President, Apeks Supercritical
Founder and president of Apeks Supercritical, the leading CO2 extraction manufacturer. Navy veteran, father of five, owner of five patents!
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Integrity and discipline were instilled in Andy during his six years in the Navy to the point where they drive everything he does. These core values have guided and empowered him to take risks and overcome obstacles in growing his small, on-the-side fabrication business. Under Andy’s leadership, Apeks has grown from a startup enterprise where he was building customized extractors in his backyard barn to what is currently a $13 million-dollar manufacturing company. In 2015, to meet the tremendous growth in customer demand and to increase the company’s processing capabilities, he built a 17,0000-square foot facility in Johnstown, Ohio soley dedicated to manufactuirng CO2 extraction systems. Since 2012, employment at Apeks has grown from two to seven engineers and a total of 30 employees.
Pertinent facts about the Andy:
- Entrepreneur/business owner and skilled engineer/fabricator with vast experience in engineering and operations management
- Inventor of five patents, including the Valveless Expansion Technology featured on all Apeks extraction systems
- Invented Diaphragm Compressor Technology, which increases processing efficiencies by 20-50%, while consuming half the energy
- Apeks Supercritical named Entrepreneur Magazine’s “100 Most Brilliant Companies” in 2014
- Winner of Edison award for Innovation, 2016
- Two-time Navy Achievement Medal recipient. Served aboard the USS San Francisco as an enlisted nuclear propulsion mechanic
- Husband and father of five children
January 2002 - present
I started Apeks Fabrication over 17 years years ago primarily fabricating stainless steel botanical extraction and distillation systems for the food processing and medical industries. I developed a line of modular vacuum distillation and extraction systems, and also developed a line of supercritical CO2 fluid extraction systems. Apeks Supercritical has been continuously expanding into several other areas including design, prototyping, custom fabrications, process system integration and specialty welding.
By combining my military experience, engineering training and business operations background, I am able to offer customers more than just a fabrication service, rather a "fabrication partnership". Most of my customers have been smaller companies that are in need of fabrication services, but don't have the engineering design and practical systems experience that are needed to work with most "make it per your print" fabrication shops. I frequently work from napkin sketches or just verbal instructions.
Director, Lab Services
Edison Welding Institute
January 1999 - March 2012
While at EWI I directed laboratory operations to support welding R&D project execution and physical testing for internal and external customers. Included equipment installation/removal and preventative maintenance, effective floor space management for short and long term research needs, and personnel management.
I also managed all aspects of the EWI Lab Services business unit - a $2.5M operation providing physical testing services focused on specification conformance testing for welding consumable manufacturers and end users. While in charge, EWI Lab Services revenue grew 10% YOY while maintaining positive profitability through heavy emphasis on customer delivery and quality. I utilized EWI's well known brand to grow market share under the constraints of a high overhead cost structure in a research organization.
Nuclear Submarine Plant Operator - USS San Francisco (SSN-711)
September 1990 - June 1996
Ohio State University
1996 - 2001
B.S. and M.S. Welding Engineering from Ohio State University
ASME R - Certified Pressure Vessel Repair
The National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors (10543)
ASME U - Certified Pressure Vessel Manufacturer
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (54766)
Underwriters Laboratories (E480132)
An extraction apparatus comprises an extraction vessel configured to remove an extracted material from a source material in contact with a process fluid to form a mixture. The apparatus further comprises a separation chamber and a process fluid circulation conduit, the conduit comprising a separation portion configured to receive the mixture and permit a portion of the extracted material to separate from the mixture within the separation chamber. The apparatus further comprises a temperature regulator configured to permit re-circulation of a temperature regulation fluid and regulate the temperature of the process fluid.
Do you have a product to replace the Apek's Supercritical Benchtop 1500-1L? That machine met our specs -- but didn't fare well with reviews online (see: https://www.reddit.com/r/CannabisExtracts/comments/32yvkw/beware_of_apeks_supercritical_benchtop_15001l/) -- so wondering if you've replaced with something newer/better?
Every day I get emails from companies making extraordinary claims (huge yields, short runs, amazing results, best in the business). There's no Better Business Bureau in this industry to fact check these claims, and weed out the fraudsters. How do you suggest we whittle down to reputable companies before making a decision to buy? It's a big investment and I want to be sure I'm getting value for money.