In 2016, Lifecycle Specialties was created with a focus on remanufacturing mechanical parts to return them to "like new" or "better than new" condition. With a machine shop equipped with the latest manual and CNC machines, staffed with highly technical machinists, and an extremely advanced technical metrology lab capable of measuring within sub-microns,
Lifecyle Specialties grew quickly.
In addition to remanufacturing high precision parts, Lifecycle Specialties began manufacturing high precision new parts and providing contract engineering and project management.
Lifecycle Specialties continues to grow by leaps and bounds and looks forward to helping you with your most challenging and complex remanufacturing and manufacturing projects, as well as providing engineering consulting to help you reduce cycle time, improve quality, and reduce costs with environmentally f
Donna, together with her incredible team, has built an impressive multi-million dollar manufacturing and remanufacturing facility which supports a growing list of companies. With her passion for quality and previous experience, she leads Lifecycle Specialties' daily operations with a "go above and beyond for my customers" attitude and works on the continued growth of Lifecycle Specialties.
Her previous experience includes reliability and quality positions with a global Fortune 100 manufacturing company, where she held an instrumental role as one of the first Six Sigma master black belts, providing training in locations around the globe.
Following her time at the Fortune 100 company and before launching Lifecycle Specialties, Donna established her own consulting firm providing Six Sigma consulting and training to companies
interested in improving quality.
Donna graduated magnum cum laude and holds a Master of Science degree in Statistics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Math from Purdue University. She also taught at the collegiate level and was honored with several teaching awards.
She looks forward to finding new, innovative ways to bring her unique skill set and 25 years of experience to meet your emerging industry needs.
Hobbies: Family, traveling, gourmet food, wine tasting, scuba diving, and downhill snow skiing
Itzayana joined Lifecycle Specialties in November 2021 as the Operations Manager. Her attention to detail is helpful when taking care of Lifecycle Specialties customers' needs by scheduling orders, ordering materials, and following the jobs through completion. Additionally, Itzayana manages the safety program and coordinates the Safety Talks which are presented by a different employee each week.
Itzayana holds a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, a very prestigious engineering college located in Mexico City, and studied abroad in Argentina. Since then, she has been learning and developing a strong knowledge of operations and leadership as a result of her previous working experience on both sides of the border. She moved from Mexico City in 2018 and began work, at a previous company, as a line lead on automated work cells for automotive products.
Yana is bilingual in Spanish and English. She also has certifications in ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001.
Hobbies: World traveler, cooking, and an avid love of the outdoors
Director of Engineering
Steve's work consists of a variety of tasks at Lifecycle Specialties. He diligently documents and maintains manufacturing and remanufacturing processes for each part produced at Lifecycle Specialties. Additionally, Steve works with Lifecycle Specialties' suppliers to ensure quality, supports continuous improvement opportunities, and provides engineering support throughout the company.
Steve has worked in the automotive and industrial industry since 1985. He graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelors in Mechanical engineering and a Master’s of Science in Engineering. After graduating from Purdue, he worked for Ford Motor Company, BF Goodrich, and Cummins . When he retired from Cummins after 34 years, he was managing 6 departments, 138 people, and had a budget of over $1M.
Hobbies: Travel to see family and architectural sites, brewing beer, ping pong, and watching sports
Wayne's machining background provides him the knowledge to develop machining process needed to remanufacture used parts and manufacture new parts at Lifecycle Specialties. Wayne coordinates projects by working with customers to meet their needs, seeking vendors to find the best options for project needs, and coordinating timelines. He works with the highly skilled machinists to write programs, select tooling, and design fixturing each time a new process is developed. Additionally, Wayne is always looking for continuous improvement opportunities such as reductions in cycle time and costs, while maintaining or improving quality.
Since 2006, Wayne has been working in design and manufacturing. He started a medical device company with a couple of partners. Within that company, he did all the CNC programming and machining of the prototypes, as well as oversaw all production. Additionally, Wayne established the quality system and managed the process of certifying the company for ISO 13485 and 9001. During this period, he took classes in CAD CAM CNC programming, CAD modeling, machine setup and operation, machining strategies, tooling strategies and optimization, fixturing, GD&T, quality systems, auditing, and FDA regulatory procedures. Wayne also has experience in the automotive and aerospace indusctries.
Wayne is a member of RIC (Remanufacturing Industries Council) and proud to say he now specializes in remanufacturing.
After graduating from college, he purchased and operated a cattle ranch in Idaho for 13 years.
Hobbies: Working on cars, dirt biking, stand up jet skis, training horses, RC airplanes, golf, and 3D printing
As Lifecycle Specialties' metrology technician, Mandee manages the temperature controlled metrology lab, consisting of highly advanced measuring systems, capable of measuring single digit microns. She performs in-process inspections to ensure the quality of parts manufactured and remanufactured at Lifecycle Specialties. Among her many other responsibilities, Mandee documents measurement procedures and coordinates calibration of all measuring systems and gauging.
Mandee has worked in the automotive quality field since 2010. She graduated with honors from Indiana Business College with an Associates Degree in Accounting in 2000. After that, Mandee went straight into the workforce in an Accounting/Customer Service position and found that it wasn’t a good fit. After a life change, she decided to try a career change as well. Mandee interviewed with a factory and was given the opportunity to work in the Quality department. She found her calling and enjoys making sure the quality of product produced/shipped exceeds the customer expectations. Mandee also took an online course and received a certificate for completion of GD&T with Blueprint reading.
Hobbies: Spending time with family, gardening, and fishing with her best friend/husband
Jennie has been with Lifecycle Specialties since October of 2021. She graduated from Ivy Tech with degrees in Accounting and Business. With her education and experience consisting of owning an insurance consulting company, bank teller, and office work in two other machine shops, she has the skills to manage the Lifecycle Specialties' office and accounting needs. Jennie always greets are visitors with a smile and is eager to do whatever it takes to get the job done. Additionally, she volunteers as an administrative assistant at Clay Township Fire Department.
Hobbies: Reading and spending time with her family and watching them play various sports