CAPABILITIESReaction Injection Molding (RIM)Long Fiber Injection (LFI)PORTFOLIOSReaction Injection Molded DCPD
Air Deflector for the Heavy Truck
Reaction Injection Molding of
HELP Energy Absorbing Bumper
System for the Bus Transit System
Long Fiber Injection (LFI) of a
Fiberglass Cab Roof for the
Agriculture Industry
Development of Polyurethane
Solutions for Front and Rear
Fascias and Quarter Panels for
the Automotive Industry
Manufacturing Process Optimization
Utilizing Long Fiber Injection of
Polyurethane Spa Cabinets for the
Leisure Industry

About Romeo RIM, Inc.

Whether you are planning a visit to one of our facilities, looking for the right contact, or just interested in our history, this is the page for you. Select among the links below for information on the associations with which Romeo RIM, Inc. participates, profiles of our executive staff, a historical overview of our company, our philosophy, and information to make your visit to anyone of our facilities more convenient.

Executive Management  |  Mission  |  Company History  |  Association Memberships

Executive Management

Randy Johnson – President and CEO                  

Randy re-joined Romeo RIM in 2014 as President and CEO.  Randy previously worked for Romeo RIM for 9 years in the 1990’s, holding several positions in engineering and sales while culminating to the VP of Product Management responsible for the sales and engineering organizations.


Randy became VP and General Manager for two other Reserve Group companies in Pennsylvania and North Carolina before leaving the organization to become General Manager for Eagle Ottawa LLC, a $900M automotive leather manufacturer.  During his 12 years at Eagle Ottawa, Randy led Manufacturing, Lean Manufacturing, Materials, Global Engineering, and Launch.  His final assignment was VP of Global Operations, leading over 5,000 associates across the globe.  Randy also worked for Chrysler Corporation.


Randy holds an MBA with honors from Wayne State University, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines.  Randy has a certificate in Lean Manufacturing from the University of Michigan, is a strong Lean practitioner, and a member of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence.


Randy believes the key to success in any organization is partnering with customers, leadership mentoring and development, and a relentless commitment to a Lean Enterprise.






Gary Draeger – Chief Financial Officer


Gary joined Romeo RIM in 2012 as Chief Financial Officer.   Gary has over 30 years of financial and accounting leadership in automotive, agricultural, and heavy-duty construction vehicle manufacturing with both privately-held and publicly-traded international companies.   Gary previously worked for Ernst & Young as Senior Manager, Acument Technologies as Director of Finance and Cooper Standard Automotive as Group Controller.


Gary is a CPA and holds an MBA in International Finance and Corporate Strategy from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Toledo. 


Gary believes the success of an organization is linked to its ability to carefully craft a pragmatic and well thought out strategic vision that is understood throughout the organization and is supported with accurate and transparent financial reporting and analysis. 









Tim Howell – General Manager

Tim joined Romeo RIM in 2011 as General Manager.  Tim has had various manufacturing leadership roles, beginning with Ford Motor Company where he attained the role of “RIM Expert” at the Utica Trim Plant.  Tim worked at the Utica facility for 10 years during the 1990’s, responsible for multiple manufacturing processes including fascia, seating, energy-absorbing foam, and tail lamp and instrument panel operations.                                    

Tim advanced to become General Manager for various tier-I automotive manufacturing companies with responsibility for multi-site operations, revenues of $300M, and a workforce of 700 associates.

Tim holds a Master’s Degree in Manufacturing Management from Kettering University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University.  Tim is a published author and S.A.E. presenter for two Structural RIM papers during his employment with ICI Polyurethanes.


Tim believes discipline and follow-through are the foundation of great organizations.




Paul Barick – Director of Quality and Environmental Systems

Paul joined Romeo RIM in 1989 as Manufacturing Engineer.  Paul has led Romeo RIM through the implementation of several versions of automotive-level quality systems, from Ford Q1 through QS9000, to the most recent ISO-based system utilized today. He has also managed several other manufacturing-related functions at Romeo RIM prior to his current position as Director of Quality and Environmental Management.  Paul previously worked for The Budd Company, Stamping and Frame Division, where he developed methods for assessing plant efficiencies and assisted in planning innovative manufacturing processes for the production of Class ‘A’ automotive body panels.


Paul holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan. 


Paul believes the most successful organizations are those that strive for high levels of customer satisfaction while creating an environment where quality is truly understood to be everyone’s responsibility.
















Honey Dennison – Director of Human Resources and Safety


Honey joined Romeo RIM in 2011 as Director of Human Resources.  Honey has over 20 years of Human Resources leadership experience with a strong emphasis on employee relations, culture alignment, and organizational development.  Honey previously worked for Keihin North America as Manager of Human Resources and was promoted to the role of Manager of Organizational Development responsible for all five U.S. locations and Guardian Industries as Divisional Human Resources Manager, Automotive Trim Division.


Honey holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Baker College.  Honey is a certified Human Resources Generalist and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.


Honey believes an organization is only as strong as its people therefore, exceptional talent management that enables participation in the overall direction of the organization is paramount for success.



Matt Getty – Director of Engineering and Innovation


Matt joined Romeo RIM in 2007 as Applications Engineer.  During Matt’s time at Romeo RIM, he has been directly responsible for product engineering and business development activities, with a focus on developing new technologies and markets for Romeo RIM.  Matt previously worked for Aspen Surgical Products as a New Product Development Engineer where he designed developed several disposable and reusable surgical products still used in the medical field today.


