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Why Choose Air Way Automation?

Our Mission

Air Way Automation, Inc. is dedicated to providing our customers with the highest quality parts feeding and assembly equipment.

We will treat our customers and employees with the utmost degree of respect.


We will provide an environment that supports and encourages continuous product improvement and is conducive to the well-being of our employees and the profitability of the Company.

Our Experience

As one of the premier custom machine builders in the United States, we have customers all over the world.  Our customer base is largely automotive, and there are thousands of our machines in operation.  In addition to our business being around for 45+ years, the average tenure of our employee base is 10 years.  That is a wealth of knowledge and experience being brought to the table each and every day to build state-of-the-art custom feeding systems for your organization.

Our Leadership

Bob Toms - President/CEO

Bob has been the principal owner of Air Way Automation for over 30 years.  His daily dedication to the business has taken Air Way from a small Northern Michigan company, to one of the employer's of choice in the area and one of the largest automation feeding equipment providers in the United States.  Bob continues to provide organizational oversight and remains very involved in the decision-making process of the organization.

John Ammond - Vice President/COO

John has been with Air Way Automation since 1992, with his early beginnings being in the Service and Sales areas of the organization.  He earned his Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Walsh College in Troy, Michigan.  His many years of being on the road, face-to-face with our customers at their plants has given him the knowledge required to strategically lead Air Way Automation's operational activities to the next level, earning him the position of Vice President and Chief Operations Officer at Air Way Automation for several years now.

John remains committed to ensuring that Air Way is a successful, world-class automation feeding equipment manufacturer and an employer of choice in the Upper Michigan area.


Jake Schierbeek - CFO

Jake Schierbeek serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Air Way Automation, Inc., (Air Way) responsible for the company’s overall financial strategy. Prior to joining Air Way in June 2022, Jake gained extensive financial experience while performing attestation and consulting engagements in public accounting for over a decade. Jake holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Northwood University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Jake is fully dedicated to Air Way, knowing the company offers world class expertise in automotive assembly line machinery with the personalized attention of a small company. Jake works diligently to ensure Air Way maintains sound financial strategy for both short-term and long-term success.  

Our Employees

Air Way would not be the success we are today without our wonderful employee base of almost 100 employees.  Air Way employees continuously display great work ethic, skill, and dedication to take customer needs from concept to production lines.  We thank them ALL for helping make Air Way the Company we are today!

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