighteen years of experience with the company in various production and supervisory roles.  Prior to joining the company, he worked at a number of Grand Rapids-area metal fabrication and welding shops, including Benteler Automotive and the Environmental Technical Group.

Gary graduated from Comstock High School in Comstock, MI, a suburb of Kalamazoo.  He transferred here from Obion County High School in Union City, TN in order to be closer to family.  His educational interests included shop technologies, welding, art, and photography.

Recently married to his wife, Kelly, in the fall of 2018, Gary’s recreational interests include fishing, hunting, riding motorcycles, and just relaxing at home with the family dog.  The couple resides in Plainwell, MI.

Michael J. Woodward

Michael J. Woodward

Manager, Facilities & Safety

Mike Woodward is Maintenance Coordinator for AbsolutAire. Mike is responsible for overseeing all maintenance-related tasks in the office and production facilities. This includes managing AbsolutAire’s preventative maintenance program, which includes all facilities and each piece of production equipment on a weekly, monthly, tri-annual, semi-annual, or annual basis. Mike has also recently taken on the responsibility of our Safety Program in addition to the Maintenance Program.

Mike began his AbsolutAire career in 1996, and has worked in various positions throughout the company since then. He started in the electrical and testing departments, and eventually worked his way up to Electrical and Testing Supervisor. He also worked as a Service Technician and Production Coordinator. He assumed his current position in 2010, and implemented our Preventative Maintenance program in 2011.

In 1978, Mike earned an Associate in Applied Sciences from Montcalm Community College. He also has experience in construction and drafting.

John Deisler

Quality Control Manager

John Deisler is the Quality Manager at AbsolutAire.  He is responsible for leading the company down a path of improved, consistent, and sustainable quality, which requires constant data collection and routine job shadowing.  John is primarily responsible for the Quality Control and Test Stand Groups in the manufacturing area. 

John joined AbsolutAire in November of 2014.  Before joining the company, John was employed for 24 years by Dimplex Thermal Solutions, a local chiller manufacturer.  While there, he dedicated most of his focus to the Materials Group, but he also interacted on a daily basis with the Quality Group.

John earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Western Michigan University in 1983.  He majored in Marketing and minored in Management.  

Kevin T. Brooks

Quality Control Technician

Kevin Brooks is a Quality Control Technician at AbsolutAire. In this role, Kevin is responsible for ensuring complete quality of AbsolutAire equipment prior to shipping. This includes verifying that the equipment has been assembled, wired, painted, and labeled correctly before allowing it to be wrapped or crated to leave the factory.

Kevin has more than 38 years of experience in the HVAC industry. He has served in all capacities from management and sales to installation and service. Kevin joined the staff of AbsolutAire in early 2008 as the Senior Field Service Technician, and in February 2018 assumed the position of Quality Control Technician.

Kevin’s professional education in HVAC systems began with the U.S. Air Force, and has continued throughout his career. He has received specialized training from numerous major HVAC equipment manufacturers, including Carrier, Trane, and York. He also has specialized training in CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons), VAV (variable air volume) systems, and VVT (variable volume and temperature) systems.

Glenn Antisdel

V-series Production Manager

Glenn Antisdel is the V-Series Production Manager in the AbsolutAire plant.  His responsibilities include managing the V-Series construction and assembly team, working directly with the Production Manager to ensure that all units are built accurately and shipped in a timely manner.  Also he works closely with the Engineering Department, offering suggestions for continuous improvement of the V-Series product line.

Glenn began his AbsolutAire career in June 2005 in the AA-Series assembly department, after which he transitioned into a V-Series assembler.  In 2017, he was promoted to V-Series Production Manager.

Glenn received a degree in AutoCAD from ITT Technical Institute in 2008.  He also received his AWS welding certificate in 1998.

Ken Williams

Assembly Training Manager

Ken works as the Assembly Training Manager at AbsolutAire. In this role, Ken is responsible for training and mentoring new production employees, overseeing trainee performance, and ensuring that AbsolutAire Quality Standards are adhered to. Ken began his career with AbsolutAire in November of 1992 as an Assembler. He then moved into Fabrication, operating the plasma and laser tables, followed by a position in Receiving before finally assuming his current role in 2016. Ken graduated from Portage Central High School in 1980 and joined the United States Military following graduation, serving four years in the Navy as a Welder. After an honorable discharge, Ken joined the Carpenters Union prior to joining AbsolutAire. He has two children and six grandchildren.