Our Team

Aero Machine & Manufacturing is a complete service Machine Shop that can handle any size project from inception to installation. We have over 150 years of experienced leaders to provide direction and assistance for your job or project. We have a 35,000 Sq. Ft. facility equipped with 4 Overhead Cranes. capable of loading all our machines.

Tom Jaeger



Tom founded Aero Machine in 2002. He has grown the company into a very successful business supporting the Manufacturing Industry in Norwest Indiana with their machining needs. He is a Machinist by trade and has over 37 years experience as a Machinist and Millwright. His expertise and skill has filtered down to his employees to provide quality products for the last 16 years.

David Anstead


David is lifelong Northwest Indiana resident and currently resides in Crown Point, IN. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Trine University and his MBA from Valparaiso University. His experience includes 8 years in the steel industry at US Steel and another 8 years in the Oil Industry at BP-Whiting. He has removed, repaired and installed countless pieces of equipment throughout his career as a Project Manager/Superintendent ranging from Coil Boxes, Beltwrappers, Payoff & Tension Reels, Pumps, Turbines and Drums.

Don Freeman

Vice President

Don is also a life long resident of Northwest Indiana and lives in Hebron with his wife Tina. He graduated from Merrillville High School in 1981 and served in an extensive Machinist Program with Continental Machine and Engineering. He worked for several other Machine Shops in very diverse Industries before launching Aero Machine into the areas premier machine shop. He now has over 34 years in the manufacturing industry and has become very proficient in providing customers with CAD drawings.

Mike Lyons


Mike was born in Chicago, IL and grew up in Northwest Indiana. He was Salutatorian of his high school graduation class at River Forest High School. His wide range of experience includes 3 years at Union Electric Steel as a roll grinder and 23 years working for machine shops as an Inspector and Office Controller. He has been with Aero Machine for the last 15 years. His organizational and comprehension of the business allows Aero Machine to successfully compete in our industry.

Josh McConnachie

Shop Supervisor

Josh brings a well-rounded education as well as expertise in all phases of the machining process. After his apprenticeship, he spent 4 years at McGill/Emerson operating Manual and CNC Machines. In addition, he has 12 years experience at Cagle Industrial performing all duties including Estimating, Design, Machine Repair and Managing the Plant. Josh has been with Aero for 7 Months and has taken a leadership role in our company.

Mace VanBlaircom

Project Estimator

Mace is Journeyman Machinist that brings 32 years of Machining experience to the team. His vast knowledge and experience gives Aero Machine an advantage over our competitors. Mace has been with Aero Machine for 15 years and lives in Valparaiso, IN.

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