Matt holds a MBA from Walsh College, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Design Technology where he specialized in plastic design and processing.  Matt is also an active member of the Society of Plastics Engineers.


Matt believes that creativity and innovation are essential elements for an organization.  True innovation creates opportunities where companies can thrive by providing unparalleled value to customers and stakeholders.




Vernon LoeppDirector of Sales and Marketing


Vernon joined Romeo RIM in 2014 as Business Development Manager, Heavy Truck & Specialty Automotive with over 20 years of sales and business development experience in global markets within the automotive and non-automotive markets.  He has built a solid reputation in relationship building and demonstrating integrity.  Vernon previously worked for a tier-1 automotive supplier as Sales/Business Development Manager.  He has working knowledge of various molding techniques within the composite, chroming, and Class-A paint applications.


Vernon studied for a Business Management degree with a concentration in global markets.


Vernon believes the success of any organization is practice through the 3P’s . . .  People, Process, and Products, which are the fundamentals for manufacturing optimization, business growth, and sustainability within the entered markets.




Tom Herron – Value Stream/Launch Manager


Tom joined Romeo RIM in 2008 as Operations Analyst. Tom worked in various positions within Romeo RIM before his current position as Value Stream / Launch Manager. Tom has over 15 years of experience managing the launch of new product programs and the implementation, of Lean Manufacturing methods.


Tom holds an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Detroit.  Tom is a Lean Manufacturing certificate holder from the University of Michigan and has trained and implemented Lean Manufacturing methods in the U.S. and Mexico.  Tom also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and is a member of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence.


Tom believes focus on processes is important. When the process produces as defined and is continuously improved, then goals for safety, quality, delivery, and cost are achieved.




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Romeo RIM, Inc. will be a high growth composites company providing technically advanced, engineered solutions which strengthen, protect and enhance the appearance & performance of our customers' products.

Mission Statement

Romeo RIM will be a high-growth company by:

  • Producing products in a safe environment. 
  • Providing quality and delivery mandatory to maintain our customer relationships.
  • Developing a cost structure that provides value to our shareholders.
  • Developing innovative products that our customers will demand.

Core Values

Health and Safety:
Our team members are the lifeblood of our organization. You create an environment that promotes their overall well-being while minimizing our impact on the environment.

Excellence in all things:
The customer can count on you to exceed their requirements for value through exceptional innovation, quality, and delivery. You display a constant sense of urgency so that we remain ahead of the curve on all issues. Complacency never applies at Romeo RIM.

Committed to the Mastery of Execution:
As a company, Romeo Rim is committed to mastering execution, to having execution at a high level be a core competency. You are open to continuous learning and to improving, to practice and to discipline. We are all in this together, and you take it on for yourself as well.

Capable and Empowered:
You ensure we have the right people in the right jobs and give them the resources and authority to do their job.

Incorruptible; honest and transparent.

Put other team-members' priorities at the same priority as your own. You work to see things from the other person’s perspective. You foster an environment where brutal, constructive honesty among team members is not just tolerated but expected.

It is important for us to have a work environment that we can enjoy. It is fun to be productive and successful.

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Company History

Romeo RIM, Inc. was founded in December of 1982 with assets purchased from the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. At the time, its principle line of products included injection molded and blow molded components for automobiles and reaction injection molded (RIM) energy absorbing bumper products for transit buses.

The company's base product was known as the HELP® (High Energy Level Polymer) energy absorbing bumper system sold to 90% of new buses built for the Unites States and Canadian transit markets.

Since then Romeo RIM, Inc. has expanded their RIM technology capabilities and introduced it to new markets and applications. Their commitment to commercializing innovative composite technologies has been demonstrated by their early adoption of dicyclcopentadiene (DCPD) and polyurethane long fiber injection (LFI) processes.

Their commitment to quality has been confirmed by continuously upgrading Romeo's quality systems registrations: ISO 14001 and ISO9001:2008.

Romeo RIM is well poised to support its customers with continuous improvements for active production components, value analysis, and new product development.


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Company History

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Association Memberships

Romeo RIM, Inc. is a member of these worthy organizations and urges you to consider supporting them by joining their membership.

The Society of the Plastics Industry The Society of the Plastics Industry
1667 K St., NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202.974.5200
Fax: 202.296.7005
American Public Transit Association American Public Transit Association
1666 K Street NW, 11th Floor
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202.496.4800
Fax: 202.496.4321
Canadian Urban Transit Association Canadian Urban Transit Association
55 York Street, Suite 1401
Toronto, Ontario CANADA M5J 1R7
Phone: 416.365.9800
Fax: 416.365.1295
CalAct CalAct
1722 J Street, Suite 20
Sacramento, CA 95814-3033
Phone: 916.446.8018
Fax: 916.422.5228
Community Transit Association of America Community Transit Association of America
1341 G St NW, 10 th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202.628.1480
Fax: 202.737.9197
Romeo Washington Chamber of Commerce Romeo Washington Chamber of Commerce
228 N. Main, Suite D
Romeo, MI 48065
Phone: 586.752.4436
Fax: 586.752.2835
DeWitt Chamber of Commerce DeWitt Chamber of Commerce
524 10th Street
DeWitt , IA 52742
Phone: 563.659.8500
Fax: 563.659.2410
American Society of Employers American Society of Employers
23815 Northwestern Highway
Southfield , MI 48075-7713
Phone: 248.353.4500
Fax: 248.353.1224

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