Chief Executive Officer
Roger J. Sustar is the owner of Fredon Corporation – a manufacturer of precision machined parts and assemblies located in Mentor, Ohio. He became involved in the Machine Trades Industry with his first job - at Non Ferrous Metals Fabricating - in 1965 and became owner of Fredon in 1969.
Fredon Corporation has been considered a pioneer in youth training programs. The company became the area’s first Boy Scout’s of America Explorer Post 2600 to offer an opportunity in the Machine Trades Industry. This award winning exploring program, called ”The Cannons of Fredon,” has inspired many companies throughout the United States to start similar youth programs. Over 350 students have gone through the Cannons of Fredon program since its formation in 1992.
Several years ago Roger Sustar founded a group called the AWT – Alliance for Working Together – to serve as a forum for manufacturers in Lake County to discuss common business issues. Over the last two years, the group has refocused their efforts to develop an Associates Degree in Advanced Manufacturing at Lakeland Community College. In the Fall of 2010, the group launched a unique hands-on program for high school students – a RoboBot competition. In this inaugural year, 11 high school RoboBot teams have been formed - each sponsored by an AWT member company. These teams will compete against each other in a local, National Robotics League-sanctioned RoboBot competition on April 30, 2011 at Lakeland Community College. The winning team will continue on to represent Northeast Ohio in the National competition.
Roger Sustar was named one of the 150 ‘names to know in Northeast Ohio’ by Crain’s Cleveland Business (November 2010) and has been referred to as a “manufacturing maven” by the publication.