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New InLine Staff Members

Chris Thielen

Chris joins our team as a seasoned Lead Process Engineer who will be based in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Chris is an engineering and operations professional with 30+ years of experience in sanitary equipment/systems and consumer products manufacturing. A subject matter specialist in heat transfer, metering of liquids and solids, ultra-high-pressure processing, and blending technologies, he has also managed projects as large as $20MM. Chris’ recent work history includes 10 years with Nestle (Pizza and Nutrition divisions), and 8 years with Kraft, where he was involved in Advanced Process Research, and led capital programs for Cheese and Dairy production. Prior to Kraft, he spent significant time with OEMs for metering pumps and sanitary process equipment. Chris has a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Tyler Sigwald

Mid-April we welcomed Tyler to the Atlanta office as a Process Engineer. Since obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Georgia Tech, Tyler has spent his entire 7-year professional career with SNF Flopam, the market leader in flocculant and coagulant polymers for the water and wastewater treatment industries in North America. Tyler progressed steadily in the organization where he was involved in multiple projects, from small process improvement efforts to major capital expansions with a total budget of over $4MM. He has participated in and led PHAs, led CAD teams to create drawings, oversaw construction crews, and worked startup (loop checks, water batching, etc.). On a recent new water treatment plant project, Tyler was responsible for overseeing the budget, specifying and purchasing equipment (from process vessels to valves and instrumentation), developing scopes of work for contractors, and managing the contractors during construction. He recently passed his P.E. exam.

Dillon Thomas

Dillon joined the InLine Louisville office at the end of March, as a Design Engineer. Dillion was previously at Webster Environmental Associates, where he was an entry-level Project Engineer involved in consultation and design of air quality systems for municipalities and industrial customers. Prior to that role, Dillon attended the Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville, where he earned a BS degree in Bioengineering. He was a Trustee’s Scholarship Recipient and participated in the Co-op and Honors Program at U of L.

Mike Jacobs

Mike joined the InLine Atlanta office as a Senior Program Manager at the end of October. Mike comes to InLine after a 14 year career with the Coca-Cola Company. His most recent position with TCCC was 4 years as Global Workplace Director (accountable for overall global program delivery for workplace strategies and projects totaling $150M annually- renovations, new construction, space refreshes, space optimizations & building/ lease exits). Prior roles at TCCC were: Freestyle Group Director- 5 years (managed all aspects of cost, quality, and supply for $120M business), and Principal Engineer, 4 years (managed and executed project budget of over $400M). Other companies where Mike made an impact include NTS, where he led sales and business development for beverage conveyance products, National Facilities Manager for Nestle Waters; also GAF Materials, and US Gypsum. Mike earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech, and PMP certification in 2008.

Chris Prochaska

Chris joined the InLine Louisville office as a Senior Program Manager at the end of October. Chris comes to InLine after a 24 year career with the Kellogg Company. Most recently, he was Senior Engineering Director, Global Engineering, serving as Engineering Business Partner for two Kellogg North America categories- Ready to Eat Cereal (RTEC), and Portable Wholesome Snacks (PWS). He has extensive experience developing, managing, and executing capital projects and programs. Chris is accomplished engineering leader with experience in overseeing and directing engineering functions, activities, and personnel of an organization. He has a background as an engineering consultant- designing, developing, and delivering engineering solutions for complex business problems. Chris earned a BS in Electrical Engineering Iowa State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Nebraska.

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InLine provides engineering, process improvement, and planning services for Food & Beverage leaders. In 2018, InLine joined the Gray family to complement its Food & Beverage offering. As a Gray company, we help customers transform their operations to maximize their ROI.