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President & COO
James Farkas – President & COO
James Farkas joined Fraser Industries in 2011, bringing more than 35 years of industrial operational experience to the company. He earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Seidman School of Business at Grand Valley University in Michigan.
Mr. Farkas’s prior experience includes boat building – with an emphasis on electrical control systems and motors, acoustics, and polymer chemistry – for two of Holland’s premier builders.
In other recent roles, Mr. Farkas oversaw mobile hydraulic systems for construction, forestry, exploration, and land-clearing applications.
Mr. Farkas strives each day to serve the company’s customers and its internal team by listening, collaborating, and cooperating.
Mike Ossanna – Lead Person
Mike has been with Northern Engineering since 1988. He has experience working with most of the vessels that navigate the Great Lakes.
Mike leverages his practical experience and technical training to help customers solve complex engineering challenges daily.
Senior Engineer, Northern Engineering
Environmental Resources Manager, Fraser Industries
Sean Smith - Senior Engineer, Northern Engineering | Environmental Resources Manager, Fraser Industries
Sean has been with Northern Engineering since 2014. In his role as Process and Technical Specialist, Sean is heavily involved with project management, process improvement and capital spending.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota – Duluth.
Sales Manager, Industrial Customers
Jim Petruga - Sales Manager, Industrial Customers
Jim Petruga has been with Northern Engineering and Fraser Shipyards since 2015. Mr. Petruga earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from St. Cloud State University.
With 30+ years of experience in industrial process management, purchasing, sales, distribution and logistics, Northern Engineering’s customers benefit from Mr. Petruga’s expertise.
He is passionate about helping people find a better solution to their outsourced repair and fabrication needs.
Bruce Brown – Lead Person
Bruce Brown joined the Northern Engineering team in 2002.
Mr. Brown’s mechanical expertise and project management skills are invaluable for a variety of jobs performed in dry-dock, on the vessel, or in Northern’s well-equipped shop.
Justin Rosenlund – Lead Person
Justin Rosenlund joined Northern Engineering in 2008. Mr. Rosenlund earned a degree from Central Lakes College in the Machine Trades.
Justin’s expertise in machining, mechanical repair, project management and vibration analysis is appreciated by Northern’s customers.
Scott Hoyt – Lead Person
Scott has been with Northern Engineering since 2013. He has Technical Diplomas in both Industrial Maintenance and Diesel Mechanics.
Scott’s education combined with over 25 years of experience serve him well when running projects in the shop and on-site at customer locations.