Roger J. Sustar
Roger J. Sustar
Our Alliance for Working Together (AWT) Foundation allows manufacturing businesses to take the lead in training our manufacturing workforce of tomorrow.
Roger J. Sustar is the owner and CEO of Fredon Corporation. He became involved in the Machine Trades Industry with his first job - at Non Ferrous Metals Fabricating - in 1965 and became owner of Fredon in 1969.
Fredon Corporation has been considered a pioneer in youth training programs since the beginning of their Explorer program, “Cannons of Fredon” in 1992. In 2010, Roger established a non-profit organization called the AWT (Alliance for Working Together Foundation) whose mission is to promote rewarding careers in manufacturing and encourage young people to “think manufacturing” (www.thinkmfg.com). The AWT works with area manufacturers to expose schools, parents and young people to the types of careers available in the manufacturing industry. By offering activities and programming such as a summer manufacturing camp, SMI for 5th and 6th graders, combat robotics programs for both junior high, JuniorBots, and high school students, RoboBots, company tours and the popular Think MFG Expo held each year for area high school students allows young people to explore the world of modern manufacturing. In 2020, the AWT officially launched an apprenticeship program with its first cohort of 20 young people.
Roger and his wife Judy have been married for 55 years and split their time between their home in Lake County, Ohio and their home in Florida. They have two children, Chris and Alyson. Chris is currently the VP of Purchasing and Alyson is President of Fredon Corporation. In addition to their children, they now have two of their grandchildren, Emily and Chris, Jr., on the Fredon team!
- Non Ferrous Metals Fabricating, 1965
- Fredon Corp, founded 1969, Owner
- AWT Foundation, Founder/Board President
- Lakeland Community College Board of Trustees
- David N. Myers (formerly Dyke College), Associate in Science – Accounting 1998
- NTMA Manufacturing America’s Future, 2018
- Crain’s Cleveland Business Power 150, 2014
- Top 10 Machine Shops in America 2008 (American Machinist)
- Leadership lake County Leader of the Year 1995
- Most Influential (Crains) 1980
- United Way Gus Gehring Award
- Boy Scouts Spurgeon Award
- Northeast Ohio’s Finest Community Leader
- Citizen of the Year (Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce)
- J. William Stanton Award
- Lake-Geauga Fast Track 50 Hall of Fame Inductee
Roger has influenced not only countless individuals in the Northeast Ohio area, but also has created systemic change in the region that other, larger organizations take inspiration from. Roger in his inimitable way pushes people to their best, and gives so much to his community. Roger is known fondly in our Northeast Ohio region as the Manufacturing Maven.