Cal Nichols, President of NP&G Innovations, Inc.

Cal  has operated several successful agri-businesses in the Cazenovia, NY
area.  In 1994 he formed Cazenovia Product Development and successfully
developed and commercialized a  livestock ear tag identification system using a
patented laser and electronic identification process.  Cal began developing
innovative rail cross ties in 2002 w
ith NPG Innovations being formed in 2003.   

Lucian Gilbert, Vice President of NP&G Innovations, Inc.

Lu  has 40 years of automation experience and production engineering in
various manufacturing environments.  Starting with General Motors and
Dyna-Mod Electronics, Lu has experience with several companies ranging from
starts-ups to senior management positions in large companies.  He purchased
a training Division of Graflex Corp.  and then joined Alliance Tool Corp as Sales
Manager of the special machine division that designs and builds large
equipment.  The business grew from $11 million to over $125 million.  The
company was subsequently sold to Gleason Works. Lu then became VP of
Marketing and Sales at Hansford Manufacturing that also builds large specialty
machinery. Their sales grew from $11 to $25 million in 5 years.  After leaving
Hansford Lu started a sales representative and consulting company called
Productivity Solutions Company that was sold in 2000 where he still offers his

James A. Pike, PhD, PE, Vice President of NP&G Innovations, Inc.

Jim has over 35 years of engineering experience in a variety of industries and
markets including aerospace, ground transportation and general industrial.  He
has held engineering and senior management positions at Rockwell
International, United Technologies and Lord Corporation.  He founded
Technologies, Inc.
in 2003 and sold it to PSNLabs in 2017 where he still
.  Jim's specialties include engineering processes, product
development, mechanical design and analytical methods, innovative product
concepts, vibration and motion control, thermal management, and elastomeric
products.  Many of the products developed under his charge have been
commercialized, patented, trademarked, and/or copyrighted.  He has also
published on a variety of technical topics including high powered gearing
dynamics, airfoil icing, vibration isolation, expert design systems and design
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