From the start, Larson has recognized that providing a safe and rewarding livelihood for co-workers will be repaid by years of loyal, dedicated service. Many of our people have been with us for more than 30 years—one for over 60 years. Through their longevity and loyalty, our people make a big difference in setting Larson apart. Here are a few we’d like you to meet.
Charles W. Cederberg
Charles “Chuck” Cederberg is a 1983 graduate of Northeastern University. He joined Larson Tool Company in 1985 as a Customer Service Representative. He later held the position of Production Control Manager and then Vice President of Manufacturing. He was promoted to President of the company in 2004. Chuck is an avid sailor, and enjoys working on and restoring sailboats in his spare time.
Along with his responsibilities as CFO of the company, Bill Larson also functions as a Customer Service Account Manager, coordinating production for and maintaining the lines of communication with several specific customers. He officially started work in 1988, but being a fourth-generation Larson in the business, it’s safe to say that Bill became involved at an early age. Outside of work, he is very active in the Rotary Club, and enjoys a round of golf when he can.
Ray has been employed at Larson since 1987 and has worked in many capacities, including tool making, die design, tooling management, and quality assurance. As Director of Engineering, he brings critical practical experience for all engineering activities and is key in facilitating new process development and continuous improvement at Larson Tool. Ray is an avid sports fan, enjoys traveling with his family on vacations, and likes playing a round of golf in his spare time.
Neil started at Larson in 1983 as a tool designer, and was named Tooling Manager in 1995. Seeing a need for engineering expertise out in the shop, he took on the role of Production Manager in 2001. Since then, Neil has been very involved in all aspects of the company, including process development, continuous improvement, and quality systems management. He served on the Board of the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) New England District from 2001 until 2013, ending his tenure with the PMA as a District Chair. In 2017, he brought his extensive knowledge of the company’s capabilities to the Sales Department, where he currently oversees Larson’s sales and marketing efforts, prepares quotations for prospects, and develops new customers. In his spare time, Neil is an avid musician, works on old motorcycles, and is currently restoring a 19th-century Victorian home.
Customer Service Manager Brad Hankin, has worked in manufacturing since 1985, and joined the Larson team in 2011. Brad began his career as a customer service representative and over the next 25 years, Brad stayed customer-focused, but moved into various production management roles responsible for improving product quality and on-time performance. Brad is responsible for all inside sales functions, production scheduling, inventory control, and part re-pricing. In his free time, Brad enjoys playing tennis, back country hiking/canoeing, and cooking gourmet meals for family and friends.
Purchasing Manager Ollie Silveira joined Larson in 2004, bringing with him 17 years of procurement experience in the high-tech industry. He is responsible for all purchasing functions, including the maintenance of a base of suppliers that are committed to customer satisfaction and continual improvement. Ollie is an avid sports fan, and especially enjoys watching his four sons participate. He’s a vintage car enthusiast and likes to make scale models.
Bob spent several years as the Quality Manager at Larson tool, from 1999 – 2002, and rejoined the company in 2014 in the same capacity. Bob has over 15 years of experience as a Quality Manager and QMS Management Representative. He is responsible for all elements of the quality function, including response to quality issues and the maintenance of Larson’s ISO 9001 certification. Bob is an active member in the American Society for Quality where he holds a leadership role in the Rhode Island Section of ASQ. He holds several certifications through ASQ, including Certified Quality Engineer, Certified Quality Auditor, Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence, and is also a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt. In his spare time, Bob coaches wrestling and judo at a club in Rhode Island, where he holds a black belt in judo. Bob is also a high school wrestling official and a member of the Rhode Island Wrestling Hall of Fame, as well as the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Athletic Hall of Fame.
In his 20 prior years with Larson Tool, Manny worked for the company in various capacities. He started at Larson in 1996, just out of a machine shop vocational high school, as a participant in the Massachusetts apprentice program. He went on to become a certified Toolmaker, learned CAD, and progressed to an Engineering Designer. During his time as a Process Engineer, he became proficient in Six Sigma, ultimately certified with a black belt in 2008. His initiatives during this time included upgrading and improving processes and efficiencies throughout the entire facility. Manny held positions as Quality Manager and Special Project and Engineering Manager at Larson. Back with Larson in 2019, Manny now runs the engineering and tool departments.
During his time away from Larson, he worked on projects in aviation, the U.S. Navy, and for a high-tech start-up with MIT graduates and uses all that valuable experience on the production floor to help customers on their design for manufacturability initiatives. Outside of work, Manny’s interests include weekend trips with family, golf, reading paperback books, and investing.